Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Regular Meeting
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency), Pacific Marine Center on Lake Union
1801 Fairview Avenue East
Thursday, February 26, 2009


Street Vacations – Understanding the Process and the
Public Benefit Requirement
featuring Beverly Barnett, Seattle Department of Transportation

Street vacation petitions are filed by private property owners and developers throughout the City. Some are minor; others involve significant transfers of public right-of-ways to private interests. Seattle’s policies require a long-term public benefit to the general public for approval of a vacation petition. How does the City interpret and apply the “public benefit requirement?” Is it sufficient that the community would benefit from the economic growth a shopping mall would bring? Should major institutions such as universities and hospitals be off the hook because they serve a public purpose? Learn about the City’s complex street vacation process, the many issues and how you can get involved from Beverly Barnett who plays a major role in the street vacation process in the City.

The February meeting will also include our monthly Round Robin of issues and projects in your neighborhood. It is your opportunity to brief our citywide membership about what you are working on and to share perceptions on what is going right and what isn’t with our city government.

If you have informational materials you would like distributed at the meeting, please email electronic copies or links to Jeannie Hale at

7:00 Call to Order and Introductions
1. Changes to the agenda
2. Treasurer’s report
3. President’s report

7:15 Street Vacations – Understanding the Process and the Public Benefit Requirement: Beverly Barnett, SDOT

8:00 Round Robin

1. Open and Participatory Government Plan
2. New alliance opposing the Dearborn/Goodwill project
3. Funding for the Mercer Project—or Not
4. HB 1490—Futurewise or Unwise Future?—an Update
5. Other issues/projects

9:00 Adjourn

NOAA is a federal facility on high security alert, so attendees must enter by the security gate and may need to present photo ID. If you haven't attended a recent Federation meeting, please send your name, contact information, and address to to be added to the entry list. No e-mail? Call 206-365-1267. The building is ADA compliant, with ample parking in front.

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