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Letter to the Editor: Housing Action Plan will not bring any benefits to Mukilteo

 

Last updated 5/19/2021 at 11:14am

Politics ruins everything. A statement so pure and close to truth it would be difficult to disprove it. And I would rather be out on this sunny day riding my bicycle or in the garden or walking the dog. I cannot however in good conscience do so at this moment due to politics.

I've lived in this town since '98 and during that time seen a lot of good things develop here. The classical library, the drop dead gorgeous Rosehill Community Center, improvements to Lighthouse Park, the burgeoning new waterfront ferry, and the Boeing Freeway. All good things that benefited and beautified our little burb.

Now, we have politics. And what does politics do? It ruins everything. As the community meeting on for the Housing Action Plan and the subsequent political action about to take place draws near so must the community be given fair warning on what is about to happen. The HAP is will not be the Arctic Blue Sport station wagon sold to us by the politicians. Instead what will be delivered in the Pea Green Family Truckster (for those getting the National Lampoon's Family Vacation movie reference). And right about the time we begin to argue that this isn't the wagon we ordered they are crushing our trade in into a pancake and we can't back out of the deal.

The HAP will not bring benefits to the community. It will bring benefits to the politicians. Don't blame the HAP, it was designed that way. It is a political agenda, not a community enhancing one. Once we accept the HAP we cannot go back. Our community will be crushed and we will be forced to take the deal.

HB 1923 has a political agenda, change the suburbs. Densify for maximum population and force public transit. Ah, but you say, the brochure! It says it will bring nurses and firemen and teachers into the community, a strong youthful workforce, help the seniors and all the poor people that cannot afford to live here. I'll take the Sport Family wagon in Arctic blue please! But alas, the Pea Green Family Truckster will be what is delivered. And so it goes. Politics ruins everything.

If you read through the law and between the lines of the shiny HAP sales brochure you will find an invasive government agenda delivered to us by politics. It rezones land for greater housing density bringing with it more street parking. It redefines permitting processes for the benefit of developers and bypasses environmental laws put in place to protect wildlife areas. It is designed to change suburbs into modern day Roman Ghettos. This dear fellow neighbors is politics. And the body politic are ignoring the facts and data collected. The projected population growth over 10 to 20 years is a measly 450 people. Industry in our city is predicted to decline, not increase. Many times the community committee asked why would we consider adapting HAP when the numbers do not justify doing so. The answer friends is politics. I may be wrong here, it could be said. Our town may possibly see benefits from higher density affordable housing such as a large mixed use building or say a Cocoon House (the mayor's favorite), increased street parking, more crowding in the schools, less police services, and only three serviceable roads throughout the town. One thing is surely true. Politics ruins everything.

Donna Vago

Mukilteo

 

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