Living Building Program at risk in Public Hearing (September 20)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a Public Hearing to take comments on the Mayor’s proposed amendments to the Living Building Pilot Program. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104.

The Mayor’s proposal would undermine the intent of the Living Building Pilot Program to encourage the development of sustainable “green” buildings. Consider the List of Concerns below excerpted from comments by WCC member Lee Raaen on September 8 and September 14. If you can attend and make public comment, please do so! We expect each person to get two minutes or less to testify. It helps to prepare and to keep your comments clear and focused. You can also write all the City Council members with the addresses at Contacting City Officials before the hearing.

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Important Public Hearing on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan (September 15)

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a Public Hearing to take comments on the Potential Council Amendments. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104. For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available outside of Council Chambers starting at 1:30 PM.

Take action and make your voice heard about the impacts of these changes! Consider the List of Concerns below. If you can attend and make public comment, please do so! Get there early, and bring a neighbor!  We expect each person to get two minutes or less to testify. It helps to prepare and to keep your comments clear and focused. You can also write all the City Council members with the addresses at Contacting City Officials before the hearing starts at 2:00 PM.

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Mayor Murray to unveil growth and livability plan for U District (September 12)

Today Mayor Murray will announce the City of Seattle’s plan for growth and coordinated public investments in livability in the U District. The Mayor will be joined by Councilmember Rob Johnson, U District leaders, and affordable housing providers.

WHO:
Mayor Ed Murray
Councilmember Rob Johnson
Randy Hodgins, Vice President of External Affairs, University of Washington
Maureen Ewing, Executive Director of University Heights Center
Kristine Cunningham, Executive Director of ROOTS
Susan Boyd, Bellwether Housing
WHAT:
Announcement of plan for growth and coordinated public livability investments in the U District
WHEN:
Monday, September 12, 12:15 PM
WHERE:
University Heights Plaza (NE 50th Street and University Way NE)
MEDIA ADVISORY:
http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6ef56d18731a159dfc98a8cbd&id=497dd6a84a&e=11e90c09ee
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Speak Up Regarding MHA Impacts! (Due September 9)

Increased density and zoning changes are proposed in Wallingford and other urban villages under the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) framework. The City has determined that MHA will have a significant adverse impact on the environment, and therefore the City is required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will consider potential impacts associated with land use, housing and socioeconomics, public services, transportation, utilities, open space and recreation, aesthetics and height/bulk/scale, and historic resources.

The City government needs to hear from you now regarding the impacts of the proposed zoning changes! Development without concurrent mitigation benefits no one, regardless of whether one resides inside or outside of an urban village, in an apartment, a condominium, or a house.

Comments are now being accepted on the scope of the EIS. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required. Consider incorporating the List of Concerns described in the previous August 21 post, and send your comments by 5:00 PM on September 9, 2016.

  1. Written comments may be submitted via email to Geoffrey.Wentlandt@seattle.gov.
  2. Written comments may be submitted via standard mail to:
    Sam Assefa, Director
    Office of Planning & Community Development
    700 5th Ave, Suite 1900
    PO Box 94788
    Seattle, WA 98124­-7088
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Monthly Meeting on Wednesday September 7 at 7PM

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Special Guest: Theresa Doherty, Project Manager of the 2018 Master Plan for the University of Washington

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order
  • Standard Order of Business:
    • Approval of Minutes
    • 2018 Master Plan for the University of Washington, Theresa Doherty, Project Manager
    • Report of Committees, including:
      • MHA-R EIS – Comments due September 9.
      • Seattle 2035 – City Council Meeting, September 15.
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up):
    • WCC booth at Wurst Festival – volunteers are needed.
      • Friday, September 16 from 4:00 to 8:30 PM.
      • Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM.
    • Membership Committee: see Miranda Berner if interested.
    • School Committee: see Miranda Berner if interested.
  • Announcements:
    • MHA-R Environmental Impact Statement – comments due this Friday, September 9 by 5:00 PM.  Get your comments into the City!  Find suggested comments here.
    • Seattle 2035 – City Council Meeting, Thursday, September 15 at 2:00 PM.  Read the summary of top WCC concerns here.
    • FONLU (Friends of North Lake Union) invite the community to attend two public meetings on the improvement of Waterway 22 at MiiR, 3400 Stone Way N., on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:45 PM and on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:45 PM.  Read more here.
    • The next monthly meeting will be Wednesday, October 5, 7PM.
  • Adjourn
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New Open Space coming to Wallingford

The North Transfer Station is scheduled to re-open this Fall.  Construction is being completed on the park, playground, and basketball court on the east side.

