It’s Fall! Join us at the HPAC September Meeting!

Next meeting is September 28, 2017

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except Aug & Dec)
Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda:
Welcome
SPD Updates
HPIC Updates

Neighborhood Noise Pollution 
Jesse Robbins is doing research across Seattle to learn if and how noise pollution from, among other things, cars and motorcycles with loud mufflers is a problem among residents. Will ask questions about the presence of noise pollution in Highland Park neighborhood.
HPAC Updates
Planning for October Open House – We will be looking for folks to help with an HPAC open house, including outreach for potluck style food and beverage, help with set up, and help with small group facilitation
Delridge District Council Updates – Updates from DNDC meeting (on 9/21, 7pm,  at Youngstown) – DNDC , community engagement, and the future of the District Council system within DoN, as well as updates from NSF grants.
Think Green Challenge update – Highland Park Waste Management Think Green Challenge. We could win 15,000 dollars for neighborhood projects and improvements!Have you reduced waste? Tell us how you did that!

Send us photos, videos, or blog posts about what you do to reduce/reuse/recycle. Email hpacchair@gmail.com with your projects or Tweet at us @HPACWS or on our Facebook page your techniques for reducing waste add the hashtag #HPACRecycle

Preview of next few months agendas – including open house, public education event on homelessness, and planning for 2017.

Community announcements and closing

Got Agenda Items? Email hpacchair@gmail.com for more information.

Check out our Facebook page for announcements, events, and other timely happenings.

Have you taken the Department of Neighborhood’s Engage Survey Yet?

  • From DoN: To help with our feedback gathering, we developed a quick and simple two-minute survey to learn how we can make it easier for you to participate and be heard. More than 2,000 people have completed this survey! Want to know what they’re saying? View the results.
  • Add your voice! Take our survey at http://bit.ly/EngageSeattle-survey.
  • Please share the survey with your friends, family, and neighbors! Have more ideas? Find us on Twitter or Facebook and join the online conversation using#EngageSeattle.

 

HPAC Meeting Minutes – July 27, 2017 & See You in September!

HPAC Meeting Minutes – July 27, 2017

SPD Update:

Lt. Ron Smith: reviews crime statistics

Car prowls still big problem although, down from last year.

Arrested man for human trafficking of 18 year old woman.

Opportunities at our sister organization HPIC: Communications/Social Media, Finance Committee and Party Staff

Email hpic1919@gmail.com about any of these opportunities.
  • Communications/Social Media We are looking for member/volunteer(s) to help represent HPIC to our community via our email, Facebook and webpage. This is an important role, needed in the next few weeks. The person(s) in this role should love social media, understand Gmail and/or other email applications, and have the ability to make web posts through WordPress and/or other web applications. We are considering changing our email and website applications, so please be savvy and flexible on the computer!
  • Finance Committee: Are you a nuts and bolts person when it comes to getting things done? HPIC is a non-profit and that also means it’s a business. We need member/volunteers with vision and financial/business knowledge (or interest) to help us grow into a sustainable, self-supporting neighborhood resource.
  • Party Staff (paid – $20.00 per hour) We are looking for HPIC members who are interested in being Party Staff for Private Rentals at HPIC. HPIC views every rental as an opportunity for outreach, and for serving the needs of our community. The Party Staff will have the important role of making a positive connection with the renters while also making sure that their event is respectful to the property and the neighborhood. This is an opportunity to experience celebrations and events of various cultures.

Micro Community Policing Plan for Highland Park
Jennifer Burbridge Research Analyst Micro Community Policing Plan Focus Group

Handed out summary of community policing plan.

Good discussion about the most frequent crime issues that members of the community are dealing with. Also, discussion about what members feel is most needed from the police department. Many felt that we need more police, including more than one station in all of West Seattle and South Park, and more police presence.

Announcement of goal:
HPAC to develop our own Neighborhood Design Guidelines for Highland Park in conjunction/including with South Delridge, and Riverview. Currently, neighborhoods such as Morgan Junction, Greenwood, Ballard,Uptown, Downtown, and Wallingford have neighborhood specific design guidelines. If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, attend the September meeting and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com to join this newly forming subcommittee.

