BDC May Meeting Focus

May 10, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Merrill Gardens, 2418 NW 56th Street

The Ballard District Council’s May meeting follows up our March look at regional demographic changes and the April focus on Ballard’s “engine room” along the Ship Canal.

This time around we’ve requested updates from several developers and land owners from Ship Canal North to about Market.

The guest panel format used in the previous two meetings will be slightly modified to include presentations by each group followed by questions/answers in an open discussion between guests and attendees. We continue our series gaining knowledge to intelligently lobby for the long term interests of our community.

For the May 10 meeting we have extended invitations to representatives from:

  • New Seasons Grocery, NW 46th and 11th Ave NW
  • Ballard Blocks, NW 46th and 14th Ave NW
  • Martin Selig’s 15th and Market
  • Stimson Marina, Shilshole and 22nd Ave NW

To help us sort out the many implications of city zoning we’ve again invited one of our panelists from April, David W. Goldberg, Strategic Advisor – Equitable Development Team, Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development

Although we are awaiting final confirmation from several of those invited, the evening’s topic will generate interesting and educational discussions.

Projects invited represent several of the higher profile developments in our area but we are always open to additional participation and encourage other organizations to contact us.

Please join us.  All are welcome whether you are a part of our member organizations or not.

BDC March Meeting Focus: Demographic Changes and Growth

MARCH 8, 2017


Location:  Merrill Gardens, 2418 NW 56th Street
Time:  7:00-8:30 pm

Please join us!   All are welcome whether you are part of our member organizations or not.

The format for the March meeting will be somewhat unusual as we focus on the demographic changes and growth Seattle is now seeing and will experience over the next one to two decades.  With a better understanding of these wider changes we can be better prepared to intelligently evaluate options and lobby for the best interests of our community.  Following up in April we will focus more tightly on competing interests in Ballard along the transition blend of ship canal maritime, industrial, commercial and residential.  In both cases the meeting structures will be panel discussions with invited guest panelists bringing a variety of appropriate expertise.

7:00-7:15  Introductions and brief announcements

7:15-7:25  Update on BDC non-profit application, letter of support for industrial use of Interbay land

7:25-7:30  A rapid fire look at changes past, present, & near future to illustrate magnitude of changes

7:30-8:30  Panel discussion with audience participation encouraged.

A few of the panelists who have generously offered their time and expertise to give us an inside look at this basket we’re all in:

  • Tim Thomas, PhD candidate in Sociology at the UW and demographer with a focus on Seattle
  • Joshua McNichols, KUOW “growing pains” reporter since 2015
  • John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition, focused on changing housing needs
  • Steve Cohn, retired city planner having worked with several surrounding municipalities dealing with Growth Management Act

Other specialists may also join us as they sort out their schedules.  It promises to be an educational and interesting evening.

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

How do you define community and neighborhood?

Please take this survey created by the City Neighborhood Council (CNC) to help frame the discussion about realigning the 13 Neighborhood District Councils to the boundaries of the 7 City Council Districts, and other changes proposed by the City of Seattle.

The 13 Member Districts include:

Ballard | Central | Delridge Neighborhoods | Downtown | East | Greater Duwamish | Lake Union | Magnolia Queen Anne | North | Northeast | Northwest | Southeast | Southwest

How do you define community and neighborhood?Tell the CNC what you think.

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.