MoCA Quarterly Meeting, Wednesday Jan 20, SPECIAL TIME AND AGENDA
Our first meeting of 2016 starts off with a bang! We will have a short regular MoCA meeting from 6:00 to 6:45 pm to do normal business and officer elections. At 7:00 pm we will transition to a West Seattle wide presentation on two topics which will affect all neighborhoods; the implementation of the HALA “Grand Bargain” and upcoming code changes governing Mother-in-Law apartments and back yard cottages. All West Seattle community people are invited to attend and learn more about these and how to stay informed and get engaged. It is expected that the Mother-in-Law/Backyard Cottages code changes will go before City Council in late February, so now is the time to learn more.
6:00 Welcome and Introductions NOTE earlier start time for this meeting
6:05 Old Business
Morgan NPSF award status
Join the Morgan Junction Festival Planning Committee
6:20 New Business
New Legislation: proposed Marijuana Zoning Locations
Sound Transit ST-3 and Morgan Junction
Lowman Beach shoreline retaining wall
6:40 MoCA Elections - Slate of Officers and Executive Board Members for 2016
6:45 Adjournment and then followed by special meeting below at 7:00 pm
January 2016 Updates:
Be sure to see the handout for information about the following:
Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvement
April 28 - Morgan Junction Business Mixer
Expansion of Morgan Junction Park
Contract rezones in Morgan Junction
Nazarene Church Building Permits
Special West Seattle - Wide Meeting:
“HALA” What’s It All About ??
HALA: An Overview, The Grand Bargain, Focused Outreach and Next Steps
Jesseca Brand, City of Seattle
Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU’s or Backyard Cottages) and Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or Mother-in-law Apartments)
Nick Welch, City of Seattle Planning
Marijuana Retail Zones – Comments requested by City Council
In December, the City Council took up the topic of adjusting where marijuana shops could located, discussing things like how far apart they should be and how close to parks, schools etc. Several members of Council were concerned that the legislation was moving through without getting input from the communities that would be affected by changes of the rules. We bring this to your attention in that Morgan Junction would be affected. If you go to the following links, you can see that Morgan Junction goes from having no land zoned for a retail shop to having several blocks becoming available. If you have comments on this, either positive, negative or you want more information, this public notice tells you how to submit comments. Comments are due by January 11, 2016
The link below will take you to the Council presentation that shows a map of the areas allowed under the existing 1,000 foot separation rule and the areas that would be allowed under a proposed 250 foot rule (slide 2)
Audubon Society Birdwalks in Lincoln Park
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 10:00 AM Lincoln Park, Seattle Leaders: Patty North and Dick Lazeres Meeting Point: Southern-most Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way SW (8600 block of Fauntleroy Way SW)
Lincoln Park is in West Seattle near the Fauntleroy ferry dock. We will stroll the beach seeking good looks at waterfowl and wander the forest to discover winter residents. Great walk for beginners. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Available on loan from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop.) Dress for blustery winter weather. About 2 miles of mostly level walking with one climb back to our starting point.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM Lincoln Park Leaders: Dick Lazeres and Anne Jacobs Meeting Point: South Parking lotExplore the woodland and the waterfront, listening and looking for the birds of winter. We will have a scope available, please bring binoculars if you have them. There will be stairs and a hill to walk up. Beginners welcomed and encouraged.
Guests and Board Members were welcomed at 7:00pm. It was noted that due to a new policy at The Kenney, going forward all MoCA attendees will be asked to sign in/out at the front desk and where a name badge.
Arson Update – Seattle Fire and Police
MoCA was joined by members of the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department to discuss the recent Arson incidences in West Seattle. The fires have been occurring between the 1am – 4am timeframe, near the High Point area.
Lieutenant Paul Adams from Fire Engine Company 37 provided several handouts. He encourages residents to remove brush away from homes/structures; keep areas well lit (motion detector lights are helpful) and have a fire extinguisher handy. Please call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
Captain Pierre Davis with the SW Police Precinct shared that the arsonist has been using debris to start the fires and recommended removing any possible fuel sources from around the home, for example – refuge, papers and even books if you offer a “little free library.” The Seattle Police, Seattle Fire and the ATF are partnering to find the individual(s). As a general rule, “if you see something, say something” and contact 911.
Morgan Junction Micro Policing Plan
Captain Pierre Davis and Police Research Analyst Jennifer Burbridge joined MoCA to provide an update on the Micro Policing Plan. The Policing Plan is specifically tailored to neighborhoods and is created by local residents and shared with the Seattle Police Department so they may develop strategies to address the issues.
