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CM O'Brien at Ballard District Council Meeting Dec 12th 7:00 p.m.

posted Dec 9, 2018, 2:13 PM by CBF

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Nordic Museum
Market St.
Seattle, WA 98117

Dec. 12, 2018   7:00 - 8:30 pm

Meeting Agenda

7:00 - 7:10p. Introductions and Community Information Sharing

7:10 - 8:20p. Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember, District 6

This will be your opportunity to hear CM O’Brien describe current programs and issues he and the City are dealing with, and how they may specifically impact the Ballard community. Among the topics to be discussed are the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) plan, the plan to allow more density into single family neighborhoods with ADUs/DADUs, homeless encampments, transportation issues, as well as the just passed 2019 budget. There will be time for Q and A, which will be facilitated to allow questions on a variety of topics to be covered

8:20 - 8:30p Other business/Discussion
Ballard District Council has been an active coalition of Ballard and Crown Hill organizations for over a quarter century.. Originally established under auspices of the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods we are now independent of the City and incorporated as a Washington State Non Profit. We continue our mission as a forum for community engagement, discussions and information sharing.

Eliminating Single-Family Neighborhoods - CM O'Brien's Plan for City-wide Triplex Zoning

posted Nov 21, 2018, 5:43 PM by CBF

Protect Our Seattle Neighborhoods!
Seattle Neighborhoods Call to Action
Appeal Update
Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s legislation is now rapidly moving forward to eliminate EVERY single-family neighborhood and convert your property to triplex zoning with no parking or ownership requirements!
Please forward this email to every neighbor and friend!

Please consider joining hundreds already from all around Seattle in helping us defend you and every Seattle neighborhood by offering a contribution here.  And for much more information, please visit our Appeal Website here.

20 November 2018
Good Evening Neighbors City-wide;
Re:     Eliminating Single-Family Neighborhoods
          Compromise Negotiation Proposal Rejected by Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Update - QA Appeal of the ADU-EIS.
On November 1st, well over 200 Seattleites gathered on Queen Anne to learn more about Councilmember O’Brien’s pending legislation to eliminate all single-family neighborhoods city-wide.  Everyone in attendance from all around our city had the opportunity to learn about our appeal and publicly share their opinions, ideas, and personal stories and concerns.  Everyone felt it was a great public meeting.
One week later on the 8th, the Hearing Examiner held the Pre-Hearing Conference where the parties joined to schedule the upcoming events associated with holding the hearing.  The basic dates below have been established going forward:
  1. Document Delivery:  Due December 14, 2018
QACC submitted a formal Public Records Request a after filing the appeal in order to review all documentation connected with the proposed legislation including the EIS and all other work products surrounding the appeal.  The City stated that 100% of that document request will be delivered on that date.  Upon receiving the complete set, a QACC committee including our experts and volunteers from around our city will review the document history.
  1. Hearing Date:  March 25th – March 29th 2019
During the next few months the QACC committees together with our attorney and professional experts will work to prepare our case which will be heard by the hearing examiner on these dates.  Some will question the delay but all parties had conflicts in January, February, and early March 2019.
During our Prehearing Conference, we made it clear that QACC is open to negotiating a reasonable settlement including compromises to the legislation.  At our city-wide community meeting on November 1st, I invited participation from everyone in attendance to contact us and propose ideas that could improve the legislation in hopes that the city would entertain discussions of compromise from many perspectives.  Several accepted the invite.
I reached out to Councilmember Mike O’Brien and we grabbed coffee yesterday to discuss the issues and opportunities and areas of compromise that may lie ahead.  I proposed that he and the council accept our invitation to review and consider obvious alternatives that the he and the Environmental Impact Statement failed to consider.  I saw this as a win-win as I feel strongly that councilmembers should be facilitators, not autocrats strictly beholden to their own narrow ideology.  Keep in mind that less than 150 Seattleites attended the only two abbreviated scoping meetings held by the city where the legislation was open for public review!  Very few Seattleites know of this huge change!
Unfortunately, I must inform you that CM O’Brien has closed the door to negotiating.  He relating to me unequivocally that the EIS spoke to all his issues leaving no room to consider any compromise.  He remains firmly entrenched in every line-item of his legislation to eliminate every Seattle single-family neighborhood without considering any important neighborhood, property, infrastructure or economic differentiations.  One-size-fits-all!  
In addition, he shared his confidence that every councilmember firmly supports him and his legislation.  He left no door open and even told me directly that there was no reason for us to withdraw our appeal – nothing would change!
As the EIS is woefully deficient in adequately identifying and analyzing the true environment impacts from CM O’Brien’s indiscriminate conversion of every Seattle neighborhood, we will continue to proceed full-speed ahead in preparing and proving our case, now that we have been given the unambiguous decision from City Hall. 
Invite you friends and neighbors to write a letter to your councilmember and strongly voice your opinion!
Please consider joining hundreds already from all around Seattle in helping us defend you and every Seattle neighborhood by offering a contribution here.  And for much more information, please visit our Appeal Website here.
Thanks as always for your support,
Queen Anne Community Council
Land Use Review and Planning Committee
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA Chair

