President Ethan Bradford called meeting to order at 7:31 PM and announced that Game Night will be held on November 17th, and passed the food bank envelope. He then introduced Thomas Whitemore from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Thomas explained the application timeline and process for transportation related projects called “You ask, we build” for projects from $100,000 up to one million dollars. He also discussed the Design Review process for a proposed Urban Village near the future Light Rail station on 130th and 1-5. A new rule requires developers to involve the community and get input earlier in the process, but did note that they don’t have to follow suggestions of the community. We should be hearing about design review meetings in March of 2019. Thomas also explained that the urban village concept was part of the Growth management Act that went into effect in the 90’s.
Ethan then introduced Carrie McEwan to explain our survey results. Carrie was on the survey committee with Rob Laing and Ethan and is a researcher in the private sector. The purpose of the survey was to figure out how the club can best serve the community. There are 3,270 households in the community bounded by Northgate way to the south, Aurora Ave to the west, N 145th to the north and 1-5 to the east. 2070 postcards were mailed out and some door to door canvasing was also done. 177 responses were received and of those, 60 were from members. Survey included self-identifying question about cross streets. In answers to “What do you like best about your neighborhood?” the most frequent answers were nature, quiet, the lake, trees, the neighbors, park and location for access, affordable housing, walkability, and diversity. To the question “what would make it better?”, the #1 answer was sidewalks, followed by less crime, more retail shops/restaurants, more community activities and areducing the homeless population. The age group with the highest representation was 36-65, but also showed quite a few children. To the question of what type of activities would you like to attend, the #1 answer was neighborhood issues followed by safety issues, community concerns, neighborhood meetups, exercise and fitness, arts and crafts events and volunteer opportunities. The “why don’t you attend?” question was answered with multiple responses including too busy, not interested, need child care, inconvenient times, too old, and need transportation. When asked what would help you attend the answers included different times and days, more notification, interesting topics, child care. When asked what the best time for a meeting was weekday evenings were most popular with non-parents and weekend were better for people with young kids. Preferred method of notification was #1. Email, #2 Social media, #3. Nextdoor and our website. Only 2 respondents preferred telephone notification. When asked how they liked to connect with neighbors the #1 response was in person, followed by email, social media, Nextdoor, and potlucks.
Additional comments and suggestions received were to interview a new family for each edition of Splashes, community clean ups, block parties, keep them informed of what the City council is doing and several felt that the rental price was too high for an activity like a kids birthday party. Key insights were that community impacting events such as Candidates night were very popular; people are looking for volunteer opportunities, leisure social activities such as cooking, travel, music, gardening with time of events tailored for audience. Patricia Stodeur, community service chair would like to encourage people to volunteer in the neighborhood through Splashes and Nextdoor, which has a poll feature.
Meeting was adjourned by Ethan at 8:45
By Shawn MacPherson, Secretary