Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7:00 pm - The Kenney, Courtyard Room
Convened, Welcome: Phil Tavel, Vice-Chair, Presiding (7:25)- 17 persons attending
Introductions: Yun Pitre, Dept. of Neighborhoods
City Council Candidates (5 minutes):
Position 8: Hisam Goueli – concerns regarding senior citizen issues, homelessness, and quality of life in neighborhoods impacted by HALA.
Position 9: Pat Murakami, rep. by sister, Paula Harris. – concerns regarding voice of neighborhoods, especially re. zoning changes, affordable housing.
Morgan Minute Updates:
SW Precinct Advisory Group, Phil Tavel, reporting. Concerns re. recent late-night issues at Solstice Park. A representative of SW Precinct police will attend our October meeting.
Movies in the Park at the Church of the Nazarene (4201 SW Juneau) Free community outdoor movies and refreshments monthly during Summer: July 28 and August 18 (sundown).
Morgan Junction Family Cleanup –August 6, (begin at 9:00 am), led by local group. Check West Seattle Blog for details.
Morgan Park Expansion Planning Group: Next Meeting August 21, venue TBA.
Orchard Street Ravine Natural Area – adjacent land on steep slope is now for sale. Consult Seattle Parks Dept. for possible sale.
Part II: Morgan Junction Comprehensive Plan Amendment – We have asked for an expanded Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan amendment process. The response from the OPCD (Office of Planning and Community Development) indicates that they will create and submit amendments to the Neighborhood Plan within the next year. Question: Can we challenge the process? Answer: A decision will be made by the City Council in 2018 concerning the integrity of the public input. We’ll participate in the docketing process for that.
Lowman Beach Seawall timeline – Seawall and Beach restoration are in process. Watch for a Site-walk with neighbors on July 31. Check the web-page of the Parks Department for more information.
Morgan Junction Mural Project – MoCA is planning to contribute to mural restoration project that is underway. The artist will submit plans and estimates for fund-raising.
Morgan Junction Festival was held on June 17 with excellent weather, good crowds, especially for music and children’s activities. We suspended the Bark of Morgan activity this year due to lack of volunteer to assume leadership. This annual (13th year) event continues to need greater volunteer help. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Morgan neighborhood business community for their support of this annual event. Morgan Community Association will need new Treasurer and Vice-President for 2018, as well as volunteers for the Festival Planning committee.
7:00 Welcome and Introductions – Deb Barker welcomed all and introduced the MoCA Board.
7:02 District 8 Candidate Introduction(s) - No candidates showed from Dist 8.
7:10 Morgan Minute Updates
SW District Council – Tamsen gave an outbrief on City-wide Street projects approved under new city funding program Our new SW sector Department of Neighborhood community representative is, Yun Pitre.
SW Precinct Advisory Group – Deb read Phil’s report. SW precinct has lowered repeat offender’s crime rate. The SPD is Asking for even more neighbors to keep an eye on each others’ homes. Store robbing is up though, so be alert.
Upcoming Events for Morgan Junction Businesses – A “Spring Fling” is on May 11, 5:30-7:30, featuring champagne and small bites at Morgan Junction’s Limber Yoga, The Skin Butik, Third Stone Massage, The Bridge and West Seattle Wine Sellers.
7:15 SPECIAL FOCUS – Morgan Junction Response to MHA Proposals
Deb gave an overview of City’s MHA proposals for Urban Villages to date, noting Morgan Junction’s ongoing participation and upcoming MHA meetings and deadlines (see handout). She said that MoCA is concerned that our input is not being incorporated into MHA process. We sent a comment letter to the City in January detailing several conflicts between our Neighborhood Plan and MHA proposals. We participated in the March 7 Morgan Junction MHA workshop, where we were told by city staff that our Neighborhood Plan was outdated and not relevant. On March 27, we received communication from the City that did not speak to our concerns but instead encouraged attendance at the May 6 MHA open house.