Convert all Single-Family Neighborhoods to Triplex Zoning: Summary of Mike O'Brien's Proposed Code Changes (from Queen Anne Community Council website)

posted Nov 13, 2018, 9:51 PM by CBF   [ updated Nov 13, 2018, 9:56 PM ]

Summary of Present Rules versus Council Member O'Brien's Proposal

Present rules for backyard cottages (DADUs) and “in-law” apartments (ADUs) in single-family zones

O’Brien Proposal to convert all single-family neighborhoods to triplex zoning

Min. lot size for DADU: 4,000 SF

3,200 SF

Number of dwelling units per lot: 2 (main dwelling plus either DADU or ADU)


Number of separate dwelling structures per lot:

2, including main home and DADU

3 (units could be in one, two or three separate structures)[1]

Triplexes allowed? No.


Parking required for DADUs and ADUs?



Maximum number of unrelated persons per lot: 8


Maximum size: 1,000 SF for ADUs, 800 SF for DADUs. Garage space included in this calculation.

1,000 SF for both ADUs and DADUs, PLUS garage space. Setback requirements are also relaxed.

Height limit for DADU: varies from 18-27 feet according to lot width

Would essentially add two feet to all current limits.

Owner occupancy of one unit is required

No owner-occupancy requirement. Absentee landlord could own all units.

Maximum lot coverage by DADUs: 40 percent of rear lot

60 percent of rear lot

Requirements that units be “affordable” to persons of a certain income level? No.



[1] The O’Brien proposal would reduce the maximum square footage of homes to half the size of their lot (e.g., you could build a 2,000 SF home on a 4,000 SF lot). However, it would allow two additional houses of 1,000 SF apiece in the backyard of that home.

Stated reasons for Queen Anne Community Council’s appeal (See website for appeal at Note: The following is a summary of a more detailed list in Queen Anne’s notice of appeal.

1.      The City didn’t provide for adequate citizen involvement in the process.
2.   The EIS doesn’t adequately analyze the proposal’s impacts on issues such as the overall reduction in affordable housing, change in neighborhood character, loss of more modest and affordable homes, increased housing costs for existing residents, and quality of life.
3.   The EIS doesn’t adequately analyze the cumulative impact of the proposal in conjunction with HALA upzones in other areas.
4.   The EIS doesn’t adequately consider other alternatives that could accomplish its goals with less impact.
5.   The EIS doesn’t adequately examine parking impacts. The study on which it relied involved four outlying neighborhoods that don’t represent conditions in more crowded areas.
6.   The EIS doesn’t adequately consider the impacts of allowing 12 unrelated persons to live on one lot, especially with respect to parking and traffic-circulation.
7.   The EIS provides no comprehensive studies to support its conclusion that removing the owner-occupancy requirement would have no impacts.
8.   The EIS doesn’t adequately analyze the proposal’s effect on public utilities.
9.   The EIS doesn’t consider a range of alternatives that would vary zoning requirement to fit the unique conditions of different neighborhoods in the City.
10.  The EIS doesn’t adequately address the proposal’s effect on the City’s tree canopy.

The Queen Anne Community Council’s appeal website also asks for donations to help fund the appeal, including a donations link.

Prepared by Ted Inkley 11/13/18

City-Wide Community Meeting to discuss the City’s Final Environment Impact Statement (EIS)

posted Oct 27, 2018, 5:18 PM by PRCC Webmaster

Protect Every Seattle Neighborhood!

