Category Archives: Greenwood Community Council

Next Tuesday: Talk with Designers and Developers, Learn about Healthy Street Tree Maintenance, and the Future of the Senior Center [Updated]

Late addition: We have been participants in a coalition to support a new pedestrian bridge connecting the North Seattle College and 100th St. corridor to the Northgate light rail station across I-5. The last hurdle is for North Seattle College to grant an easement on their property. We’ve been asked to add our name to a letter reaffirming support for the bridge, urging its implementation before rail opens, and sticking with a compromise design that will not raise costs, impact environmentally sensitive areas, or risk delay to implementation. You can see it here. We will have a vote whether to add our name to the letter early in the meeting, but will not have time to debate it so if you have questions, come early to discuss or feel free to vote no.

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Greenwood Public Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N

This month the Community Council meeting has a full agenda, and we will plan to start right on time. Here’s the agenda:

  • 7:00 (sharp!) – 320 N 85th St.
    The developers and designers of a proposed new six-story, 220-unit apartment building at 85th and Phinney will present their preferred design to the neighborhood. This is the site of the old Department of Licensing building now housing All That Dance. They would like to hear comments before their early design guidance meeting a week later, on 2/26 before the Design Review Board. Click here for more information about the project and design review board meeting.
  • 7:45 – Maintenance of Street Trees
    If you look up while you walk along Greenwood you’ll see that City Light has taken a maximalist approach to pruning our street trees. (See photo below.) Is that necessary? Lance Young will discuss best practices for maintaining trees along public rights of ways.
  • 8:10 – Transfer of Ownership of the Senior Center
    The City of Seattle is considering transferring the Greenwood Senior Center property to the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). Lee Harper will talk about the history, likely future options, and answer questions
  • 8:30 – Adjourn

Here’s an example of the pruning City Light did recently.   

Making our Website More Useful We Hope

If you’ve stumbled onto our site lately you’ll see that it’s changing. In fact it is being totally re-constructed to make it more interesting and useful. But there’s a *lot* left to do – and if you’d like to help please let us know!   

On the front page you’ll find the featured articles and buttons to get quickly to a variety of content areas. You’ll also find links in the sidebar to community council documents, presentations and correspondence, as well as our bylaws, officers and volunteer links.

When you click on the Correspondence box, for example, it’ll open up and you’ll see some of the letters GCC has written over the years on neighborhood issues. 

If you go to the back pages, most of the content is still being written – but you will find a few interesting things. Each of the back pages has interesting articles we’ve come across (and a link for you to send others), and resources relevant to the topic. The resources section under Transportation is complete, but is still being developed for the other back pages. 

On the Transportation page you’ll find quick links to current road conditions, and the next bus leaving 85th and Greenwood. Under resources, you’ll find direct links to transportation providers and projects, and to answer your “how-to” questions. 

On the land use page you’ll find a link that brings up a map of all of the building projects in our neighborhood going through the design review process, and links to information about them. These are provided by a site called Seattle in Progress that does a fantastic job.

Check it out and let us know what you think, or better, whether there are pages you’d like to help write! 

We’ve Posted the Presentations from our Transportation Meeting

The GCC membership meeting on January 16, 2018 featured a panel discussion of transportation issues in Greenwood. Here are the presentations:

First, Rob Fellows gave a survey overview of transportation issues in the neighborhood. Rob is the GCC President and a member of the board of Feet First.

Transportation in Greenwood, January 2018

Justin Martin and Robin Randels presented on what the local neigborhood greenways group and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working on in Greenwood and elsewhere

Greenwood Phinney Greenways, and Home Zones Concept


Finally, Doug MacDonald, a Greenwood resident and former State Transportation Secretary, commented on a variety of pedestrian issues in Greenwood and across Seattle.

Transportation in Greenwood, January 2018


Doug also handed out some useful handouts (Unfortunately more investigation is needed to make the links work): 

Transportation in Greenwood, January 2018

and also this handy handout from SDOT:
Client Assistance Memo 2208: Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair

 

GCC January Meeting: Transportation in Greenwood [Updated]

NOTE: This post has been updated to include links to presentations and handouts used during the meeting

7:00 Tuesday January 16, 2018
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N

The pace of growth in Seattle leads to crowded streets, crowded buses and crowded sidewalks; meanwhile Seattle is making changes to respond. Tuesday’s GCC meeting will survey the many issues and changes to transportation in Greenwood, and discuss strategies for mobility, safety and maintaining and improving walkability in the neighborhood. After short presentations, we’ll open the floor for your observations and thoughts.