Steering committee to compose letter to the Mayor stating HPAC’s response to his executive order to cut ties with the 13 Neighborhood District Councils.

No votes taken at this meeting.

Next meeting is September 28, 2017

Sneak Peek at September Draft Agenda:

Neighborhood Noise Pollution
Jesse Robbins is doing research across Seattle to learn if and how noise pollution from, among other things, cars and motorcycles with loud mufflers is a problem among residents. Will ask questions about the presence of noise pollution in Highland Park neighborhood.

JULY HPAC Meeting – We are meeting on July 27th

Agenda

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except Aug & Nov/Dec)
Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

7:00p

Welcome from HPAC Chair – Gunner Scott

Highland Park Improvement Club updates
SPD updates

1) Micro-Community Policing Plan Focus Group with Jennifer Burbridge, Seattle University Graduate Research Analyst for Seattle Police Department- SW Precinct

What is a Micro-Community Policing Plan Focus Group?
For neighborhoods in Southwest Precinct area about 1) knowledge of the micro-community policing plan project, 2) interactions with the Seattle Police Department, 3) crime and safety concerns and 4) suggested improvements for each of your unique neighborhoods!

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.

2) Developing our own Neighborhood Design Guidelines for Highland Park!

The Seattle Design Guidelines are the cornerstone of the City’s Design Review Program and the primary tool used by the Design Review Boards for evaluating proposed new development.

What are Neighborhood Specific Design Guidelines?
Design Review uses both the Citywide Guidelines and guidelines that are specific to individual neighborhoods. Once adopted by the City Council, neighborhood-specific design guidelines augment the Citywide Guidelines. Together they are the basis for project review within the neighborhood. Currently, neighborhoods such as Morgan Junction, Greenwood, Ballard, Uptown, Downtown, and Wallingford have neighborhood specific design guidelines.

If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, attend the July meeting and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com to join this newly forming subcommittee.

HPAC updates

Highland Park Waste Management Think Green Challenge. We could win 15,000 dollars for neighborhood projects and improvements!

Have you reduced waste? Tell us how you did that! Send us photos, videos, or blog posts about what you do to reduce/reuse/recycle. Email hpacchair@gmail.com with your projects or Tweet at us @HPACWS or on our Facebook page your techniques for reducing waste add the hashtag #HPACRecycle

– Delridge Community Council Update

– No meeting in August. We will be back in September

– Got Agenda Items? For September!

– community announcements and closing

Email hpacchair@gmail.com for more information.

Reminder of Myers Way Parcel Meeting and HPAC Minutes from June

Check out the King 5 news report on HPAC’s response to the City’s recommendations of Myers Way Parcel

June 30, 2016 – Community Meeting Regarding the City of Seattle Myers Way Properties

4539-4542_MapThis community meeting is to solicit community input regarding the vacant City of Seattle property located at 9401, 9501, 9600 and 9701 Myers Way, as shown on the attached map. Comments will be collected on the Preliminary Recommendations Report and the Public Involvement Plan. A summary has been attached to this letter.

When: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Program ends at 8:00 p.m.
Where: City of Seattle Joint Training Facility Meeting Room 9401 Myers Way South Seattle, WA 98108

Not able to attend, or have further questions? Please send comments or questions to: Daniel Bretzke at 206 733- 9882, Daniel.bretzke@seattle.gov Department Finance and Administrative Services’ Real Estate Services Section Special Needs or Language Requirements? This location is barrier free. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Daniel Bretzke as soon as possible.

Property Background – In 2003, the City purchased a larger property than what was needed for the development of the Joint Training Facility (JTF). A portion of the property was planned be sold to help pay for the land purchase.

In 2006, Council directed that the sale of the extra land should help stimulate economic development in the Highpoint neighborhood. An agreement was made to sell the property to Lowes for a retail center, although the transaction was not completed.

The property is a former gravel mine. It has areas of vegetated steep slopes, wetlands and level developable land. One level area contains subsurface soils with high levels of lead and arsenic contamination, which needs to be cleaned up. The property is zoned Commercial 2-65. This zoning allows uses such as warehouses, wholesale, research and development, and manufacturing.

