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MoCA Quarterly Meeting, Wednesday Jan 20, SPECIAL TIME AND AGENDA
Our first meeting of 2016 starts off with a bang! We will have a short regular MoCA meeting from 6:00 to 6:45 pm to do normal business and officer elections. At 7:00 pm we will transition to a West Seattle wide presentation on two topics which will affect all neighborhoods; the implementation of the HALA “Grand Bargain” and upcoming code changes governing Mother-in-Law apartments and back yard cottages. All West Seattle community people are invited to attend and learn more about these and how to stay informed and get engaged. It is expected that the Mother-in-Law/Backyard Cottages code changes will go before City Council in late February, so now is the time to learn more.
6:00 Welcome and Introductions NOTE earlier start time for this meeting
6:05 Old Business
Morgan NPSF award status
Join the Morgan Junction Festival Planning Committee
6:20 New Business
New Legislation: proposed Marijuana Zoning Locations
Sound Transit ST-3 and Morgan Junction
Lowman Beach shoreline retaining wall
6:40 MoCA Elections - Slate of Officers and Executive Board Members for 2016
6:45 Adjournment and then followed by special meeting below at 7:00 pm
January 2016 Updates:
Be sure to see the handout for information about the following:
Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvement
April 28 - Morgan Junction Business Mixer
Expansion of Morgan Junction Park
Contract rezones in Morgan Junction
Nazarene Church Building Permits
Special West Seattle - Wide Meeting:
“HALA” What’s It All About ??
Marijuana Retail Zones – Comments requested by City Council
In December, the City Council took up the topic of adjusting where marijuana shops could located, discussing things like how far apart they should be and how close to parks, schools etc. Several members of Council were concerned that the legislation was moving through without getting input from the communities that would be affected by changes of the rules. We bring this to your attention in that Morgan Junction would be affected. If you go to the following links, you can see that Morgan Junction goes from having no land zoned for a retail shop to having several blocks becoming available. If you have comments on this, either positive, negative or you want more information, this public notice tells you how to submit comments. Comments are due by January 11, 2016
The link below will take you to the Council presentation that shows a map of the areas allowed under the existing 1,000 foot separation rule and the areas that would be allowed under a proposed 250 foot rule (slide 2)
The map showing areas under a proposed 500 foot rule is found at this link
Audubon Society Birdwalks in Lincoln Park
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Lincoln Park, Seattle
Leaders: Patty North and Dick Lazeres
Meeting Point: Southern-most Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way SW (8600 block of Fauntleroy Way SW)
Lincoln Park is in West Seattle near the Fauntleroy ferry dock. We will stroll the beach seeking good looks at
waterfowl and wander the forest to discover winter residents. Great walk for beginners. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Available on loan from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop.) Dress for blustery winter weather. About 2 miles of mostly level walking with one climb back to our starting point.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Leaders: Dick Lazeres and Anne Jacobs
Meeting Point: South Parking lotExplore the woodland and the waterfront, listening and looking for the birds of winter. We will have a scope available, please bring binoculars if you have them. There will be stairs and a hill to walk up. Beginners welcomed and encouraged.
Jennifer Whip, Secretary
October 21, 2015 MoCA Meeting Agenda
Welcome and Introductions
Guests and Board Members were welcomed at 7:00pm. It was noted that due to a new policy at The Kenney, going forward all MoCA attendees will be asked to sign in/out at the front desk and where a name badge.
Arson Update – Seattle Fire and Police
MoCA was joined by members of the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department to discuss the recent Arson incidences in West Seattle. The fires have been occurring between the 1am – 4am timeframe, near the High Point area.
Lieutenant Paul Adams from Fire Engine Company 37 provided several handouts. He encourages residents to remove brush away from homes/structures; keep areas well lit (motion detector lights are helpful) and have a fire extinguisher handy. Please call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
Captain Pierre Davis with the SW Police Precinct shared that the arsonist has been using debris to start the fires and recommended removing any possible fuel sources from around the home, for example – refuge, papers and even books if you offer a “little free library.” The Seattle Police, Seattle Fire and the ATF are partnering to find the individual(s). As a general rule, “if you see something, say something” and contact 911.
