HPAC Updates: Myers Way Encampment and what this means for our community

Hello Highland Park Neighbors

Happy Holidays! Thank you for supporting HPAC and our neighborhood.

As many may have learned, Mayor Murray has announced that Myers Way Parcel will be one of the three new homeless encampments sites. HPAC was given notice of this at approximately 7p via email the night before the announcement. Over the last day, we have reached out to our neighbors in Highline/Top Hat/White Center, as those communities surround the area, but do not have representation as they are part of unincorporated King County.

Currently, Camp Second Chance has been in that location and the intention so far we have heard from the city is that Camp Second Chance will continue to be there, with an expansion.

HPAC is looking forward to working with Highline Neighborhood group, along with our neighbors in Delridge area to gather information about the plan for this encampment, what the needs will be for our communities in terms of police/security, unauthorized camping in other sections of the Greenbelt, mitigating the environmental impact of the wetlands and Hamm Creek, addressing the issues of dumping and RVs along Myers Way, and other needs that may arise.

As we know the issue of homelessness is complex and complicated – there is no quick or easy fix. Our intentions are to be a supportive community to all of our neighbors, with the understanding that we all want safe, peaceful, and welcoming neighborhoods and streets.

HPAC is disappointed that no other West Seattle location was chosen, we see this as an issue of parity with the rest of West Seattle. We are being asked to host another encampment when no other West Seattle neighborhood has done so. As you know, Highland Park was the site of Nickelsville for three years and was a potential site for an RV safe lot. While this is not on the same location, the same factors are in place and much like the concerns we had with hosting the RV site at the bottom of Highland Park Way, the Myers Way site is far from ideal, with limited transit options, a significant distance from food options, and lack of connection to surrounding communities and services. For further background see West Seattle Blog’s coverage.

HPAC will continue to advocate for neighborhood and our homeless neighbors, but without the City of Seattle addressing our lack of overall infrastructure improvements for the Highland Park area and without parity with the rest of Seattle, it feels as though our neighborhood continues to a bear burden that more resourced areas of Seattle do not.

Highland Park is a mixed race/mixed income community that has faced historic redlining, has a lower median income as compared to Seattle overall (22% lower than Seattle overall), with 81% of students at Highland Park Elementary on Free or Reduced lunch (May 2016), higher percentage of single parent families (13% as compared to 8% in Seattle overall), and higher percentage of those who speak little to no English (10% vs. 5% for Seattle over all) and 28% of our neighbors are immigrants as compared to 18% for Seattle over all.

With this in mind, HPAC will continue to aggressively advocate for increased resources for Highland Park Elementary school, address the dangerous intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, and Highland Parkway overall, a major egress out of West Seattle, again request the LEAD program to implemented in our neighborhood, increased transit including reworking the 131 bus route, increased buses overall, and finishing installing sidewalks and drainage, to name a few.

Over the next few weeks, we will have the opportunity to discuss with city leaders our community concerns and needs. I would like to represent and reflect these questions, requests, and concerns as accurately and authentically as possible. I also request that you also directly address city officials with your concerns and needs.

We have been alerted that there will be a community meeting, sometime in December or January and we will notify the community once the date and location are set.

My ask of you:

  1. Please email me in the next week with your questions, concerns, needs, and requests regarding the encampment at hpacchair@gmail.com so that I may compile them and bring to meetings with city officials.
  2. Attend our next HPAC meeting – January 25th – We have asked Councilmember Lisa Herbold to present on the “State of Delridge” and her priorities for 2017.
  3. Comment on the HALA recommendations
  4. Learn more about Camp Second Chance – http://greaterseattlecares.org/encampments/camp-second-chance/csctg-code-of-conduct/
  5. Consider joining HPAC’s steering committee, elections take place in February, email me for further information or come to our next meeting.
  6. Volunteer with HPAC – We are also in need of a graphic designer and members for our community survey committee.

