The Morgan Community Association

                                                            Jennifer Whip, Secretary                    


January 20, 2016

Part 1:  MoCA Meeting 6:00 - 6:45pm

Part 2:  Special West Seattle-Wide Meeting             

 ‘HALA’ What’s It All About?  7:00 – 9:00pm

Part 1: MoCA Meeting                                                                                               6:00 – 6:45pm


Welcome and Introductions

Guests and Board Members were welcomed at 6:00pm.  It was noted that two meetings will take place including Part 1 – the quarterly MoCA meeting and Part 2 – a special West Seattle-Wide meeting – ‘HALA’ What’s It All About?

Old Business

Morgan Neighborhood Parks Street Fund (NPSF) award status

  • Morgan Junction has been awarded $24,000 for installation of street furniture.  Collaboration is currently underway with SDOT, so stay tuned for more information.

Join the Morgan Junction Festival Planning Committee

  • The annual Morgan Junction Festival is scheduled for June 18, 2016.   A great neighborhood festival that turns out 500 – 800 of our closest friends and neighbors to celebrate our Morgan Junction community.   
  • Volunteers are invited to join the Festival Planning Committee to help with the coordination and planning of the festival.  The first meeting is scheduled for February 2, with monthly meetings until June. 
  • Interested?  Please contact Deb Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to become a member of the 2016 Planning Committee.


New Business

  • New Legislation - proposed Marijuana Zoning locations:  A legislative vote took place the second week of January which would require zoning for recreational marijuana stores to be 500 feet from retail.
  • Sound Transit ST-3 and Morgan Junction:  on Thursday, January 28 – the West Seattle Transportation Coalition will hold a meeting at The Kenney to discuss Sound Transit (ST-3).  Please attend to provide your feedback regarding the current potential options for West Seattle.
  • Lowman Beach shoreline retaining wall:  discussions are underway with the Army Core of Engineers to consider options for repair or replacement of the shoreline retaining wall.  Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

Moca Updates for January 20, 2016

  • Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvement:  SDOT will continue with Phase II of the sidewalk replacement in front of Ivy Court and Marnae in late March to April.
  • Lincoln Park Public Meeting:  join the discussion around Lincoln Park North Area renovations and provide input on preferred play equipment options on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:30 – 8pm at Gatewood Elementary.
  • Morgan Junction Business Mixer – SAVE THE DATE:  April 28, 2016 will be the next Morgan Junction Business Mixer from 5-7pm at Zeke’s Pizza.  Thanks to The Office Junction for hosting the December 7, 2015 mixer where a good time was had by all.
  • Morgan Junction Park Expansion:  The Dry Cleaner and Convenience Shop businesses will be relocated by the end of May, 2016. The parking lot will be used for the Morgan Junction Festival on June 18.  Building demolition is ‘guestimated’ for July 2016, but no date is set for park design.
  • Contract rezone in Morgan Junction:  The applicant submitted revisions on December 17, 2016 under project #3018102 for 6921 California Ave SW.  SEPA has not been issued.
  • Nazarene Church Rezone Site:  Applicant submitted building permits for the townhouses; and a streamlined design review is to be conducted.  This will be the last MoCA report on this project.
  • Murray CSO:  Major street work continues on Beach Drive S.W. to install a 5-foot wide sewer pipe under Beach Drive that will connect the new tank to the existing Murray Pump Station / sewer system.  One lane of Beach Drive S.W. kept open.  Increased congestion and possible traffic delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.

MoCA ElectionsSlate of Officers and Executive Board Members for 2016

Following distribution of handouts to all attendees, a MOTION was called for election of the 2016 MoCA Slate of Officers and Executive Board. 

  • MOTION PASSED:  The Morgan Community Association voted to support the election of the following 2016 MoCA Slate of Officers and Executive Board members.
    • President – Deb Barker
    • Vice President – Philip Tavel
    • Recording Secretary – Jennifer Whip
    • Treasurer – Eldon Olson
    • Public Information Officer – Cindi Barker
    • SW District Council Representative – Tamsen Speng

Additional Comments

  • South Seattle College provided handouts regarding new classes being offered in Winter Quarter 2016 including the following.  Register at
    • Organize Your Workspace:  January 26 from 9am – Noon
    • Basic Carpentry and Woodworking:  January 21 – 24 from 6pm – 9:30pm
    • Hands-On Home Repair and Maintenance:  January 25 – Feb 8 from 6:30pm – 9pm
    • Hiring and Working with a Home Remodeling Contractor:  February 9 from 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Rainwise garden and cisterns:  Peace Lutheran Church is celebrating a new Rainwise garden and cistern installations on January 23 at 10 a.m.  For more information about Rainwise – visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / phone: 206-678-2604.
  • An Immigrants Journey by Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle Civic Poet will be hosted on Thursday, February 4 from 5pm – 7pm by Southwest Youth & Family Services located at 4555 Delridge Way SW.  Come and listen as she shares her personal journey as an immigrant and how it has shaped her poetry. 

Deb Barker thanked all of the guests and invited everyone to stay for the Part 2 of the January 20 meeting – ‘HALA’ What’s It All About?


The MoCA Meeting adjourned at 6:45pm. 

Part 2 - Special West Seattle - Wide Meeting:  ‘HALA’ What’s It All About?                    7:00 - 9:00pm

The Morgan Community Association hosted a Special West Seattle presentation for ‘HALA’, the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda, to offer information on ‘HALA’ and Additional Dwelling Units.  This portion of the meeting has been video recorded and can be viewed on the West Seattle Blog at

Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda ‘HALA’ Presentation - Jesseca Brand, City of Seattle

Special Guest Jesseca Brand, City of Seattle, provided a HALA overview, information on the grand bargain, focused outreach and next steps.

The presentation shared information on:

  • Investing in our Communities
  • Seattle’s Housing reality
  • What is the Vision? 
  • Where we’ve been? 
  • Where we are going?
  • HALA in action
  • Invest in housing for those most in need
  • Create new affordable housing as we grow
  • Promote efficient and innovative development
  • Development Contributions
  • What is the MHA Program?
  • MHA Implementation
  • Affordable Housing Requirements
  • Next Steps

Following the presentation, a Q&A session was held.  The complete presentation is available at   

For more information, an official HALA Website is anticipated to launch on January 26, 2016.  For additional questions, please contact Jesseca Brand at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Detached / Attached Accessory Dwelling Units Presentation - Nick Welch, City of Seattle

Special Guest Nick Welch, City of Seattle presented information on Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU’s or Backyard Cottages) and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or MIL Apartments.)

The presentation shared information on:

  • Encouraging Backyard Cottages
  • What is an accessory dwelling unit?
  • Attached accessory dwelling units (ADUs, MIL, or granny flats)
  • Detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs, backyard cottages)
  • Timeline of program
  • Why are we encouraging more backyard cottages?
  • The scale of the opportunity
  • Removing barriers to backyard cottages
  • Potential code changes
  • Q&A

Following the presentation, a Q&A session was held.  The complete presentation is available at

For questions / inquiries, please contact Nicola Welch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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