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Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday May 9

Location: In the Chapel (on the 4th Floor) of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
Member Check-in: 6:30 PM;  Meeting Starts: 7:00 PM.

The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and Election of Officers on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:00 PM.  We will be electing officers at the meeting.  If you would like to be considered for a nomination for one of those positions, please send an email describing your interest and past level of involvement with the WCC and the neighborhood to lee@raaen.com no later than April 18.

Have you renewed for 2018?

Last year, we moved to a calendar year membership cycle.  Which means that if you joined or renewed your membership after November 2017, then your membership is valid for all of 2018.  To be eligible to vote in the May election, you must renew or join for 2018 no later than April 24, 2018. Click here to Renew or Join.

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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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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday March 7

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
Time: 7:00 PM.

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
The 2018 Membership Campaign is in progress. Join / Renew Membership here.
Approval of Minutes.
Committee reports.
Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
Announcements:

  • Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Requirements. 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.
  • Historic Seattle presents an Architectural History Program by Thomas Veith. Friday March 23, 7:00 PM in the Seattle First Church of the Nazarene, 4401 2nd Ave NE. Chat and get acquainted beforehand in the Mosaic Coffee Shop at 6:00 PM.
  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday April 4, 2018, 7:00 PM.
  • Help plan the Spring Waterways Walk – a tour of public access points on Lake Union.  If you are interested, please contact us or let us know in person at the meeting.
  • Click here to Renew Your Membership or to Join the Wallingford Community Council for the 2018 calendar year.
  • The WCC joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity which filed an Appeal of the MHA Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • The WCC also filed a separate Appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • Enjoy the view from the Tableau roof! The entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked call URG (the building management company) at 206-381-3344 and then contact us so that we can track how often public access to the roof is denied.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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Mike O’Brien Office Hours, Tuesday February 27

Office hours with Councilmember Mike O’Brien of District 6 from 5 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday February 27 at Green Lake Community Center. No RSVP required. Please email Lakecia Farmer with any questions.

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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

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday February 7

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.
Time: 7:00 PM.

Program:

  • Disposition of City property next to Dunn Lumber.
  • Ship Canal Water Quality Project briefing from Seattle Public Utilities.

Agenda:
7:00 PM – Welcome / Call to Order.
The 2018 Membership Campaign is in progress. Join / Renew Membership here.
Approval of Minutes.

Special Guests:

  • Bob Farrell of the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services discusses the disposition of excess City property at 3819 4th Ave NE. The property, next to Dunn Lumber, was used by the Seattle Department of Transportation for storage of road-building materials.
  • Staff from Seattle Public Utilities present an update on the Ship Canal Water Quality Project to prevent stormwater overflow events.

Public Access to Waterway 23 (the dock in Fremont used by the Lake Washington Rowing Club). Public access has been restored but the rowing club is asking to eliminate it. (Click here for a waterways map.)

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

  • Public Hearing Regarding Rezones to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Requirements. Monday February 12, 2018, 6:00 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.
  • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday March 7, 2018, 7:00 PM.
  • Click here to Renew Membership or Join the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) for 2018.
  • The WCC joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, & Equity which filed an Appeal of the MHA Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • The WCC also filed a separate Appeal of the MHA Final EIS.
  • The non-profit Fremont Community School is fundraising to expand. As more children enter Seattle, the demand for all day childcare for infant to age 5 is increasing. Click here to donate or learn more.
  • Enjoy the view from the Tableau roof! The entry door is located next to Cafe Acadia. If the door is locked call URG (the building management company) at 206-381-3344 and then contact us so that we can track how often public access to the roof is denied.

9:00 PM – Adjourn.

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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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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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Please Renew or Join

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.

Click here to RENEW / JOIN for 2018.
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