A City-Wide Community Meeting

November 1, 2018    7:00-9:00 pm

Queen Anne Community Center, Room 1

1901 1st Avenue West, 98119


Seattle Neighborhood’s Call to Action


Urgent Action – Every Neighborhood!


The Queen Anne Community Council invites you to attend our City-Wide Community Meeting to discuss the City’s Final Environment Impact Statement (EIS) and the background behind our filing the necessary appeal.  We will discuss the EIS, answer your questions, discuss next steps and hopeful outcomes, and consider ways that you can help protect your neighborhood.


While Queen Anne officially filed this appeal, we are representing you and every other Seattle neighborhood and single-family property owner.  Our appeal challenges the adequacy of the EIS as it concludes that Mike O’Brien’s proposed city-wide legislation to eliminate and convert your single-family property to multi-family triplexes with no parking or ownership requirements has not even one impact. 


Please forward this email to neighbors and friends!

We’ll see you next Thursday

Queen Anne Appeal Website


Thank you,

Queen Anne Community Council
Ellen Monrad, Chair
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA, Chair of Land Use Review Committee

Please consider helping fund our collective city-wide appeal - here

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects Briefing: Oct. 1 and 6 at PNA

posted Sep 25, 2018, 8:58 AM by CBF   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 9:00 AM ]

We are contacting you because King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division plans to construct green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects in planting strips in some north Seattle neighborhoods with construction beginning as soon as 2021 and the project ending by 2023. Green stormwater infrastructure mimics nature by slowing or reducing polluted rainwater runoff close to its source.  We are interested to learn from your organization what we should prioritize when choosing how and where to install GSI. We have not yet chosen any locations within the University Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project’s (click on link) Project Study Area.

At the end of the month we are mailing a flier with information to all residents, businesses and property owners in the Project Study Area.

This fall we are meeting with community organizations to provide more information about the project and learn their feedback by 10/9.

  • We will host drop in sessions, including one at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. See list below.
  • Visit our Online Open House and take our survey

We also encourage you and your members to take our visit our Online Open House and take our online survey anytime from Sept. 24 to Oct. 9. (It is only live during these dates). The information online is the same information that will be shown at the drop-in sessions.

  • Post our visit our Online Open House and survey for your members:

Drop-in session -Monday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave. N.) – special focus on Phinney neighborhood

Drop-in session = Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Green Lake Community Center (7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.)

Drop-in session = Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way N.E.

Open house = Saturday, Oct. 6 - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairview Christian School (844 N.E. 78th St.) - special focus on Phinney neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon


Dana West King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Community Services


Project background

During peak storms, polluted stormwater and sewage from the north-central Seattle area goes into Portage Bay on average six times per year. To help address this, King County plans to construct natural drainage systems, known as green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The GSI project is in its planning phases. To learn more, visit our project website at: Drainage

Survey about 7020 Greenwood Rowhouse Construction

posted Sep 20, 2018, 9:56 PM by CBF   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 10:12 PM ]

Project Address: 7020 Greenwood Ave N
SDCI Record Number: 3032397-EG

About the Project:
Northwest Contour Building Company and Cone Architecture are partnering on the redevelopment of 7020 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA. When it is complete, the new building will include 7 market rate rowhouses. The planning phase has just begun and construction could start as early as Fall 2019. 

Location of Project

Location of Project

Question Title

Site Plan

Site Plan

We want to hear from you. Please share your ideas about the design and activities for the new building, as well as any other thoughts that would help us understand your concerns and priorities for this project and neighborhood overall. 

This survey will be available from 8/13/2018 to 9/27/2018.

Click to take the Survey
or copy/paste this URL: into your browser

Privacy Statement:
Information you share in this survey could be made public. Please do not share any personal/sensitive information. 

You can track our progress through the permitting process. Search the project address "7020 Greenwood Ave N" or project number “3032397-EG” in the Design Review Calendar and the Seattle Services Portal.

To find out more about early outreach for design review, visit the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhood’s web page. 