Panelists:

  • Rob Fellows (GCC president and Feet First) will provide an overview of transportation changes and issues in Greenwood
  • Justin Martin (Phinney-Greenwood Greenways) will discuss what Seattle Greenways is working on in Greenwood and elsewhere
  • Douglas MacDonald (former State Transportation Secretary and Greenwood resident) will discuss sidewalk maintenance and safety

Presentations and Handouts

Save the Date: Port Candidates Forum October 24

PORT CANDIDATES FORUM –
Tuesday October 24

 

In addition to the Greenwood election forum coming up this Saturday, the Greenwood Community Council is also co-sponsoring a Broadview-Bitter Lake candidate forum for port candidates on Tuesday October 24:

Please join Broadview-Bitter Lake and Greenwood Community Councils for an important  candidate forum!


Date: October 24th, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm
Location: Broadview United Church of Christ, 325 North 125th St.

Join us on October 24th for a candidate forum to hear directly from candidates for Port of Seattle Commissioner: 

  – Seat 1: Ryan Calkins

  – Seat 3: Ahmed Abdi and Stephanie Bowman 

  – Seat 4: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbruek

The Port of Seattle is a special purpose government entity with an annual operating of budget of $620 million, partially funded by King County property taxes. A major driver of growth and development, it is estimated that the Port generates over 200,000 jobs and $20 billion in business revenue for the region each year.

Three of the Port’s seats will be on your ballot this November.  This means your votes will set the direction of the Port for the next several years. The Port is managed by an elected board of five commissioners. There are three seats on the ballot this November, so the outcome will have considerable impact on the direction the Port takes in the next several years. 

Please join us to learn more about the candidates and how they will address pressing issues of our region including:

  – Ensuring the Port of Seattle remains competitive
  – Promoting transparent and accountable government
  – Addressing climate change, air pollution and traffic congestion
  – And much more!

Survey Results are In

Results of the GCC Survey
Last week the Greenwood Community Council published a survey about the most important issues in Greenwood to help shape our agenda and priorities for 2017. The questions in this survey were posed to be provocative, but hopefully not one-sided.  As of today we received 87 responses, which is far from enough to represent Greenwood statistically, but a very good sample of the people who follow neighborhood issues and the community council. If you’re interested in the responses, read on! 

Continue reading Survey Results are In

Why Get Involved in the Greenwood Community Council (GCC)?

GCC is a volunteer group that seeks to:

  • Help get Greenwood residents involved in the neighborhood
  • Provide an open forum where everyone is heard
  • End polarization to find points of agreement and win-win solutions
  • Help inform and empower Greenwood residents to be effective 

We are not an advocacy group for a particular perspective or ideology, and we don’t claim to represent the diverse populations and points of view in Greenwood. But we recognize that when we succeed in engaging and voicing agreement among broad and diverse opinions and perspectives, we can help Greenwood’s voice be stronger and more productive.

If that’s the kind of group you’d like to be part of, please attend our annual meeting tomorrow (Tuesday – see the meeting announcement below) and consider joining our board. To see more about our board positions, see this message, and if you have questions or comments send them to this email address.

GCC April Meeting: Set 2017 Priorities for GCC and Elect a New Board

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Greenwood Community Council  
Annual Meeting is this Tuesday!

Help Set our 2017 Priorities, and
Elect a New Board

 

Tuesday April 18, 7pm
Greenwood Public Library (Yes, it’s Open Again!)
8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103

There’s a lot going on in Greenwood this year:

  • At least four six-to-seven story buildings are moving through the city’s process, including the site of last year’s gas explosion, the old DOL building, and the grassy area in the Greenwood Shopping Center east of Palatine,
  • Seattle’s changing its land use code to allow taller buildings everywhere in return for developers contributing towards affordable housing,
  • New schools will open next fall near Aurora, and safe pathways for kids to get there are still a concern,
  • Homelessness and opiate addiction is increasing with hundreds of unplanned encampments in Seattle, while Seattle has just opened a new sanctioned encampment site nearby,
  • Seattle’s changing how it engages the public to get more voices to the table, and
  • Meanwhile sidewalks and better bus connections are still needed.

