Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Regular Meeting
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency), Pacific Marine Center on Lake Union
1801 Fairview Avenue East
Thursday, July 23, 2009


A Dialogue with Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher

Seattle Parks and Recreation is committed to maintaining safe and welcoming environments and offering programming and services that are relevant neighbors. So, how is the Parks Department doing? Are the needs of your community being addressed? Is the Department responsive to your concerns regarding the many issues that arise? The Department’s Strategic Action Plan establishes a vision and guide for decision-making for a five-year period. How is it working? How are things progressing with passage of the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy? Is the synthetic turf policy appropriate for our parks? These are a sampling of the issues that will be addressed with featured guest Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher at the July Federation meeting.

The July 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 jeannieh@serv.net.

7:00 Call to Order and Introductions

1. Changes to the agenda
2. Treasurer’s report
3. President’s report

7:15 Round Robin
1. Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee—Update
2. Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments—Update
3. Should the Federation take a position on the Housing Levy?
4. Other issues/projects

8:00 A Dialogue with Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher

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 rickbarrett@gmail.com to be added to the entry list. No e-mail? Call 206-365-1267. The building is ADA compliant, with ample parking in front.

Monday, July 6, 2009

INVITE: Status Check: How is your Neighborhood Doing? Meeting series hosted by the Seattle Planning Commission & Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee.

Note - At our June Federation meeting we heard from two neighborhoods that have just completed this process. They report that their perception is that the City is apparently attempting to ignore/revise existing Neighborhood Plans. Since then we have received another message on this subject from a third neighborhood: “The neighborhood plan updating process is already under way in three neighborhoods: North Beacon Hill, North Rainier Valley, and Othello/New Holly. Two rounds of community meetings have been held in each of these three neighborhoods. The city is now expanding the program with a round of meetings in several other areas of the city. Some of us with an interest in our neighborhoods have found the process challenging. Meetings are called but with no agenda included. Weeks pass in between meetings with no feedback received from the City. The [new] process appears to be the opposite of what we experienced in the 1990's -- top-down and City-driven as opposed to bottom-up and neighborhood driven."

Your Neighborhood needs to be represented at these meetings.
Please attend with a copy of your Neighborhood Plan and be prepared to defend it.

REMINDER - The meeting for Lake City, Aurora/Licton Springs, Broadview - Bitter Lake - Haller Lake, University Community is scheduled for Wednesday July 8th from 6-8 p.m. Northgate Community Center 10510 5th Ave. N

Materials for this meeting are now available for viewing on-line at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Neighborhood_Planning/StatusReports

For those who cannot attend check out our virtual on-line meeting and take our quick questionnaire to make sure your voice is heard. Click here to watch a brief video, view your neighborhood summary and take the questionnaire!!!
More Neighborhoods are coming soon...so keep checking back

Please join members of the Seattle Planning Commission and the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee in the first of a series of two important community meetings.

These two citizen groups want to hear your thoughts. Come and tell us how your neighborhood has changed since your neighborhood plan was adopted. Your comments and input at this meeting will help the City of Seattle complete a status report that will look at how well your neighborhood plan is achieving its goals and strategies.

This first series of meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about your neighborhood plan, the projects that have been implemented, and growth and changes that have occurred since the plan was written in the late 90's. We will explore issues such as growth, transportation, housing, economic development , basic utilities, neighborhood character, open space and parks, public services, public safety, and other issues.

The second meeting series, tentatively scheduled for October, will be an opportunity to review the status report.

Dates and locations for Series One - Neighborhood Status Report Updates. Join the meeting that includes your community

June 22nd
For Queen Anne, Belltown, Eastlake, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Pike/Pine
6-8 p.m.
South Lake Union Armory 860 Terry Ave N.

July 8th
For Lake City, Aurora/Licton Springs, Broadview - Bitter Lake - Haller Lake, University Community
6-8 p.m.
Northgate Community Center 10510 5th Ave. NE

July 23rd
For Greenwood/Phinney, Crown Hill & Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake
6-8 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Ave. N

July 27th
For Central Area (Madison-Miller, 23rd & Union - Jackson and 12th Avenue), Columbia City - Hillman City - Genesee, Rainier Beach
6-8 p.m
Rainier Community Center Gym 4600 38th Ave. S

July 28th
For Admiral, West Seattle Junction, Morgan Junction, Delridge, Westwood/Highland Park, Georgetown
6-8 p.m
Delridge Community Center Gym 4501 Delridge Way SW

With questions please contact Planning Commission staff at (206) 684-8694 or mail to katie.sheehy@seattle.gov

Barbara E. Wilson
Seattle Planning Commission
Executive Director
(206) 684-0431
mail to: Barb.wilson@seattle.gov