HPAC Agenda 1/24/2018: Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems, Sharps Collection Pilot Program & (Indoor) Tennis Anyone?

joinWeds. January 24, 2018

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

Agenda Includes:

7:00p Engagement with Community Resources

spdMeet Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

tennisMeet the Friends of Southwest Tennis
Indoor Tennis Proposal: View short presentation about the project idea, the study findings, and start the conversation with Lisa Corbin

Meet SPU’s Sharps Collection Pilot Program
Seattle Public Utilities is helping clean up Seattle through their Sharps (needles, syringes, and lancets) Pilot Program. The program, which began in August of 2016, helps mitigate sharps litter in public spaces, provides sharps drop off locations throughout the city, and training on needle disposal and safety.This training will go over further details on the program, sharps disposal and safety, and risks of bloodborne pathogens. For additional questions, please contact Alison Steinbacher (206-684-3326alison.steinbacher@seattle.gov) or Tracy Cramer (206-684-5813tracy.cramer@seattle.gov).
drain8  Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems Program
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is planning to build natural drainage systems in your neighborhood in 2019.

  • SPU has identified streets in the Longfellow Creek Basin that are technically feasible to construct natural drainage systems, and have surveyed residents on those streets to identify existing drainage issues and gauge where there is support for these systems
  • SPU will know what streets will proceed to design in spring of 2018
  • Construction will begin in 2019

7:50p Community Announcements

HPIC
Other

7:55p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • HPAC Draft Bylaws Update: it has been 14 years, since HPAC Bylaws have been updated).
    • Please review the current draft of our updated Bylaws via downloador view on on website – all draft changes are in RED.
    • Please submit comments, concerns, additions, or suggested changes at our Jan 24th meeting (see details below) or via email by Jan 25 to hpacchair@gmail.com.

    Bylaws to be presented and voted at our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions – vote to be in Feb. 
    To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Jan or Feb meetings: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

    • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
    • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
    • What could be one improved in Highland Park? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 

8:00p New Standing Committees Meet: Neighborhood Infrastructure & Neighborhood Engagement

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure- this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policymakers.
Potential Issue Areas to Address

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.
Potential Issue Areas to Address

Next Meeting is our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

 

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HPAC’s Draft Updated Bylaws Are Ready for Your Review!

HPAC is ready to get started again in 2018!happy-new-year-2018-greetings

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With that in mind, a small committee has reviewed and made draft changes to our by-laws to reflect where HPAC is today (it has been 14 years, since HPAC Bylaws have been updated).

  • Please review the current draft of our updated Bylaws via download or view on on website – all draft changes are in RED.
  • Please submit comments, concerns, additions, or suggested changes at our Jan 24th meeting (see details below) or via email by Jan 25 to hpacchair@gmail.com.

Bylaws to be presented and voted at our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

highlandParkRoundaboutWA State grant denied for Highland Park Way Roundabout Project

We are extremely disappointed to learn that we did not get the state grant for the HP roundabout project. We will continue to advocate and SDOT will continue to work with us on looking at next steps. See West Seattle Blog full story.

Join us for our first meeting of 2018 on Weds. January 24, 2018

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All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Ho

lden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda Includes:

7:00p Engagement with Community Resources

spdMeet Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

 

 

tennisMeet the Friends of Southwest Tennis
Indoor Tennis Proposal: View short presentation about the project idea, the study findings, and start the conversation with Lisa Corbin

The city-funded study showed that the West Seattle Peninsula is underserved for year-round indoor tennis, and a new facility is potentially very viable. Our site for the proposed facility was slated to be at the southwest athletic complex (29th and Thistle) which is school district property. Well, after almost 36 months of green lighting this community project, the school district has pulled the site off of the table.  Now we are searching for other potential sites. One potential spot that has emerged is at West Crest Park, along 8th avenue South of the new parking lot and bathroom.  An indoor tennis building wouldn’t affect any of the existing amenities at the park. There are of course many steps ahead, and years of work.  Before we approach parks, we would like to discuss this idea with the neighborhood. https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestIndoorTennis/

drain8Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems Program
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is planning to build natural drainage systems in your neighborhood in 2019. When it rains in this part of West Seattle, pollution from our streets runs into Longfellow Creek untreated. This is not healthy for the creek or for people. The good news is: there is something we can do. Natural drainage systems capture and clean pollutants before they can reach the creek. SPU has identified streets in the Longfellow Creek Basin that are technically feasible to construct natural drainage systems, and have surveyed residents on those streets to identify existing drainage issues and gauge where there is support for these systems. Please contact Jonathan Brown, Project Manager, for additional questions (206.386.4027 or email jonathan.brown@seattle.gov)

