Category Archives for "Meetings"

Queen Anne Appeal of ADU Changes: City-Wide Community Meeting, Nov 1, 2018

Protect Every Seattle Neighborhood!
A City-Wide Community Meeting
November 1, 2018    7:00-9:00 pm
Queen Anne Community Center, Room 1
1901 1st Avenue West, 98119

Seattle Neighborhood’s Urgent Call To Action – Every Neighborhood!

Mike O’Brien’s legislation is now rapidly moving forward to eliminate every single-family neighborhood and convert your property to tri-plex zoning!

The Queen Anne Community Council invites you to attend our City-Wide Community Meeting to discuss the City’s Final Environment Impact Statement (EIS) and the background behind our filing the necessary appeal.  We will discuss the EIS, answer your questions, discuss next steps and hopeful outcomes, and consider ways that you can help protect your neighborhood.

While Queen Anne officially filed this appeal, we are representing you and every other Seattle neighborhood and single-family property owner.  Our appeal challenges the adequacy of the EIS as it concludes that Mike O’Brien’s proposed city-wide legislation to eliminate and convert your single-family property to multi-family triplexes with no parking or ownership requirements has not even one impact.

Please share this information with neighbors and friends!
We’ll see you next Thursday
Queen Anne Appeal Website

Thank you,
Queen Anne Community Council
Ellen Monrad, Chair
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA, Chair of Land Use Review Committee
Please consider helping fund our collective city-wide appeal – here

Our Appeal
An appeal to the Hearing Examiner is a legal proceeding that includes hundreds of exhibit reviews, evidence gathering, interviews, hearings, expert witness research and testimony, and thousands of documents to analyze.  We have a big job to build our case, in accordance with Hearing Examiner requirements, and we need your help. We have engaged our attorney Jeff Eustis, who represented us in our former successful appeal outlined above.  We will present our case together with a host of experts on land-use issues, real estate economics, traffic and parking, utilities and infrastructure, arborists and tree experts, neighborhood historians and others who will testify on our behalf.  This kind of expertise is expensive: we are estimating now our need to raise $50,000 to credibly defend our appeal.  We will seek the following determination:

Please Note: The Queen Anne Community Council is a 501(c)(4), and not a charitable organization, therefore your donation is not tax-deductible.  Thank you!



YES, Seattle’s Neighborhood Voices Matter!!  Here is my contribution to help fund the cost of our city-wide legal appeal.  All contributions remain private.

Donate HERE

Checks can be made out to QACC Appeal and mailed to:
Queen Anne Community Council:  1818 1st Ave W.  Seattle, WA 98119.  Please include your email address so we may verify your contribution with you and offer thanks!
Your contribution will be accounted for by the Treasurer of the Queen Anne Community Council and deposited into the Council’s special appeal bank account. All money received will be used to pay for our legal counsel and professional fees for experts directly involved in the Appeal process. This web site and all other support activities are provided by dozens of volunteers.

Magnolia Historical Society Annual Meeting – April 19

We hope you can join us for our exciting Annual Meeting:

How to Research the History of Your Home
April 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Magnolia Lutheran Church
2414 31st Avenue West

Our Guest Speaker from the Puget Sound Regional Archives in Bellevue will guide us to learn about the many resources available in order to research the history of our houses.

We have also included articles on the updated progress of Magnolia School and new information regarding the replacement of the current Magnolia Bridge which you may find interesting.

If you missed our Spring 2018 Newsletter download a copy now!


Dee St. George
Newsletter Editor
Magnolia Historical Society

Citywide Open House: Mandatory Housing Affordability Zoning Changes, March 29, 2018

Citywide Open House featuring Districts 3+7 MHA MapsTHURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018, 6 – 8PM
Location Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue Seattle, Washington 98122
Event type Neighborhoods Submission Form Template MO
Building Name / Room Number / Site Main Hall, 2nd Floor
Event Description Come and review maps of proposed MHA zoning changes to your urban Village and talk with other City departments (see below). Snacks and drinks provided. All ages are welcome.

District 3 + 7  include the following urban villages:
23rd and Union-Jackson, First Hill-Capitol Hill, Madiosn-Miller, North Rainier-Mt. Baker, Upper Queen Anne

More information to come. city Departments planning to attend are:
City departments planning to attend are: Office of Community Planning and Development (OPCD), Office of Housing (OH), Department of Neighborhoods (DON), Seattle Parks, Seattle City Light (SCL), Seattle Public Utilities with Rainwise (SPU), Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections with RRIO and code compliance (SDCI), Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE), and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). More TBA.