Deb noted that the City has extended the MHA map comment deadline to June 7. Andra Kranzler with CM Herbold’s office stated that the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) will be released in mid-May with a 45-day comment period, and the final EIS is still planned for June 30. When asked why City MHA responses to our March 7 workshop comments have yet to be made available, Andra advised that they had been uploaded this week. Deb confirmed that when the City workshop responses are produced, MoCA will publicize it in their newsletter.
The big question for Morgan Junction is will the City update their Comprehensive Plan so it’s not in conflict with our Neighborhood Plan, or will Morgan Junction have to take other action. Deb listed some possible “next steps” from amending the Morgan Junction Comprehensive Plan element to legal action. Joe commented that we should probably hire legal representation now - in case of need later. Phil replied that we are waiting for the right moment as other Urban Villages are contemplating legal action, and MoCA is watching to see what happens there. Cindi commented that some developers are also already planning to sue.
It was stated that a Comprehensive Plan amendment is a public process. Any amendment to the Comprehensive Plan has to go back in front of the full City Council in a public hearing. Two options for amendment outlined were (1) Amend the Morgan Junction plan element to clarify and confirm that identified Morgan Junction Housing and Land Use Policies remain in place until their conflict with MHA recommendations is resolved in a neighborhood planning process, or (2) Amend threatened Seattle municipal code language that addresses Single Family Zone discrepancies (SMC 23.34.010) and protects Urban Village planning. Cindi and Deb favor #1.
Eldon requested that we show the City that we are already poised to incorporate more low-income housing better than the MHA is proposing.
It was moved and seconded to send a letter to City Council and the Mayor expressing frustration and displeasure with the dismissal of our Neighborhood Plan as a valid document.
Discussion on the motion began and included:
The need to ensure that City Staff and Council are aware of our concern that MHA is creating conflicts with our plan, which was created with extensive public engagement and was forward thinking when written. It was suggested that the letter request a commitment to enter into a full neighborhood planning process and have a budget commitment as well. This will allow more specific discussion about the potential single family zoning transformation and displacement and also allow Morgan Junction to address businesses displacement as part of the process.
Cindi suggested to also add a funding ask in the Oct. Council budget deliberations for Neighborhood Planning.
A meeting attendee asked if the City considered the impact of small businesses losing their locations due to raised rents. Cindi said that was an issue with the recent University District Urban Village Upzone process, and the City is starting to address this. Susan said that we need more detail on Commercial policies, not just goals. There are 107 businesses within 6 blocks of Morgan Junction, and it is important to protect small businesses as well as SF households. Aundra asked if MoCA participated in the Neighborhood Plan ‘status update’ several years ago. Cindi said yes, but the City was elusive about the status of projects.
Comprehensive plan amendments proposal was then added to the motion which was restated by the original motion makers:
It was moved and seconded to support submitting Comprehensive Plan Amendments which strengthen wording that no changes to our existing plan policies related to MHA proposed changes be taken until a full planning process with the Morgan Junction Neighborhood be completed, that the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments also be sent to the Mayor and City Council with a letter expressing frustration and displeasure at the dismissal of our neighborhood plan as a valid document and asking for a commitment to enter into a Morgan Junction neighborhood planning process, and have a budget commitment for that process as well. This motion passed unanimously.
8:00 Old Business
Morgan Junction Festival – June 17, 2017 Phil briefed. The planning committee has held three meetings, and minutes are recorded and shared online. He talked about schedule and bands. Several food carts are signed up. The Spatter of Morgan setting up again. Deb & Cindi will approach Cal-Mor to provide hires for tear-down. We still need a Bark of Morgan Pet Parade and contest leader/MC.
Murray CSO Opening - soon! - As reported by King County Staff, the Landscaping is complete; opening end of April. Fencing will remain around new grass. Party and tours in early-June.
Morgan Junction Mural – Phil discussed a proposed mural restoration by Bob Henry. Dan at Peel & Press contacted him, and he’s got a process he can do for about $10K. This would include a final UV finish that also is graffiti repellant. Funding opportunities are being clarified.
