Posts for 'Neighborhoods'

IMPLEMENTING NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS

February 7th, 2013

On Monday, January 28, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution laying out a strategy for reviewing, updating, and implementing neighborhood plans. I introduced the resolution, with Councilmembers Clark and Bagshaw as co-sponsors. Seattle’s 37 adopted neighborhood plans are a critical part of our Comprehensive Plan and the core strategy for our implementation of the Growth […]

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BELLTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER FINALLY

October 16th, 2012

  On a cheerful, sunny Friday evening this September, the Belltown Community Center opened its doors at 415 Bell Street.  It was great to see several hundred residents touring the rooms, enjoying music in the alley behind the Center and food donated by Belltown restaurants, and finally feeling the love of City government for one […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION SETS THE TABLE FOR GROWTH MANAGEMENT

August 3rd, 2012

Since the revisions to the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan and its designation as an Urban Center, South Lake Union (SLU) has led the City in developing new jobs and housing, just as was hoped.  By investing in infrastructure there, the City has successfully encouraged this development.  This year, the Council will consider additional rezones […]

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MAKING THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT WORK

June 14th, 2012

The City is embarking on a three year program to support investment in the University District.  With construction of light rail from Husky Stadium to Northgate about to break ground, the U District is poised to take a major step forward as an Urban Center, and the City initiative is designed to help make that […]

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WALMART, SEPA, AND NEIGHBORHOODS

May 29th, 2012

The Council is working on changes to the way the City implements the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) in the regulatory reform legislation now under consideration.  The goal of this component of the legislation is to encourage development in areas that the City has identified for future growth by eliminating redundant regulations.  That means not […]

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UPDATING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

May 17th, 2012

On Monday, May 14, the Council adopted a resolution describing how we will carry out the second ever update of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was first adopted in 1994, and then updated in 2004.  The next update is scheduled for 2015, and will respond to lots of changes in the City (for example, […]

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SEATTLE CAN DO PROCESS RIGHT. IF WE DECIDE TO.

March 20th, 2012

Maligning ‘Seattle Process’ is somewhat of a cottage industry in our town, although it may not generate much economic development.  We have some processes that drag on way past their sell-by date.  And sometimes people deride process because it didn’t go their way.  Seattle has a history of effective engagement, but often we don’t design […]

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WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

January 26th, 2012

The project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct is already having a major impact on transportation around West Seattle.  The construction detours have made it more challenging to access downtown – on the other hand, the City’s work on the Spokane Street Viaduct, specifically the new 4th Avenue ramp, has helped to mitigate that.  When […]

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NEIGHBORHOOD DISASTER PLANNING

April 12th, 2011

Three Seattle District Councils and neighborhoods created communications hubs and community outreach on emergency preparedness in 2009, using $21,000 that I secured in the Council’s 2008 budget.  In 2010, these three groups convened a planning summit for other communities to learn from their experience, and a number of other groups are seeking to develop systems […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 11: DENSITY AND COMMUNITY

April 6th, 2011

Choices about controlling carbon emissions are shaped by public policies. Carbon emissions are lower in communities that are compact and that provide access via transit and non-motorized travel among jobs, homes, and commercial and recreational activities.  New York is the classic example – with great transit connections and many multi-family dwellings, New Yorkers emit much […]

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