February Meeting Postponed

Due to weather-related accessibility issues (a long, messy snow melt!), we are canceling our February meeting — postponing the agenda until everyone can safely navigate.

The Community Police Commission has been rescheduled to come to the Ballard District Council meeting on Wednesday, May 8.

Next month (March 13, 2019), we will focus on the Crown Hill Upzone, as previously scheduled.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming BDC Meetings

We have a great slate of meetings coming up this winter and spring. Please join us …

February 13 – Community Police Commission

The CPC was formed in 2013 as part of the settlement agreement for police reforms mandated by the federal government. Under 2017 city legislation, the CPC was made permanent and its scope and staffing broadened. Roxana Garcia, Community Engagement Supervisor, and Jesse Franz, Communication Advisor, will present a “CPC 101” overview, describing the history of the organization and newly expanded scope, as well as a community Q&A. (What does this mean for Ballard and other North Precinct neighborhoods? How can we engage with community-based policing accountability? What would success look like if public safety was improved in Ballard?) Come to our February meeting to get informed and provide feedback to Seattle’s Community Police Commission.

March 13 – Crown Hill Focus

The Crown Hill Urban Village is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in the City. This meeting will focus on the very hot topic of MHA and how it is changing places like North Ballard/Crown Hill. Leaders of Crown Hill Urban Village (CHUV) Smart Growth Committee will discuss how the amended version of the CHUV in the current MHA is shaping up and hear about how the long standing Crown Hill Business Assoc. and Crown Hill Neighborhood Assoc. have merged to form a new and synergized Crown Hill Village Association.

We’re also working on good agendas for April 10 and May 8 (to be announced). And please mark your calendars for:

JUNE 12 – DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE FORUM

Join us on Wednesday, June 12, to listen to candidates running to represent Ballard and other neighborhoods in Seattle City Council District 6. Don’t rely on hearsay or cursory endorsements. Take time to interact with community members and hear in person from candidates on a wide range of topics for this important local election. Primary mail-in ballots are due August 6.

For more updates and information, follow us on Facebook.

 

Happy New Year! Recap of our January 2019 Meeting

Thank you to all who attended the first BDC meeting of the year. For this month’s agenda, we provided an open forum for organizations to share updates (and hear questions and ideas). It was inspiring hearing of all the community-oriented volunteer efforts continuously unfolding in our neighborhood! This included nine different groups, representing an array of residents, volunteers, and advocates:

  • Friends of Burke Gilman Trail
  • Groundswell NW
  • Sunset West Condos
  • Sunset Hill Community Association
  • Ballard Rotary
  • Ballard Community Taskforce for Homelessness & Hunger
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council (outside our official “neighborhood range” but we welcome adjacent groups or individuals to cross pollinate in greater Ballard topics and keep us abreast of activities/issues in their area)
  • Shilshole Liveaboard Association

If your group was unable to attend and would like to provide an update at a future meeting, please contact info@ballarddistrict.org or send us a message on Facebook. At the beginning of each monthly meeting, we offer time for brief introductions and announcements from attendees, to encourage regular relationship-building and information sharing, but once a year or so, it is great to hear a more detailed spotlight from individual organizations.

Facebook Live video of the meeting is available to members of the My Ballard Group (thank you, Lauri Miller!): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1963240070601339/permalink/2215724732019537/. We would like to record video of future Ballard District Council meetings for general archiving on YouTube, with a link from our web site, for those who are unable to attend meetings in person. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering to help with this, please contact us. (Here is an example from last December’s meeting: http://ballarddistrict.org/wp/2018/12/18/a-good-turnout-for-the-december-meeting-video-available/)

Read on for a full-length copy of our meeting minutes, with detailed updates on each group who presented. 

A Good Turnout for the December Meeting (Video Available)

Thank you to all who attended our meeting on Dec 12, 2018, at the beautiful Nordic Museum. It was a big turnout (approx. 80 people), with a wide range of questions posed to Councilmember O’Brien.

We have video of the meeting available on YouTube. The first half is focused on ADU/cottage legislation and MHA. The second half of the meeting is a general Q&A from the audience, covering many different topics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRAzC9GCTB0&t=453s

Guide to video:

0:00 — Opening remarks
1:29 — Audience introductions
8:45 — O’Brien overview of current status of ADU (backyard cottage/in-law unit) legislation and MHA
24:00 — Audience Q&A on ADU and MHA/HALA
38:40 — Second part of agenda begins: General Audience Q&A
38:58 — Homeless service provider accountability
45:30 — Effectiveness of homelessness solutions (too many people dying)
52:08 — Tree protections
57:25 — Soda tax
1:01:50 — ST3 and Bike Safety on Ballard Bridge
1:07:40 — Density and concurrent infrastructure with growth (pedestrian safety, police precinct, schools, traffic improvements, etc.)
1:15:10 — Ballard Commons, Public Safety
1:22:45 — Vehicle residents
1:28:24 — Missing Link

Note: In January, we’ll be meeting back at the Sunset Hill Community Association clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St): Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7-8:30pm. Agenda to be announced.