–  What should the Greenwood Community Council focus its attention on over the next year? 
–  What issues would you like to learn more about, or find out what your neighbors think?
–  How could we do a better job building community in Greenwood?

Please join us Tuesday to weigh in on the most important issues facing Greenwood, and set priorities over the coming year. You can also weigh in on issues and priorities by filling our our survey before Tuesday, whether you plan to attend or not. The survey results will be shared at the meeting to stimulate discussion. We have received 60 responses so far, and the free version of SurveyMonkey will accept another 40 more.

Please also consider joining our board. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved in the neighborhood, joining our board is a great way to do it. 
 

Meeting agenda:

7:00  Introductions and agenda review
7:10  Survey results, and discussion of GCC priorities for 2017
8:00  Describe GCC board positions and hold election
8:20  Adjourn (new board sticks around to touch base)

Not every meeting will have minutes, but if minutes are published they will be posted here after the event occurs.

What are the most important issues facing Greenwood in 2017?

The Greenwood Community Council is conducting a survey about the most important issues in Greenwood to help shape our agenda and priorities for 2017.

You can weigh in by following this link. What issues are on your mind, and which should the Community Council focus on over the coming year? 

We will tally the surveys received through Sunday night (April 16) and display the results at our annual meeting and elections next Tuesday April 18 at the Greenwood Library. Announcements and agenda for that meeting will go out this weekend, but please mark it on your calendar now. We will elect new board members and establish priorities for the coming year. 

Reminder – Opportunities to Get Involved in Greenwood


Reminder of two opportunities this week to get involved in Greenwood:

  • Tuesday 3/28 (Tomorrow), 7pm at the Couth Buzzard:
    Discuss potential interest in joining the Greenwood Community Council board before elections in April
     
  • Wednesday 3/29, 7pm at the Couth Buzzard:
    Attend the initial meeting of the GCC Engagement and Outreach volunteers to help increase community and participation in Greenwood

I want to add a personal note about why I’ve been involved in the community council off and on over the last few years. I have long believed that being involved in one’s neighborhood is a good thing in itself, because it builds community. But as I’ve become more concerned about politics getting more polarized (yes, even here in Seattle!) and people self-selecting the information they’re exposed to, I’ve become more convinced than ever that face-to-face community engagement can help find middle ground win-win solutions, and promote understanding between people who have different backgrounds and values. When we talk about diversity, the first step is to listen, and understand that neighborhoods are where diverse interests come together and need to be reflected.

In Greenwood we’ve had a positive effect on development. Ten years ago GCC worked with businesses and the city to develop a town center plan for Greenwood that has promoted a positive vision for development that would be consistent with preserving the things we all like about living and working here. Now we are seeing a sudden surge in development, and many of the developers have come to the community council to discuss their development proposals early in the design process.

For transportation we have seen some progress, including some new sidewalks on Greenwood last year. But we have a long way to go to complete the sidewalk system even along arterials and in the urban villages. With new schools and light rail stations opening, pedestrian and bicycle pathways need to be made safe or available at all. And of course getting around in a bus or car is getting more difficult every day.  Every neighborhood needs to speak up to be heard downtown, not just for transportation, but for parks, playfields, community centers, drainage, libraries.

And there is also a lot to be done for safety and health issues – from responding to neighbors in need, to preparing for disasters and earthquakes. GCC has been active previously in these areas, but need new interest to get these efforts restarted and to partner with other community organizations. There is a growing interest and need to focus community and city resources on Aurora Avenue, where new encampments and shelters are planned.

Finally Seattle has challenged all of us to help voices be heard who are not always part of city debate. The community council can play an important role bringing decision-makers to Greenwood to meet with neighbors directly, to educate on how the city works and how to be most effective, and to reach out to constituencies in Greenwood who are not prone to or able to go to evening meetings.

These are the things we’re involved in as volunteers. We hope you’ll consider joining in.

