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.

  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

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.


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.

Published by HPAC

Neighbors Building Community: Advocating for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge. An all volunteer group made up of neighbors, local business, and community organizations advocating for neighborhood infrastructure, community resources, and livability.

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