Several city departments took a tour of Little Brook Creek in Lake City on May 26 to learn more about the environmental impacts to the creek. Led by Jonathan Frodge of SPU, the group was able to see the creek up close on both public and private properties, learning about the benefits of having the creek in the neighborhood, and how to support the preservation of it. A follow up meeting will be held with Parks to have a similar tour as part of the 2016 Thornton Creek Alliance Youth Program.
Staff from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Planning and Community Development, and Chris Leverson, executive director of Lake City Future First (LCFF), will be hosting office hours at the Lake City library on:
- Wednesday, April 6
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 15
3:30 to 5:50 p.m.
We will be there to answer questions about the projects and plans underway as part of the Shared Vision for Lake City that Mayor Murray announced in February. The City is investing in new sidewalks and intersections, parks and open space, and human services and community safety. The office hours are a time for people to stop by and learn more about what’s underway, and let us know what other projects should be considered.
The office hours are part of ongoing outreach and engagement with the Lake City community that includes the LCFF Community Conversations. The next conversation will take place on April 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center. The focus will be on Seattle Public Schools to gather information in advance of the Mayor’s Education Summit on Saturday, April 30, at the Garfield Community Center.
We have sent proposed legislation to the City Council to amend development standards and to rezone land in the Bitter Lake Village Hub Urban Village. Our zoning proposals are based on an inclusive planning process that included the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan update and the Bitter Lake Urban Design Framework (UDF). Those documents clarify the community’s development vision for the Bitter Lake Village Center. The UDF defines land use and urban design recommendations, including land use regulations, streetscape design, and open space recommendations. Those recommendations will guide future development, while ensuring Bitter Lake Village becomes a lively center for the community.
Our proposed legislation will:
- Rezone some Commercial 2 sites (C2) to Commercial 1 (C1) along Linden Ave. N
- Add a Pedestrian designation to sites on the east side of Linden Ave. N, between N 135th St. and N 130th St.
- Rezone sites on N 130th St. between Linden Ave. N and Aurora Ave. N from C1 to Neighborhood Commercial 3 (NC3)
- Rezone 2 sites on Aurora Ave. N from C1 to C2
The City Council is expected to begin discussion on the legislation in early April.
David W. Goldberg
In 2015, the Mayor challenged a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) advisory committee to create a plan to generate a net increase of 50,000 units of housing – 20,000 units of affordable housing and 30,000 new units of market rate housing – over the next ten years. The committee developed more than 60 recommendations, recognizing that the solution to housing affordability must be a multipronged approach. Now the City is taking steps to put the HALA recommendations into action.
One of the City’s key upcoming actions is a renewal and expansion of the Seattle Housing Levy. Since 1981 the Housing Levy has helped create over 12,500 units of affordable housing for low-income households. The 2009 Seattle Housing Levy expires at the end of 2016, and Mayor Murray has proposed renewing and expanding the levy to provide $290 million over seven years for affordable housing. Voters will have a chance to renew the Housing Levy on the ballot in August. The first public hearing about the Housing Levy before City Council is April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
On Monday, March 21, City staff and community members gathered at the Bertha Knight Landes room in City Hall to celebrate Diane Sugimura’s retirement. Diane is retiring after 38 years with the City of Seattle.
Former Seattle Mayors Norm Rice and Greg Nickels, as well as current Mayor Murray were in attendance. All three shared their kind words for her years of service. Words of gratitude were also shared by attorneys, former colleages and members of the community.
Diane was given a few parting gifts, notably a “Sugimura St.” sign from the Dept. of Transportation. Thank you Diane for your service and dedication, especially in your efforts around equity.
You might not think that Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia, and Seattle would have much in common. But then you’re not Sam Assefa, the next director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development.
Source: The Seattle Times
Mayor Ed Murray announced he is nominating Sam Assefa – the senior urban designer for the City of Boulder, Colorado – as the next director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD).
Prior to Boulder, Assefa served as Director of Land Use and Planning Policy for the City of Chicago, and as a deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Richard Daley.
“Sam Assefa brings leadership and a holistic approach to urban planning that integrates land use, transportation, design and sustainability,” Mayor Murray said. “Throughout his career, Sam has shown a passion for placemaking and a commitment to working with all communities to solve the challenges of growth. His experience will be invaluable to implementing our shared vision for building neighborhoods that are affordable, livable and equitable.”
OPCD was created to better integrate strategic planning across departments, while coordinating public investments in transportation, parks, housing and other areas.
“I have always admired the City of Seattle for its natural beauty, innovative spirit and strong commitment to social justice,” Assefa said. “I am thrilled at this opportunity to help implement Mayor Murray’s vision for building thriving and vibrant communities through an integrated and equitable approach to city planning and community development.”
Since 2010, Assefa has worked for Boulder’s Department of Community Planning and Sustainability, where he was responsible for urban and building design policies and directed the City’s Sustainable Streets and Centers Program.
Prior to Chicago, he served the City of San Francisco as director of Special Projects for the Department of Planning and Development. He was responsible for the implementation of various urban design policies and redevelopment plans, including the Hunters Point Shipyard, the Trans Bay Center, Rincon Hill, and the Better Neighborhoods Program.
The retiring director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development talks about her tenure and growing up as a Japanese-American in post World War II Seattle.
Source: Puget Sound Business Journal