HPAC Meeting Minutes – June 23, 2016

HPIC updates: 
Have you always wanted to be a bartender? Well, we are looking for Corner Bar Crew and more! We need people that have a MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) permit. If you don’t already have it, the permits are available online or through classes for a small fee. To get a MAST permit:  http://www.liq.wa.gov/mastrvp/mandatory_alcohol_server_training

A nice bonus would be to have a Food Worker card. To get a Food Worker card:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/FoodWorker.aspx If you are interested or have questions, please email us Email: hpic1919@gmail.com See website for other upcoming activities.

SPD Update

Lt. Ron Smith SPD updates: crimes against persons down, car prowls still up, especially in Highland Park. 2 persons suspected of car break ins have been arrested.

Lt. Smith advises that on the 4th of July or at anytime to not hesitate to report incidents of shots fired. Even if you are not sure if it is gunfire or fireworks.

SDOT

James Le from SDOT talks about progress of grant awards for Highland Park projects.

Still looking into Highland Park Way roundabout. He talked about WASDOT grant program (Innovative Grant) that possibly could be applied to the cost of the roundabout. No concrete information if this project will happen and when.

  • Members once again stressed the need for traffic flow solutions at 16th and Holden. (left turn signal etc.)
  • Members voiced concerns that we need traffic flow solutions and bike lanes that will not make traffic flow worse.
  • Gunner talked about the members desire to have a more coordinated response from SDOT about all our traffic concerns.  Members intend to put together a plan for Highland Park.
SOPCD
Patrice Carroll from the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development talks about the Mayor’s updated 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Patrice distributed a booklet describing the Mayor’s plan (website 2035.seattle.gov to read entire plan). A handout was distributed with questions and answers from members to Patrice.
Members noted neighborhood planning is not part of the Mayor’s plan.
Other concerns re: urban villages and language concerning the LGBT community not being included.
HPAC updates:
1) Myers Way Parcels
Vote to approve the letter composed by chair concerning Myers Way parcel.
HPAC Recommendations:
“…we are strongly urging Mayor Murray, Seattle City Council, and Department of Finance and Administrative Services to
  • 1) Hold off on any further plans to develop and/or sell any or all parts of Myers Way Parcels PMA #4539-4542 until there is final determination of annexation of North Highline into the City of Seattle and if North Highline is annexed that those community members are given the same opportunity to provide input into the final recommendations;
  • 2) Until an outside agency with experience, knowledge, and connection with the clean-up of the Duwamish River has evaluated the environmental impact of the each of the “Range of Options,” as outlined on page 6 of the Preliminary Recommendation Report On Reuse and Disposal of the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services PMA 4601 JTF Expansion Property PMA 4540-Undeveloped lot at 9501 Myers Way S. PMA 4541-Undeveloped lot at 9701 Myers Way S. PMA 4542-Undeveloped lot at 9600 Myers Way S. PMA 4601 JTF Expansion property from June 15, 2016, has been fully explored and vetted that there will be no additional negative environmental impact on the Duwamish River, the cleanup efforts or in any violation of the Clean Water Act.”

See the full Myers Way letter that was sent to Mayor, City Council, and FAS along with a number of stakeholders.

2) Posters handed out for distribution for Waste Management Think Green Challenge.

We could win 15,000 dollars for neighborhood projects and improvements!
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Waste Management is partnering with neighborhood organizations to challenge 3 Seattle regions to reduce waste and recycle more.
How you can help HPAC and Highland Park!
  1. Send us photos, videos, or blog posts about what you do to reduce/reuse/recycle. Email hpacchair@gmail.com with your projects.Here are two entries from Michele!
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    Re-use a jar as a vase

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    Tin Can Lanterns!

  2. Tweet at us @HPACWS  or on our Facebook page your techniques for reducing waste add the hashtag #HPACRecycle
  • The region that reduces their garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 to give to the community non-profit(s) – HPAC is one of them!
  • Neighborhood regions that encourage their neighbors to reduce their garbage while recycling and composting more could win up to $15,000 to give to the community non-profit(s) of their choice.