7:30p Community Announcements
HPIC
Other

7:35p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • Draft Bylaws update
  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions – vote to be in Feb. (see info below on positions and duties and how to nominate)

7:45p New Standing Committees Meet: Neighborhood Infrastructure & Neighborhood Engagement

Goals: 

  1. To identify, represent, and advocate views of the Highland Park neighborhood on issues of infrastructure, civic engagement, equality and quality of life through a community development process;
  2. Know the structure and purpose of City government by learning the decision‐making process and influence elected officials, City departments and members of the public on the issues.
  3. Celebrate success!

Community Development Process: To identify the issues, discuss each one and agree on the priority. Sort the issues into short‐term or long‐term projects and begin to evaluate how your committee would like to approach each issue. Develop activities, strategies, and outcomes for each project. Plan and implement activities. Recruit volunteers, engage neighbors, and educate policy makers.

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

Nominations for HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Are Now Open

electionsElection is February– nominations can be taken via email or at the Jan or February meetings – each position is for a one year term.

To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Jan or Feb meetings: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
  • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
  • What could be one improved in Highland Park? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • Positions Up for Election Include:
    1. Chairperson(s) – The duties include preside at all HPAC meetings and Executive Committee meetings, prepare agendas, report on the actions of the Executive Committee, maintain momentum of programs initiated by the HPAC.
    2. Assistant/Vice Chairperson(s) – The duties include to serve in the absence of the Chairperson, to develop and encourage broader membership participation, and to plan and organize special projects and functions. Serve as liaison to Delridge District Council/Southwest District Council and other Councils as needed.
    3. Secretary – The duties include notify the membership of the next meeting date, time, take the minutes of the HPAC meetings, with a summary of actions taken and assignments made ready to be presented at each subsequent meeting.
    4. Treasurer – The duties include receive and disburse funds as instructed by the Executive Committee and the HPAC, works with our fiscal sponsor in record keeping, and reports on the financial position of the HPAC at each meeting.

Next HPAC Meeting – ANNUAL MEETING
Weds. February 28, 2018

Agenda Sneak Peak!

  • City Light Presentation on installation of advanced meters
  • Vote: HPAC Elections
  • Vote: on By-Law Changes
  • Committee Meetings

How to get involved? Come to HPAC meetings and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com

HPAC City Budget & Advocacy Updates

LEAD Program
HPAC co-chairs sent a letter to City Council requesting, again, that Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a pre-booking diversion pilot program developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes be expanded into Highland Park and South Delridge. Our letter is below:

To: City Councilmembers: Sally Bagshaw, M. Lorena Gonzalez, Bruce Harrell, Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, Mike O’Brien, Kshama Sawant, Kirsten Harris-Talley

November 11, 2017

Fund LEAD expansion into Highland Park and South Delridge in 2018

Dear Councilmembers:

As representatives of Highland Park Action Committee we are writing to request that funding for LEAD expansion specifically for Highland Park and the neighborhoods in South Delridge, including Riverview, Westwood Village, Arbor Heights, Rox Hill, and South of Delridge, is present in the final 2018 City of Seattle budget. LEAD is a proven method to effectively address community safety and public health concerns while minimizing unnecessary and ineffective use of the justice system, and our community is ready for expansion of this proven model.

Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) is Highland Park Neighborhood Group which represents over 10,000 residents in Highland Park and Riverview. We are an all volunteer & not for profit neighborhood organization and our role is to be an advocate for Highland Park area and to affect positive change in our neighborhood. For the last several years, we have advocated for infrastructure including crosswalks, sidewalks, trails, safety enhancements, zoning changes for affordable housing, and additional resources so we can continue to build a thriving interconnected community.

As you know, 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.

This is not to generalize that all those dealing with poverty are in need of services like LEAD, but factors of chronic environmental stress such as under-performing schools, gang violence, street crime, deteriorating public spaces, under resourced infrastructure, concentrated poverty, little to no community based services, a lack of opportunities, and other structural conditions that neighbors are living under, can undermine both individual and community resilience in a neighborhood. Social disorganization, crime, and signs of physical deterioration (e.g. vacant housing, litter, graffiti) in a neighborhood can then signal to residents that their immediate environment is unsafe.

