Author Archives: Frank Fay

Vote on subdivision with no minimum lot size, Wednesday August 12

The Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council is considering Omnibus bill CB 119835 this Wednesday August 12 at 9:30 AM. This omnibus bill is supposed to be for minor editorial corrections, but several provisions will change all Single-Family lots into Multi-Family lots with no minimum lot size. We urge you to contact your Councilmembers and ask them to remove these provisions.

  • The Legislative Analysis of these provisions states: “However, the proposed omnibus language introduces ambiguity into the Code that could lead to unintended consequences for future development of vacant lots that are created through a unit lot subdivision process.”
  • The City Council should not be passing bills with ambiguous language.
  • Any single-family parent lot could be redeveloped with a house and an ADU and a DADU then subdivided in three unit lots that could be sold separately (as multi-family housing).
  • Unit lots have no minimum lot size requirement.
  • More trees would be cut to make way for these redevelopments.
  • The price of single-family lots would increase further reducing the affordability of housing.
  • The City Council should use a separate bill with a full public engagement to consider this major change in land use code.
Example of 4960 SF parent lot redeveloped into 2000 SF, 1150 SF, & 1800 SF multi-family unit lots.

Webinar with Seattle Public Schools, Wednesday August 5

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Zoom videoconferencing

We are excited to once again host a virtual Monthly Meeting!

Please join Sherri Kokx, Senior Advisor to the Superintendent, and Carri Campbell, Chief of Public Affairs, of Seattle Public Schools for a virtual town hall meeting on school this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Get an update on what parents and caregivers can expect (from Elementary School to Middle School and High School), and how plans to open school remotely will impact families and will be equitable and inclusive.
  • Share your concerns and questions in advance by email at communications@wallingfordcc.org. Questions will be asked by our moderators. We will also be taking questions from attendees during the Q & A portion of the meeting.

To attend, you must register in advance for this webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m4Qj6IoTTLCtuKOHpnQJgA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the information necessary to join the webinar. Registration is presently limited to 100 participants. The webinar will be recorded.


The webinar will be held using the Zoom videoconferencing service. The Zoom service is available as an application for computers, as an app for iPhones or Android phones, or can be joined in many browsers. Configure your device beforehand to ensure your participation is working properly.

Webinar with Councilmember Alex Pedersen, Wednesday June 3

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Zoom videoconferencing

Please join the Wallingford Community Council on its first virtual community council meeting! District 4 Councilmember Alex Pedersen is our featured speaker in a webinar hosted by Wallingford Community Council President Jennifer Ring-Perez. You may submit questions for Councilmember Pedersen to be asked by President Ring-Perez.

To attend, you must register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FyZ0uF44TzaNP6I2qEPUXw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the information necessary to join the webinar. Registration is presently limited to 100 participants. The webinar will be recorded.

The webinar will be held using the Zoom videoconferencing service. The Zoom service is available as an application for computers, as an app for iPhones or Android phones, or can be joined in many browsers. Configure your device beforehand to ensure your participation is working properly.

Call to Action: Public to be removed from Design Review

Tomorrow Monday April 13 at 2 PM, the Seattle City Council will vote on CB119769, an emergency ordinance to expedite affordable housing during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill curtails public Design Review meetings for the next six to eight months to accelerate project approvals. Instead the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will conduct only internal administrative reviews.

Administrative Design Review is where the developer can promote variances to set backs and allowances for roof-top structures for their projects. See the Downtown Residents Alliance post for further discussion of the bill.

Express your concerns to the City Council or your Councilmembers. We emphasize these concerns:

  • A better option is to eliminate Design Review for the crisis period. All developers would have to follow the land use code without exception.
  • Only projects with significant affordable housing units on-site should be given this exemption. Market-rate and commercial projects can wait.
  • Six to eight months is an excessive time period for a crisis that may ease in one to two months.

Proposed Bus Route Revisions

King County Metro is proposing to substantially revise bus routes with the North Link Connections Mobility Project in conjunction with Sound Transit opening new Link light-rail stations in the University District, at Roosevelt, and at Northgate. Bus service in Wallingford is affected including Routes 26, 31, 32, 44, and 62. For more details, visit the North Link Connections Mobility Project website, view the proposed network map, and provide your comments before the end of March (or as soon as you can).

FamilyWorks and Wallingford Community Senior Center Services

FamilyWorks

FamilyWorks continues to provide services during the coronavirus crisis. The Family Resource Center is closed and the food bank is operating with outdoor walk-up distribution. See their Coronavirus Response page and their Our Continued Response to Coronavirus message for more information.


Wallingford Community Senior Center

The Wallingford Community Senior Center is closed but continues essential services to connect to seniors. There will be a new Call-in Support Group on Wednesday April 1 at 11 AM. They offer check-in phone calls for seniors to stay connected. See their last email message for more details.

Suggestions for coping with the coronavirus crisis are available on the How to Keep Busy While Practicing Social Distancing page. Beware scams (about COVID-19) popping up to get your money or your information by phone calls, email messages, and text messages!

Northlake Tiny House Village

We are glad to report that the City of Seattle has reached an agreement with Nickelsville residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village that will allow residents to stay in place through June 1. See the City and Northlake Tiny House Village residents reach agreement announcement, and the Nickelsville will stay in Northlake tiny house village until June; city agrees, citing coronavirus article in The Seattle Times for more information.

Cancelled: Monthly Meeting, Wednesday April 1

Dear neighbors and community members of Wallingford,

The Wallingford Community Council Monthly Meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 1 is cancelled! The health of our members and neighbors is very important and we are following all Public Health – Seattle & King County recommendations for COVID-19.

We plan to reschedule our guest speakers, Christa Dumpys and Darrell Bulmer, Community and Outreach Managers from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). They are eager to share updates and answer questions about ongoing transportation projects in Wallingford. In the meantime, they provided two quick updates:

Bus Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project:

After bringing 30 concepts to the Wallingford community, Darrell said they have narrowed the scope to 15 concepts. He confirmed two of the concepts include simple signal changes, and none include removing parking along N/NE 45th Street (from Stone Way N to I-5) for bus lanes. The only concepts currently that include bus lanes are west of Stone Way N and east of I-5. For more details, visit the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor website.

Green Lake Way and Wallingford Paving projects:

The paving work continues for N 40th Street, N 50th Street, and the Green Lake Way N loop. SDOT plans to start working on Saturdays along Green Lake Way N starting as soon as this week, and N 50th Street paving should start in late spring. Visit the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving website for information and subscribe to receive email updates.


King County Metro is proposing to substantially revise bus routes under the North Link Connections Mobility Project in conjunction with Sound Transit opening new Link light-rail stations in the University District, at Roosevelt, and at Northgate. Bus service in Wallingford is affected. For more details, visit the North Link Connections Mobility Project website and provide your comments before the end of March.


For COVID-19 resources, visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Council websites for current information. The Seattle Times is tracking COVID-19 related news and has removed the electronic paywall: all COVID-19 articles are free without a subscription.

Lastly, I am optimistic we will be able to hold our Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday May 6. We will confirm the meeting status near the end of April. Anyone wishing to vote for Officers must join the Wallingford Community Council and pay dues at least 15 days before the Annual Meeting (on or before April 21).

We wish each of you good health in the days and weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Sincerely,
Jenny Ring-Perez
President, Wallingford Community Council