After monitoring micro housing and congregate residences in Seattle for over two years, Department of Planning and Development is now proposing changes to ensure clear and consistent regulations. The proposed legislation is based on research and responds to concerns raised by the public and elected officials. DPD published notice of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on the proposed rules, as a part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. The SEPA comment period runs from October 7 through October 21 of 2013.
Some highlights of the proposed new rules include:
· Establishing a definition of micro-housing
· Requiring Design Review for micro-housing and congregate residences based on square footage rather than number of dwelling units
· Setting a minimum size for common areas in micro-housing and congregate residences
· Increasing bicycle and car parking requirements for micro-housing
· Clarifying affordable housing program requirements for micro-housing and congregate residences.
Your input needed:Earlier this year, the Morgan Community Association (MoCA) learned of a proposed 38 room micro-housing development at 5949 California Ave SW, in Morgan Junction. There has been lots of discussion about micro-housing projects throughout the City, where hundred of micro-housing rooms have been built over the past few years, and MoCA has been following this discussion with interest. However, with this prototype of housing now in our midst, MoCA is interested in actively engaging in the discussion about micro-housing legislative changes proposed by the City, as well as the recent environmental decision on these changes.
Please let us know if you have any objections to MoCA taking this action. We’d love to hear from you by Sunday, October 27, 2013. THANKS!
City Council Budget Town Hall on Thursday, October 24
6:00pm (5pm public comment sign up begins)
Garfield High School Commons - 400 23rd Ave Seattle, WA 98122
This is your chance to come speak directly to Councilmembers about your priorities for the City budget. Full details on the Budget Town Hall are available here. For more information about the budget process, go to seattle.gov/council/budget
Mini-Grants are now available for Safe Routes to School projects
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is accepting applications for mini-grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety, and encourage walking and biking to school. Private and public schools, PTAs and other school-related nonprofit groups may apply. The activities must support the overall goal of educating about safety and encouraging more walking and bicycling to school
November 2nd, 2013 is the 8th Annual Green Seattle Day! Lewis Park is one of 17 sites throughout Seattle hosting special work parties from 10am to 2pm. Bring the family and join your neighbors to help kick off the 2013-2014 planting season. The Station will be donating coffee and we'll have snacks and a light lunch. Please register so we know how much food to bring! We'll supply gloves, tools (plus kids sized tools), refreshments and lots of native shrubs and trees. Click HERE to register.
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Help at the Seattle Public Library at Delridge and High Point Branches
The Seattle Public Library, Public Health - Seattle King County and a number of community based agencies are working together to help people determine their eligibility for the programs offered under the Affordable Care Act.
Enrollment assistance is offered at eight locations across the city through December 26. Staff from community agencies will be available to answer questions and assist with enrollment. ACA Enrollment events are available on a drop-in basis only. Please bring Social Security number and information about current income.
The service is free. Help is offered on a first come, first served basis. No reservation is required.
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11
High Point Branch
Oct. 5 through Dec. 21
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Check out a Museum for Free Using Your Seattle Public Library Card
The Museum Pass allows you to use your Seattle Public Library card to reserve and print out an admission pass to participating Seattle museums at no charge.
How to reserve a pass
You can reserve a Museum Pass either by venue or date.
Reserve a Pass By Venue:
• Go to Museum Pass online reservations. Have your library card and PIN handy.
• Select a museum.
• Select the date you want to visit the museum (up to 30 days in advance of your visit).
• Enter your library card number and PIN.
• Print or email your pass.
• Present the printed pass to the museum on your chosen date.
Reserve a Pass By Date:
1.Go to Museum Pass online reservations. Have your library card and PIN handy.
2.Select a date you want to visit a museum (up to 30 days in advance of your visit).
3.Select a museum to visit.
4.Enter your library card number and PIN.
5.Print or email your pass.
Present the printed pass to the museum of your chosen date
Get a Museum Pass
View or Cancel your reservation