No meeting this Tuesday

by Rob Fellows on July 13, 2014

There will not be a July meeting of the Greenwood Community Council this Tuesday.

However, we expect to have a special August meeting on the usuals third Tuesday meeting date (8/19) to plan next year’s Greenwood 2035 planning effort, including study groups on sidewalks, transportation, land use and new models of community engagement.  More information coming soon!

GCC Meeting Tuesday on Greenwood 2035 Plan

by Rob Fellows on June 16, 2014

June Membership Meeting
Tuesday June 17, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Tomorrow (Tuesday)’s community council meeting will be an open meeting of the board to discuss the Greenwood 2035 planning effort described in a post below. If you’re interested or have other community issues you’d like to discuss, please join us – everyone is welcome.

Seattle is beginning a year-long effort on a major update to its comprehensive plan, identifying where new development should occur and what city investments will be needed to accommodate growth. The initial plan focus is on whether urban centers (downtown, Capitol Hill, Northgate) and/or stations near light rail should be upzoned to be far denser than today; but eventually the plan must also address city plans for transportation, schools, parks, housing affordability and other critical issues that will affect Greenwood. Greenwood 2035 will prepare us to participate on behalf of our neighborhood, and to inform and engage Greenwood neighbors to influence the plan to benefit Greenwood’s livability.

If you’ve thought about getting involved in the neighborhood, this is a great time to do it. This will be a great opportunity to meet neighbors and learn how the city works. We will be planning and recruiting for Greenwood 2035 over the summer so we’ll be ready to hit the ground running next September. Please take a look at the call for volunteers below, and consider joining the discussion tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Get involved in Greenwood – Looking for your help and participation

by Rob Fellows on June 15, 2014

The Greenwood Community Council is looking for volunteers for Greenwood 2035 - a year-long effort to develop Greenwood’s input and feedback to complement Seattle’s comprehensive plan update: Seattle 2035.  

(This is the topic of this Tuesday’s community council meeting – agenda coming in a separate email).


Volunteers are needed for the following study groups:

  • LAND USE.  This study group will develop information and positions about how Greenwood should develop.
    For example:
    • What is loved about Greenwood that should be preserved, and what could be improved?
    • How can new density and development enhance and promote Greenwood’s livability?
    • What city improvements and services are needed to make new development work?
    • What can be done to preserve affordability and healthy small businesses?
    • What kinds of development are helping or hurting livability in Greenwood?
  • TRANSPORTATION.  This group will address Greenwood’s transportation needs and priorities.
    • What new transit connections are needed, and how can service be improved?
    • What’s the best way to accommodate bicycles, and where should greenways be located?
    • What should be priority uses for our main streets?  How should they operate?
    • Should car use be more efficient, or should it be frustrating to spur shifts to transit and bikes?
    • What are the transportation projects and improvements that should top our priority list?
  • SIDEWALKS.  This group will propose practical ways to start building sidewalks north of 85th St.
    (Note: Seattle’s change to district elections makes this a timely opportunity – any candidate for the district north of 85th will need a program to address sidewalks, and we can help!)  This group will study and consider:
    • Why are there no sidewalks north of 85th St., and what’s been tried to get them built?
    • What is the city’s obligation vs. the home or business owner?
    • How will Seattle’s complete streets policy help?  How effective are grant processes?
    • What are obstacles to building sidewalks and what can be done to overcome them?
    • What is a practical program that a new city councilmember could promote?
  • NEW MODELS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.  This group will aim to broaden community involvement.
    • Are meetings still an effective way to involve people in addressing neighborhood issues?
    • What are generational differences – how do younger community members engage?
    • How can dialogue increase between residents and local business people?
    • What are engagement and outreach models that are more participatory?
    • How do different constituencies feel the community council could better engage or represent their interests?

(Note: The Greenwood Community Council is also looking for volunteers for our board, and help with our website.)

