Learn more about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and its impact on Queen Anne on Monday

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 3.26.12 PMIf you have questions or comments about the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), mark this Monday on your calendar. The Queen Anne Community Council is hosting a Land Use Review Committee meeting on Monday, May 16th at 7pm, with the sole focus on HALA.

The meeting is open to the public, gathering city hall planners, SDOT, residents and community leaders from Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, and Magnolia. The meeting will be hosted at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W.

The Queen Anne Community Council’s statement on HALA is as follows:

HALA is being promoted by city leaders as a lovely way to open the door to affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.  But really, it’s a tool to cater to developers’ interests to over develop and choke our quality of life.  Taller height buildings with no parking are a problem already.  Zero-lot line backyard micro houses and over-the-garage apartments are more likely to become Air B&B rentals than low income mother-in-law units.  We need to stop this foolishness now and speak loudly that HALA guidelines to change the planning code in Seattle is not welcome.”

If you have concerns or questions about HALA and how it may or may not impact you and the neighborhood, plan on attending Monday’s meeting.

Learn more about the new Expedia campus at the Queen Anne Community Council meeting

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.59.41 PMHave you been curious about Expedia’s plans for the old Amgen campus on the waterfront? Or, perhaps you have questions about traffic impacts and mitigation? If so, attend this month’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting to learn more.

The QACC meeting is Wednesday, April 6th at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). It begins at 7:30pm, here’s the full agenda:

7:30 -Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report

7:35 – Open Forum-comments from the attendees

7:45 – Expedia

8:30 – Port vacation letter

8:40 – Committee Reports – Parks, LURC, Transportation, PR, Public Safety, Communications, District Council, NAC

9:25-New Business

Adjournment

Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday; Pier 86 grain silo art on the agenda

The Queen Anne Community Council meets tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2nd, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The meeting kicks off at 7:30pm and runs to 9:30pm. All Queen Anne residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

The QACC has drafted a letter that addresses proposed art on the Grain Elevator at Pier 86. Per the letter:

“The Queen Anne Community Council has been briefed on and discussed the draft feasibility study concerning adding public art at the grain terminal at Pier 86. Pending a specific art proposal, the Council has not taken a position for or against, but based on our discussions, Council members have strong opinions on the matter.”

Attend the meeting to find out more about the opinions of the QACC. And, read ahead at the Friends of Art on Pier 86 website to learn about the potential for making the grain silos more visually appealing and enriching to the community. Photos of the grain silos is from their site:

From an Airplane

Pier 86 Grain Terminal & Silos Aerial View

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

7:30 – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report

7:35 – Open Forum – comments from attendees

7:45 – LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion)

8:15 – Grain Elevator Art letter

8:30 – Committee Reports (Transportation, LURC/Planning, Public Safety, Parks, District Council, NAC, Communications, PR)

9:25 – New Business & Adjournment

Proposed light rail routes on tonight’s Queen Anne Community Council agenda

Tonight’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting is kicking off the year with an important topic to all residents and business owners – light rail options that could impact Queen Anne.

The four light rail routes proposed run from downtown to Ballard, but there are several options. Three run through Interbay, two of which are at grade, the other would include a tunnel. You can read the full documentation on these routes here.

Light Rail options

 

Representatives from Sound Transit will be at tonight’s QACC meeting to explain the routes and answer questions. The QACC will be submitting a letter to the Mayor’s office with its preferred option.

Attend tonight’s meeting to learn more about the proposed light rail and have your voice heard. The QACC meets at 7:30pm tonight, Wednesday, January 6th at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett Street).

SDOT to discuss 7-way stop and 20 MPH zones at the QACC meeting on Wednesday

The monthly Queen Anne Community Council meets at 7:30pm this Wednesday, June 3rd, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). It’s the usual time and place, but what’s notable about this meeting is the guest speaker – Richard Meredith from SDOT.

SDOT will review two key traffic-related items for Queen Anne: 1) the ongoing discussion on the 7-way stop, and 2) increased traffic and speed of said traffic on Queen Anne. Key to the latter is a proposed 20 mph zone on Queen Anne (see map below, click to enlarge).

SDOT 20 MPH

If you’ve lived on Queen Anne for any amount of time, you’ve likely noticed the increase in traffic that cuts over the hill at rush hour. As a pedestrian, walking at rush hour can be dangerous as drivers speed over the hill via Taylor & 4th Ave N on East Queen Anne and Gilman and Dravus on West Queen Anne to avoid Mercer or Aurora. The morning rush hour is especially dicey as it’s also the time of day when kids are headed to local schools.

The 20mph zone is an SDOT pilot program to create calmer streets on top of Queen Anne. It doesn’t apply to arterials, but rather to narrow neighborhood streets where slower speeds make sense.

SDOT wants to create the 20mph zone, but the Queen Anne Community Council is against it, so attend the meeting to hear both sides and voice your opinions on traffic and how a 20mph zone could impact it. All are welcome to attend.

QACC Public Safety meeting on Monday hosts Seattle Fire Department Battalion Chief

Halloween 14 QA Fire main

Future SFD Queen Anne Firefighter

The newly formed Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) Public Safety Committee will host a meeting this Monday, April 27th from 7pm to 8pm, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

The meeting is the second for the new committee that focuses on community safety issues, and this month Seattle Fire Department Battalion Chief Geoff Wall will be the special guest. Wall oversees SFD for Queen Anne, Magnolia, Interbay, and Fremont. He’ll discuss the fire and rescue capabilities of SFD as well as any Queen Anne-specific issues.

The meeting is open to all, so if you’re interested in how SFD helps keep Queen Anne safe, join in the discussion on Monday night.

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