Meeting Archive

Agendas, Notes & Videos from Past BDC Meetings

2021 Meetings

October 4, 2021 — City Attorney Candidate Forum

In lieu of a regular monthly meeting in October, we co-hosted a Seattle City Attorney Forum. Moderated by Enrique Cerna, it featured candidates Ann Davison and Nicole Thomas Kennedy. Full video is available on YouTube (with specific questions timestamped in the video description, for ease of navigation).

September 22, 2021 — City Council Candidate Forum

In lieu of a regular monthly meeting in September, we co-hosted a Seattle City Council Candidate Forum. Moderated by Enrique Cerna, it featured Position 8 candidate Kenneth Wilson,  and Position 9 candidates Nikkita Oliver and Sara Nelson. (Position 8 incumbent Teresa Mosqueda was unavailable to attend.) Full video is available on YouTube.

August  2019 — Summer break. No meeting.

July 15, 2021 — Summer Social!

In a brief respite from pandemic social distancing, we were able to hold a festive summer social at Peddler Brewing, our first in-person event since early 2020. See this post for some event photos and a recap of the survey distributed that evening (we’re always glad to get additional responses via email).

June 9, 2021 — Cancelled

Due to guest speaker conflicts, the content of our June meeting was postponed until late 2021.

May 12, 2021 — Ballard Regional Transportation

Our panel of speakers brought us up to date on key neighborhood transportation topics: Sound Transit, the Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation plan (BIRT) and the future of Ballard Bridge. Representing Seattle DOT, Sound Transit, Ballard Alliance, Northwest Seattle Coalition, and Share the Cities, speakers each gave presentations and engaged in a multi-faceted community Q&A. Full video is available on our YouTube channel.

April 14, 2021 — Ballard Industrial Maritime Panel

This presentation and discussion about Ballard’s unique and valued Maritime Industrial sector provided a chance for Ballardites (newcomers and old-timers alike) to hear directly from a range of voices tied to this key part of our local economy and community — with speakers from Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Ballard Oil, Western Towboat, Seattle Office of Economic Development Maritime & Manufacturing Division, and Port of Seattle Maritime Division. Full video is available on our YouTube channel.

March 10, 2021 — Seattle City Light EV Charging Station, SDOT Stay Healthy Streets & Ballard-Fremont Neighborhood Greenways

We had a chock-full agenda, learning about Seattle City Light’s proposed EV charging station, SDOT’s Stay Healthy Streets program and Ballard-Fremont Neighborhood Greenways. Video is fully archived on YouTube and we have meeting minutes, with links to some of the presenter’s slideshows. There is also a My Ballard article recapping the event.

6/4/21 Update — Seattle City Light discovered that the Market Street Substation EV Charging Station site does not have adequate soil infiltration ability, so the project has been suspended, due to inability to proceed with necessary stormwater drainage.

February 10, 2021 — Legislative Panel on Homelessness & Mental/Behavioral Health

Our February meeting featured updates from and a panel discussion with four local legislators: State Senator Reuven Carlyle, King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and Seattle City Councilmembers Andrew Lewis and Dan Strauss. Compendium of key moments with links to archived video. 

January 13, 2021 — Market Street Developments

Jorden Selig of JSRA real estate development company and Bill LaPatra and Martha Cox from Mithun architecture company joined us to provide an overview of two new major building developments: 1145 NW Market Street and 2501 NW Market Street. The meeting included questions from Ballard community members who tuned in via YouTube.

2020 Meetings

December 9, 2020 — Ballard Supportive Housing & Homelessness Services

Our final meeting of 2020 focused on supportive housing and homelessness services in Ballard, including the history and current status of some key facilities. A recap and full video are available.

    • Plymouth Housing (Ballard Crossing)
    • Compass Housing (Nyer Urness, Neighborcare)
    • Low Income Housing Institute (Ballard Urban Rest Stop, Whittier Heights Tiny House Village)
    • Bridge Care Center
    • and a roundtable discussion

November 12, 2020 — Community Service Officers (CSOs), LEAD, and CM Strauss

  • Full online video available — Includes presentations and Q&A with:
    • Seattle Police Sgt. Kevin Nelson and civilian CSO staff members
    • Tracy Gillespie, Operations Director, LEAD
    • District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss
  • Event announcement/agenda (includes additional background links)

October 14, 2020 — 36th District Candidate Forum

Six Ballard-area organizations helped pose questions to candidates Liz Berry and Sarah Reyneveld. View the full video on BDC’s YouTube channel.

September 2020 — BDC did not meet in September, following our “extra” August meeting (when we are typically on summer hiatus). President Brent Lackey sent this September email update. (Please contact us at if you’d like to be added to our email list.)

August 12, 2020 — SPU Ship Canal Water Quality Project & Seattle City Light Transportation Electrification

We had an information-rich set of presentations at our meeting on Wednesday 8/12/20 from Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light, including remarks from two local artists about permanent art installations coming to Ballard. Big changes are underway on the waterfront at the base of 24th Ave NW.

July 21, 2020 — Councilmember Strauss Town Hall

Vice president of Ballard District Council participated in Dan Strauss’s Online Town Hall, providing a brief recap of the district council’s scope and history, as well as posing two Public Safety questions on behalf of the community.

July 8, 2020 — Market Street Developments

  • Full online video available with detailed notes to jump to specific time marks
  • Presentations included:
    • Ballard Aegis presentation by Bryan Ziegler (949 NW Market St)
    • Ballard Yards presentation by Frank Stiegl (2417 NW Market St)
    • Land Use/Neighborhood Remarks by District 6 CM Dan Strauss

May 13, 2020 — Covid-19 Local Panel Update (Online Meeting)

  • Full online video available with detailed notes to jump to specific time marks.
  • Panelists included:
    • Jody Grage, Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness & Hunger
    • Mike Stewart, Executive Director, Ballard Alliance
    • Rosemary Byrne, King County Health update on Ballard Farmers Market
    • Seattle District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss
    • King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles
    • Community Q&A
    • The meeting was followed by a community open mic night hosted by Grumpy D’s coffeehouse

March 11 and April 8 meetings had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

February 12, 2020 — The Re-Opening of Webster School

January 8, 2020 — Senator Reuven Carlyle

  • Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle joined us to provide an update on his work representing the 36th Legislative District and answer a wide range of community questions. Thank you, Senator Carlyle!

2019 Meetings

December 2019 — Seattle Police Community Service Officer (CSO) Program, Incoming D6 Councilmember Strauss, BDC Board Elections

November 2019 — Elder Care Presentation, Ballard Senior Center, New Kaiser Permanente Clinic

October 9, 2019 — King County Council District 4 Candidate Forum

October 2, 2019  — City Council District 6 Candidate Forum at Nordic Museum, co-hosted with Ballard Alliance

September  2019 — No meeting, due to two candidate forums being hosted in October.

August  2019 — Summer break. No meeting.

July  2019 — Interbay Armory Project, Ballard P Patch, Our Redeemers Safe Parking Program, Ice Cream Social
June  2019 — District 6 City Council Candidate Forum
May  2019 — Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC)
April  2019 — Dept of Neighborhoods (DON)
March  2019 — Crown Hill Upzone
February 2019 
  • Due to severe weather, this meeting had to be postponed. The Seattle Community Police Commission is rescheduled for May 8, 2019.
January 2019 — BDC Member Organization Updates & Open Forum

2018 Meetings

In 2018, agendas featured a wide range of projects and issues, including:

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