Single Family areas inside the Morgan Urban Village – What’s the Plan?
Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:30 – 8:30pm, The Kenney Community Room, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW
As discussed at the October MoCA Quarterly Meeting, the MoCA board has reviewed all the moving pieces of MHA and the Comprehensive Plan Amendment proposed for the Morgan Junction Urban Village. We found gaps between what we have heard at the community meetings and what the city is proposing to do with the single family zoned lands inside our Urban Village. Those gaps include the character change of the single family zones, the loss of starter homes and owner occupancy, and few ways to address displacement.
We have identified some specific options to address those gaps to propose for community consideration on November 14th. The community discussion and voting at this meeting will identify the Morgan Junction endorsed options to move forward into a neighborhood planning process with the city. We encourage everyone who lives, works, shops or enjoys the Morgan Junction area to come and weigh in!
Welcome and Introductions: Deb Barker – Safety exits, restrooms, etc. New Kenney rule: wear Visitor Badge at all times. MoCA Board introduced.
Open Board Positions - Deb announced that she has appointed an interim Treasurer., Aaron Hannon, who will be stepping in for Eldon to take on 501c3 process and neighborhood festival finances. Eldon will remain as‘emeritus’ Board member. Aaron has experience in banking, and a short bio was provided. The MoCA Public Information Officer position is also open in 2018. We hope to have a slate of officers in Jan. to be voted on at the April 18 meeting.
MoCA MINUTE UPDATES
Mayoral Forum – 6 candidates will debate tomorrow night 6 pm. Bobbi Paschal presented Pat Murakami info. Pat is a small biz owner running for City Council position #9. She’s got Bernicrats and Green endorsements. Pat will not take donations from developers.
Nov 29th Lincoln Park south play area improvement meeting put on by Parks. Tree maintenance is underway.
Morgan Park expansion planning– Natalie will lead this planning effort. The expansion area is land-banked, but there is no budget to develop it. MoCA needs a follow up meeting to define what we Do and Do Not want to happen there, etc. Phil mentioned the idea of a temporary commercial parking lot in front of the fence with money going toward the installation, but we would need an ‘exception’ to the Parks current rules to allow the money to go towards the Morgan Park and not go into the general fund.
SW PAC report – Phil says a package stealing ring has been busted. A new problem is drug guys going into empty homes, so watch out.
Junction Festival financial wrap-up – Eldon reported that MoCA netted $1,332 from the 2017 event, which is pretty good compared to past years. We have a balance of about $6,000, and we need to leave some in savings for licenses and insurance. SW District Council will be asking for a donation for their 2018 room rental, and we have donated to the local food bank in the past. Balance of the Festival fund comes from Business donors, but also individuals. We need to work on the 501 (c)3 status so they can get write offs. Cindi moved to allocate $200 for SW District Council in the event they request it. It was seconded, voted, and passed.
Linnea Westerlund reported on the Gatewood Elementary School playfield restoration project where existing– drainage is very poor. Landscaper, Karen Keist, has helped design. School/PTA has raised $100K, but needs $50K more to complete the lawn and permeable concrete area. A contractor has been hired. Fundraising campaign to raise $50K will happen in Nov. There will be work parties Cindi will network Linnea with a couple biz owners and also the newsletter. Eldon proposed $200 donation, seconded, voted on and passed. 2 abstentions.
Westside Neighbors Network – Phil Tavel and Judy Messier gave pitch on “virtual village” formation. Goal is to build community the way it “used to be”. Incorporated in Feb., and received 501c3 status in July. Launch is 1/1/2018. Membership levels outlined. There will be a co-living resource where folks can create intentional cohabit agreements. Cost is negotiable depending on income. Funds will go toward license, insurance and eventual staff. Staff will take on the networking tasks. https://www.westsideneighborsnetwork.org/
Scott Thomsen with Seattle City Light, gave handouts and discussed Advanced Metering program. New meters will have a radio transmitter to sample and report 6x/day. The meter automates the reading, and the receiver will automate the bill preparation process. They’ll also report outages immediately whether you’re home or not. The wireless technology is called the “mesh network”. City Light will net $30M in labor costs. 51 meter readers will be given assistance in retraining and/or relocating. Time of use rates will be an option to encourage folks to shift big usage to low (in general) use times. New meters should fit on old bases; some older homes may need their base ‘beefed up’, and City Light will cover those costs. Users will get 3 emails and an auto-phone call notification. A person will come knock on the door just before it happens. The new meters will be in Morgan Junction between July and December, 2018.