Focus groups were held in August for the Morgan Junction community to discuss and identifythe most current concerns which are: (1) property crime; (2) issues in parks; (3) speeding/traffic and (4) non-residential issues (ie: shoplifting, etc.)
Jennifer also noted that a city-wide public safety survey has been created to help determine what safety and security concerns are a priority in Seattle. Results of the survey will be reported to the Seattle Police Department. Please share your feedback by taking approx.15 minutes to complete the Seattle Public Safety Survey at www.publicsafetysurvey.org. Survey ends November 30, 2015.
In addition, Seattle Police Department launched its Crime Data Dashboard giving Seattle residents access to the same statistical information on incidents of property and violent crime used by SPD commanders, officers and analysts to direct police patrols. You can find the dashboard on the following website: http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-police-department/crime-data.
District 1 Candidate messages
MoCA was joined by District 1 Candidates Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock, who shared information about their background and campaigns. As a reminder, Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Special Guest – Todd Burley, Communications Director, Office of Housing, City of Seattle
Todd Burley shared information from the Seattle Office of Housing, which is an executive department focused on affordable housing. Handouts were provided.
The Office of Housing does not own/operate housing – instead they work with strong partners throughout the city to build and manage affordable housing by offering incentives like multifamily tax deductions, incentive zoning program and many more.
In addition, several programs are offered through the Office of Housing including: home ownership programs; renter resources; homeowner resources; and information on current issues & initiatives.
HALA/Rezones and the Morgan Neighborhood – Cindi Barker
Work is underway to determine how to implement recommendations from the recent Housing Affordability and Livability Action (HALA) report for the Morgan Junction. Cindi noted that a program manager and an outreach manager have been hired and they will be invited to attend the next MoCA meeting in January to discuss the HALA recommendations.
The next Comprehensive Plan Update/Open House will take place on November 12 at the West Seattle Senior Center located at 4217 SW Oregon Street. Public participation in the Comprehensive Plan update process is important with the current population expansion taking place in Seattle.
MoCA Minute Updates
Morgan Bike Rack update: All nine new Bike Racks have been installed
Nazarene Church Rezone update: City Council approval to change the site zoning to permit the building of townhomes, add a park and complete the Nazarene Church restoration was granted on Monday, October 12, 2015
Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvement update: Project will be underway in November with hopes to complete by Thanksgiving
Morgan Junction Business Mixer: Is expected to gather local business owners in Spring, 2016
Morgan projects matrix: Is the Morgan Junction neighborhood plan created 20 years ago that includes all projects. A future meeting will be held to discuss current relevance of items
Friends of Morgan Junction Park: Barry White heads this volunteer group who looks after the care for open spaces including the Fauntleroy Triangle; the Thriftway Triangle and Morgan Junction Park. The volunteer group manages the weeding, mulching, clearing of debris, arborizing, etc. for these areas.
Please join the next Friends of Morgan Junction Parks volunteer event at Fall Annual Renovation Event at Morgan Junction Park on November 14 from 2-4pm. All tools will be provided.
Land Use Updates: Deb Barker shared that a contract rezone has been submitted for 6921 California Avenue SW to have a ground floor commercial space with a residential use upstairs. Updates will be provided as they are received.
Traffic Calming proposal 49th/Graham - Zelma Zieman and neighbors spoke to MoCA attendeesregarding concern for the traffic safety at 49th Ave SW and SW Graham Street. After filing several complaints, completing a neighborhood survey and talking with SDOT, the current recommendation for traffic safety control is to have a painted mural at the intersection of 49th & Graham to draw attention to the intersection and help prevent accidents. Completion of the mural to occur with-in the next 6 months with continued efforts to work with SDOT on addition safety options.
MOTION: The Morgan Community Association supported the neighbors in proceeding with traffic calming efforts at 49th & Graham Streets. MOTION PASSED, no objections.
Morgan Mural Restoration - Dan Austin, local resident and Peel and Press business owner, shared efforts and intent to seek endorsement for the mural restoration of the Starbucks/Peel & Press building. The mural is based on a photo of the historic view from 1927. Restoration efforts will begin with the stabilization of the larger pieces costing $2,500. The full renovation is estimated to cost $35,000.
MOTION: The Morgan Community Association voted to support the restoration efforts for the mural project with Dan Austin, Peel & Press to lead the efforts. MOTION PASSED, no objections.