Bringing LEAD to Highland Park and South Delridge, which is designed to improve individual and community well-being by allowing officers to redirect individuals engaged in drug related crime and/or sex work to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution, will help to reduce chronic environmental stress in our area.

Since 2008, Highland Park has hosted three large homeless encampments and has been a staging area for those living in their RVs or cars starting in 2016. The first Nickelsville encampment started 2008 in Highland Park at the Glass Yard site. It was eventually moved until it returned in 2011 until 2015. In June of 2016, Camp Second Chance arrived at Myers Way as an unsanctioned encampment and it was then sanctioned in December of 2016. That area of Myers Way and the Glass Yard site continues to have unsanctioned encampments along with RVs and car campers on various neighborhood streets and the Westcrest and Riverview Park parking lots.

The LEAD expansion into Highland Park and South Delridge would also help to mitigate the impact of the additional environmental stress hosting these encampments has had on Highland Park and the neighborhoods that surround Myers Way Parcel.

This is also in line with the request we made to the City Council and Mayor on December of 2016 for the City to develop an encompassing Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments plan, which was for the City to provide additional resources, including LEAD, to mitigate the impact an encampment would have on the neighborhood.

King County has committed to bringing LEAD to White Center, which borders Highland Park, Westwood, Arbor Heights, Rox Hill, and South Delridge. There are already complications of jurisdiction lines between Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s office when dealing with issues of crime and safety in this area and not having programs that cross these borders can make the strategies and tactics less effective.

 We are grateful for Council Members Juarez, Sawant, Bagshaw, Harris-Talley, O’Brien and Johnson and their responsiveness to community requests thus far regarding the inclusion of LEAD expansion in the budget.  We are aware that Council supporters of LEAD are presently advocating for different revenue strategies to support this investment and others.  Because LEAD reliably generates criminal justice system cost savings while decreasing participants’ criminal involvement, including expansion of the program makes sense under any budgeting approach.

Despite the growing demand for LEAD in Seattle we know there still no funding in place to make it available to individuals, communities and police officers outside of Seattle’s West and East Precincts. In fact, LEAD is not even at saturation level of service in the West (downtown/Belltown/Pioneer Square/Chinatown-ID) and East (Capitol Hill, Central District, First Hill, Little Saigon) Precincts, where LEAD can currently receive referrals.

Introducing LEAD as an option would provide neighborhoods and police officers an alternative to jail while effectively addressing real public order issues. LEAD is a Seattle-made, nationally-replicated, model that all community members in Seattle should benefit from.  Please ensure that LEAD expansion is included the final City of Seattle Budget, no matter which revenue sources are ultimately chosen by the Council to support critical programs.

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott & Michele Witzki
HPAC Co-Chairs

Find It Fix It Walk Report
On Oct 27, 2017, almost 6 months after the walk the report was released. HPAC will be reviewing the report at our next meeting in January 2018.

Please download the report at: Update Report to the Highland Park Find It Fix It Community Walk.

SUCCESS!
Update on update on SDOT’s Chief Sealth High School Walkway Improvements project.

This project is part of the Neighborhood Street Fund program, which funds community-requested projects.

From SDOT – Updated Design

“In August, we announced that we would be removing from our plans the paving of the  walkway on 25th Ave SW between SW Trenton and SW Cloverdale streets. After further evaluation and feedback from the community, we’re happy to announce that plans to pave the 25th Ave SW walkway are back on. The walkway on 26th Ave SW will also be improved, as has been the case throughout design.

Thank you to those who provided feedback about this project. We’ll be finalizing the design soon and expect construction to start in mid-2018. Please see the project website to view the updated project design: www.seattle.gov/transportation/NSFChiefSealthWalkway.htm “

Sincerely,
Michael Charles
Outreach Lead
Neighborhood Street Fund Program

Next HPAC Meetings – Agenda Sneak Peak!
Weds., January 24, 2018

  • Indoor Tennis Proposal
  • New Committee Structure
  • Draft Bylaws update
  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions

Weds. February 28, 2018

  • City Light Presentation on installation of advanced meters
  • HPAC Elections
  • Committee Meetings

October Meeting: Meet SPU and City Light

Next HPAC Meeting is Weds., October 25, 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 (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda Includes:

Engagement with Community Resources


Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: 

Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

Meet SPU Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center Team

The City of Seattle has purchased property at 4500 W Marginal Way SW for use as Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center (SOC). The facility will be home to some of SPU’s Drainage and Wastewater field employees, work vehicles and equipment storage. These field employees clean and repair the City’s sewer and drainage systems, investigate waterway pollution, provide emergency response to storm events and natural disasters, and more.