In addition, you can reach out to:

You can contact the Mayor’s office via this form http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

George ScarolaDirector of Homelessness
City of Seattle | Office of the Mayor
O: 206.684.0969 | george.scarola@seattle.gov

Councilmember Lisa Herbold
Phone:206-684-8803
Email:Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov

How do I report a problem encampment site? 

Seattle’s Customer Service Bureau (CSB) works with city, county, and state agencies to coordinate unauthorized encampment response. Please report unauthorized encampment sites to CSB at 206-684-2489 or online at http://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau. CSB will coordinate cleanup and outreach services with the appropriate agency.

Reminder for Upcoming Open Houses on HALA: What to expect
Presented by City of Seattle
December 7: SW Neighborhoods
5:30-7:30pm, Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery

Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda: DRAFT Neighborhood proposals to create more affordable housing. See a city-wide map HERE.

Parks and Recreation: Come and learn about using walkability and other transportation metrics to map how new parks and green spaces will be chosen in the future.

SDOT: Learn about how Move Seattle is shaping transportation projects and programs in your neighborhood. Also, shape your Greenway by telling us where you want to see new connections and safer crossings for people walking and biking.

SDCI: Rapid Ride and Parking Reform are in the works. Learn more about flexibility and sharing off-street parking, on-street parking, carshare and bicycle travel choices and frequent transit service.

Thank you for being a part of our HPAC community and working for a vibrant, safe, and livable neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
Chair, HPAC

HALA & REZONING FOR AFFORDABILITY IN DISTRICT 1: THE CITY WANTS YOUR INPUT – DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON?

HPAC urges members to attend this info session hosted by the Morgan Community Association (MoCA) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club 

This informational session to help you understand Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability rezones proposed for the five District 1 Urban Villages, in advance of a December city-sponsored Open House. This learning session will enable you to go the Open House knowing what is proposed and prepared to give input or ask questions of City staff.

For the past year, the City of Seattle has been developing plans to fund affordable housing. One of the proposals is the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) concept. Under MHA, new development in Seattle will contribute directly to affordable housing by either building affordable homes on site or making a payment to the City to fund affordable housing throughout Seattle. To put MHA requirements into effect, the City must make zoning changes that will allow more development within Urban Villages and other areas zoned for multifamily and commercial development.Proposed areas of rezoning are depicted in newly released maps, and City staff will want input on proposed District 1 rezones at their December 7 Open House.

It is a complicated issue, with lots of ‘moving parts.’ To help you figure out what is going on, we’re setting up a user-friendly informational session with goals of:

  • To give enough background information so people understand the MHA proposed program;
  • To understand how to read the proposed rezone maps;
  • To remind people of their Urban Village Neighborhood Plan Goals and Policies and relationship to MHA principles;
  • To give people tools so that they enter the City’s Open House able to give informed input and/or ask questions to get the information they need.

Please join us –   Rezoning for Affordability in District 1: The City Wants Your Input – Do You Know What’s Going On?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 – SW Holden Street, Seattle, WA 98106

  • Street parking is available nearby
  • Metro Routes 125 and 128 stop at 16th Ave. SW at Holden; walk east on Holden to 12th Street
  • Light refreshments will be available
  • There will be a coloring corner for kids.

SAVE THE DATE(S)

HALA Community Meeting Hosted by City of Seattle

SW Community Meeting: Affordable Housing Neighborhood Maps + Other City Services

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30PM

Location Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery, 4752 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Please tell us your thoughts on MHA proposed zoning changes.
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Event Description Come join us for casual conversation around proposed changes to your neighborhood to generate more affordable housing, improve transportation services, and parks investments. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All are welcome.

We will be sharing the following Urban Village maps:
– Admiral Junction
– Morgan Junction
– Highland Park
– Westwood Village
– South Park

If you don’t see the Urban Village that you are curious about listed here, check the other community meetings or get in touch with us and we can help you decide the most appropriate meeting to attend.

