Greg Hill presented the following concerns about the new reform: Commercial zones: originally we had street car lines which are now bus lines. Businesses developed along these lines. Northgate was originally like this but now a covered mall. Visibility and synergy are critical to business. There has been a common resource: street parking. The RPZ happened to allow residents to have access to parking. In Vancouver, BC, parking is a science. Small businesses must have on street parking. Under the new plan, in multi-family zones parking will be for commercial. In mixed use zoning, commercial must be on the ground floor.
Greg mentioned that Seattle was a leader in the years 89-90 in getting bankers to do the loans for developers. They have a 12 month horizon; can rent 4 units month and all units in a year but parking is a harder sell; it takes 2 years to rent parking space. Developers have to work harder to rent the commercial spaces. Greg feels that all the neighborhood plans are wiped out with these new regs. SEPA thresholds: if we are to become denser, we need a more fine grained code not a looser one.
MOTION: Chris Leman moved that we authorize a second letter to address regulatory reforms as defined here in the meeting. Second: Rick Barrett. Vote: unanimous.
Bill Bradburd said we must educate the City council members. He had met with Wayne Barnett, who encouraged him to file an ethics complaint on the Roosevelt issue. Greg suggested walking and talking to commercial businesses. Oliver Osborne commented on the presentation; said it was great and we need to get it out to all communities. Jeannie Hale said we should set up meetings with City Council members; it is to be decided May 9. Bruce Bowden said it needs more public hearings.
Eviction issue: Ted Jonssen is being forced out of his work/living space after almost 50 years. Ted's story and challenges with the City and the UW are detailed in his document which is filed with the notes.
MOTION made by Colleen McAleer to authorize the Federation to write letters to both the City and the UW urging he be allowed to stay as long as he wanted. Second: Rick Barrett. Vote: Unanimous.
Colleen McAleer showed pictures of what are being called "sentinels" that beam rainbow lights to be placed along the proposed 520 bridge.
MOTION made by Kathryn Keller to authorize letters to WDOT and the Citizen Design Commission. Second: Rick Barrett. Discussion: Chris Leman questioned about designing of walls. Colleen answered No; the state has run out of money after adding a lid for the Eastside and there is no money left for the Montlake lid. VOTE: unanimous.
Bruce Bowden announced that Citizens Rethink Yesler would invite 6 City Council members to the co-sponsored forum in middle to late June.
Chris Leman, treasurer, reported $4100.17 in the treasury.
MOTION made to approve minutes by Kathryn Keller; second Rick Barrett. Vote: unanimous.
Meeting adjourned at 9 PM.