December Meeting Agenda: Marc Dones from KCRHA & St. Luke’s Redevelopment

Join us online Wednesday 12/8 for the December BDC meeting!

Our last meeting of 2021 will feature:

  1. Brief presentation re: preliminary architectural approaches to the redevelopment of St Luke’s Episcopal Church and properties at 5710 22nd Ave NW, immediately east of Ballard Commons Park.
  2. Marc Dones, new CEO of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA), will talk about the work they are doing to address homelessness in the City of Seattle and throughout King County, with a specific focus on what the new agency means for the greater Ballard area, and time to answer some questions from Ballard community members.
Send us your questions
We welcome community questions to be submitted in advance to and tune in that evening to participate in the online Q&A/chat.
How to Tune In

Until we get past the COVID days, we’ll be meeting online via Zoom, 7-8:30pm. The 12/8/21 meeting will also be viewable on our YouTube Channel.

November Meeting Agenda: Planning & Community Development in Ballard & Crown Hill

Join us for a refresher on urban planning in Ballard and Crown Hill (Wednesday, November 10, 7-8:30pm).

Ballard has absorbed tremendous growth in the past few decades and Crown Hill is also starting to boom. From passage of the GMA in the 1990s forward, how has Ballard’s urban village evolved and where is it heading? What’s the plan for Crown Hill’s major up-zone and how have community members contributed?

David Goldberg, Strategic Advisor, and Katy Haima, Senior Community Planner, from Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development (OPCD) will guide us through major initiatives that have been playing out in the greater Ballard area, including:

Whether you’re a curious rookie or a civic wonk, let’s make sense together of the past and present so we can contribute to the future of Ballard and Crown Hill.

Bring your questions! Let’s learn and share.

Please let other community members know about this event. All are welcome.

How to Tune In

This event will be broadcast on Zoom and on the BDC YouTube channel (7-8:30pm, Wed, Nov 10).

City Attorney Candidate Forum

Join us for a City Attorney Candidate Forum in the Great Osberg Hall at the National Nordic Museum in Ballard, on Monday, October 4 at 7pm.

In collaboration with Ballard Alliance, and with moderator Enrique Cerna, the evening will feature a panel of questions with candidates:

• Ann Davison
• Nicole Thomas Kennedy

The program will last for approximately 60 minutes (7-8pm) with some time for candidate meet-and-greet afterward.

Attend in Person or Watch Online

The event will be broadcast on Ballard District Council’s YouTube channel.

If attending in person, please be vaccinated, asymptomatic and wearing a mask. Arrive a few minutes early for best availability (doors open at 6:30pm).

See the event announcement for additional details.

Watch & Share: City Council Candidate Forum Video

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Sept 22, at National Nordic Museum.

Please share the video that is archived on the Ballard District Council YouTube channel.

Moderated by Enrique Cerna, it features an in-depth panel of questions with Kenneth Wilson (Position 8)* and Nikkita Oliver and Sara Nelson (Position 9).

Encourage Ballard voters to learn and listen to this and other sources, prior to the November 2 election.

And please mark your calendar for our Monday, October 4, Seattle City Attorney Candidate Forum with Ann Davison and Nicole Thomas Kennedy.

* Incumbent Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Position 8, was not available to join the forum.

Sept 22 City Council Candidate Forum

Join us Wednesday, September 22, at 7pm for a City Council Candidate Forum in the Great Osberg Hall at the National Nordic Museum in Ballard.

In collaboration with Ballard Alliance, and with moderation by veteran-journalist (and Ballard resident) Enrique Cerna, the evening will include Position 8 candidate Ken Wilson and Position 9 candidates Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver.

See the Event Announcement for additional information.

This event will also be broadcast on the Ballard District Council YouTube channel!

Many thanks to Rotary Club of Ballard for sponsoring this event.

What a Nice Summer Social!

THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Summer Social at Peddler Brewing on July 15! We appreciated catching up with folks from East Ballard Community Association, Groundswell NW, Rotary Club of Ballard, Ballard Alliance a variety of local businesses and area neighborhoods, as well as Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Councilmember Dan Strauss.

We had a brief questionnaire as part of our raffle and got some great feedback. If you weren’t able to attend and would still like to send feedback, please email us. It is appreciated and very useful in determining future steps for how BDC can improve our outreach and better serve the greater Ballard community.

Questions we asked included:

  1. What were your favorite recent BDC meeting agendas?
  2. What new topics or speakers would you like to see featured?
  3. Can you suggest organizations or people to become involved in BDC?
  4. How long have you participated in BDC?
  5. Any other thoughts for us?

Contact us at Thank you!