As a nearby neighbor, SPU wanted you to be among the first to learn about the proposed building improvements and SPU’s planned use of the building. Join SPU Project Manager and staff at the Highland Park Action Committee Meeting on Oct. 25 to hear more and ask any questions you have about their future building on W Marginal Way SW.

Meet Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program Team
City Light is excited to announce that advanced meters are the new meter standard for City Light’s service territory. In October 2016, City Light started the installation of advanced meters on new residential and small commercial construction projects under normal business operations. The majority of residential and commercial customers will begin receiving new meters in the summer of 2017. This is an incremental approach, with benefits realized` once the entire system is installed by 2019. Customers who do not wish to receive the benefits of an advanced meter can choose to opt out.

Community Announcements
HPIC
Other

HPAC Projects

HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • REACH (DSHS) Program May Come to Highland Park
  • Falconridge Farm & Potential For Neighborhood Input Aligning with our Emerging Vision for the Highland Park Neighborhood
  • Ideas and Discussion for Speakers & Topics for 2018
  • Highland Park Way Roundabout Project Update
  • Reminder Bylaws Subcommittee to meet in Nov & Dec
  • Reminder New Meeting Format for 2018

Help HPAC update our Bylaws – Looking for more members for short term committee

Community Events & Meetings

Volunteers Needed For Highland Park Roundabouts Cleanup and Beautification

Highland Park Roundabouts Cleanup and Beautification
This month we will be cleaning out the weeds, blackberry vines, and dead plants from four roundabouts in Highland Park, then replacing with new trees, shrubs and ground cover. We could use your help. 
If you live, walk or drive near the intersections listed below, or you love to garden, or you just want to meet some neighbors, come on out and pitch in!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

  • 10am – 12:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — remove overgrowth & dead plants
  • 2pm – 4:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — remove overgrowth & dead plants

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • 10am – 12:30pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — remove overgrowth & dead plants
  • 2pm – 4:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — remove summer annuals

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

  • 10am – 11:30am: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — install new plants & mulch
  • 12pm – 1:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
  • 2pm – 3:30pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
  • 4pm – 5:30pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — install new plants & mulch

If you can lend a hand at any of those times, please contact Aubbie so we know how many volunteers to expect. We can also use garden tools, wheelbarrows, yard waste bins, etc. Questions? Give Aubbie a shout — at aubbiebeal@gmail.com or PM via NextDoor or Facebook.
Thank you!
Aubbie & Gunner

Events at HPIC

Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow – All Levels
  • Saturdays @ 9AM (60 min) – Hatha Yoga

Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting
3rd Weds of the month at 7p – See Facebook page for location

 

Advocacy Needed

Contact SDOT to Reinstate Funds for Chief Sealth International High School  Walkway Project 
Hello neighbors!
I’m asking you to reach out to the city of Seattle to voice your support for the Chief Sealth International High School Walkway Project that was slated for completion in 2018. The funds were already allocated in the 2017 Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund and for some reason… someone slashed the project in half!

The West Seattle Blog has also done a fantastic job in letting the neighborhood know the important details, you can refer back to this article: http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/you-can-help-community-campaign-to-convince-sdot-to-keep-its-commitment-to-full-chief-sealth-walkways-project/

Here are just a few of the reasons why this walkway needs to be constructed as initially planned:
1.The safety issue for students is very high on the list. I have parents of CSHS telling me that they will not let their children use this pathway for fear of theft, drug dealing, personal safety etc.
2. The lack of green space in South Delridge is the highest of any neighborhood in the city. As we continue to discuss HALA, I find it inexplicable that green space isn’t an integral part of it.  The Emerald City is losing a little of its “emerald’ daily and we need to consciously grab on to what is left. The initial proposal gave this neighborhood a real gem in place of the current eye sore. Other sections of WS are getting “pocket parks”; we need to advocate for our green spaces too!
3. So many people, in addition to the students, use this undeveloped path: people going to and from the Westwood Village for shopping and bus riders from 25th and Barton.
4. As it stands now in its current state, this lot is a magnet for dumping and nefarious activity. This project will help curtail those negative activities.
5. The same person has owned the adjoining properties for over 20 years. He has done absolutely no improvements and has filed no permits during this entire time span. That the city is using the “possibility” for the developer to “eventually” make the necessary improvements is absurd.

