Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking candidates for positions on the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB) for terms beginning in March 2006.
The SPAB was established in 1993. Board members advise the mayor, City Council and departments on issues related to pedestrian safety and accessibility. These include policies and plans affecting the pedestrian environment, and ongoing input on projects throughout the city which could potentially change that pedestrian environment. SPAB also provides input on annual decisions about budget priorities, and targets specific issues of interest to board members. Several positions will be available in March 2007.
SPAB seeks applicants from a variety of ages, walks of life and areas of the city of Seattle. Past and current members include professional designers and engineers, neighborhood activists, landscape architects, and people of various ages, ethnic backgrounds and levels of mobility who have an interest in pedestrian issues. Board members normally serve two-year terms, with an opportunity to seek reappointment to a second two-year term at the end of the first term. The only firm requirements are that board members must reside within the city limits and can not be employed by the city of Seattle. Senior citizens and applicants of color are encouraged to apply.
Potential projects that the SPAB may look at in the coming months include the Pedestrian Master Plan, the Rainier Corridor Safety Project, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, proposed criteria for sidewalk installation, and a variety of transportation policies. Ongoing topics of interest include physical obstructions in the pedestrian right-of-way, enforcement of violations at crosswalks, public education about pedestrian issues, and city budgets, both present and future.
Applications can be submitted by mail to: Megan Hoyt Seattle Department of Transportation Pedestrian Program 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3900 P.O. Box 34996 Seattle, WA 98124-4996
DPD has been re-examining zoning codes for multi-family housing. The current ordinance needs to be revamped – half of all households in Seattle are now within multi-family zoned areas, 47,000 households will be added within the next 10 years. Current zoning regulations predate the l995 comprehensive planning processes of the city. The consensus is that we need a more accessible code, one with more flexibility, providing a variety of types of multi-family housing – duplexes, triplexes, condominiums, cooperatives, townhouses, flats, stacks, etc. The current 7 zones will become collapsed into 4 or 5, with new regulations more tied to floor space size ratios, with provisions to promote design quality, open spaces for landscaping, parking space ratios. Of concern also will be provisions for low income housing, sustainability incentives, and provisions for environmental concerns. Current codes for MoCA area are for low-rise multi-family units.
Question: Will there be changes in the extent of current zoning?
The current efforts only deal with areas that are now zoned as multi-family, with no changes in zoning for single-family or business districts. Set-back requirements for single-family zones will hold for adjacent multi-family zones.
Concern: Parking regulations? The effort will be made to adapt any parking requirement changes to different areas of the city.
Question: When is the Design Review Board called for? Lots of townhouse, smaller projects are not currently subject to Design Review processes.
Question: How can we find zoning height, size limits? In the zoning codes which are on-line, in DPD, “zoning charts”
Question: Are proposed changes tailored to be equitable throughout the city? Most city growth is projected to take place within the current five ‘urban centers’. Areas of less growth will receive a greater concentration of city services.
Concern: Group (ca. 30 persons) from neighborhood opposed to proposed development of multi-family housing unit at corner of 45th and Juneau. Response: That property would require re-zoning for it to become multi-family units. The City Council has tight controls on that process – changing the code and criteria is very difficult. Public notice will be given of any proposals for zoning changes.
There has only been one major crime in neighborhood recently, apart from minor theft and car
prowls. The cooperation of the city and County has created a much better situation for crime
in White Center area.
Concern: recent fatality of bicyclist on 35th, other fatality accidents in area. Driver was cited for not yielding right-of-way.
Concern: need for speed signs on Fauntleroy near Fairmont school. We need more data on this. Also concerns for light at blind intersection at Fauntleroy and Graham.
CIP and CRF applications – Stan Lock, SW Seattle Service Center
16 projects in W Seattle were nominated for Capital Improvement Program grants. The city has reviewed the list. At the end of 2006, a short list will be issued for city department budgets. Other items will be held for future possible action. 6 items have been prioritized by SW District committee.
9 projects have been proposed from the SW District for Cumulative Reserve Fund grants, 5 of which were prioritized within the District Council. The top 3 will be funded (sidewalk at Arbor Hts. Elem. School, crosswalk on Admiral, traffic circle on Fairmount.
Question: Who pays for traffic circles? Depends on number of accidents, neighborhood requests, resources, etc.
Concern re zoning changes for development at 4515 SW Juneau.
Neighborhood has received information re zoning change for 4 units of housing. (SE corner of46th and Juneau). All 30+ persons attending this meeting were opposed. MoCA will write a letter to DPD asking for more information, requesting public hearings, and clarification on process of any zoning change applications.
Morgan Festival Sept. 17 was very successful – about 500 attending. We need volunteers to assist with the next festival. The current plan is to hold festivals on a 2 year cycle.
Orchard Street Ravine Park – a letter has been received (distributed) that recommends a trail through the park to link 38th St. to cul-de-sac.
Morgan Plaza – Public Planning will take place during the 2nd quarter of 2007
Myrtle St. Reservoir Park – Public Planning will take place during 1st quarter of 2007
Lowman Beach Pump Station – Upgrading of electrical equipment will be done soon, with little disruption. Major construction will take place a year from now.
Neighborhood Business District Strategy – Note City Council Bills CB 115745 and CB 115746 on-line “Commercial Code Revisions”.
Public Safety Workshops – SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) kick-off events Oct 24 (6:30-8:30) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Ctr. Or Oct. 26 (same times) at Southwest Police Precinct (SW Webster at Delridge Way). For more information, contact
JoAnn Jordan at the Seattle Office of Emergency Management 233-7122 or Ron Angeles, Delridge Neighborhood Dist. 684-7416
Grant writers are needed at the SW Historical Society – for a project to create an oral history of W Seattle.
(not quite up to date, but probably still applicable) Construction Update as of September 19, 2006
The grinding of the asphalt surface between SW Edmunds Street and SW Genesee Street has been completed! The contractor is now working diligently to repair the concrete roadway base beneath the asphalt pavement. However, it has become evident that a greater level of repair is required than previously anticipated. The center lanes between SW Edmunds and SW Alaska Streets will remain closed until asphalt can be placed over the concrete to level the roadway base. This work is necessary before final asphalt paving of the roadway surface takes place. SDOT and the contractor are working to schedule this work, which is weather dependent, as soon as possible. We recognize the inconvenience and are committed to completing this work as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!
Upcoming work - September 18 - 22
Continued repairs to the concrete roadway base in spot locations.
Removal and replacement of concrete curb ramps at various locations.
The re-paving of the roadway with a new asphalt surface is expected to occur within the next three (3) to five (5) weeks.
Throughout the duration of the construction project, one lane of travel will be maintained in each direction during the hours of 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. At other times, traffic may be restricted to one lane with the use of flaggers. Normal work hours for the contractor will be 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Results from City of Seattle's Office of City Auditor regarding Parks Public Involvement are now available. http://www.seattle.gov/audit/2006.htm, which displays the results, audit findings and recommendations.
There were comments offered by nearly eight hundred fifty respondents. City Auditor Susan Cohen will present her findings and recommendations next week, Wednesday, September 27th at the Parks, Education, Libraries, and Labor (PELL) Committee. At that meeting, the public may provide comment on the questionnaire results and audit document. Public testimony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 27th, and they are supposed to provide different ways for you to give comments - via phone, e-mail, or in person.