And a big thank you to Peddler for hosting half-price drinks and donating t-shirts for our raffle! Also to Ballard Alliance for the spiffy hats donated to the raffle. We had five happy, lucky winners by evening’s end.

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2021 Primary Candidates Talk to Ballard!

Ballard District Council and Ballard Alliance invited candidates for City Council, Mayor and City Attorney to submit video statements speaking directly to Ballard voters, to help inform your decisions for the August 3 summer primary election.

Click on the links below to hear from each candidate who responded.

King County Elections will begin mailing ballots to voters on July 16 and they are due back by Tuesday, August 3. The Ballard drop box is the busiest in the county! Please encourage other Ballardites to view and share these links. We will add more links if additional videos are submitted as July unfolds.

Mayoral candidates talk to Ballard …

City Council Position 8 candidates talk to Ballard …

City Council Position 9 candidates talk to Ballard …

City Attorney candidates talk to Ballard …

Key Issues & Themes 

Following are topics we included in our invitation to candidates, letting them know just a few of the things on Ballard voters’ radar …

  • Neighborhood growth – Ballard’s population continues to boom and Crown Hill is beginning a transformation with a major upzone. Housing affordability and displacement are ongoing concerns.
  • Public safety – Persistent property crime and street disorder, slow 911 responses, addiction and behavioral health needs.
  • Small businesses – Our corner of the city takes pride in the thriving variety of local independent stores, restaurants/bars/breweries, and service and trade businesses.
  • Homelessness – Ballard has become a hub of services and “best practice” solutions, yet there’s no coordinated, visible improvement of unsheltered homelessness and crisis response.
  • Industrial maritime – This unique engine in our local economy is a strong part of our history and our future, and needs engaged advocacy to continue thriving.
  • Transportation – We’ve got a long wait for Sound Transit to make it our way by the 2030s, Ballard Bridge needs repair/replacement, swaths of our neighborhood have zero bus service, and many desire safer bike/pedestrian infrastructure.

Fall Candidate Forums 

For those candidates who make it through the summer primary, we’ll be holding fall candidate forums in the Osberg Great Hall at the National Nordic Museum, in collaboration with Ballard Alliance.

  • 7pm Wednesday, Sept 22 — City Council Positions 8 & 9
  • 7pm Wednesday, Oct 13 — Mayor & City Attorney

The fall General Election is Tuesday, November 2.

JUNE MEETING CANCELLED … but join us in person July 15!

We’ve decided to take June off from our normal schedule, and give you —and us — a much deserved break from online meetings this month.

We had been planning to focus on “The Evolution of Ballard Demographics & Neighborhood Planning: Past, Present, Future.”  The topic will be valuable, but we have opted to wait until later this autumn, when recent 2020 census data will be in the possession of Seattle demographers, and we can really have a better look not only at how much Ballard has changed, but also who Ballard is becoming.  So stay tuned for a re-start on this topic later in the year.

Please Mark Your Calendar for Thursday, July 15!

Traditionally, Ballard District Council has utilized our July meetings for ice cream socials among the attending members/participants.  This year—as it looks like we may be actually and finally rounding the corner on the COVID crisis and concluding our 15 months of social distancing & isolation — we are getting back together in person in July for a much needed personal reconnect.

Whether you’re a newcomer or ol’ timer (or anywhere in between), please join us Thursday, July 15, at Peddler Brewing, to hoist a pint and reconnect, to celebrate the growing end of our community isolation and to share ideas about how Ballard District Council can evolve to meet the civic needs of our fast-growing neighborhood.

Drinks will be half-price, thanks to the community support of the brewery.

We hope as many neighbors and local organizations as possible will join in.

As always, please contact us with suggestions for meeting topics or ways to connect with more community members! We rely on community input.

Please share this news with other community members and organizations in the greater Ballard area.  See you in July!


May Meeting = Ballard Regional Transportation

Bringing Ballard Up to Date: Sound Transit, BIRT, and Ballard Bridge

Join us on May 12 for a panel update and community Q&A on regional transportation topics, including Ballard Bridge, BIRT (Ballard Interbay Regional Transportation planning), Sound Transit and more. See the event listing for more details.

Please send us your questions via email and join in that evening via Zoom or YouTube.

Help us spread the word to other community members in the greater Ballard area!

Video of Ballard Maritime Industrial Panel

Catch up with Ballard’s unique and valued Maritime Industrial sector! Our April meeting featured a multi-faceted presentation and discussion, providing 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. You can’t understand Ballard unless you have some familiarity with our historical and forward-looking maritime community. This is an enjoyable and informative  video. Please share with other Ballardites (it’s easy to listen to like a podcast).