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Sound Transit 3 Public Input Session

Don’t miss out, this Thursday evening (Feb 28)
6 – 8:30pm, Ballard High School 

Ballard/Interbay ST3 Link Extension Alternatives

The Ballard Link Extension project is in the formal public comment period called scoping. Your feedback will help identify a preferred alternative and other alternatives to study in an Environmental Impact Statement in May.

Join in this open house to learn more, ask questions, and share comments. It will include a brief presentation 30 minutes after the start.

Comments can be submitted at the open house or online (

Be sure to submit your thoughts before the comment period closes on March 18.


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:


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 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!): 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:

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

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)


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.


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)


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)

Provide online feedback on the county budget here:


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)

Mayor Durkan visits Ballard

On Saturday, March 31st, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan came to the Ballard Community Center to discuss on how we can work together to create a more affordable, inclusive, and vibrant Seattle.  Before the community discussion, they also held a resource fair, so residents can work directly with our City departments on essential services and solutions

Where do we go from here?

The Ballard District Council met December 15, 2016.  Members indicated they want to continue to work on behalf of Ballard and our member organizations.

District councils across the city feel the same way.  On November 20, 2016, The Ballard District Council hosted members of the District Councils from across the city and members of the City Neighborhood Council to discuss our combined interest in neighborhood-based advocacy.

We recognize the loss of the City of Seattle Neighborhood District Coordinators, who assisted in preparing agendas, invited guest speakers, and publicized meetings through City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods email lists.  We appreciate these individuals, whose role was to provide a conduit between neighborhood interests and the public outreach agendas of city, county and other agencies.  This is no longer the case, and we are forced to continue without this assistance, that has been in place since 1986.

In some ways this forced severance from the City is freeing for our neighborhood District Councils (whatever we may call ourselves in the future).  Our advocacy role is no longer tied to city processes. Outreach in the hands of citizens is freed up to grow into something new.

The underlying need for neighborhood groups to organize and communicate effectively remains.  Mayor Ed Murray and certain council members are acting upon a concern for inclusivity.  District Councils recognize that inclusivity is important.  Equally important is advocacy that arises from the grassroots.

Our work going forward into 2017 is to retool the district council neighborhood groups to increase meaningful civic participation.

Meaningful civic participation is urgently needed at a time dialog with public agencies is flattening out to internet-based polls, push technology and hand-picked committees.  We do not think these types of dialog represent a full- spectrum of citizen involvement.

There is no substitute for the hard work of finding out what is really going on at city hall, and communicating what you think needs to be done with your elected officials.  This is the heart of democracy.  Meeting face-to-face with people for information exchange is essential to this process.

Seattle is a beautiful, people-friendly city precisely because its identity is rooted in its unique neighborhoods. The Ballard District Council stands on the shoulders of feisty grass roots activists who came before us.  Ballard is a neighborhood with deep civic roots. We are not about to give up now.

-Jalair Box, Member, Ballard District Council
representing Canal Station and Canal Station North Condominiums

BDC Neighborhood Street Fund Applications

Ballard Neighborhood Street Fund applications for 2016 include:

2016-04  Pedestrian side walk, curb, parking, concrete retaining along the West of 13th Avenue N.W. between Holman Road
and new intersection at 95th for the children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens to safely walk to the Crown Hill park,
overpass, buses and business.

2016-32  Pedestrian activated signal on Holman Road overpass at Dick’s.

2016-33  Shilshole Avenue Pedestrian Crossing

2016-35 75th Ave NW and 32nd

2016-50  Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements from Burke Gilman Trail to Leary and 8th Ave NW

2016-55  28th Ave NW Festival Street Project

2016-58  Completion of sidewalk project from 85th to Holman Rd along 13th Ave NW

2016-60 Safe Sidewalks 32nd Ave NW

2016-72 Golden Gardens Drive Sidewalk

2016-78  Safe Streets to School. West Woodland 6th Ave NW Corridor

2016-141 Repaving 80th NW between Earl & 27th Ave NW

Please attend the Ballard District Council meeting Wednesday, May 11, 2016 to learn more.