DON Programs Neighborhood Planning
Department/Organization Neighborhoods
Sponsoring Organization Department of Neighborhoods; Office of Planning and Community Development; Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation; Seattle Department of Transportation
Contact Jesseca Brand
Contact Phone 206.733.9982
Contact Email Jesseca.brand@seattle.gov
Pre-Register No
Cost Free
Link www.seattle.gov…

Also reminder the next HPAC meeting is Jan 25, 2017.

Join us on October 26th for HPAC meeting for Panel on the Issue of Homelessness

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

HPAC is hosting a panel discussion on the issue of homelessness in the neighborhood for our October Meeting.

This panel is being created in response to local concerns, creating a common understanding of homelessness, the challenges some may face accessing housing, and ways we can help. Speaking on the panel will be Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home; Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services; and a member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team. The panel is moderated by Gunner Scott, Chair of HPAC.

Goals for the discussion include dispelling stereotypes, demystify homelessness, and to lay the groundwork for greater communication, understanding and involvement between all neighbors – housed and unhoused. There will be time for Q & A.

Everyone is welcome.

More about our panelists:

Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home
http://www.eghseattle.org/

Ms. Herold has been an executive director of social service nonprofits for 13 years and director of companies providing health care for an additional 3 years. She has an MA in Organizational Systems with an emphasis on Leadership & Organizational Development from Saybrook University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University in Recreation & Parks.

Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.

Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services
http://patacara.org/

Polly Trout is the founder and Executive Director of Patacara Community Services, and all-volunteer, faith based nonprofit that offers supportive services to our unhoused neighbors. Polly has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University. She has been providing supportive services to homeless neighbors for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising, and in building cross-class, anti-racist, multicultural community. Polly is a layperson and mother with a nonsectarian Dharma practice. She serves on the board of the Northwest Dharma Association and is affiliated with the Evergreen Spiritual Alliance, an interfaith cooperative of spiritual teachers. In 2002 Polly founded Seattle Education Access, a local nonprofit that provides college access and retention services to low income and at risk young adults.

Patacara Community Services is a faith based nonprofit offering compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering. We provide services inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. We are a nonsectarian, all-volunteer, grassroots community that takes refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and values service, generosity, compassion, interdependence, ethical conduct, equanimity, and kindness. Our current focus area is offering supportive services to our unhoused neighbors.

A member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team.

Camp Second Chance, a safe and sober encampment in West Seattle – located at 9625 Myers Way S. Seattle, WA 98108. This is unused City of Seattle property, on what is known as the Myers Parcels. The camp is not permitted, but CSC are hoping to move it back to a permitted site asap. The camp strives to be sober, clean, safe, and ethical. While CSC continues to search for a permitted site they are asking the city to refrain from sweeping the site.

Other Agenda items:

  • HPIC announcements
  • HPAC Updates on HALA, Rezone, and Delridge District Council
  • 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.

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.
Rain Garden Contractor Fair
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

Did you know…  About the Sanislo Elementary School Boundary Changes
Open Discussion About the Change in School Boundaries on 9/28/2017

As reported in the West Seattle Blog, Sanislo Elementary back to the Denny International Middle School/Chief Sealth International High School feeder zone, just two years after it was moved out of that zone.

From Seattle School staff:

“Staff recommends that the entire Sanislo Elementary School attendance area be re-aligned with the Denny International Middle School attendance area and feeder pattern. This would return the Sanislo feeder pattern to Denny for middle school.

Additionally, staff recommends that the addition of Sanislo into the Denny feeder pattern be aligned with the high school boundaries. This would mean that the Chief Sealth International High School attendance area would include Sanislo beginning in 2017-18. Currently Denny feeds into Chief Sealth and Madison feeds into West Seattle High School, thus this alignment would be necessary if Sanislo is in the Denny feeder pattern.”

Sanislo’s boundary change decision will have an impact in Riverview and Highland Park. The choice of shifting Sanislo back to Denny Sealth may also further economically polarize both the middle schools and the high schools.

Question we want to explore:

  • What effect does this have on families in our neighborhoods?
  • Should HPAC advocate for something different?
  • Is a further discussion with Seattle Public Schools needed at this time?

Delridge District Council Updates – Updates from DNDC meeting – 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.