Planning Committee for Morgan Junction Park Expansion – Deb said that while Seattle Parks planning starts in 2018, the group is talking now about what Morgan Junction would like the park expansion to include. We will have Parks staffer Kathleen Connor to our next meeting - which has not been scheduled.
Lowman Beach Park Seawall– Deb reports that repair research is complete, and that Parks has set a Meeting for May 31 at Hall of Fauntleroy to discuss options.
8:30 New Business
MoCA Incorporation Discussion, Eldon shared a handout (attached) to report that MoCA is not incorporated or a 501(c)3 organization. He proposed to form as a 501(c)3, so that MoCA has a tax status than enables us to switch to a local bank, and so that MoCA can accept donations which run the Festival, among other benefits. He proposed the MoCA Board study the process and bring a proposal to the October meeting. It was moved and seconded that the Morgan Junction Community Association seek incorporation with the State of Washington and on that basis, make application for 501(c)3 Non-Profit status. Motion passed with one abstention.
Friends of Lincoln Park (FoLP) presentation, Sharon Baker
Sharon is a volunteer forester. Parks and Forterra have come up with a 20 year plan to restore Seattle forest conifers. FoLP is a part of this Green Seattle Partnership (http://www.greenseattle.org/). FoLP works twice/month to pull invasive ivy and blackberry. She asked for volunteers; sign up info is on handout, which will be attached to these minutes posted on the website. She said she would lead a nature walk in June to see the Phantom Orchids. She can provide a plant list for the park.
Cal-Mor Resident Council, Cindi and Deb will be meeting with them on May 17 for discussion about help at the Morgan Festival and how to work together with them on issues in Morgan Junction that affect their residents.
Age Friendly City Initiative (AFCI), Irene Stewart
She’s the new Project Manager for the Age-FCI. Handouts include single flyer (Age-Friendly Seattle), King County Transportation (from the Mobility Commission) and Help-Line number, will be attached to these minutes posted on the website. Goals: improve pedestrian friendly infrastructure, (we have 19 pedestrian deaths/year, but Denver has 60!). Metro has an over-65 card that is about 30% discount (RRFP). Lifelong Recreation is a pioneering program that others have copied. A new dementia-friendly recreation program is starting this year. Utility and tax reductions are available. Diane: we need senior training for jobs. Many seniors are being displaced because they can’t afford their rents with minimum wage jobs.
Fauntleroy - Ferry Task Force and School Birthday,
Deb shared that the 100- year birthday party will be on May 1 at 11:30 at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Ferry triangle improvement report: see WS Blog…progress happening on goals.
Attendes of the Morgan Urban Village Design Workshop on March 6, 2017 just received this email. The attachments are included with this posting, as the city has not yet finished posting them to the link below.
Good afternoon all,
Thank you for your attendance at the workshop held earlier this year in Morgan Junction! The presentation from that workshop has been posted at http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/rob-johnson/community-design-workshops" href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/rob-johnson/community-design-workshops">http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/rob-johnson/community-design-workshops. The summary map, detailed table notes, and summary are attached. These items will be posted at the address above in the coming days.
As a reminder, there are a number of ways to stay engaged with this process including:
Going to https://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft zoning changes" href="https://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft%20zoning%20changes"> (a guide to provide comment on that form is attached)
Call the HALA Hotline: (206) 743-6612
Attend the upcoming open house for the Southwest Neighborhoods on May 6th, 2017 from 10:00AM-12:00PM
At Westside School, 10404 34th Avenue SW
Stay up to date on upcoming meetings at http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar" href="http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar">http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar & http://www.seattle.gov/hala/whats-happening" href="http://www.seattle.gov/hala/whats-happening">http://www.seattle.gov/hala/whats-happening
Stay tuned for the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, expected in late May
All the best,
Spencer Williams, AICP, Assoc. AIA
Legislative Assistant to Councilmember Johnson-District 4