Rob Fellows, President
Greenwood Community Council

GCC March Meeting: Greenwood Explosion – Review and Reflection

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MARCH 2016 GREENWOOD EXPLOSION:
REVIEW & REFLECTION

What’s happened in the past year? Are we any safer?
Please join the Greenwood Community Council for a recap of the recovery efforts and incident assessments from the year following the March 9, 2016 explosion on Greenwood Ave; and a discussion of lingering concerns. ***We will also hold our election of officers. We are looking for new board members and welcome your participation!***
Special Location & Time
Woodland Park United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall
302 North 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

ANTICIPATED AGENDA
7:00 Welcome & Committee Reports (GCC Board)
7:15 Review of Board Roles & Election of Officers

Review
7:30 Recap of blast-related news over past year (GCC Board)

Rebuilding
7:45 Results of relief fundraiser and current art show (Phinney Neighborhood Association)
7:55 Recovery of businesses (Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut)

Safety
8:05 Are we safer now? (Puget Sound Energy)
8:20 Q&A

The agenda for this event has not yet been finalized.

Not every meeting will have minutes, but if minutes are published they will be posted here after the event occurs.

Special Forum on Homelessness

GCC February Meeting Moved to Wed. March 1
Special Forum on Homelessness  

 

7pm, Wednesday March 1
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St.

Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?

Our three speakers on the front lines responding:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • A representative from Speak Out Seattle!

Mark your calendar now – and watch for more information early next week.

GCC Transportation Committee – 2017 Transportation Issues

Help Decide Transportation Areas of Advocacy and Action for 2017

Transportation Committee Meeting
Monday, February 20, 7:00 pm 

 

Flying Bike Brewery

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the Greenwood Community Council’s website with your suggestions for issues to focus on in 2017. The feedback was great, and please feel free to add your thoughts ahead of our next GCC Transportation Committee Meeting on Feb. 20 at Flying Bike Brewery. 

In our meeting on Feb. 20 we’ll look at the list of suggested items, drill into specifics, and decide on actions or advocacy we might take on in the year ahead. Please dave the date, I hope to see you there!

GCC Land Use Committee – 85th & Phinney Project Design Input

85th & Phinney Project
Early Design Input

Land Use Committee Meeting
  Monday, February 13, 2017,  7:00 pm
Meeting Location: Brumbaugh & Associates, 600 North 85th Street, #102

Owner Shea Properties and Architect Runberg Architecture Group hope to gain input/feedback from the Greenwood Community Council’s Land Use Committee on a proposed new multifamily building located at the intersection North 85th Street and Phinney Avenue North. The site is currently occupied by a building hosting “All That Dance”, previously the DOL, and also a large surface parking lot. The project team is currently evaluating early massing options, including a contract rezone ahead of, and adopting, planned city rezone requirements for the area.

This design option calls for a contract rezone from NC2-40 and NC2P-40 to NC2-65 and NC2P-65. This massing option provides retail along N 85th Street with residential units set back above N. 85th St. Residential units and a lobby are planned along Phinney Avenue North providing approximately 210 – 220 units.   Parking for approximately 150-160 cars will be provided below grade. Current gross square footage is approximately 220,000 – 230,000 square feet resulting in an FAR of 4.10- 4.25 on this site. The project will provide open space at grade and improved streetscapes which is important for continuing the character of Greenwood. The project owner/designer would like to meet and gain further insight from the GCC regarding Greenwood history, its character, the neighborhood design guidelines, and how all these guiding principles can inform design. The project owner/designer thinks it is important to have this feedback from the neighborhood ahead of our more formal city design review process.

Tuesday GCC Land Use Committee – Town Center Projects

Two Projects in Greenwood Town Center
Looking for Early Design Feedback

 

Greenwood Community Council
Land Use Committee Meeting

Tuesday December 13, 7:00 pm
Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Greenwood Shopping Center is beginning development of the next phase of their master plan, the first phase of which created Morrow Lane and the Sedges apartments and businesses between Greenwood Avenue and Fred Meyer. They would like to briefly introduce their next project to the committee and hear our concerns and thoughts early in the design stage.  The permit says they plan to construct 156,000 sq. ft. of mixed use building with 154 units and 105 parking stalls at 8612 Palatine Ave. N. This is a great opportunity to talk with the developer early in the design process while there is still time to shape their proposal.  Greenwood Shopping Center participated with GCC and Fred Meyer on the Greenwood Town Center Plan about nine years ago.