Question Title

Northwest Contour Building Company Website                                                        Cone Architecture Website

Question Title

Survey About Changing the Greenwood-Phinney Urban Village Boundaries

posted Aug 7, 2018, 5:22 PM by CBF

Dear Neighbor -

The impacts of more development with regards to on-street parking are intensifying.  Please participate in this short Survey about a proposed way to address these impacts by changing the boundaries of the Greenwood-Phinney Urban Village.

  • This poll is intended to gather the opinion of Phinney residents and those who frequent the Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
  • We will not share or publish any names or addresses.
  • A tally of votes will guide the Phinney Ridge Community Council in preparing a proposal to the City Council for a boundary adjustment.

Individuals should respond to this survey only once - even if you receive notification several times.  Responses from each adult in a household are encouraged.  Please share the survey link with other household members.  We'd like everyone's input. 

Thank you

Click to take the Survey
or copy/paste this URL: into your browser

Additional Resources

Click here to see the map of the Greenwood-Phinney Urban Village boundary as it is now - which runs from 65th to 92nd

Click here to read about the City’s plans to further reduce parking requirements.
Please complete the survey only if you live in and/or frequent the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. 

NOTE:  You may receive this email through more than one source.  Please only complete the survey once per individual.  Each adult in a household is encouraged to complete the survey.  A separate email address may be necessary.  Please forward to other qualified individuals.  

Talk about Tree Canopy at the June 5th Phinney Ridge Community Council Meeting

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:45 PM by CBF   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 10:48 PM ]


June 5, 2018 @ Phinney Neighborhood Center

June 5th, Phinney Ridge Community Council is hosting a discussion about our urban forest and a City Council proposal to further protect our vegetative canopy. The Council and others believe Seattle is losing trees and other plants, along with the critical functions they provide. We will hear a presentation by Friends of Urban Forests,  a coalition reviewing the proposed changes. Discussion will focus on if the PRCC should endorse this effort.   

Among the issues that will be discussed:

Recommended revisions from tree, plant & environmental advocates

Increased protection for exceptional trees, heritage trees, groves, etc. 

Rules regarding trees when building and remodeling

Should tree protections be exempt for developers and apply only to property owners?    


Other items on the agenda are briefings on:

Green Lake road resurfacing

How new City rules affect Phinney Flats parking requirements

Shared Roof rezone request for increased height

HALA policy status

Northern Urban Village boundary 


Please join me and the other PRCC volunteer board members to learn about changes that will affect our neighborhood. Our meetings are open to all. This is also a chance to meet PRCC's newly elected board members.



Alice Poggi

Phinney Ridge Community Council President

 Phinney Neighborhood Center is located at 6532 Phinney Ave N.

Please bring Ballard Market receipts to donate to PNA 

 Next PRCC meeting July 10, 7 p.m.

Green Lake Plans: Seattle Department of Transportation

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:43 PM by CBF

The following link is from The Urbanist
In Green Lake and Wallingford, design for a series of related paving and safety redesign projects is moving forward. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released updated information on how the department intends to rollout street improvements in 2019. Projects will entail making spot ...

Protecting and Enhancing Seattle's Tree Canopy as the City Densifies

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:38 PM by CBF

Seattle’s urban forest is an integral and vital part of our city.  It provides many benefits and amenities to those living in Seattle and region.  Trees help clean our air and enhance public health, reduce stormwater runoff, mitigate climate change, increase property values, decrease the impacts of heat and wind, provide habitat for birds and wildlife and connect us with nature in our neighborhoods. 

Seattle’s current rules regarding tree removal have been not effective in identifying and preserving trees or replacing trees lost to development. As a result, Seattle is rapidly loosing it’s urban canopy and all of the critical functions a robust tree canopy provides. See recent article by Investigate West:

A coalition of local groups including Friends of Urban Forests, TreePac, Plant Amnesty, The Audubon Society, Seattle Greenspaces, and others are working to develop an improved tree ordinance that seeks to balance tree preservation and growth with the goal of a net increase in Seattle’s urban tree cover to reach the City’s stated goal of 30% tree canopy.

It is urgent that the Mayor and the City Council act now to pass an effective ordinance to stop the loss of trees, particularly exceptional trees, Heritage trees and tree groves, and to promote environmental equity as we commit to increasing our tree canopy. 

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will have a presentation on a new Draft Seattle Tree Ordinance at the Phinney Center at 7:00 pm on June 5.  We are actively seeking community input at this meeting. Please join us.

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