Haller Lake General Meeting 2017-02-02.

Rob Laing called the meeting to order at 7:22.

We had a successful games night in January. We’ll be repeating them on the third Saturday of every month.

The club will update the club bylaws. They haven’t been revised for 50 years. We’re trying to make them consistent and up-to-date. When they’re done, we’ll present them to a general meeting of the club. Stay tuned.  It must be voted on by the entire membership.

We’re open for suggestions for topics for meetings. Email [email protected]

At 7:28, Rob introduced Councilmember Debora Juarez, gave her impressive bio, then welcomed her.  She’s our first area-specific council member (District 5).

CM Juarez: Today is her 3rd speaking engagement. She likes the district system. She grew up in Haller Lake. Her kids are still here.

Gets 300-400 emails per day. BrynDel Swift (staff member) is here. Sabrina Bolieu normally comes, but she’s doing several other things. Juarez has an outreach office in North Seattle College.

We got a stop for the light rail on 130th; it will come with the extension beyond Northgate.  Northgate Light Rail may come in early, in 2020 instead of 2021.

Here are some of the milestones she mentioned  for the last year (I didn’t get most down):
80 community meetings. Lots of communities have drainage issues.
She chairs the council’s Seattle Center committee. Helped write an RFP for renovations, including Key Arena being rebuilt.
She also chairs the council’s Waterfront committee.  The seawall is coming along well.
Got funding ($3M from the mayor’s budget) for a pedestrian bridge between Northgate and North Seattle Community College.
Various celebrations. Next is “Dive In” at Shanty’s Feb 8. Will be saying goodbye to Tim Burgess, who’ll be retiring.

Great budget. Got 94% of the budget requested. Sidewalks on Aurora. Aurora House. We’ll cap Bitter Lake Reservoir, creating a park on top. Ready-to-work program in Lake City. Helped North Helpline. Sidewalks in Meadowbrook. Additional $90K for planning for 1400 affordable housing units in the Northgate area. We owe our local state representatives gratitude for that. Had first N. Seattle human services summit.

She chairs the council’s Parks Committee: Got money to light more parks downtown; next will work on getting lighting in parks to the north. Will shelter unsheltered in D5. She defended the new police station, but they had to scale back what the costs would be. Its down to $150M. Will have a town hall at N Seattle College on the police station. Our station has been outdated for almost 20 years (planning started in 1998).

There was a press conference yesterday (i.e. Feb. 1): There will be better, civilian-led oversight of police.  The encampment on Nesbit will have tiny houses; there will be a “low barrier” to entry. Current encampments have not led to an uptick in crime. Police will increase patrols.

This has been an interesting job. Learned a lot about Seattle politics. D5 is the only district with a director (i.e. Sabrina Balleu’s job). All districts have the money, but are reluctant to spend it.  Juarez now lives in Pinehurst.

CM Juarez then took questions from the audience.

Q: Had a number of breakins. It’s attributable to density and homeless. Wants more police patrols. The fellow droned on quite a bit.
A: Lots of her calls are about public safety. Property crime is increasing in D5. It’s deprioritized by the police. The new police station is positioned to get better access to points north/south and east/west. We can’t hire the police we’re authorized for because we don’t have space. Come to the monthly community police outreach meeting. Need to house people more w/o criminalizing homelessness. Proud of D5: we have been generous, but clear about safety. She’s been to lots of community meetings at other communities in her district.

Q: Cap Bitter Lake?
A: No, the reservoir. Bitter Lake residents have been pushing for it for 13 years. Shows the importance of district representation that this got through. There will be a nice park on top of it. Buy property there now!

Q: Frustrated that Juarez and Rob Johnson were the only ones to object to the rules to restrict landlords’ rights to collect deposits. Now he can’t take a marginal tenants; before he would ask for an extra deposit if he otherwise couldn’t rent to someone.

Q: Where will the affordable housing at Northgate go?
A: The study will determine it.