If you’re interested in any of this, here’s what to do:

  • Please click here to send an email with your contact information and what study group(s) you are interested in joining or leading.  The study groups will begin meeting in September, but planning will continue over the summer to make sure they will be rewarding and productive.  We will also develop a monthly series of presentations and discussions at community council meetings over the next year to complement study group activities and report out and share their findings.
  • If you’d like to discuss, help plan or learn more about this activity, attend the June Greenwood Community Council meeting next Tuesday evening, June 17, at 7:00 in the Greenwood Public Library meeting room.  The Greenwood Library’s address is 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

GCC May Meeting is Canceled

by Rob Fellows on May 19, 2014

The Greenwood Community Council meeting for May is canceled. The program we were hoping to present is not available, so we will postpone for a future meeting. Our meeting this month was scheduled for the day after the Memorial Day holiday, so we’re thinking this is not a bad one to cancel.

We will definitely meet next month on June 17 – hope to see you then.


GCC Meeting Next Week: Greenwood Ave. Transit/Sidewalk Project [Updated]

by Rob Fellows on April 14, 2014

[This post has been updated to add the meeting agenda]

The Community Council normally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but for April and May we will meet on the fourth Tuesday instead.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

April Membership Meeting
Tuesday April 22, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Greenwood Transit/Sidewalk Project

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working on a design for transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Ave. between N. 90th and N. 105th.  SDOT representatives will present their plans and answer questions.  

This project would bring long-desired sidewalks to Greenwood Ave.!  It includes funding to build sidewalks on the east side of the street, and to design sidewalks on the west side that would be well-positioned for funding.  Sidewalks design will affect where on-street parking is available.

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers.  Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus.  Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N.  This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Proposed Agenda:

7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review

7:10 SDOT Presentation (Rob Gorman, Paul Elliot), followed by Q&A and discussion

7:50 Around the Table Updates

- Report from the Neighborhood Summit
- Comprehensive Plan update
- Greenwood Library Park update
- Microhousing and low-rise development regulations update

8:20 Announcements and Next Meeting Topic

8:30 Adjourn

GCC Supports Funding to Develop Greenwood Library Park

by Rob Fellows on April 6, 2014

The Greenwood Community Council has weighed in with the Seattle City Council in support of including funds in the upcoming parks ballot measure to develop a park on the site pictured here, just north of the Greenwood Library.  The Parks Department purchased this property for a future park, and businesses there are relocating.

Once vacant, the building will be demolished.  If there is no funding to improve the property into a Greenwood Library Park, it may sit vacant indefinitely.  We’ve urged the City Council not to let that happen.

To see the GCC letter to Councilmember Bagshaw, click here.

GCC Attending Mayor Murray’s Neighborhood Summit this Saturday

by Rob Fellows on April 1, 2014

The Seattle Neighborhood Summit will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, located on Mercer at 3rd Avenue N. next to McCaw Hall.  Mayor Murray is sponsoring a Neighborhood Summit this coming Saturday to set the tone for how his administration will relate to neighborhoods during his term. Many of the Greenwood Community Council board members will participate, and invite anyone interested in neighborhood issues to join us.

At a brainstorm during our March Greenwood Community Council meeting, these were the issues members suggested be raised as priorities for Greenwood. If you attend the summit you might want to raise some of these, along with any other issues that motivate you to attend.

Notes from the GCC March Membership Meeting
Brainstorm on Community Issues
to Raise at the Neighborhood Summit

 

Provide for Non-Car Transit (Walk, Bike, Bus) – especially Sidewalks!
Improve people’s ability to walk, bike, and use the bus in and around Greenwood.

- Make a strategy for sidewalk development in Greenwood and plan for it in the budget.
- Ensure ample and accessible mass transit service.
- Improve walkability through more sidewalks, safe intersection crossings.
- Create more bike-friendly infrastructure.
- Do greenways “right.”

Plan for the Park @ Greenwood & 81st Street
Create a plan to fund, design, and develop the land planned for a park at 81st & Greenwood Ave.

- The businesses will be moving out and there’s no budget or plan for how to develop the property
- A prominent location on Greenwood Ave. may lie vacant for some time if there are no park improvement.

Support a Vibrant Business District
Find ways to attract and retain businesses to Greenwood’s main corridors.

- There are a lot of empty storefronts in the “downtown” area near 85 & Greenwood.
- The upper part of Aurora continues to have crime and social service issues
- How can the community weigh in on what businesses are established in Greenwood?
- Ensure there’s parking for residents (as more high-density housing is built) and visitors.