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND WRITE QUICK EMAIL IN SUPPORT OF THE ORIGINAL WALKWAY PROPOSAL. That email link is:NSFChiefSealthWalkway@seattle.gov

Please send this email on to anyone else that will lend support. Thank you for your support!
In community,
Marianne McCord


Comment on Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – Comment period will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017
The City of Seattle is asking for ideas on what should be included in the environmental analysis (EIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) program. An ADU is a secondary unit inside, attached to, or in the backyard of your home. We want to help you understand the purpose and process of the EIS and find out what is important to you.

The City of Seattle is proposing to change regulations in the Land Use Code to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADU) in single-family zones. The proposal involves allowing two ADUs on one lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of detached ADUs.

We are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will analyze two alternatives and identify the impacts of each alternative. We want your feedback on what to consider and analyze as we explore options for small-scale housing options in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

All comments are welcome during the scoping phase, but comments on the following topics are particularly valuable:

  • Reasonable range of alternatives
  • Potentially affected resources and extent of analysis for those resources
  • Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate effects of the proposal

Neighborhoods involved: CITYWIDE.
Online at seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS
by email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov
by mail to Aly Pennucci, City Council Central Staff, PO Box 34025 Seattle, WA 98124-4025
In person at our next public scoping meeting October 26, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Hale’s Ales (in the Palladium), 4301 Leary Way NW
For more information, visit seattle.gov/council/ADU-EIS.

Take the 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey
The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department. (more)

Apply for Mini Grants to Help Your Mini-Me(s) Get to School Safely
Seattle Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups.(more)

Fall is here and so is HPAC’s next meeting – September 27, 2017

Weds., September 27, 2017All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October)
Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda Includes:

Engagement with Community Resources
spdLt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: 
Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues

 

WINMeet Judie and Phil from Westside Neighbors Network, WNN

Westside Neighbors Network is a nonprofit corporation started by a group of West Seattle neighbors working together to create a village on the westside. We envision our village as a network of neighbors who come together to create and sustain community.  Our goal is to nurture a lively and engaged multigenerational community that celebrates and supports positive aging.

The village model began in Boston and has been replicated many times throughout the country.  Three other village organizations are already in place in Seattle and several other neighborhoods are planning theirs.

“We envision our village as a network of neighbors who come together to create and sustain community,” said founding member Judie Messier. “Our goal is to nurture a lively and engaged multigenerational community that celebrates and supports positive aging.”

HPAC Projects

HPAC Executive Committee Updates:

  • Finances, decisions, and requests
  • Highland Park Way Project Update
  • Bylaws Review and Update – sub committee to meet in Nov & Dec
  • New Meeting Format for 2018

Help HPAC update our Bylaws – Looking for members for short term committee
It has been a number of years, 13 to be exact, since HPAC Bylaws have been reviewed and updated.

We hope to have 2-3 meetings in Nov and Dec, in which members review current bylaws, suggest areas for revision, addition, and/or change and then assign section to be drafted with the goal to have updated bylaws to be presented and voted at our Jan 2018 meeting. If you are interested please email hpacchair@gmail.com.

Presentation of New Meeting Format and Working Committees
Starting in February 2018 
Meetings will be divided into two parts:

  • 7 – 7:45p – Community Presentations
  • 7:45p – 8:30p – Working Committees Meet

Draft Working Committees

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure- this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SWHolden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.
Goals: 

  1. To identify, represent, and advocate views of the Highland Park neighborhood on issues of infrastructure, civic engagement, equality and quality of life through a community development process;
  2. Know the structure and purpose of City government by learning the decision‐making process and influence elected officials, City departments and members of the public on the issues.
  3. Celebrate success

Community Development Process: To identify the issues, discuss each one and agree on the priority. Sort the issues into short‐term or long‐term projects and begin to evaluate how your committee would like to approach each issue. Develop activities, strategies, and outcomes for each project. Plan and implement activities. Recruit volunteers, engage neighbors, and educate policy makers.