Another project in the Town Center will have its early design hearing on January 9th for a six story mixed use building at 8403 Greenwood Ave. N., the site of the gas explosion last year.  The design review board will hold a meeting on early design guidance for this project on January 9. (See the early design guidance proposal here.)  The developer has discussed this project with the community council previously. The developer will not be present, but we will have an opportunity to compare notes in advance of the design review board meeting. Early design guidance focuses on project scale and massing, while later design review will address more defined design details.  Their preferred massing proposal is pictured below.

GCC November Meeting: How Should Greenwood Weigh In on Land Use Changes

This Tuesday Evening:
How Should Greenwood Weigh In on the Biggest Citywide
Land Use Changes in Decades?
 

zones-graphic-cityGreenwood Community Council Membership Meeting
Tuesday November 15, 7:00 pm
Razzi’s Downstairs Meeting Room – 8523 Greenwood Ave. N

 

Seattle is preparing to make city-wide changes to zoning that will change the allowable height of all multi-family buildings by one story, change single family zoning within designated “urban villages” into a new zoning category, and alter what massing and designs are allowed in specific zones, among other things. Added height is part of a “grand bargain” with developers in return for dedicating roughly 6% of new housing to affordable units, and the other changes are aimed at increasing Seattle’s density to increase walking and transit use.

On Tuesday the Greenwood Community Council meeting will help understand what is proposed, provide time for community discussion on the issues. Join us in a special location – downstairs at Razzi’s – for pizza and a slightly extended meeting to digest some complicated material (and I’m not talking about the pizza.) At the end of the meeting we will ask whether GCC should weigh in on the proposed changes and how. 

Please join us! If you’re able to contribute for pizza, that will be appreciated.

Election Forum at the Taproot

Greenwood Community Council
2016 Election Forum

Featuring District 7 Congressional Race and ST3

With the 2016 Presidential race consuming political news this election year, it can be easy to lose sight of our local electoral races and ballot initiatives that will be put in front of Seattle voters. We are now 30 days out from election day, and it’s time to bone up on the candidates and the issues!

Please join the Greenwood Community Council on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 at the Taproot Theatre for our 2016 Election Forum. Our forum will be moderated by former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and will cover the following local race and ballot measure:

  • U.S. Congressional District 7, House of Representatives – Both candidates are confirmed to attend
  • Sound Transit Proposition 1, light rail, commuter rail, and bus service expansion – representatives from the competing Yes and No campaigns are confirmed to attend
Election Forum Agenda

Oct. 18, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Taproot Theatre, Greenwood

  • 7:00-7:05 – Welcome and Introductions 
  • 7:05-7:45 – District 7, U.S. House of Representatives
                              (including  audience Q&A)
  • 7:50-8:30 – Sound Transit 3 (including audience Q&A)
  • 8:30-9:00 – Informal networking
We hope to see you there!

GCC September Meeting: Sound Transit 3

What’s in the Sound Transit 3 package and how much will it cost?

This November residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will vote on the next iteration of expansion of Sound Transit services, known as Sound Transit 3 (ST3). The package includes more than 60 miles of new light rail lines across Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, and the Eastside. As well as Eastside bus rapid transit service, expansion of Sounder commuter rail, and the addition of parking capacity at various transit stations. Needless to say, ST3 is big. Passage of the ballot measure will mean our region will make an approximate $54 billion investment in transit expansion and will see big new transit projects come on line every few years between now and 2041. 

The Greenwood Community CouncilWe wants to help Greenwood residents make an informed voting decision on ST3. In our September general meeting we’ll delve into the details of the proposed projects in the plan, the project timelines, and the funding structure and projected costs to Puget Sound residents. 

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

AGENDA

7:00   Welcome and introductions
7:10   Committee Reports

Health & Safety
Transportation,
Land Use
Outreach
Call for volunteers

7:30   Update from the property owner on plans for Greenwood explosion site

7:45 Sound Transit 3

  • Context and background
  • Overview of ST3 Projects
  • How will ST3 affect NW Seattle?
  • Project timelines
  • Funding structure and costs

8:10 Open Question and Answer Session
8:30   Adjourn


Resources:

Sound Transit 3 website

Seattle Transit Blog coverage

Seattle Times ST3 cost calculator

GCC Social Event This Tuesday at Naked City

Who is the Community Council
and What Do they Do? — Find Out!