Festival Funding Opportunity – Cindi Barker shared that planning for the June 2016 Morgan Junction Community Festival will begin in January, please let MoCA know if you would like to help. The date of the festival has been set for Saturday, June 18, 2016.
MoCA Board Appointments – Deb Barker, MoCA President, shared that she has appointed Philip Tavel to serve as MoCA Vice President and Tamsen Spengler to serve as SW Representative. Special thanks to Jason Wax, former VP and Tod Rodman, former SW Representative.
MoCA 2016 Elections – Deb Barker
Ms. Barker shared that a Nominating Committee is needed for the recommendation of the Slate of Officers and Executive Board Members. Positions include: President; Vice President; Recording Secretary; Treasurer. Please contact Deb Barker with interest in serving on the Nominating Committee or as a 2016 MoCA Board member.
The next MoCA meeting will be on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm by MoCA President, Deb Barker.
Ms. Barker led an introduction of the current MoCA board members including: Vice President, Jason Wax; Treasurer, Eldon Olson; Secretary, Jennifer Whip; and Executive Member, Cindi Barker. Executive Member Tod Rodman was unable to attend.
City of Seattle – Special Presentation
MoCA was joined by special guest Debbie Goetz - Office of Emergency Management Overview, City of Seattle and Michael Fearnehough - Operations & Planning Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management. Ms. Goetz and Mr. Fearnehough were invited to share information relating to her department and how they help serve the local community. Some of the items highlighted include:
Serving as a segment of the Seattle Police Department, some of the key responsibilities of the department is preparation for catastrophic crises; preparedness and community awareness efforts; comprehensive planning; recovery and mitigation; and emergency training.
A new emergency alert system will be launched in August, 2015 called “Alert Seattle.” Residents will be able to register online to receive emergency alerts via text, email, or phone in the event of local emergency including: evacuations; oil / train explosions; volcanic eruptions; earthquakes, etc.
An emergency operations center provides citywide coordination and response utilizing over 20+ departments in the city.
In June, 2016, an emergency training called Cascadia Disaster Prep will take place which prepares selected city employees to serve a roll in emergency preparation in the event of a large scale disaster. A computer model generates information relating to earthquake subductive zones, one which is located 75 miles off the coast, however it was noted that zone is not indicating any movement.
It was further shared that city is required to adhere to a comprehensive planning process which lays out the emergency preparedness plan philosophy and is evaluated every 4 years. The plan was updated in 2015 and will be reviewed by city council in the coming months.
35th Avenue Southwest Safety Design: Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) held two public meetings on July 15 and July 16; neighbors learned about proposed safety improvements and project phasing. Visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thSW.htm for additional information.
MoCA will participate in the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday, July 18.
Morgan Bike Rack Update: One of nine of the new bike racks have been installed, the first being placed on California Avenue by Little Prague Bakery. Installation of the remaining bike racks is expected by September.
Nazerene Church Rezone Update: The code amendment changes for the proposed rezone remain on hold due to the SEPA appeal filed, which relates to a non-Morgan Junction amendment. Additional information is anticipated in September.
2015 Morgan Junction Festival Wrap-Up: the 10th Annual festival took place on June 20, which reflected strong sponsorship from Morgan Junction community business and residences. Mark your calendars for the next annual Morgan Junction Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2016.
Doug Marsano, Water Quality Planner/Project Manager IV, King County, provided an update on the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and Lowman Beach Park Project. He indicated the overall project is on schedule and construction will continue through this fall. In addition, the following was shared:
Expect increased street construction through August for installation of a new storm drain and a new water line on Beach Drive. One lane of traffic will remain open during construction.
SDOT plans to narrow the North end of Beach drive to calm traffic. Parking on both street sides will be maintained.
Installation of a “flat gate” will be installed to keep tide flow from entering the pump station.
While areas of Lowman Beach may be closed during construction, the park is expected to be restored to its original design at completion of the project.
Morgan Junction Business Mixer
Eldon Olson shared that discussions have taken place with several businesses who indicated interest in forming a group to gather Morgan Junction business owners regularly. While the final date is still to be determined, MoCA will be hosting the first “Morgan Junction Business Mixer” on a Thursday evening in September at Zeek’s Pizza. An invitation will be sent to every Morgan Junction business owner once the details are finalized.