What does it take to win?
It’s simple: Shop smart. Waste less. Recycle more.

3) Delridge District Council updates: discussion about how to voice our position on the reduction of the Neighborhood District Councils. (such as draft a letter and/or meeting with Lisa Herbold).

4) March with HPAC for the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 23rd.Email hpacchair@gmail.com if you will be joining us

JULY HPAC Meeting – We are meeting on July 27th

Draft Agenda

1) Micro-Community Policing Plan Focus Group with Jennifer Burbridge, Seattle University Graduate Research Analyst for Seattle Police Department- SW Precinct (see Highland Park FG Flyer )
What is a Micro-Community Policing Plan Focus Group?
For neighborhoods in Southwest Precinct area about 1) knowledge of the micro-community policing plan project, 2) interactions with the Seattle Police Department, 3) crime and safety concerns and 4) suggested improvements for each of your unique neighborhoods!
Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.
2) Developing our own Neighborhood Design Guidelines for Highland Park!

The Seattle Design Guidelines are the cornerstone of the City’s Design Review Program and the primary tool used by the Design Review Boards for evaluating proposed new development.

What are Neighborhood Specific Design Guidelines?
Design Review uses both the Citywide Guidelines and guidelines that are specific to individual neighborhoods. Once adopted by the City Council, neighborhood-specific design guidelines augment the Citywide Guidelines. Together they are the basis for project review within the neighborhood. Currently, neighborhoods such as Morgan Junction, Greenwood, Ballard, Uptown, Downtown, and Wallingford have neighborhood specific design guidelines.

If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, attend the July meeting and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com to join this newly forming subcommittee.

HPAC Meeting Agenda for June 22, 2016

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except Aug & Nov/Dec)
Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda

7:00p

Welcome from HPAC Chair – Gunner Scott

Highland Park Improvement Club updates
SPD updates

1) Representatives from SDOT (Seattle Department of Transportation)

Update about Highland Way / SW Holden Intersection – when will we see some relief…
As well as Seattle’s Protected Bike Lanes at 16th Ave SW / SW Holden St.

2) City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development update on the Mayor draft of the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Questions we hope to cover…

  • What is comprehensive plan – just some basics to set the conversation
  • What stage is the 2035 comp plan at and does the public still have an opportunity for input?
  • What was accomplished from the 1994 comp plan for the Westwood/Highland Park area – what is being carried forward?
  • These are high level goals – how do they actually get carried out and how are they measured? For example: “W/HP-P20 Promote the attractiveness of higher-density residential areas through the enhancement of basic infrastructure and amenities.”
  • WESTWOOD/HIGHLAND PARK Residential Urban Village – also known as a “low density urban village” – what does that mean and will that change as a result of the goals for the comp plan.
  • In the 1994 comp plan social equity included references to sexual orientation and other protected classes which was ahead o the curve at the time, that is no longer a part of the Seattle 2035, understanding and recognizing that racial equity should be the large lens by which actions and outcomes should be viewed through, and some Seattle residents live at the intersections which can increase the impact of oppression and negative outcomes – why is this not included?
    Reference: from 1994 “Social Equity” page vi
    “In order to promote equality, justice and understanding, the City will not tolerate discrimination in employment or housing on the basis of race, color, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, [add gender identity] political ideology, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability. The City will aim for a society that gives its residents equal opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, economic growth.”

3) Highland Park Elementary School Updates
4) HPAC Updates

  • Waste Management Think Green Challenge
    Join HPAC in this Think Green Recycling Challenge and we could win funding for upcoming community projects – such as Highland Park community needs survey, plants and mulch for Traffic Circle Gardens, a custom “Welcome to Highland Park” sign, and community murals.
  • Delridge District Council Updates Neighborhood District Council plan – The City’s Draft Statement of Legislative Intent SLI, for District Councils and what it means for HPAC.
  • West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails

Got Agenda Items? For July 27th HPAC Meeting
July Agenda – Micro-policing focus group
Community announcements and closing
Email hpacchair@gmail.com for more information.

