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 email@example.com 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.
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 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.
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/ )
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.
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Help spread the word to invite more community members to participate in Ballard District Council. All are welcome.