Communicate with and Support Community Councils
Provide channels for the city to have a more active dialogue with community councils and support their development.

- Provide venues/staff to learn about community priorities.
- Share how the city is addressing each community’s issues (plan, budget).
- Discuss (not just present) and enable input on challenging topics.
- Provide funding for community council outreach and staffing neighborhood centers.

For more information on the 2014 Seattle Neighborhood Summit, visit http://www.seattle.gov/sns2014. .

View the full agenda here.

Next Tuesday’s GCC Meeting: Preparing for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit [Updated]

by Rob Fellows on March 12, 2014


March Membership Meeting
Tuesday March 18, 7:00 – 8:30
Greenwood Public Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N

On Saturday April 5, May, Mayor Murray will convene a “Neighborhood Summit” to bring community leaders from around the city together to weigh in on issues of concern to neighborhoods and how the city should involve neighborhoods in during his term. (For more information about the summit, follow this link). At our March membership meeting, we invite all Greenwood residents and businesspeople to discuss the issues we want to see discussed at the summit.

Agenda

7:00 Introductions, Agenda Review , and quick updates on neighborhood issues
7:10 Brief introduction to the neighborhoods summit
7:15 Exercise to identify the most critical neighborhood issues
7:45 Report out and discussion
8:00 What methods have been successful (or not) to engage neighborhoods?
8:20 Summary and follow-up steps
8:30 Adjourn

And while you’re holding the date, also pencil us in for every third Tuesday night of each month. The Greenwood Community Council is moving back to monthly meeting at a consistent time (Third Tuesdays at 7:00) and place (the Library).

No GCC Meeting Tonight (January 21)

by Rob Fellows on January 21, 2014

For the past couple of years the Greenwood Community Council has generally met on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months – which is an odd schedule to remember, and today I forgot as well.  This would normally be our January meeting night, but if you were planning to go please don’t because we will not meet this month (and my sincere apology for this ridiculously last minute note – now five minutes before the meeting time).

Over the past couple of months we have been regrouping a bit.  We’ve had some board turnover.  We thought that our reservation for the library meeting space was ongoing, but in fact it expired at the end of the year and other groups have booked the space for January and February.  We missed a meeting in November because all of us were too busy.

Personally, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to go back to a monthly schedule, and have booked the library meeting room for the remainder of the year on third tuesdays of each month beginning in March.  The board is in agreement on this.  Our original intent in meeting less frequently was to produce more interesting and well planned meetings; instead I think we’ve lost a lot of people who might attend if we met on a predictable monthly basis with a more standard agenda that provides a speaker on a current topic and updates about ongoing neighborhood issues from people following them.

We are trying to arrange a meeting in February at an alternative location, we’re seeking new members for our board, and we’re looking for ideas about how to focus our meetings and activities to be most relevant to you and Greenwood.  I will write again with a more complete update soon.  Please let me know by replying to this message if you have thoughts, suggestions, or want to get involved.

– Rob Fellows, GCC President

An Emergency Preparedness Opportunity – but needs support and volunteers

by Rob Fellows on October 2, 2013

Here’s an opportunity to help Greenwood prepare for emergencies…

Proposed Emergency Preparedness Grant: The staff at the Greenwood Boys & Girls Club are preparing an application for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for Greenwood preparedness. The grant application seeks $25K to fund establishment of 2 neighborhood hubs in our extended neighborhood — places that could function as communication centers and house supplies during large scale emergencies. Having a hub would also provide focus to power other emergency preparedness activities in the neighborhood.

How you can help: Community participation is crucial to getting these grants, and volunteer time is credited towards the project as our neighborhood’s matching contribution for city funds. We need to demonstrate that volunteers time will be forthcoming. Several workshops and training activities will be needed to plan for the new hubs that you could volunteer to help or participate in – and these would also give you valuable skills, knowledge, and hopefully some fun and new friends.

The grant deadline is next week – Oct. 7 – so your pledge of volunteer time is needed right away to help get the grant funded.

