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.
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 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!
The King County Council has published a bulletin of useful resources for families, employees, and small businesses facing financial hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, and bulletins for how to apply for Unemployment and/or Workers’ Compensation. We were made aware of this information in a newsletter from Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles sent Monday March 16. The contents of the Helpful Financial Resources section are republished below. As the bulletins note: “Due to the rapidly evolving nature of state and federal programs, this information may change unexpectedly.”
Please practice social distancing. We wish good health to everyone during these challenging times.
The Wallingford Community Council
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
4659 Sunnyside Ave N
Special Guest: City Councilmember Dan Strauss of District 6 (Wallingford, Fremont, Green Lake, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, and Greenwood). Come hear Councilmember Strauss discuss priorities for the City followed by the opportunity to ask questions.
Barb Burrill will discuss the Wallingford Tree Survey.
- The latest information for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available from Public Health — Seattle & King County.
- Bring items that cannot go into a recycling cart to Beyond the Cart hosted by Seattle Public Utilities. Saturday March 7, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE.
- Historic Wallingford is hosting Researching the History of Your House on Saturday March 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE.
- Seattle Public Utilities is updating its Strategic Business Plan and wants to hear from you. Share your insights in the Customer Survey.
- Submit small-scale park and street improvement project ideas for the Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets program to the Department of Neighborhoods through Wednesday March 18.
Green Lake and Wallingford Paving project continues construction on N
40th Street, N 50th Street, and Green Lake Way N. Subscribe with the Seattle Department of Transportation to receive email updates.
- Seattle Public Utilities and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division are beginning construction of an underground storage tunnel from Ballard to Wallingford. See the Ship Canal Water Quality Project website for details.
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Join Senator Jamie Pedersen, Representative Frank Chopp, and Representative Nicole Macri for a town hall meeting.
- Get an update on the 2020 Legislative Session.
- Share your comments, concerns, and questions.
More information is available from the Representative Macri.
Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is
a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents
democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on
small-scale park and street improvements. You can submit potential
project ideas for small-scale park and street improvements through Wednesday March 18.
More information is available from the Department of Neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Matching Fund provides
matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects
developed and implemented by community members. The first deadline for
applying to the Community Partnership Fund for up to $50,000 is Tuesday February 25.
More information is available from the Department of Neighborhoods.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is soliciting public input for its next budget. The SAVE Evans Pool & Green Lake Community Center group is advocating for using Park District funds to maintain, repair, and replace community centers and pools (including the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool). See Park District Planning for Park District Oversight Committee meetings and a public survey. Comments may also be sent to PDplanning@seattle.gov.
Property Tax Exemption for Seniors
Thursday February 13, 1:30-3:00 PM
The income limit for seniors to qualify for a property tax reduction in King County has increased to $58,423 per year per household. Learn about the new housing tax exemption at a presentation at the Wallingford Community Senior Center. Advance registration appreciated.
For more information:
“Spread the word on new property-tax exemptions“; Seattle Times; February 11, 2020.
King County Assessor.
King County Property Tax Exemptions application.