 

 

Join us at the Nordic Museum for our December meeting

Join us on Wednesday, Dec 12, 7-8:30pm, for the final BDC meeting of 2018, with Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

Note — New location! For this meeting only, we’ll be at the Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market Street. Parking is available in the lot behind the museum for a small fee. Or on-street. Metro bus 17, 29, 44.

In the new year, we’ll be meeting back at Sunset Hill Community Association, 2nd Wednesday evening of each month, 7-8:30pm.

See the Events page, for a detailed agenda.

BDC November 2018 Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our November meeting. We had a good turnout of about 30 people, as well as the My Ballard Group live-casting the meeting on Facebook for those who could not attend in person. (Thank you, Lauri Miller! Video available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1963240070601339/ )

Agenda Recap:

BNSF Railroad Bridge Replacement

BNSF provided a detailed update about the proposed replacement for the Ballard Rail Bridge over Salmon Bay, which will be built 50 feet to the east of the current bridge (an aging bascule bridge, built in 1911). Work will happen along railroad right of way, with the Coast Guard as the lead oversight agency. BNSF anticipates two years of planning and three years of construction, with a final replacement bridge in about five years’ time. The first permit is expected to be filed in February or March 2019 and a web site will be created to share information with the public.

Proposed New Tree Ordinance

In the second portion of the meeting, we received helpful updates from Friends of Urban Forests and the Seattle Dept of Construction and Inspection regarding proposed updates to Seattle’s Tree Ordinance. See attached photo of a letter handed out by Friends of Urban Forests and visit their web site for more information and future updates: http://friends.urbanforests.org

2019 Board of Directors

Six BDC board members for the coming year were confirmed:

  • Tom Friedman, President
  • Brent Lackey, Vice President
  • Additional members: Don Benson, Jody Grage, Angie Gerrald, John Mitchell

We have a great variety of agendas in mind for upcoming months, to help our community stay informed and participate in the civic process during an era of immense growth and change.

Please sign up for our mailing list to receive announcements (info @ballarddistrict.org) and join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BallardDistrictCouncil/).

Help spread the word to invite more community members to participate in Ballard District Council. All are welcome.

 

 

Flex Your Civic Muscle: October Opportunities!

Monday, Oct 15, 7-9pm

Greenwood Community Council Election Forum

Hear from both sides of 3 important initiatives on the November ballot. Each initiative will feature a speaker from the Yes and No campaigns, who will make opening and closing statements, but the rest of the time is devoted to answering your questions. As with last year’s election forum, the discussion will be moderated by local blogger and Greenwood resident Steve Scher. (Taproot Theater, 204 N 85th St, Greenwood)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1091423451020203/

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Sun, Oct 21, 2-4pm

District 6 Office Hours: Budget Edition

Join Councilmember Mike O’Brien and staff for “a conversation between neighbors so that we can determine budget priorities together. I will give a short presentation about the budget process, review the Mayor’s proposed budget, and share changes that I am considering. I then look forward to the opportunity to hear your input. If you are not able to attend, please call or email your suggestions or attend one of the public hearing opportunities at City Hall.

http://www.seattle.gov/council/obrien

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Tues, Oct 23, 6-8pm

Ballots & Baristas

Join the League of Women Voters for coffee, free cupcakes and good conversation. LWV volunteers will facilitate discussion about what measures will be on the ballot this November. Learn more about the measures on gun regulations, a pollution fee, changes to police training and use of force, and a ban on taxing groceries. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and enjoy a “Night Out” for civic engagement. (At Cupcake Royale, 2052 NW Market Street, Ballard)

https://www.facebook.com/events/546533362464670/

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Wed, Oct 24, 7-8:30pm

County Budget Town Hall

A public Town Hall meeting to discuss the King County budget, led by County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who serves on the council’s budget leadership team. (at Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St, Ballard)

http://www.myballard.com/2018/10/10/upcoming-ballard-town-hall-with-county-councilmember-jeanne-kohl-welles/

Provide online feedback on the county budget here: https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/262/Issue_6757/survey_responses/new

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Thurs, October 25, 6-8pm

Get the Scoop on Early Community Outreach for Design Review

Learn more about a new program that came into effect on July 1st, 2018, requiring developers to notify residents and businesses of new multi-family, mixed-use or commercial projects in their neighborhoods and elicit community input early in the design and permitting process. (At Good Shepard Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, in Wallingford)

http://frontporch.seattle.gov/2018/10/08/get-scoop-early-community-outreach-design-review/

Former “Mayor of Ballard” Rob Mattson has passed away

Rob Mattson — mentor, coach, advisor, friend, champion. Whether you were part of a group, a member of an organization that was part of the District Council system, or a community member with an idea or issue or puzzle, Rob was there to help. He helped you, and in return, he asked that you mentor others in navigating city hall, the city departments, and building community support for projects.

