Seattle is composed of 13 neighborhood districts including Ballard. The neighborhood district system was created by City Ordinance in 1988. Each of the 13 districts has a district council composed of representatives from community organizations within that district. Each council is supported by a District Coordinator from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The Ballard District Council is composed of reps from 27 member organizations. These include reps from business organizations, community associations, school-based groups, and a host of special topic organizations such as the Ballard Historical Society, Groundswell NW, and others. Three political party organizations in the 36th Legislative District are represented.
The Ballard District Council advises the city about budget priorities and city policies; especially those most significant to this community. Past issues addressed by the Ballard Council include:
- future development of Terminal 91 replacing the Alaska Way Viaduct
- promoting public and private investment in accordance with the Crown Hill/Ballard Neighborhood Plan adopted in 1998
- provide guidance to major private and public development proposed within the Ballard district
Ballard District Council provides a town hall style forum where all from the Ballard district are wel-come to attend and participate. Ballard District Council meetings are gatherings for neighbors to work together on a first name basis. We believe all points of view are important whether they be by well-informed and experienced civic leaders, by those who have more recently joined this community, or those interested in learning more about community decision making.
The Ballard District Council respects and promotes this community’s cultural heritage. At the same time, the Ballard District Council is not resistant to growth or change. Although the Ballard District Council must take formal actions through its established structure of member organization representatives; anyone with an interest in Ballard is encouraged to participate at general meetings, serve on project or topical committees, or otherwise be part of civic leadership.