HPAC Minutes from 5/25/2016 & Sneak Peak at the June Meeting

SPD updates
  • Car prowls still up for the year (except some reduction in the last month)
  • Some reduction in robberies and assaults.
  • Lieutenant Ron Smith says that is very important to report all crimes.
  • (Great coverage of crime situation by the West Seattle blog.)

HPIC updates

Upcoming events and fundraiser (see website for details)

Update from Hillary Hamilton from FAS on plans for Myers Way parcel.

  • Map distributed showing different areas. Also, hand out sheet of Myers Way excess property summary.
  • Hillary talked about the history of the area, as well as, the future for the area. (also great coverage of this on the West Seattle blog.)
  • Input from community members living near the parcel. Concerns about the homeless encampments, and environmental damage. Feedback  from Barbara Dobkin, President of North Highline Unincorporated Area council .
  • Also discussion about future relations between HPAC and North Highline council once the possible annexation of White Center is more solid.
Kerry Wade explained the Department of Neighborhoods and the different Neighborhood districts and district councils and district coordinators.
  • Reviewed the different funds and grants available through the Department of Neighborhoods.Can also fine this information on their website.
Highland Park Elementary  updates
Kids involved in design for their new playground

HPAC updates

No objection to these projects.
  • Craig announced his plans to apply for small and simple fund for WD Greenbelt trail.
No votes taken at this meeting.

Next Meeting is Weds., June 22, 2016 

Agenda Highlights

Representatives from SDOT (Seattle Department of Transportation)

City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development update on the Mayor draft of the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Questions we hope to cover…

  1. What is comprehensive plan – just some basics to set the conversation
  2. What stage is the 2035 comp plan at and does the public still have an opportunity for input?
  3. What was accomplished from the 1994 comp plan for the Westwood/Highland Park area – what is being carried forward?
  4.  These are high level goals – how do they actually get carried out and how are they measured? For example: “W/HP-P20 Promote the attractiveness of higher-density residential areas through the enhancement of basic infrastructure and amenities.”
  5. WESTWOOD/HIGHLAND PARK Residential Urban Village – also known as a “low density urban village” – what does that mean and will that change as a result of the goals for the comp plan.
  6.  In the 1994 comp plan social equity included references to sexual orientation and other protected classes which was ahead o the curve at the time, that is no longer a part of the Seattle 2035, understanding and recognizing that racial equity should be the large lens by which actions and outcomes should be viewed through, and some Seattle residents live at the intersections which can increase the impact of oppression and negative outcomes – why is this not included?

    Reference: from 1994 “Social Equity” page vi
    “In order to promote equality, justice and understanding, the City will not tolerate discrimination in employment or housing on the basis of race, color, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, [add gender identity] political ideology, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability. The City will aim for a society that gives its residents equal opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, economic growth.”

 

May 25, 2016 – HPAC Meeting

 

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except Aug & Nov/Dec)
Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda

7:00p

Welcome from HPAC vice-chairs Craig & Michele W.

  • Highland Park Improvement Club updates
  • SPD updates

7:15 p – 7:45p

City of Seattle and the Myers Way Parcel Connection – what are the options?

 City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services Department representatives will be present to answer questions about the Myers Way Property and to take comments regarding the soon to be published Draft Preliminary Recommendations Report and Draft Public Involvement plan.

7:45p – 8:00p

What is Seattle’s Dept. of Neighborhoods and what are these grants I keep hearing about?  

Did you know that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods works to bring government closer to the residents of Seattle by engaging them in civic participation; helping them become empowered to make positive contributions to their communities; and by involving more of Seattle’s underrepresented residents, including communities of color and immigrants, in civic discourse and opportunities? A presentation by Kerry Wade, District Coordinator, for the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods

8:00p – 8:30p

HPAC updates – Delridge Community Council Update – HPAC Recommendations for Neighborhood Street Fund projects

– WD Greenbelt Trails update

– Highland Park Elementary School PTA updates

– Spring Clean Up Update

– Got Agenda Items? For June 29th HPAC Meeting

– community announcements and closing

Email hpacchair@gmail.com for more information.