To pledge volunteer hours: Send an email to Joan at the Greenwood Boys and Girls Club by clicking here, or call her at 436-1851. Tell her your name, address and phone, plus the number of hours you would be willing to donate over the coming year. Five hours per 2014 month could equate to $1200 in matching funds from the city, but any amount will help. If the grant is funded, a volunteer will contact you to arrange for a volunteer activity that fits your schedule and interests. Also please pass this message along to others you know who might be interested. If you are willing to write a letter from you or a group/organization you belong to, contact the North Seattle Boys and Girl’s Club at (206) 436-1850.

For more information:

  • For information about Neighborhood Matching Fund and other city grants, click here.
  • For more about the City’s Seattle! Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program, click here.
  • To stay connected with Greenwood neighbors interested in emergency preparedness, join the Greenwood Preparedness yahoo group.  Click here to send an email to subscribe.  Subscribing will be another way to demonstrate neighborhood support for this effort.

(I’ve sent this to the Greenwood News, Greenwood Preparedness and Greenwood Community Council lists – so apologies if you received it more than once.)

SDOT Meeting Tonight on Proposed Fremont Ave. Improvements

by Rob Fellows on June 18, 2013

SDOT is having an open house this evening between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girl’s Club on proposed improvements to Fremont Ave. N.  An announcement for the meeting is here. The Boys and Girls Club is at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

There is a competing proposal you should know about to continue the Interurban Trail that now connects from 105th up to Lynnwood using the old Interurban/City Light right of way. The right-of-way still exists south of 105th a half block from Fremont, and could be a better option for walking and biking if funding could be found to implement it. The proposal to extend the trail on the Interurban right of way is here.

My apologies for the last minute notice on this – just learned about the meeting today.

Next Thursday: Walk with GCC beyond where the sidewalk ends [UPDATED]

by Rob Fellows on June 14, 2013

UPDATE:  Due to rain this event will be rescheduled for a different night – watch for a new date and time soon.

- – - – - -

The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.

Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.

Who: We invite any concerned residents, employees, employers and local city officials to join the GCC on this walk.

When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20th

Where: Meet at Naked City Taphouse at 8510 Greenwood Ave N at 8:30 p.m. Leave Naked City at 9 p.m., travel north to 105th St., then return.

GCC May Meeting on Walking and Biking in Greenwood

by Rob Fellows on May 16, 2013

Greenwood Community Council
May Meeting
7:00 PM Tuesday May 21
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Topic: Improving Greenwood for Walking and Biking

Agenda:

• 7:00 – Welcome and Introductions

• 7:05 - Round robin updates and announcements

• 7:15 - Discussion: what is the experience of walking and biking around Greenwood?

• 7:45 – Short presentations on specific projects/proposals

• 8:15 – (Separate topic): Presentation on proposed project at 1st NW and NW 85th (Pizza Hut)

• 8:30 – Adjourn

This meeting will provide an open forum about pedestrian and biking and how to improve the experience of walking and biking in our neighborhood.  We are also inviting people who have specific proposals or agendas to make brief presentations.

We’ve also been asked by the developers of a proposed project at the old Pizza Hut site across from Fred Meyer for an opportunity to share their thinking and get your feedback.  They are still at the planning stage, when new ideas can be incorporated.

The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.

Greenwood Community Council meeting next Tuesday on the Town Center

by Rob Fellows on March 14, 2013

Greenwood Community Council
March Meeting

7:00 PM Tuesday March 19
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Topic: Looking Back-and Forward-on the Greenwood Town Center Plan
and also A report from the 2013 legislative session by Rep. Gael Tarleton

Agenda:
7:00 – Welcome and Introductions
7:05 – Panel Discussion on the Town Center, including:

    • Councilmember Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council
    • Gary Brunt, Greenwood Shopping Center and
    • Scott Nolte, Taproot Theatre
    • Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC

8:05 – Report from the Legislature

    • Rep. Gael Tarleton, 36th District

8:30 – Adjourn

Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.

The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown Greenwood?

The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.

Agenda for January 15, 2013 GCC Meeting

by angelancherry on January 11, 2013

Below is an agenda for the next Greenwood Community Council (GCC) meeting, happening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, at the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library– 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

We’ll discuss Emergency & Crime Preparedness during January’s meeting. Please join us and share your input on this topic!