How to get involved? Come to HPAC meetings and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com

Community Announcements
HPIC
Other

Action Needed: Report Funky Smells in Highland Park

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency needs to hear from more people affected by the intermittently pungent garbage/mulch odor in the air.  If you have been home the last few weeks, on several days when the air was still, or blowing in a certain direction, you may have detected a very strong, pungent garbage/mulch odor. When the air changed direction, the smell would dissipate, only to return when the air blew in a particular direction again.

This is a new development and is not normal.  Something down the hill has changed recently.  After driving around looking for the source, we strongly believe to be the odor is emanating from:  Eastmont Transfer Station/Waste Management and Material Recovery Facility down the hill at 7201 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle.

An inspector from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency came out to our neighborhood a few weeks ago and confirmed the odor. Using the wind directional data and the distinct odor, she agreed that the origin was most likely the Eastmont Transfer Station. That same afternoon, she did a walk through of their facility and together they identified some areas for process improvement.

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has received very few complaints, even though the odor can be detected in other parts of Highland Park as well.

Most people do not realize that The City of Seattle considers odors to be an air-quality (ie. air pollution) issue and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency wants to hear about incidents such as this. The agency has been very responsive to the few neighbors that have complained, but they need to hear from more people. The more people who report the odor, the more quickly and effectively we can get it addressed.   

Please take the time to file odor reports on line, as this will help them document the problem.  It is quick and easy to do.

  • Go to: https://secure.pscleanair.org/Complaint/Odor.aspx and file a report each time you smell the smell.
  • Retroactively is also helpful, just provide time/date of occurrence.
    (Note: reporting is easier from a computer or tablet than a phone, due to formatting) 

With each report, they are able to further gather data to help solve the problem.  The suspected origin of the odor is:  Eastmont Transfer Station/Waste Management and Material Recovery Facility down the hill at 7201 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle.

Please take the time to report the issue as many times as you smell it .  With your help, we can get the situation turned around and enjoy our fresh air again.

Action Needed: Attend DON Open House to Discuss Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be hosting open houses to discuss two topics related to how we grow and build housing in Seattle. The open houses will take place October 17 at High Point Community Center in West Seattle and October 26 at Hale’s Brewery in Fremont.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendments – The City of Seattle is working to ensure that the language in existing Neighborhood Plans is consistent with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a proposed policy that would require developers to contribute to affordable housing. You will have a chance to review Neighborhood Plan language and help choose new language that is consistent with the City’s updated vision and plan.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) – The City of Seattle is asking for ideas on what should be included in the environmental analysis (EIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) program. An ADU is a secondary unit inside, attached to, or in the backyard of your home. We want to help you understand the purpose and process of the EIS and find out what is important to you.

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

October 17
6 – 7:30pm
High Point Community Center
6920 34th Ave SW, Seattle
Neighborhoods involved: Morgan Junction, North Rainier / Mt. Baker, West Seattle Junction, Westwood / Highland Park

Community Events & Meetings

Events at HPIC

Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow All Levels

Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting
3rd Weds of the month at 7p – See Facebook page for location

Did you know?

HPAC maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account where we post neighborhood news, grant opportunities, and updates. Please join us on social media. There is also a Highland Park Facebook group as well where group members can post events, info, and updates, it is run by and for the neighbors of Highland Park, West Seattle.

HPAC delivers 360 letters of support for grant for “Compact Roundabout” at Highland Park Way

highlandParkRoundaboutThank you! We are all one step closer!

This week we submitted 360 letters and postcards of support from all of you – neighbors, elected officials, community groups, and businesses for SDOT’s grant application to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for a “Compact Roundabout” at intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. in West Seattle.

In addition to HPAC’s letter, here is a partial list of letters of support that were received:

Community Organizations

  • Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Coalition (WWRHAH)
  • South Delridge Community Group
  • West Seattle Transportation Coalition
  • Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)
  • DNDA (Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association)
  • North Highline Unincorporated Area Council NHUAC

Elected Officials

  • Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Representative (WA 7th District)
  • Seattle City Council
  • Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Councilmember, District 1
  • Joe McDermott , Chair, King County Council, District 8
  • State Representative Eileen Cody, Washington’s 34th Legislative District
  • State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon Washington’s 34th Legislative District

Business

  • Dutchboy Coffee
  • Making Waves Coaching & Consulting

More great news – $500,000 has been identified to advance this project, so far.