NPSF Morgan Junction Sidewalk Improvement Project
Howard Wu, SDOT Manager of Neighborhood Parks Program shared that the sidewalk improvements on Fauntleroy and California Ave SW are scheduled to begin in late summer and be completed in early fall. The work will be divided into 3 phases, each taking one week to complete. Access to local businesses will be arranged during construction and notification will be provided to each impacted business 2 -3 weeks in advance. A temporary relocation of one bus stop may need to occur, which will be coordinated between SDOT and Seattle Metro.
Morgan cut-through traffic study
Cindi Barker shared that all of the information relating to the Morgan cut-through traffic study conducted by SDOT has been received. As a reminder, the study was requested by neighbors to identify the increase of traffic on SW 37th, 38th, 39th, and 41st streets. If concerns continue, please contact MoCA.
SW Precinct Focus Group Interest
Jennifer Burbridge, Research Assistance with Seattle Police Department and Ron Smith, Seattle Police shared information regarding a new Micro Community Policing Plan. There are currently 9 micro-communities identified for West Seattle. Focus groups are being created to allow residents of each micro-community to gather, discuss, and identify 3 – 5 top safety concerns. A survey will be made available to each focus group and results will be shared with Seattle Police who will develop a plan to address concerns. It was noted that the micro-community policing plan will not increase officers in the area, but will utilize partners.
KAWS (Kulture and Arts on the West Side) Endorsement Request
Judy Pigott & Co. joined MoCA to request an endorsement in support of efforts to identify West Seattle as an Arts & Culture District. The City of Seattle’s Arts & Cultural Districts program originates from the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee’s June 2009 report, which recommended Arts & Culture districts as the number one best way to preserve Seattle’s unique arts community. The Arts & Culture District concept is a community driven endeavor which has been shown to increase walkability, street vibrancy, and overall vitality.
The Office of Arts & Culture anticipates a one-district-per-year roll out, in order to test new programs and adequately support the neighborhood in their endeavors. The first District to be named as part of the Arts &
Cultural Districts program is the Capitol Hill Arts District. It was shared that Queen Anne is pursuing efforts to identify an area called “Uptown” to be included as part of the Arts & Culture District. MoCA requested additional time to learn more about the concept and will further discuss at its October meeting. Please see the links below for information on Arts & Culture Districts:
Cindi Barker distributed information relating to the Morgan Neighborhood Plan. Participants were asked to review the information and identify their next top 5 projects. Discussion and determination of 2016 Projects will take place at the October MoCA meeting. The list of projects will be posted on the website in August.
SWDC Budget Recommendation
Deb Barker shared that funding of two applications have been approved by the SW District Council-Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. SWDC ranked the following to move forward:
#1 Ranked Project:2015-050 California and Juneau Crossing Improvements
#2 Ranked Project:2015-055 Street and landscape improvements at California Ave SW from Juneau to SW Myrtle Street
Land Use Updates
Jason Wax shared information on two new land use projects requesting city approval for rezoning in Morgan Junction. One application is a single family home located at 6921 California Ave requesting to rezone permitting them to tear down the existing home and replace with a 2 story structure with a restaurant on level one and a home on level two. The second application submitted for discussion is a rezone application changing the block from Stella Ruffingtons to Café Ladro from an LR2RZ to an NC330, which is intense commercial.
Morgan Junction Festival 2016
Save the date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 was voted as the date for the next annual Morgan Junction Festival.
MoCA participants were provided draft copies of a proposed amendment to the Morgan Community Association By-Laws. The amendment was titles “Article VIII – MoCA Neighborhood Fund.” The draft language included the purpose and process of the Neighborhood Fund. Ms. Deb Barker confirmed the draft recommended amendment was posted on the MoCA website for feedback since late April, no feedback had been received.
MOTION: A motion was made by Cindi Barker, seconded by Eldon Olsen to approve the proposed changes to the By-Laws, as presented.
MOTION PASSED: With no changes recommended from MoCA website, meeting participants voted with no objection to approve the proposed changes to the By-Laws. 1 voter abstained.
District 1 Candidate messages
MoCA was joined by Lisa Herbold, District 1 Candidate, who was allocated 5 minutes to share information about her background and campaign. Ms. Herbold also spoke to MoCA at the April meeting. Seattle City Council District No. 1 will appear on the Primary Election Ballot August 4, 2015. Only registered voters who live in Seattle District No. 1 can vote for a candidate in this district. The top two vote-getters in this primary election will be placed on the general election ballot. This is true regardless of whether or not one candidate receives a majority of the primary vote. The candidate elected to this district will serve a four year term.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was seconded and passed with no objection. Meeting adjourned at 9:19pm.
NEXT MoCA meeting will be on Wednesday, October 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.