Agenda

  • The current state of emergency and crime preparedness in Greenwood and neighboring communities
  • What can be done about it and other next steps

 

Guest Speakers

  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department, Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Penny Fulmer / David Gordon, Seattle Police Department, Community Policing
  • James Manning, Seattle Police Department, Community Outreach
  • Tracy Connelly, Seattle Office Of Emergency Management, Community Planning Coordinator

 

The Greenwood Preparedness Action Network wants YOU!

by admin on December 3, 2012

Agenda – January 15, 2013:
Preparedness: A Call To Arms.

The Greenwood Preparedness Action Network wants YOU!

The Greenwood Community Council will be hosting a “call to arms” on January 15, 2013 for those interested in participating in a Greenwood Preparedness Action Network to spread

individual, block, & neighborhood

Emergency/Crime Preparedness throughout Greenwood.

What can be done?

Preparedness has several levels, none of which is a replacement for another, and each takes work.

Your Neighborhood — (when at your residence or business).
Your Block — (when at your residence or business).
Yourself — (when at your residence and when traveling).

Many neighborhoods in Seattle have advanced noticeably farther than Greenwood regarding preparedness.

Many neighborhoods have networked their blocks via block captains.

Some of the blocks had been “block watch” blocks, others had been “SNAP” preparedness blocks… Regardless, they were blocks that had organized themselves to some extent.

These block captains convened to map the status of the neighborhood’s blocks, creating a network of communication between the organized block captains and identifying the unorganized blocks as a result. This exercise has resulted in more blocks getting organized (prepared).

These networks have also taken on the task of aiding preparedness at the individual level and preparedness at the neighborhood level and have established hubs, which aid the dispersal of information and such in a big emergency.

This is “Emergency/Crime Preparedness“.

Both “emergency” and “crime” are addressed together here under the umbrella of
“Emergency/Crime Preparedness” or
“Preparedness”.

Preparedness is being ready for emerging situations. These situations can range from the arrival of a criminal to the simultaneous arrival of a blizzard and an earthquake.
Modifying a wall to reduce its chance of collapse during an earthquake and modifying a door to reduce its chance of collapse during an attempted break-in are similar and acts of individual preparedness.
Informing your neighbor of your whereabouts in the event of a suspicious noise and informing your neighbor of your whereabouts in the event of a suspicious smoke are similar and acts of block preparedness.

The team is, wants, and needs, YOU.

On a unified team, there are many ways to participate. There is a task to match any interest…

but driving this task forward will take many drivers.
If too few drivers come forward,
then instead of asking them to each make an unreasonable effort,
the reasonable thing will be to abandon the effort.

SO,

while many like the idea of the neighborhood being prepared,
the question at hand is,
how many are willing to help drive?

There are a great many examples for Greenwood to borrow from, but nothing happens without effort.

The aim of the 15 January meeting is to either launch the program or to declare that there is not the critical mass to do it. It will be very clear that volunteering is contingent on there being critical mass. No one will be asked to carry an unreasonable load.

It can now be Greenwood’s turn.

Ready to take unified action?

See you…

(Tuesday) January 15, 2013 @ 7pm. (3rd Tuesday)
@ 8016 Greenwood Avenue N (Greenwood Public Library).

[Additional details to be provided via this webpage as the date approaches.]

NOTE:
Greenwood Community Council general meetings occur on the 3rd Tuesday of odd numbered months.
For more information, contact any board member listed @ http://www.GreenwoodCommunityCouncil.org

Upcoming GCC Meeting Schedule

by admin on November 8, 2011

The Greenwood Community Council meets regularly on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months.  Unless noted, all meetings are at 7PM at the Greenwood Library, at 8016 Greenwood Avenue N.

This upcoming meeting schedule is subject to change. Please check back with this site to review schedule updates and join the email list to receive updates via email.  You can also receive notices about Community Council issues and events (along with other community announcements) by joining the Greenwood News email list.  To join, send email to Greenwood_News-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Other Upcoming Meetings:

  • 15 January 2013
  • 19 March 2013

 

Join the email list

by admin on February 9, 2010

The GCC is working on improving the way it engages with the community and shares information. If you would like to receive emails from the GCC.

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