Terry Matson, retired WS Church of the Nazarene Pastor updated MoCA on the WS Church of the Nazarene townhouse development. This is wherevacant church property has been rezoned, and six townhouses are to be built, with the rest of the site remaitained as green space. The 2016 MHA rules say that if a development raises the ‘profitability’ of the land, the fee is required, so this development is now subject to a $200,000 MHA fee. Pastor Matson said that this is not a development for density, if it was, the Church Board would direct the construction of 3 large homes with cottages. These townhouses are not for profitability, but to meet the mission of the church. Pastor Matson, asked us to write our City Councilmembers to have the fee waived. The church will net, at most $700K if they proceed and the Church, as principle of the project, would be responsible for the fee, not the partner development firm. A buyout would realize more than that. Cindi moved that MoCA write a letter supporting the waiver of the MHA fee for this non-profit. Seconded, voted and passed, with one abstention.
Comprehensive Plan Amendment - The City did not acknowledge our written suggestion at the City Open House meeting Oct 17. We have distinct wording in our neighborhood plan (See attached below). The City did not acknowledge the MoCA Comp Plan Amendment wording, submitted as a formal Amendment to the City Council and did not make that a option available for review or input. We printed copies of that for people to review and had 26 people put our proposed option wording on the City’s input board. The other input is the City’s Comprehensive Plan Amendments webpage using the online survey tool ‘Consider It’. MoCA will ensure that our optional wording (see below) is posted as a comment in the ConsiderIt survey, so if you support that option, it will be easy to look for it and agree with the comment. We’ll put the word out on social media, with the reminder that comments are due by December 8, 2017.
November 14 (6:30pm) at the Kenney there will be another meeting to discuss this further and we also hope to know by that time the city’s final MHA rezone map proposal that they’re taking to City Council.
MHA Final EIS map and timing –due out in mid November. MoCA opposes one-size-fits-all plan.
Lowman Beach wall – Today Parks Department received ESA Associate draft report with summary and recommendations: a No Action Alternative, Alt 1: Expand intertidal beach area while maintaining tennis court with a seat wall; Alt 2: Revert to more natural state and Alt. 3: Keep the park as is but replace the wall. City Parks staff will report at the January meeting. The Draft report will be added to the Parks Department Website.
Eldon said there is a water seepage flow across California Ave SW at SW Orchard Street that has increased since the new townhouses were built. He said that SPU has looked at it. When it freezes, it will be a hazard to the school pedestrian traffic. Tracy with the WSB said that SPU told her that it’s SDOT’s responsibility. Wewill ask Lisa Herbold to contact the right safety folks at SDOT to address us at the Jan meeting.
Fred said that he counted over 60 rental bikes along California Ave between Admiral and Morgan. Report to the City via the ‘Find It, Fix It’ app when you see these rental bikes blocking the pedestrian right of way and bus loading pads. Find it Fix it is downloadable on your phone, both for Android and IPhones.
8:44 - Adjourned.
Additional information about the Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Note, after the meeting MoCA confirmed how the ConsiderIt survey works this time: there are only lines for Option A, B or C. If you want to offer alternatives, you have to add them as a comment to any of the options. In other words, they are not allowing an Option D to be submitted online, you must email those in separately. You can still vote for or against or anywhere along the scale and you can also show you agree with any comments put in as a pro or a con for each line.
So please get in there and show support for the following comment:
“You should use the words of the Morgan Community Association Comp Plan amendment for MJ-P13 (or P14): to keep existing words in place until formal community planning engagement is done.” “See the MoCA website for full text of their amendments, which will also be presented to City Council at the same time as the city's attempt to rewrite the communities’ Neighborhood Plan policies.”
MoCA proposed Amendments language full text:
MJ-P13 Maintain the character and integrity of the existing single-family designated areas by maintaining current single-family zoning both inside and outside the urban village on properties meeting the locational criteria for single-family zones, except where, as part of a development proposal, a long-standing neighborhood institution is maintained and existing adjacent community gathering places are activated, helping to meet MJ-P6. This policy will remain in place and maintain standing as policy guidance within the Morgan Junction Urban Village until the conflict between MHA Recommendations and Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan Goals and Policies is resolved through formal community planning engagement.
MJ-P14 Ensure that use and development regulations are the same for single-family zones within the Morgan Junction Urban Village as those in corresponding single-family zones in the remainder of the Morgan Junction Planning Area. This policy will remain in place and maintain standing as policy guidance within the Morgan Junction Urban Village until the conflict between MHA Recommendations and Morgan Junction Neighborhood Plan Goals and Policies is resolved through formal community planning engagement.
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.