Apr 30, 2009

Madison Street developments

Apr 21, 2009

Public Meeting: Design Review for Townhouses

Most of the redevelopment going on around here is townhouses, some wonderful, some [most?] rather coookie-cutter models ("Little Boxes", even).

DPD has been studying the issue, has made some recommendations and wants to hear from you at their upcoming meeting.

(in their words) The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is developing a new Administrative Design Review process to apply to townhouse development. Currently, most townhouses do not undergo design review, unless the applicant volunteers for administrative review in order to seek departures from Land Use Code development standards. The goals of the project are to apply a streamlined Administrative Design Review process for a better fit with the small scale of townhouse projects, without adding significantly to development cost.

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) invites you to attend a Public Meeting about Administrative Design Review for townhouses on Monday, May 4, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Seattle City Hall's Bertha Landes Room (600 4th Ave.).

The intent is to increase design quality and the variety of townhouses with a new Administrative Design Review process.

Draft recommendations will be presented by staff. Public comments on the draft proposal are welcomed.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by an opportunity for comments, questions and discussion. We hope you can join us


Design Review Hearing for Deano's Project

(pictures courtesy of JC Mueller LLC. CLICK on them for glorious large illustrations. Note all the hip, young  people in the pictures: nobody as old as me [or Jim?] visible anywhere. No dealers, either)

What is probably the final Design Review Hearing for the "Deano's" project on East Madison Street will be happening on May 6th.

The basic concept is pretty much what we saw in many previous meetings, but the appearance of the buildings has changed dramatically, so this probably be your only chance to make your views known to the Design Review Board.

See my Madison Street Redevelopment Google Map for links to older info about the project, and to other projects in the area.

Review Meeting: May 6, 8:00 PM
Seattle Central Community College
1701 Broadway, Room 3211
Review Phase: Recommendation

Link to DPD files  and to the older DPD files (Project Number: 3009856(formerly 2204305)) 
Planner: Scott Kemp

Capitol Hill Housing Annual Meeting

Residential Parking Zone Changes

The Seattle Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the RPZ Revisions Ordinance and related resolution have been transmitted to City Council for their consideration. The proposed recommendations effectively update the program to incorporate transportation, land use and economic changes since the last policy review in 1994.  Thank you for your comments and on-going interest in the RPZ Policy Review Project.


SDOT will brief the Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday April 21, with a follow-up discussion on May 5. Public comments at the Committee meetings or via email are welcome.


The Final Recommendations and legislation are available at SDOT’s RPZ policy review page:www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/rpz_policy_review.htm


After a year-long effort working with various community and business stakeholders, the RPZ legislative changes are proposed to:


--- Limit permits to eight per household address to reduce extreme abuse; consider other disincentives in the future to manage parking demand


--- Improve enforcement by adjusting permit design, adding fines and improving coordination with Seattle Police Department


--- Continue to issue one biennial guest permit per household address 


--- Develop single-day visitor permit as a second option to allow for multiple guests


--- Revise zone creation process to ensure more effective community process to include all community interests and address race and social justice barriers to community participation


--- Start pilot program to issue RPZ permits to businesses in the Southeast and South Downtown light rail station areas


--- Improve customer service with online permit system



Please note that the comment period for the SEPA Determination of Non-Significance has closed. Anyone may appeal the DNS by submitting a Notice of Appeal and a filing fee to the Office of the Hearing Examiner no later than 5:00 pm April 20, 2009



For questions about the proposed legislation, please contact Mary Catherine Snyder at rpzparking@seattle.gov or 206-684-8110.



Mary Catherine Snyder

Parking Strategic Advisor

Seattle Department of Transportation - Policy and Planning

PO Box 34996

Seattle WA 98124-4996



County Council to vote on changes to Metro bus service

(Chance to comment at public hearing on Tuesday the 28th)

A neighbor notes: 
Even though this refers to service in the Southeast, some of these changes will have an effect on Central Area riders as well, I see at least two lines, the #8 and #48.

CD News explains the changes:
  • Route 8 increases service to every 15 minutes during peak hours, and extends further south to MLK and the new Mount Baker light rail station at McClellan and then onwards to Rainier Beach.
  • Route 48 will discontinue service to Rainier Beach (replaced by the extended 8), and instead stops at Mount Baker light rail station.  Service increases to every 15 minutes in the evenings.  However, it maintains all of its northern route to UW and Loyal Heights.

County Council to vote on changes to Metro bus service in southeast Seattle


The Metropolitan King County Council is accepting public comment on proposed changes to Metro Transit bus service in the southeast Seattle area, including Skyway. 

Information about the recommended service changes, the council’s review process, and how to comment is available on Metro Online at 



Apr 8, 2009

April 15 Neighborhood Meeting with new School Principals

As you surely know, Seattle Schools are trying to save money by shutting, combining, moving schools (lawsuits permitting). The changes will affect our neighborhood:

  • The Middle School Program at Meany School will be disbanded, and the students moved to Washington, Madrona and Alki Schools. (transition details here).
  • Two programs will move to the Meany Building: Nova Alternative High School and the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Program (transition plans here).
  • This week's Madison Park Times describes the changes.
  • This CD News post describes an interesting "drug free schools" program and has comments from someone intimate with the problems of moving NOVA.
I have invited the principals of the two schools to visit us, meet their new neighborhood, and share concerns, visions and ideas. Basically a chance to chat and get acquainted. Please join your neighbors in welcoming the schools to our neighborhood:

Wednesday, April 15th, 7 - 9 PM, Miller Community Center multipurpose room,
 330 -19th Avenue East (Center #: 206-684-4753).

A few details of the two schools:
  • Nova Alternative High School is moving from the Horace Mann building (near Garfield) where it has been since its inception.  The school website describes the program much better than I can. There's also an official school website and a PTSA website. We will be meeting with school principal Mark Perry.

I hope you will be able to join us and welcome these schools to our neighborhood.  

It will also be an opportunity to meet the new staff at Miller Community Center: we recently welcomed Center Coordinator Jeremy Doane (pictured here, came to us
 from Magnolia) and Assistant Coordinator Klaus Goodrum (who came from Montlake, which is where our very capable former Assistant Coordinator, Zoom Piksa, may now be found). The volunteer Advisory Council for the Community Center (which YOU can join: ask a council
 member at the meeting)
 is co-sponsoring this meeting. They and the Center staff are eager to meet the new school at Meany and explore possibilities of collaborations.

I hope to also have updates on the state of the Miller Playfield renovation, East Madison Street redevelopment, and any other topics you think we should explore (E--mail Andrew).

Please help get the word out about this (very rare) Miller Park Neighborhood Association Meeting. Share this blog page, or print and share this meeting announcement.