Tuesday August 16, 7:00 pm
at the Naked City Screening Room

         
nakedcity1 naked city screening-roomInstead of our regular third Tuesday meeting this month the Greenwood Community Council is having a social event at the Naked City Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave N. It’s a great chance to relax with some refreshment, meet some people and talk about the neighborhood – or not. If you’re interested in learning about the community council and finding out who’s involved, this is a nice way to do it.  Please join us – everyone welcome!

(sorry, no host bar).

Transportation Committee Meeting, Pedestrian Master Plan Update

Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee Meeting

Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan Update

Monday, August 1st, 7:00 PM, Couth Buzzard Books

Please join the Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday, August 1st for a meeting focused on the recently updated Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. (PMP)  We will be joined by representatives from the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board and SDOT to go over the updates to the PMP and their process for updating the plan. SDOT is soliciting feedback and comments on the PMP through August 12th, and this will be a great opportunity to learn about the PMP’s content and offer input. We hope to see you there!

About the Pedestrian Master Plan:

The Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) is a long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable and accessible city in the nation. SDOT uses the PMP to prioritize pedestrian investments throughout the city including new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods. The Plan lays out the key strategies and actions that SDOT will use to achieve its vision of making Seattle the most walkable and accessible city in the nation, and it establishes the performance measures we will use to gauge our success.  

News From the Greenwood Community Council

Happy Summer! We have several announcements for you:

  • WE STILL EXIST!  Many people got the impression this week that Mayor Murray had thrown out the entire idea of neighborhood involvement and disestablished community council across the city, but in fact he only eliminated staff support to district councils. Not many people have heard of district councils; there are thirteen across the city whose members are community councils, chambers of commerce and other groups. Community councils are voluntary associations that receive no ongoing city support. We will continue meeting to foster open face-to-face discussion of neighborhood issues, find win-win solutions, engage hard-to-reach neighbors, and advocate for changes to benefit Greenwood.
     
  • WE WILL NOT HAVE A MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN JULY.  Our usual meeting would be on Tuesday July 19 (the third Tuesday), which will probably be a beautiful day and you can now do something else to enjoy it.  We will not meet in August either, but may plan a social event.
     
  • WE’VE INSTALLED A NEW MAILING PROGRAM – Please check to make sure you’ll get the mail you want to see.  You might have noticed we have a new logo too!  GCC maintains six different mailing lists, and you’ll want to check to make sure you’re on the ones you intend.  The lists are described further below.

    If you get an email from GCC, click on “update your preferences” at the bottom of this message (illustrated below) you can check whether you’re signed up for the lists you intended to sign up for.  

 

 

Here’s more information about the lists you can sign up for to help you decide which to check.

  • Greenwood Community Council: Click on this to receive announcement about our membership meetings and general member communications like this one
     
  • Land Use: for announcements about land use committee meetings and information about city planning and development proposals in Greenwood
     
  • Transportation: announcements about transportation committee meetings and information about transportation projects and plans, including sidewalks, roads, greenways, transit, etc.
     
  • Safety and Health: announcements about safety and health committee meetings, and information about crime and disaster prevention
     
  • Engagement: announcements about opportunities to help GCC reach out to and engage people who are harder to reach through email and are less likely to attend evening meetings
     
  • Library Park: this list is for people who want to stay informed and involved in planning for the new city park that will be designed and build just north of the Library next year.

 

GCC Out and About This Weekend

 

Please stop by the Greenwood Community Council booth at two community events this weekend!  

We will have new cool swag thanks to a Small Sparks grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods – including magnets with our new logo and contact information and tattoos with the “Give Greenwood Some Love” graphic that was designed by a parent at Greenwood Elementary School.  Please stop by and let us know what you’re thinking about the neighborhood.

We’ll be at both events this weekend:

  • The Car Show on Saturday: We’ll be at the site of the new park just north of the Greenwood Library.  If you come between 11:00-1:00 you can also participate in the Parks Department’s open house to kickoff planning and design for the new park!
  • Celebrate North Seattle on Sunday: This is a big fun event you may not have heard of that takes place in the Oak Tree parking lot. We’ll be sharing a tent with the newly-formed Aurora-Licton Urban Village (A-LUV) group and others.

