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Public Hearing on MHA, Monday February 12

Save the Date: Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability Requirements

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.

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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.

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday December 6

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

Program: Rob Johnson, City Council Member, District 4

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
Approval of Minutes.
Committee reports.

Special Guest:
Rob Johnson, City Council Member, District 4 
Hear from Rob, followed by Q&A

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

  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (NOTE: there is no January Monthly Meeting)
  • Waterway 23 (dock in Fremont used by Lake Washington Rowing Club) – public access has been restored!
  • The WCC joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity, which filed an appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • The WCC also filed a separate appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • “Funeral of the Neighborhood Voice” – watch it on KOMO News
  • The Roof is Now Open! As a result of a SEPA appeal by the WCC, public access to the roof of the new Tableau building at Woodlawn Avenue N & N 34th Street is open during business hours.  The Entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked, ask at the Tableau reception desk for the door to be unlocked.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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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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Service Interruptions, Tuesday November 14

The services supporting the Wallingford Community Council website are scheduled to be upgraded today, Tuesday November 14. There may be brief periods of time today when the website will not respond.

Thanks for your patience!

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday November 1

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
Time: 7:00 PM

Program: George Scarola, Permitted Homeless Encampment coming to Wallingford from Ballard.

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
Approval of Minutes.
Committee reports.

Special Guests:
George Scarola, Department of Homelessness
The permitted tiny house homeless encampment in Ballard is moving to Wallingford in December.  George Scarola will explain the program and answer questions.  See below for more information on the Northlake area legal encampment.

NOTE: There will be another community meeting later in November; the Department of Homelessness is working to confirm a venue larger than Room 202.

Zach Carstensen, Director, Outreach & Engagement, Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07).

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

  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday December 6, 2017.
  • Emergency Preparation, City-wide Communication Hubs: To learn more about gathering and supporting each other in the event of earthquake, storm, or other large-scale emergencies, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/emergency-management/prepare/prepare-your-neighborhood.
  • The ADU EIS Scoping Comments are due 5:00 PM, November 1, 2017.
  • KOMO News and KING 5 covered the Thursday October 26 “Funeral of the Neighborhood Voice”.
  • The Roof is Now Open! As a result of a SEPA appeal by the WCC, public access to the roof of the new Tableau building at Woodlawn Avenue N & N 34th Street is open during business hours.  The Entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked, ask at the Tableau reception desk for the door to be unlocked.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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Wear Black to the City Open House, Thursday October 26

A.K.A. the “Funeral of the Neighborhood Voice”

Thursday October 26, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Hales Brewery (in the Palladium)
4301 Leary Way NW

Wear black as together we mourn the loss of our Neighborhood Voice

The City wants to remove Single-Family zoning language from our Neighborhood Plan to allow for upzones and increased building heights in our neighborhood.  This Thursday, the City is having an Open House in which they want to “start a discussion” around changes to five neighborhood plans.

If you think that neighborhoods should have a voice, and believe that residents, neighborhood businesses, schools and the city should all be involved and working together to plan the future – then wear black and attend the Open House.

We can make a statement about our lack of voice.  Here’s how:

  1. Show up, dressed in black as a visual protest of the City killing our Neighborhood Plans by controlling its language and not allowing neighborhood-directed planning.
  2. The City will ask you to rewrite a section of our neighborhood plan to remove single family zoning language and will dictate what language is allowable, or ask you to choose one of their options. Instead, we recommend you tell the City that our neighborhood plans and zoning should only be changed through a formal neighborhood planning process.

Please join us for the “Funeral of the Neighborhood Voice”.
Suggestions for Signs:

  • RIP – Neighborhood Voice
  • RIP – Democracy in Seattle
  • RIP – Livability
  • RIP – Affordability
  • Death of the Neighborhood Plan
  • Silenced! Neighborhood Voices
  • Resurrect Neighborhood Plans

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday October 4

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

Program: Neighborhood preparation for large-scale emergencies.

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
Approval of Minutes.
Waterways Walk planning activities.
Committee reports.

Special Guest:
Cindi Barker, community leader of the city-wide Communication Hubs effort will talk about neighborhood preparation for earthquake, storm, or other large-scale emergencies. She and volunteers who have been active in Wallingford will discuss how to participate, and in the event of an emergency, activate volunteers in our community. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/emergency-management/prepare/prepare-your-neighborhood.

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

  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday November 1.
  • Wallingford Waterways Walk on Saturday October 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Join us on a family-friendly walk to learn about the public access points on Lake Union. The walk begins at Waterway 22 (at the bottom of Stone Way N). Click here for details.
  • Please help us to raise awareness of each Waterway by posting your photos and comments on Google Maps and other social media sites!
  • The Roof is Now Open! As a result of a SEPA appeal by the WCC, public access to the roof of the new Tableau building at Woodlawn Avenue N & N 34th Street is open during business hours. The Entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked, ask at the Tableau reception desk for the door to be unlocked.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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Map of waterways in Wallingford. Prepared by James Thompson. © Copyright 2015 Wallingford Community Council. All Rights Reserved.

Wallingford Waterways Walk, Saturday October 7

Join Us! From 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Rain or shine.

Join us on a family-friendly walk to learn about the public access points on Lake Union.

Where: Waterway 22 (at the bottom of Stone Way N). We’ll meet where the Burke-Gilman Trail intersects with Stone Way N, in the parking lot area by Solsticio just south of N 34th Street). Then about 3:15 PM, we’ll begin to work our way east toward Waterway 15 (just to the west of Ivar’s Salmon House, at NE Northlake Way and 4th Ave NE).  For those so inclined, join us after the walk for Ivar’s Happy Hour.

Why: Wallingford’s public waterways are wonderful features of our community and the Wallingford Community Council has made access to the public waterways a key action item. We hold this walk to raise awareness of where the public access points are along the Wallingford section of Lake Union. In addition, we want to improve shoreline habitats. Your input is vital.

What: We will visit each Waterway in Wallingford, generating ideas and making plans as we go. Join us and add your thoughts to the mix. Please help us to raise awareness of each Waterway by posting your photos and comments on Google Maps and other social media sites!

Can’t make it? Use the map on the Shorelines page to find the public access points on the water. Let us know that you want to get involved with waterways by contacting us or by coming to a Monthly Meeting of the Wallingford Community Council (on the first Wednesday of every month).

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