Morgan Junction Micro Policing Plan
Captain Pierre Davis and Police Research Analyst Jennifer Burbridge joined MoCA to provide an update on the Micro Policing Plan. The Policing Plan is specifically tailored to neighborhoods and is created by local residents and shared with the Seattle Police Department so they may develop strategies to address the issues.
Focus groups were held in August for the Morgan Junction community to discuss and identifythe most current concerns which are: (1) property crime; (2) issues in parks; (3) speeding/traffic and (4) non-residential issues (ie: shoplifting, etc.)
Jennifer also noted that a city-wide public safety survey has been created to help determine what safety and security concerns are a priority in Seattle. Results of the survey will be reported to the Seattle Police Department. Please share your feedback by taking approx.15 minutes to complete the Seattle Public Safety Survey at www.publicsafetysurvey.org. Survey ends November 30, 2015.
In addition, Seattle Police Department launched its Crime Data Dashboard giving Seattle residents access to the same statistical information on incidents of property and violent crime used by SPD commanders, officers and analysts to direct police patrols. You can find the dashboard on the following website: http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-police-department/crime-data.
District 1 Candidate messages
MoCA was joined by District 1 Candidates Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock, who shared information about their background and campaigns. As a reminder, Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Special Guest – Todd Burley, Communications Director, Office of Housing, City of Seattle
Todd Burley shared information from the Seattle Office of Housing, which is an executive department focused on affordable housing. Handouts were provided.
The Office of Housing does not own/operate housing – instead they work with strong partners throughout the city to build and manage affordable housing by offering incentives like multifamily tax deductions, incentive zoning program and many more.
In addition, several programs are offered through the Office of Housing including: home ownership programs; renter resources; homeowner resources; and information on current issues & initiatives.
For more details, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/housing.
HALA/Rezones and the Morgan Neighborhood – Cindi Barker
Work is underway to determine how to implement recommendations from the recent Housing Affordability and Livability Action (HALA) report for the Morgan Junction. Cindi noted that a program manager and an outreach manager have been hired and they will be invited to attend the next MoCA meeting in January to discuss the HALA recommendations.
The next Comprehensive Plan Update/Open House will take place on November 12 at the West Seattle Senior Center located at 4217 SW Oregon Street. Public participation in the Comprehensive Plan update process is important with the current population expansion taking place in Seattle.
MoCA Minute Updates
MoCA 2016 Elections – Deb Barker
Ms. Barker shared that a Nominating Committee is needed for the recommendation of the Slate of Officers and Executive Board Members. Positions include: President; Vice President; Recording Secretary; Treasurer. Please contact Deb Barker with interest in serving on the Nominating Committee or as a 2016 MoCA Board member.
The next MoCA meeting will be on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.
The meeting adjourned at 9:28pm
Morgan Community Association (MoCA)
Meeting Agenda for October 21, 2015
LOWER LEVEL MEETING ROOM, THE KENNEY - 7125 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW
Welcome and Introductions
7:00 MoCA Minute Updates
7:05 Special Guests - Staff with Office of Housing, City of Seattle
7:30 Old Business
Morgan Junction Micro Policing Plan - Lt. Ron Smith & Jennifer Burbridge
Friends of Morgan Junction Park - Barry White
Land Use Updates - Deb Barker
8:00 New Business
Traffic Calming proposal 49th/Graham - Zelma Zieman
HALA/Rezones and the Morgan Neighborhood - Cindi Barker
Morgan Mural Restoration - Deb
Festival Funding Opportunity - Cindi
Board Appointments - Deb
8:35 MoCA 2016 Elections
Nominating Committee needed: Slate of Officers and Executive Board Members
8:45 District 1 Candidate messages