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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday September 5

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

Agenda:

Welcome / Call to Order.

A Navigation Team Representative from the City will address safety concerns about illegal encampments, garbage, and hazardous waste (needles, human feces). What the police can do. What residents can do.

Phil Reichel of Save N40th will present on why they oppose the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to remove parking on N/NE 40th Street in order to add bicycle lanes.

Committee reports.

Announcements:

  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday October 3, 2018, 7 PM.
  • City Councilmember Rob Johnson has released a new Tree Ordinance that replaces tree protections in favor of tree removal and mitigation. The Coalition for a Stronger Tree Ordinance is meeting Saturday September 1, 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM at the Green Lake Public Library. The Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee is holding a Public Hearing on Wednesday September 5, 9:30 AM in City Council Chambers.
  • Volunteers needed to help construct gravel walkways at the Nickelsville Northlake Tiny House Village on Saturday September 8 (see below).
  • Wallingford Historic Homes Fair on Saturday October 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Good Shepherd Center.

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

Adjourn.

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Green Lake & Wallingford Paving Project, July 21, 24, & 28

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is planning major lane configuration changes when paving N/NE 40th Street, N/NE 50th Street, Green Lake Way N, E Green Lake Way N, E Green Lake Drive N, and Green Lake Drive N in 2019. This would provide new Protected Bicycle Lane facilities.

The Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements project team is holding meetings for the public to learn more about the project and to provide feedback. Kids’ activities and light refreshments are provided:

Saturday July 21 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Lower Level

Tuesday July 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday July 28 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Green Lake Library, 7364 E Green Lake Dr N

Concerns for residents, small businesses, cyclists, and pedestrians are:

  • Removal of all street parking on N/NE 40th Street from Wallingford Ave N to 7th Ave NE.
  • Removal of one side of street parking on N/NE 40th Street from Stone Way N to Wallingford Ave N, on Stone Way N from N 45th Street to N 50th Street, and on Green Lake Way N from N 50th Street to N 52nd Street.
  • Safe transtition of bicycle traffic from a two-way Protected Bicycle Lane to two one-way Protected Bicycle Lanes at Green Lake Way N and N 52nd Street.
  • More cut-through traffic on residential streets due to congestion from new signals at Green Lake Way N and W Green Lake Way N (Pitch &  Putt), and at Green Lake Way N and N 52nd Street.
  • No traffic improvements to the low-performance intersection of Stone Way N, N 50th Street, and Green Lake Way N.
  • Lulling casual cyclists into false sense of safety with an uphill Protected Bicycle Lane on N/NE 40th Street which transforms into high-speed sharrows in traffic on the downhill sections.

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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.)

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Monthly & General Membership Meeting, Wednesday June 6

Monthly Meeting
Followed by General Membership Meeting
Wednesday June 6, 7 PM

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

Monthly Meeting Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
Introduction of new Board of Directors.
Special Guests:

  • TreePAC: Advocacy for an effective tree ordinance. Meeting the City’s goal to increase the tree canopy to 30% includes protecting existing trees and Seattle’s urban forests.
  • Seattle Department of Transportation: Green Lake Area Paving & Safety Projects. Project briefing by Christa Dumpys on bicycle lane and parking changes for Stone Way N, Green Lake Way N, N 50th Street, and N 40th Street.

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

Adjourn Monthly Meeting.

General Membership Meeting:
~8:00 PM – Discussion of outreach, inclusion, and potential Bylaw changes. A vote by the Membership is necessary to amend the Bylaws.

9:00 PM – Adjourn General Meeting.

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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.

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NE Pacific Street Closed Under the University Bridge, March 10 & 11

From the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT):

NE Northlake Way and NE Pacific Street Closed between 7th Ave NE and Brooklyn Ave NE from Saturday March 10 to Sunday March 11

SDOT is advising travelers that NE Northlake Way and NE Pacific Street will be closed between 7th Ave NE and Brooklyn Ave NE (NE Pacific Street becomes NE Northlake Way west of Eastlake Place NE) for significant paving work. This work will begin at 7 AM Saturday March 10 through Sunday March 11. All Detour routes will have signs at every intersection for drivers to follow.

Travelers can expect:

  • NE Northlake Way will be closed to all traffic at 7th Ave NE (eastbound).
  • NE Pacific Street will be closed from Brooklyn Ave NE to Eastlake Place NE (then NE Northlake Way is closed to 7th Ave NE).
  • Westbound NE Pacific Street traffic will be detoured northbound at Brooklyn Ave NE, then at NE Campus Parkway they will take a left and follow that back to NE 40th Street and then they will turn right on 6th Ave NE and that will take them back to NE Northlake Way.
  • All parking on NE Northlake Way from 7th Ave NE east to where it becomes NE Pacific Street to NE Boat Street be restricted. “No Parking” signs will be placed 3 days before the parking restrictions begin.
  • Uniformed Police officers will be directing traffic at NE Northlake Way at 7th Ave NE, and at NE Pacific Street at Brooklyn Ave NE.

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is being completed.

http://onthemove.seattle.gov/2018/03/09/ne-northlake-way-and-ne-pacific-st-closed-between-7th-ave-ne-and-brooklyn-ave-ne-saturday-march-10-to-sunday-march-11/

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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

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!

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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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