Aug. 30, 2PM, Fri. before Labor Day:
DPD announced it will revise the developer’s permit (which we say was dead), allowing 3 houses on 2 lots.
It would appear Benchview has lost.
DPD and the Mayor’s office failed on this promise.
DPD basically said “we have to revise the developer’s permit.” They said city law 23.34.076 doesn’t count here because the judge told DPD to revise the permit. This is false; the judge gave DPD a choice of “revision OR OTHER PROCESSING.”
DPD made no reference to any rule or law which required them to ignore their option to revoke the permit.
DPD can not expect residents to just take DPD on their word without any real explanation, especially since DPD made multiple errors issuing this very permit in January.
The neighborhood emailed the Mayor’s Office and DPD to remind them of the commitment to hold on their decision until they can explain it, and to point out (again) where DPD’s position ignores key facts. This West Seattle Blog article includes DPD’s incomplete explanation and the n’hood’s response.
DPD’S TIMING OF NEWS FITS A CLASSIC MANIPULATION TACTIC
DPD chose to announce the bad news of the n’hood’s defeat on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend when people are on vacation and paying the least attention to the news. Releasing bad news Friday afternoon is a well-known public relations tactic to minimize your opponent’s ability to get the word out about your bad news.
Whether intentional or not, this comes across that residents and neighborhoods are adversaries of DPD. While developer fees fund most of DPD’s budget (a structural bias which should be eliminated), DPD is still a city department, and should serve the public, not try to outmaneuver them. The timing of DPD’s announcement comes across as trying to manipulate the news cycle by minimizing media coverage of DPD actions which hurt residents and n’hoods.
Many n’hood residents were away on vacation when DPD announced their decision. This included the secretary of the N’hood Association, who sent this email (See 2nd half of article) before losing cell reception while on a family camping trip.
Benchview is weighing its options… It’s not over.