Department/Organization Neighborhoods
Sponsoring Organization Seattle City Council
Contact Jesseca Brand
Contact Phone 206-733-9982
Contact Email
Site Contact Details The City of Seattle encourages everyone to participate in its programs and activities. For accommodations for people with disabilities, materials in alternate formats, or accessibility information, contact Susie Philipsen, / 206-733-9283 at your earliest opportunity.  Providing at least 72 hrs. notice will help ensure availability; sign language interpreter requests may take longer.
Pre-Register No
Cost Free

Notice of City Council Public Hearing Regarding Amendments to Off-Street Parking Requirements – Feb 21, 2018


Conditions: The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation (Council Bill 119173) to amend Seattle’s land use code (Seattle Municipal Code Title 23) regulations related to off-street parking for motor vehicles and bicycles.  Key changes include:


  • Create a new use category, “flexible-use parking,” to allow for greater sharing of parking in certain zones, including in: Lowrise 3, Midrise, Highrise, most commercial, and industrial zones; and in mixed-use development garages in light rail station areas.
  • Allow park-and-ride facilities within garages as a permitted use in certain zones, including in Lowrise 3, Midrise, Highrise, most commercial, and industrial zones.
  • Clarify and update parking provisions by allowing off-site parking to be within one quarter mile (1,320 feet) of the uses served, up from 800 feet.



  • Clarify and reduce the parking requirements for rent and income-restricted housing, including for the disabled.
  • Add a new maximum parking limit for flexible-use parking.
  • Delete a special exception allowing more parking than the maximum parking limit in Downtown zones.
  • Change the Northgate overlay zone parking provisions to be consistent with the citywide approach.
  • Provide for reduced parking minimum requirements for public uses/institutions (non-Major) in frequent transit service areas.
  • Allow required parking amounts to be reduced in any zone, except Downtown zones, to a level needed to serve the parking demand for proposed uses as demonstrated by a parking demand study performed by a licensed professional engineer.
  • Apply parking stall size requirements to parking for residential and live-work uses whether parking is required or not.
  • For new structures with a garage in zones where flexible-use parking may occur, require a pedestrian access door and route between the garage and a public right-of-way to accommodate non-resident garage access and use.
  • Allow surface parking for up to three car share vehicles in building setbacks in commercial, Midrise, and Highrise zones.



  • Allow for more flexibility in route timing and total length of daily service by updating transit measurement criteria to be more consistent with King County Metro’s and the City’s transit planning, and by simplifying provisions. The proposal includes Land Use Code amendments and a Director’s Rule that describe scheduled transit service measurement criteria and other details about physical measurement and mapping.



  • Update bicycle parking requirements and performance standards, and consolidate the Downtown bicycle parking requirements with requirements for the rest of the city.



  • Update SEPA parking policies to better align with Comprehensive Plan and City transportation policies.



  • Require unbundling of parking space rental from multi-family dwelling unit rental and lease agreements in new and existing structures 10 dwelling units or greater in size, and new commercial lease agreements in new and existing structures 10,000 square feet or greater in size.



The City Council may consider amendments to the proposed parking regulations, including but not limited to:

  • Adopting a definition of Frequent Transit Service consistent with City and County policies;
  • Instituting a maximum parking limit for multifamily uses;
  • Allowing off-site parking to be located up to one half mile from the principal use;
  • Removing the parking requirement from affordable housing units; and
  • Further increasing bicycle parking requirements to support bicycle commuting.



The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to the land use regulations.  The hearing will be held on February 21, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in:

City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Spencer Williams at 684-8808 or via e-mail at: as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.

Childcare will be provided if requested by February 12,2018. To request childcare during the public hearing, contact Spencer Williams (see contact information above).

Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at:



Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 9:00 a.m. on February 21, 2018.  Please send comments to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: or by mail to:


Councilmember Rob Johnson

Seattle City Council

600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor

PO Box 34025

Seattle, WA  98124-4025



Information regarding the proposed amendments is available at

Copies of the proposal are available from the City Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is located at 600 4th Avenue, Floor 3, in downtown Seattle and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Lish Whitson of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at, or to Gordon Clowers of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) at 206-684-8375 or via email at

Community Conversation with the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, Jan 23rd

Help Us Celebrate Magnolia on Tuesday, January 23rd!

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce wants you to be part of growing the vitality of our community. On January 23, 2018 we are holding our first Community Conversation for members of the Magnolia community. This is your opportunity to learn about the 2018 goals of the Magnolia Chamber, meet our new board members, and find out about upcoming events and the plans for beautifying the village center.

Specifically, this Community Conversation meeting will cover:

  • Current goals
  • The Magnolia Chamber’s values relating to the community
  • Introduction of new board members
  • Highlights of upcoming family-friendly and adult community events
  • Magnolia Beautification project
  • MAX Art Project
  • And much more

Together, we can make Magnolia a beautiful place to discover.

Day: Tuesday January 23, 2018
Time: 6:30pm -8:00 pm
Place: Magnolia Church of Christ, 3555 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 (Upper level)
Who’s Invited: Chamber business and non-member businesses, community members and organizations, government officials are invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

Jason Thibeaux
Executive Director- Magnolia Chamber of Commerce

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