Category Archives: Calls to Action

Your Voice, Your Choice; vote by Monday July 16

Vote for your favorite park and street improvements! Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements.

Each voter may cast one ballot per City Council district, and may choose up to three (3) projects per district. (Voters are verified by a text message to a cell-phone, or by an exchange of email messages.)

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

Annual Membership Meeting & Election, with Representative Nicole Macri, May 9

Join Us for the Annual Meeting
Wednesday May 9, 2018, 7:00 PM

Member Check-in: 6:30 PM.

Join us for the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers on Wednesday May 9, 2018, 7:00 PM in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N. Everyone is welcome!

Members: Please come early to check in to vote.

Guest Speaker

Representative Nicole Macri, 43rd District

Hear her ideas for retaining & growing middle class housing.
We will also hear what she is doing to ensure that as our population grows, so does livability (i.e., schools, parks, green space, community centers, senior centers, play fields, transportation, etc..), as well as her ideas for slowing down economic segregation.
Followed by Q&A.

Program

6:30 PM – Member Check-in
7:00 PM – Welcome, Miranda Berner
7:15 PM – Elections
7:30/7:45 PM – Rep. Nicole Macri, 43rd District
A few highlights of Rep. Macri‘s work:

  •  Increasing a revenue source for homelessness programs
  • Expanding access to community mental health services
  • Equal Pay Opportunity Act
  • Fair Chance Act
  • Reproductive Care for All
  • Better monitoring of prescription drugs
  • Banning conversion therapy
  • and more!

Election of Officers

This year we will be electing the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and three At Large Board Members. Nominations will be accepted from the floor. The present list of nominees is:
President: Miranda Berner
Vice President: Glenn Singer
Treasurer: Paul Willumson
Secretary: Karen Dalton
At Large Positions:
1: Matt Hallett  /  Emma Notkin
2: Ted Hunter /  Jeff Lindstrom
3: Donn Cave

Reminder: to vote in the election, one needs to be a current member for 2018. Last year, WCC moved to a calendar year membership cycle. If you joined or renewed your membership after November 2017, then your membership is valid for all of 2018. To be eligible to vote in the May election, you must have renewed or joined no later than April 24, 2018.

See You this Wednesday!

Volunteers are needed to help set up chairs. If you wish to help, please arrive at 6:15 PM. Please help to put away chairs afterwards. Thanks!

Save the Date:

The next Monthly Meeting is Wednesday, June 6th, 7pm.  In addition to an update on Stone Way, etc. by SDOT, we will be having a special general meeting the latter half of the time period to discuss potential by-law changes, outreach and inclusion.

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

Last day (April 24) to renew your membership to be eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting!

Have you renewed for 2018?

Reminder: To vote in the election of Officers, you must be a current member for 2018. Last year, we moved to a calendar year membership cycle. This means that if you joined or renewed your membership after November 2017, then your membership is valid for all of 2018. To be eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting, you must renew or join for 2018 no later than today, April 24, 2018!

Click here to Renew or Join.

Anyone who wishes to become a member, but cannot afford the membership fee, may request a waiver from the WCC Board, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:00 PM
Member Check-in: 6:30 PM

The Wallingford Community Council will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM. We will be electing Officers at the meeting. Nominations of members by members from the Floor may be made at meeting.

Please note: There is no Monthly Meeting for May.

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday May 9

Location: In the Chapel (on the 4th Floor) of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
Member Check-in: 6:30 PM;  Meeting Starts: 7:00 PM.

The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:00 PM.  We will be electing officers at the meeting.  If you would like to be considered for a nomination for one of those positions, please send an email describing your interest and past level of involvement with the WCC and the neighborhood to lee@raaen.com no later than April 18.

Have you renewed for 2018?

Last year, we moved to a calendar year membership cycle.  Which means that if you joined or renewed your membership after November 2017, then your membership is valid for all of 2018.  To be eligible to vote in the May election, you must renew or join for 2018 no later than April 24, 2018. Click here to Renew or Join.

"Keep Seattle Livable" logo

Testify at the 2nd MHA Public Hearing, Monday March 12

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

The second of six Public Hearings. The first hearing focused on District 4. This hearing will focus on Districts 5 and 6. Wallingford is in both District 4 (City Councilmember Rob Johnson) and District 6 (City Councilmember Mike O’Brien).

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

Monday March 12, 2018, 6:00 PM
Northgate Community Center (Multi-Purpose Room)
10510 5th Ave NE.

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.

Continue reading

"Keep Seattle Livable" logo

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

MHA FEIS Preferred Alternative Map for Wallingford Urban Village

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!

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

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.

"Keep Seattle Livable" logo

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.

Continue reading