Q: What are you doing to protect his family at the public parks?
A: Juarez’s daughter got hit in front of Northacres once. Public safety is important, but she can’t directly address homeless. Good proportion of homeless have substance abuse problems. She worked on getting places to park RVs out of neighborhoods.

Q: We need a fence along Northacres Park.
A: Agreed. She’ll bring it to parks.

Q: Does she support the safe injection site on Northgate Way? Heard she did.
A: We have 3 clinics that provide methadone et al. Four died on Aurora of overdoses. They were neighbors. She doesn’t want a building where people line up to shoot heroin; instead, she wants a needs assessment in the north end. She doesn’t support a safe injection site.

CM Juarez ended with a request that we feel free to call her office (684-8805) or visit her at her outreach office, North Seattle College, room 1461, across from the cafeteria.  Editor’s note: we have contact info for all your reps on the HLCC web site.

She introduced Spencer Williams, who’s an aid to CM Johnson.

Spencer Williams: How many have heard of HALA? (Half the room.) How many have heard about MHA? (Somewhat less.)

Last year, Seattle updated it’s growth plan, as mandated by the state. Last year, we also had the Sound Transit 3 vote, which says there will be a light-rail stop at 130th and I-5 in 2031. So 130th and I-5 will become an Urban Village, with changes to support the transit station.

The Roosevelt Station will likely be most similar. Also the Judkins Park station (in the Central District).

An approximately 10-minute “walkshed” from the station will be planned out. In his handout (see below) there’s a dotted line for the walkshed boundary.

Went through the timeline for planning for the upzone of the area around the station.

HALA: Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. Study group came up w/ 68 strategies. One was limiting barriers to entry. Seattle money for housing support. Also Mandatory Housing Affordability Program: replaces incentives in some neighborhoods, where more affordable housing allowed larger buildings. Now it’s mandatory for every commercial and multi-family development: everybody gets an extra story, everybody must provide some percentage of affordable housing, or they can pay extra to the city. Similar to Multifamily Tax Exemption Program: 12-years hold on tax increase for affordable units; it was changed last year to encourage bigger family units and units which are more affordable. MHAP rules will apply to development at the 130th St. Urban Village (as they apply elsewhere).

He introduced a guide to how to fill out a survey on land-use planning (see below for the attachment).

Q: What will be the parking requirement?
There’s no parking requirement for urban villages. Low-density units generally have provided parking anyhow.

Q: What about the homes in an urban village?  Will they be taken by the city for the Urban Village?
A: Sound Transit may buy some homes for the station and a staging area. Beyond that, nobody has to redevelop. The neighbors might, but they already can tear down and build bigger. Changes in a neighborhood after a rezone generally take 10-15 years.

Q: The rise in density may lead to a rise in crime, so don’t we need the police station?
A: Density doesn’t impact crime directly: the biggest influence whether people are there day and night, and housing and businesses having a view of the street.

Q: Any talk of Northacres Park and Jackson Park being used for staging?
A: No, parks must be preserved for parks, according to an initiative passed by Seattle voters.

Q: We are short of parking around Northgate for Park and Ride.  The questioner’s carpool often can’t find parking.
A: ST is looking at the fee structure for parking. Is looking at other access modes.  They have the same problem at Tukwilla Station and many others. Maybe they’ll add carpool parking spots.

Q: Why does the dotted outline of the Urban Village go next to the lake?
A: The dotted line is just a 10-minute walkshed; it’s not (necessarily) the Urban Village outline. There will be 10-year process to determine that.

Q: Developers don’t like to build parking since it’s expensive.
A: In practice, they seem to.

He asked how many interested in a tour of the area of an existing station which may give ideas for areas around the 130th St. station?
Several were. They should connect w/ Mr. Williams.

Here are some images of the event:

Here are Spencer Williamson’s Handouts:

How To Create a Consider.It Account — This will allow you to give feedback on the HALA proposal, and join a discussion.

130th_LandUseSummary — This describes the current and proposed zoning around the proposed station at 130th St and I-5.