If you’d like to join us at the table and meet your neighbors, send an email! 

GCC June Meeting: Mandatory Housing Affordability

Implementing Mandatory Housing Affordability

The City has released its “Director’s Report” on MHA-Residential legislation and draft ordinance.  HALA focus groups have begun to meet and provide input on HALA’s community generated principles which will form part of the basis for changes to zoning, design, and planning in certain residential areas.  We will review the overall MHA Program, and discuss the proposed policies and ordinance for the MHA-Residential program.

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

AGENDA

7:00   Welcome and introductions
7:10   Committee Reports

Health & Safety
Transportation,
Land Use
Outreach
Call for volunteers

7:20   Housing Levee

7:30 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)

  • Affordable Housing Context & Goals
  • MHA-Commercial
  • MHA-Residential
  • Associated Polices and Ordinances

8:05 Open Question and Answer Session
8:25   Action Items
8:30   Adjourn


Resources:

MHA One Page Summary, Nov. 5,2015

MHA-Residential Director’s Report

 

No Meeting This Month

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If you’re a fervent fan of community council meetings you know that our regular meeting would be this Tuesday May 17, and you will be crestfallen to learn that we have canceled this month’s meeting. I don’t know how to console you, except to note that you now have an evening free that you hadn’t planned on!

The GCC will meet as usual on the third Tuesday in June, June 21. Mark it on your calendar!  Hope to see you then.

GCC April Membership Meeting – Crown Hill, Aurora-Licton and Lake City

We have a really interesting Greenwood Community Council meeting this week – representatives from Crown Hill, Aurora-Licton Springs and Lake City will present on how each of their neighborhoods is engaging with Seattle on how their urban villages should be defined.  Each has taken a different approach to engage neighbors and neighborhood groups.  

Seattle’s comprehensive plan attempts to guide development into designated urban villages. Originally this policy was intended to prioritize Seattle’s investments into designated urban village areas to make them great urban places; more recently policies focus more on incentivizing developers to invest in these areas by making zoning more flexible and reducing regulation. The implications for being in a designated urban village will depend on many pieces of legislation to implement the Comprehensive Plan and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) initiatives, but neighborhoods are being asked now to weigh in on their boundaries.
 
I hope you’ll attend this weeks’s community council meeting to hear how our neighbors in nearby urban village areas are responding to these issues.  The meeting may take action to support the Crown Hill Urban Village, Committee for Smart Growth recommendations (link) and to endorse a grant proposal that will be presented during the Transportation Committee report for the Aurora Crossings project (link). Here’s the meeting announcement:
 
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The Urban Village Strategy
What is it and how should we redefine?

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting will be devoted to the urban village strategy, which forms the backbone of Seattle’s growth plans as outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.  Guest speakers from nearby Lake City, Crown Hill, and Aurora Licton Springs will be present to share their experience engaging their community and developing a vision for potential changes to the zoning, boundaries, livability, infrastructure, and neighborhood planning in the urban village.

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

AGENDA

7:00   Welcome and introductions
7:10   Committee Reports

7:20  The Urban Village Strategy

  • Introduction
  • Lake City – Sandy Motzer
  • Aurora Licton Springs – Leah Anderson
  • Crown Hill – Deborah Jaquith

8:05   Open Question and Answer Session
8:25   Action Items
8:30   Adjourn


Resources:

 

GCC April Meeting: The Urban Village Strategy

The Urban Village Strategy
What is it and how should we redefine?

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting will be devoted to the urban village strategy, which forms the backbone of Seattle’s growth plans as outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.  Guest speakers from nearby Lake City, Crown Hill, and Aurora Licton Springs will be present to share their experience engaging their community and developing a vision for potential changes to the zoning, boundaries, livability, infrastructure, and neighborhood planning in the urban village.

Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

AGENDA

7:00   Welcome and introductions
7:10   Committee Reports

Health & Safety
Transportation,
Land Use
Outreach
Call for volunteers

7:20  The Urban Village Strategy

  • Introduction
  • Lake City – Sandy Motzer
  • Aurora Licton Springs – Leah Anderson
  • Crown Hill – Deborah Jaquith

8:05   Open Question and Answer Session
8:25   Action Items
8:30   Adjourn


Resources:

Crown Hill Urban Village Meeting, Nov. 5,2015