Photo courtesy of the Ballard News-Tribune, Westside Seattle. Photo by Pulitzer Prize winner Jerry Gay)

Anyone attending a Ballard District Council meeting during his long career, had regular access to his mentoring — both directly and indirectly. An issue would be raised, and Rob would on the spot talk about how and who to approach. The number of times that his advice to a group in one context, applied directly to another project, was notable. Remember the first round of Ballard Rain Garden ponds that failed to drain? Rob was instrumental in getting SPU to the table with the affected community and not only helped the next round of rain gardens be successful, but SPU and King County’s approach to the Ballard CSOs and what will eventually be a much improved south end of 24th Ave NW, can find its genesis in projects Rob helped nearly two decades ago.

Search for Rob Mattson Ballard — and you start to get a list of all the projects and programs in which he had some part, and you begin to see that his reach went beyond Ballard. He was a tireless worker and happily shared his enormous repository of knowledge. He will be missed by many people.

Read the tribute by My Ballard here

June and July BDC notes

Below is a summary of what happened at both our June and July Ballard District Council meetings. And if you missed the July meeting, you missed out on the ice cream social!

*Note that BDC does not hold a meeting in August. Please join us again on Wednesday, September 12. The meeting agenda will include a presentation on LEAD (law enforcement assisted diversion program).*

At our June and July monthly meetings, BDC attendees heard presentations on three major new developments in Ballard, as well as overviews of programs and activities at Seattle Maritime Academy and Port of Seattle properties in the Ballard area (Shilshole Marina and Fishermen’s Terminal).

Here are some of the updates we heard about three of the larger building developments currently underway in Ballard:

Ballard Blocks 2

  • Located just south of Ballard Blocks 1 on NW 46th Street, on east side of Ballard Bridge
  • Activity began in 2015, with a 2-year process with Dept of Ecology (very contaminated site; being remediated carefully)
  • Regency Centers bought Ballard Blocks 1 in January 2018 and owns both sites now
  • Ballard Blocks 2 will have 4 buildings
    • PCC grocery store will be on west side of lot (next to bridge)
    • 5-story mixed use will be on NE corner (Bright Horizons daycare + some mix of office space plus possible fitness/restaurants/salon/medical/dental
    • West Marine building will be on SE side (will have outdoor play area on roof, connected by skybridge to daycare in adjacent building)
    • 1000-sq foot “jewel box” building will be on SE corner – looking for unique small tenant to appeal to Burke Gilman Trail users
  • Broke ground in Q1 of 2018. Will complete in 2019.
  • On the Ballard Blocks 1 site, the Edith Macefield (“Up” house) site will also be rejuvenated. Looking for unique local tenant with appealing neighborhood character (coffee house?)
  • Ballard Blocks 2 will have 250 stalls of parking underneath + 60 surface level
  • Ballard Blocks 1 already has 560 stalls of parking
  • More info at https://www.regencycenters.com/property/detail/60849/Ballard-Blocks

Stimson Bay Office Campus

  • On Salmon Bay waterfront, just below Shilshole Ave NW (on east side of old Yankee Diner site)
  • Brief history: lumber mill in 1880s, warehouse and manufacturing space in 1950s
  • Planning for fall 2018 permit, spring 2019 construction
  • Architect is Mithun (who also designed Nordic Heritage Museum)
  • Campus will include 5 buildings, with approx. 500,000 sq ft – a major addition of office space to Ballard
  • Will include some surface parking and a parking structure
  • No tenants announced yet
  • Traffic access to/from Shilshole Ave is being carefully coordinated with SDOT (and the TBD plans for the Missing Link)
  • Link to flyer with conceptual drawings and site plan is here: Stimson Bay

15th & Market Building

  • On NE corner of 15th/Market Street intersection
  • Under development by Martin Selig Real Estate; David Selig (new resident of Ballard) presented info
  • As of mid June, it was 80% leased (retail and office)
  • The 4th and 5th floors will be occupied by WeWork (co-working space)
  • The 3rd floor is currently open
  • 2nd floor tenants include PolyClinic, a barber, and a kinetic sports lab
  • The ground floor will be a “signature version” Target, with products specifically chosen to suit residents of the neighborhood (signage will be of reduced scale, respectful of building architecture)
  • The 5-story building will have 67 parking spaces underground, with some reserved for Target customers
  • LEED silver certification
  • Construction began February 2018 and should be complete by end of year (“no hiccups” so far)
  • More info at https://martinselig.com/property/15th-and-market/