Photo of Transfer Station Park

View of park looking north from N 34th Street.

Photo of Transfer Station Park

View of park looking west from N 35th Street and Woodlawn Ave N.

Photo of Transfer Station Playground

View of playground looking west from Woodlawn Ave N.

Photo of Transfer Station Playground

View of playground looking east from Carr Place N.

Agreements with Seattle Public Utilities

See the North Transfer Station page for the agreements between the WCC and Seattle Public Utilities.

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WallHALA General Meeting Tonight (August 30)

Tuesday August 30, 7:00-9:00 PM in the Wallingford Community Senior Center (bottom floor of the Good Shepherd Center).

Please join us for a general meeting of the WallHALA committee to discuss a community response to:

  1. The scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) framework. Comments are due by September 9, 5:00 PM. See “Speak Up Regarding MHA Impacts!” on the WCC website.
  2. The Public Hearing for the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan revisions on Thursday, September 15, 2:00 PM.  These revisions would substantially change the zoning code in Urban Villages (including Wallingford).
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Speak Up Regarding MHA Impacts! (Due September 9)

Increased density and zoning changes are proposed in Wallingford and other urban villages under the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) framework.  The City has determined that MHA will have a significant adverse impact on the environment, and therefore the City is required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The EIS will consider potential impacts associated with land use, housing and socioeconomics, public services, transportation, utilities, open space and recreation, aesthetics and height/bulk/scale, and historic resources.

The City government needs to hear from you now regarding the impacts of the proposed zoning changes!  Development without concurrent mitigation benefits no one, regardless of whether one resides inside or outside of an urban village, in an apartment, a condominium, or a house.

Comments are now being accepted on the scope of the EIS.  You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.  Consider incorporating the concerns described below, and send your comments by 5:00 PM on September 9, 2016.

  1. Written comments may be submitted via email to Geoffrey.Wentlandt@seattle.gov.
  2. Written comments may be submitted via standard mail to:
    Sam Assefa, Director
    Office of Planning & Community Development
    700 5th Ave, Suite 1900
    PO Box 94788
    Seattle, WA 98124­-7088
  3. Written or verbal comments may be made in person at the following public meeting:
    Saturday August 27, 2016
    Ballard Summer Parkways EventCityScoop
    Ballard Ave. NW, between NW Market St. and 22nd Ave. NW
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Monthly Meeting on Wednesday August 3 at 7PM

Location Change: The meeting will be in the Wallingford Community Senior Center on the bottom floor of the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North.

Special Guest: Jay Rood, Seattle Parks & Recreation
Join us for an update on the “Gas Works Park Improvement” maintenance projects (comfort station, play area, east entry).

Special Guests: Adrian Diaz and Martin Welte, Seattle Police Department
Join us for a discussion on race and policing in Seattle.

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order.
  • Standard Order of Business:
    • Approval of Minutes.
    • Introduction of the Quality of Life Committee.
    • Gas Works Park Improvement with Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks & Recreation.
    • Discussion on race & policing with Adrian Diaz & Martin Welte, Seattle Police Department (at 7:45 PM).
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
  • Announcements:
    • The next monthly meeting will be Wednesday September 7th, 7:00 PM.
  • Adjourn.
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Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee meeting (August 2)

On Tuesday, August 2nd, 9:30 AM, the Planning, Land Use & Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will discuss the proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential (MHA-R) framework legislation including amendments by Councilmember Lisa Herbold to address the displacement of low-cost housing. The committee may then vote on the amendments and on the MHA-R program.

This is the preliminary legislation that would move us one step closer to the HALA upzones in Urban Village areas. For more information see: Grand Bargain? Grand Con!

Please take a moment and send an e-mail in support of Councilmember Herbold’s amendments to address displacement to all council members:  sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov; tim.burgess@seattle.gov; bruce.harrell@seattle.gov; mike.obrien@seattle.gov; kshama.sawant@seattle.gov; rob.johnson@seattle.gov; lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov; lisa.herbold@seattle.gov; Debora.juarez@seattle.gov;

And please submit your comments to Mayor Murray:
http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

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