Category Archives: Quality of Life

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.

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!

Financial Help in Washington State for the COVID-19 Crisis

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.

Best Regards,
The Wallingford Community Council

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday March 4

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.


Announcements

  • 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.
  • The 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.

43rd District Town Hall, Saturday February 22

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, Wednesday March 18

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.