Presidents Message Part 2

April 20, 2018

Seeking Real Solutions:  Part II

By President Wayne Apostolik

 

Taking up where I left off in my January opinion piece, in recognition of Earth Day this weekend, I want to continue a conversation seeking real solutions by asking questions and initiating a dialogue of possibilities.
 
In my considered opinion, I’ve concluded that in its totality, world history is nothing more than the culmination of arbitrary occurrences created by mostly ambitious men seeking power and wealth, dragging, often willingly, the rest of humanity along for multifarious reasons.  I have also gratefully noted periodic interruptions of social justice movements in this history.  But overall, we face an existential crisis which threatens the very fabric of Earth’s comfortable and predictable environment, changing in ways of which we have little comprehension, and even less control.
 
Yet this danger carries a unique opportunity in human history.



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West Central Park Neighborhood Center

West Central Park Neighborhood Center

Olympia Green Tour - West Central Park Neighborhood Center

135 Cushing St NW, Olympia, WA 98502, USA
Open May 19 Only

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Missing Missing Middle Hearing March 19 Olympia

As Olympia contemplates making “Missing Middle” history, NIMBY fear-mongering threatens city leadership

By Chris van Daalen, Guild Executive Director
Missing Middle Cottage Housing
Missing Middle Duplex
Missing Middle Tiny Homes
The City of Olympia has spent the past year developing a suite of code updates that would legalize and smooth the path for “Missing Middle” housing options such as accessory dwelling units, tiny homes on wheels, duplexes, courtyard apartments, cottage housing developments, congregate housing and more.  These housing types were all but extinguished as single-family zoning laws took hold in the 60s and 70s, making the traditional home or the large apartment complex the preferred housing types at the exclusion of everything else in the “middle” between.  But now the need for housing options are changing and the City is making a bold move to allow this diversity of housing to come back into our neighborhoods.

The code development process has been an open, inclusive and transparent process involving more than a dozen public meetings, hearings and more.  But a number of vocal individuals and neighborhood associations are crying foul a the last minute and trying to derail or delay the process.  The final Planning Commission public hearing is coming up next Monday March 19, 6:30 pm at Olympia City Hall.  The NIMBY nay-sayers (“not in my backyard!”) are organizing to turn out in large numbers, and we need EcoBuilders and affordable housing advocates to show up in equally large numbers to say we are ready for more housing options!!  

THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION!  Please support the Missing Middle Housing proposals by writing to the Planning Commission and City Council in favor.  Submit your comments at <span%20style="font-size:%2014px;"">http://olympiawa.gov/city-government/codes-plans-and-standards/missing-middle.aspx and attend the Planning Commission Public Hearing on March 19 to speak in favor.

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2018 Olympia Sites

Olympia Sites

S1 Columbia City Backyard Cottage

S1 Columbia City Backyard Cottage

4720 S Dawson St
Seattle WA 98118
Saturday Only, 11am - 5pm

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President's Year End Message 2018

Wayne Apostolik, Guild President 2016-2018

President's Year-End Message

Seeking Real Solutions: Part I

by Wayne Apostolik

Dear Guild Members and Friends,

Seasons Greetings! I want to begin a lengthy year end message with a little story. Early March this year I attended  the annual conference of the North East Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) in BostonThey’re an organization somewhere in their forties with a mission similar to ours. Walking the floor and attending seminars over 2 days, I met a lot of people who knew the Guild. I was astonished to discover the influence the Guild has had in New England over the past quarter century, all of it positive in many ways. What we do here influences others! The Guild rocks!

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