From an excerpt from Seattle City Council’s letter outlining steps taken so far:

“Since 2013, residents of the Highland Park neighborhood have lobbied the city to enhance this intersection. Their efforts led to the development of a conceptual design which has been vetted by local engineers and roundabout experts at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). In 2017, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) allocated more than $200,000 in local funds to advance the design of the project. SDOT has identified an additional $300,000 in local funds to support construction as well.”

SDOT will not hear back until mid-fall on the status of the application, but with the community’s showing of support, the funds already identified, we believe this grant application is quite strong.

To learn more or be a part of other safe streets projects in Highland Park – join us at our Sept. 27, 2017 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 (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

HPAC’s Comments Submitted on Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft EIS

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To: Councilmember Lisa Herbold
Office of Planning and Community Development via website
From: Highland Park Action Committee
RE: MHA DEIS Public Comment Submitted on August 1, 2017

Description of the Proposed Action and Alternatives

HPAC Answer

The Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan did not update the Westwood/Highland Park Neighborhood Plan. This one size fits all approach to urban village Up zoning will not work in areas further from reliable transit such as Westwood/Highland Park and with the lack attention paid to infrastructure regarding streets, sidewalks etc and for the last 30+ years. To increase in housing without mandating family friendly units 2-3+ bedroom units in urban villages will increase displacement. The proposed percentage of affordable units and/or impact fees is not enough to justify building up in the Westwood/Highland Park area in any of the forms of MHA.

Housing and Socioeconomics

HPAC Answer

Most concerning is displacement. In Highland Park we do have several mid- rise affordable apartments, but we are also seeing an increase in pricey town homes replacing modest single family homes. We are significantly concerned that those older mid-rise buildings are going to be replaced with expensive, small/micro units and not family friendly sized units, along with the proposed percentage of affordable units or impact fees are not enough to justify building up this area.

Land Use

No specific comment

Aesthetics

No specific comment

Transportation

HPAC Answer

Without a parallel plan to increase public transit in the next 3-10 years, adding additional housing in Westwood/Highland Park will only overburden our very limited bus access, the 131 bus being the main bus to downtown for Highland Park and it is already a squeeze to get on. With no immediate plans to increase bus service and bring light rail to the area, it is irresponsible to increase density in this area.

Historic Resources

HPAC Answer

The City of Seattle has had a long history of neglecting to increase infrastructure and resources in Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Delridge area, from poor performing schools to ever increasing traffic, lack of sidewalks, a food desert, and poor bus service. These issues have been raised for years, some for over 70 years, with little progress. Without an immediate plan and the resources to increase infrastructure and the resources for our under-performing schools in the area it is irresponsible for the City of Seattle to upzone areas & increase density with high displacement and low opportunities such as Westwood/Highland Park.

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 overall) and 28% of our neighbors are immigrants as compared to 18% for Seattle over all.

We still feel the effects of that redlining today, with street infrastructure improvements being requested and not addressed; under-performing schools; gang violence; vacant homes and business; cuts to transit; little to no community based services; and located within a food desert to name some of structural conditions neighbors are living under. With no immediate plans to increase infrastructure and resources to the area, it is irresponsible to increase density in this area.

Biological Resources

No specific comment

Open Space & Recreation

HPAC Answer

Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Delridge area fought to keep Myers Way parcel from being sold for development in order to develop further parks and green space. While the City has agreed to keep the parcel it has yet to be turned over to Parks to begin the development process, with no timeline in place to increase open green space, it is irresponsible to increase density in this area.

Public Services & Utilities

No specific comment

Air Quality & Green House Gas Emissions

HPAC Answer

Westwood/Highland Park sits above South Park is already is dealing with significant air pollution. Adding density is adding more people with cars, because of the lack of transit options off the peninsular, which will exacerbate that even further.


The public comment period ON MHA ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR HALA is extended until Aug 7, 2017

HAVE YOU GIVEN FEEDBACK YET?

What is MHA?

From City of Seattle’s website “Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new policy to ensure that growth brings affordability. MHA will require new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for affordable housing. To put MHA into effect, Seattle needs to make zoning changes that add development capacity and expand housing choices.”

What is an EIS?

“An environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared when the lead agency has determined a proposal is likely to result in significant adverse environmental impacts (see section on how to Assess Significance). The EIS process is a tool for identifying and analyzing probable adverse environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and possible mitigation.”

HPAC Request: