Mike O’Brien Office Hours, Tuesday February 27

Office hours with Councilmember Mike O’Brien of District 6 from 5 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday February 27 at Green Lake Community Center. No RSVP required. Please email Lakecia Farmer with any questions.

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Be Heard at the MHA Public Hearing, Monday February 12

Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Requirements

Many parcels in Wallingford would change from Single-Family to Lowrise 1, Lowrise 2, or even Lowrise 3 zoning. Be heard and be seen to let the City Council know of your concerns!

Monday February 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Eckstein Middle School (Auditorium)
3003 NE 75th Street.

For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 PM. Get in line early in case there is a crowd.

MHA FEIS Preferred Alternative Map for Wallingford Urban VillageWe recommend you ask to:

  • Alter the Urban Village boundaries to spare 700 Single-Family homes from being upzoned to multi-family. The City’s affordable housing goal for our neighborhood is still met with those altered Urban Village boundaries.
  • Prevent massive developments next to houses. Many of the up-zones change building heights from three stories up to five stories!
  • Require setbacks and step-downs to preserve yards, trees, and daylight.
  • Require on-site parking.
  • Require affordable housing units to be built on-site.
  • Require true family housing in all zone definitions. Add density limits back to the zone definitions so that two-, three-, and four-bedroom units are built throughout the neighborhood.
  • Increase mixed-income housing development in Wallingford.
  • Protect our local small businesses. Require affordable leases in new buildings.
  • Require the City to track displacement of low- and middle-income residents, and small businesses.
  • Impose Impact Fees now to fund schools, parks, roads, and public safety!

The hearing will focus on changes affecting District 4:
Eastlake, Fremont, Greenlake, Roosevelt, U-District, and Wallingford Urban Villages;
Bryant, Laurelhurst, Ravenna, Sand Point, View Ridge, Wedgewood, and Windermere neighborhoods.

Public Notice:
http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/LUIB/Notice.aspx?BID=1311&NID=26783
City Calendar:
http://www.seattle.gov/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D126504168

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday February 7

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
Time: 7:00 PM.

Program:

  • Disposition of City property next to Dunn Lumber.
  • Ship Canal Water Quality Project briefing from Seattle Public Utilities.

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
The 2018 Membership Campaign is in progress. Join / Renew Membership here.
Approval of Minutes.

Special Guests:

  • Bob Farrell of the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services discusses the disposition of excess City property at 3819 4th Ave NE. The property, next to Dunn Lumber, was used by the Seattle Department of Transportation for storage of road-building materials.
  • Staff from Seattle Public Utilities present an update on the Ship Canal Water Quality Project to prevent stormwater overflow events.

Public Access to Waterway 23 (the dock in Fremont used by the Lake Washington Rowing Club). Public access has been restored but the rowing club is asking to eliminate it. (Click here for a waterways map.)

Committee reports.
Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
Announcements:

  • Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Requirements. Monday February 12, 2018, 6:00 PM. Eckstein Middle School (Auditorium), 3003 NE 75th Street.  For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 PM.
  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday March 7, 2018, 7:00 PM.
  • Click here to Renew Membership or Join the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) for 2018.
  • The WCC joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, & Equity which filed an Appeal of the MHA Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • The WCC also filed a separate Appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • The non-profit Fremont Community School is fundraising to expand. As more children enter Seattle, the demand for all day childcare for infant to age 5 is increasing. Click here to donate or learn more.
  • Enjoy the view from the Tableau roof! The entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked call URG (the building management company) at 206-381-3344 and then contact us so that we can track how often public access to the roof is denied.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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Citywide Open House on MHA, Tuesday January 30

Come to the Citywide Open House featuring District 4 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Maps.
See how the city proposes to upzone Wallingford. Join your neighbors to help us all Keep Seattle Livable!

Tuesday January 30, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Come anytime during the evening for the informal walk-around presentation.
Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 North 41st Street.

The Seattle City Council invites you to “Come and review maps of proposed MHA zoning changes to your Urban Village”. District 4 includes the Eastlake, Fremont, Greenlake, Roosevelt, U-District, and Wallingford Urban Villages.

MHA FEIS Preferred Alternative Map for Wallingford Urban VillageCome see if your block is getting rezoned – how high and how wide. Many parcels in Wallingford would change from Single-Family to Lowrise 1, Lowrise 2, or even Lowrise 3 zoning! Let the city know again of your concerns.

Keep Seattle Livable!  Here are the basics that we recommend you ask for:

  • Alter the Urban Village boundaries to spare 700 Single-Family homes from the wrecking ball. Even without them in the Urban Village, Wallingford still meets the City’s affordable housing goal for our neighborhood.
  • Prevent massive developments next to houses. Many of the upzones change building heights from three stories up to six stories!
  • Require setbacks and step-downs in order to preserve yards, trees, and daylight.
  • Require on-site parking.
  • Require true family housing in all zone definitions. Add density limits back to the zone definitions so that two, three, and four bedroom units are built throughout the neighborhood.
  • Increase mixed-income housing development in Wallingford.
  • Require affordable housing units to be built on-site.
  • Protect our local small businesses. Require affordable leases in new buildings.
  • Require the City to track displacement of low- and middle-income residents, and small businesses.
  • Impose Impact Fees now to fund schools, parks, roads, and public safety!

While you are there – ask the City how the MHA “Grand Bargain” program helps to retain and grow middle-class housing in Wallingford.

Learn what the City is not telling you at the WCC MHA “Grand Bargain” page.
Read how the proposed zoning changes will affect you at The City reveals “Preferred Alternative” zoning changes for Wallingford (corrected from Draft Zoning Maps Released for Walllingford).
Note: While the focus of this meeting is on Urban Villages – any parcel that is currently zoned multi-family, inside or outside of an Urban Village, will be upzoned as well.

Tuesday January 30 at 6:00 PM. Bring your friends to see what the city is up to!

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Public Hearing on MHA, Monday February 12

Save the Date: Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability Requirements

Monday February 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
Eckstein Middle School
(Auditorium), 3003 NE 75th Street.
For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 PM.

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Please Renew or Join

Your membership and donations support activities that advance the shared interests of the Wallingford community.

  • We investigate issues of concern to the community.
  • We educate the community on a wide variety of issues and interests.
  • We facilitate community improvements by acting as a fiscal agent and by managing grants.
  • We advocate for the community with the City and State.
  • We cooperate with other organizations throughout our City on common concerns and goals.
  • We negotiate to improve projects and policies that impact our community.
  • We litigate when necessary to represent the interests of our community.
  • We prefer win-win solutions.
  • We work to protect public access to the Lake Union.
  • We are neighbors working together to build a better community.
  • More…

Membership is for the 2018 calendar year. Note: To be a member you must reside, own property, or manage a business within Wallingford.

Click here to RENEW / JOIN for 2018.
Click here to DONATE.

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday December 6

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

Program: Rob Johnson, City Council Member, District 4

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
Approval of Minutes.
Committee reports.

Special Guest:
Rob Johnson, City Council Member, District 4 
Hear from Rob, followed by Q&A

Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
Announcements:

  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (NOTE: there is no January Monthly Meeting)
  • Waterway 23 (dock in Fremont used by Lake Washington Rowing Club) – public access has been restored!
  • The WCC joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity, which filed an appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • The WCC also filed a separate appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • “Funeral of the Neighborhood Voice” – watch it on KOMO News
  • The Roof is Now Open! As a result of a SEPA appeal by the WCC, public access to the roof of the new Tableau building at Woodlawn Avenue N & N 34th Street is open during business hours.  The Entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked, ask at the Tableau reception desk for the door to be unlocked.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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Deadline for ADU EIS Scoping Comments, Thursday November 16

Comments must be submitted by 5:00 PM tomorrow, Thursday November 16!

The City is proposing to change the Land Use Code to remove barriers to the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in single-family zones. The proposal allows for two ADUs instead of one per lot, removes existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changes development standards that regulate the size and location of detached units (DADUs).

We urge you to express your concerns regarding what issues the City should study in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Your comments may address these topics:

  • The objectives for this proposal are not clear. Better objectives might be more affordable housing, more family housing, preservation of tree canopy and yards, and development compatible with existing single-family housing.
  • Only one alternative is presented for this proposal. At least two alternatives to accomplish the objective are required. You may suggest alternatives to be studied.
  • The impacts of this proposal on neighborhoods, public services, and natural resources.
  • Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the effects of this proposal.

Comments must be submitted by 5:00 PM on November 16 by:

Further information is available at the City’s Accessory Dwelling Units EIS website. The City will produce a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  When the DEIS is released, you will then have a chance to comment on the specific conclusions in that document.

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Service Interruptions, Tuesday November 14

The services supporting the Wallingford Community Council website are scheduled to be upgraded today, Tuesday November 14. There may be brief periods of time today when the website will not respond.

Thanks for your patience!

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