Fremont Neighborhood Council Board Meeting – January 25, 2016
Board members present: Stephanie Pure, Linda Clifton, Shawn Mulanix, Viet Nguyen, Jim Engelhardt, Toby Thaler, Elfriede Noble, Norma Jones, Matt Gasparich, Judie Clarridge.
Stephanie opened the meeting and invited everyone to introduce themselves and share any announcements:
Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) – Geoffrey Wentlandt and Patrice Carroll, Office of Planning and Community Development
Geoff provided background on the issues: There are 2,800 people in Seattle without shelter. There has been a 29% increase in the cost of renting one bedroom apartments. We need an additional 50,000 housing units within the next 10 years. 20,000 need to be dedicated new or preserved affordable units.
A yearlong public engagement process is beginning to gather resident input, including telephone town hall meetings, neighborhood focus groups, neighborhood meetings, online surveys. HALA implementation will not begin until mid-2017. The Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program ensures that new commercial and multi-family residential developments either include affordable housing or pay into a fund to provide affordable housing. The City will need to make zoning changes to implement MHA. Extensive community engagement will precede any zoning changes.
Patrice said that they are working on aligning the Comprehensive Plan 2035 and HALA, including tightening the relationship between land use and good transit service.
Developments in the Fremont Urban Village would be allowed to include an extra story for MHA. There was further clarification that this provision for increasing the height of these developments was not just within the Urban Village but could occur wherever the zoning changes permitted it.
Comments and questions from those in attendance included:
It was noted that work was underway on painting the Utility Boxes at 46th and Fremont, and at 39th and Leary.
Karen Ko shared that the deadline for applying for the Parks and Street Fund grants ($90K or less) is February 8th. Also, Neighbor Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 13.
Jim reported that $400 had been paid for maintaining the 46th Street Mural in 2016 and $199 was paid for Gravity Forms web update. The following are the current balances in the FNC’s accounts:
Verity Checking: $ 399.48
Verity Money Market: 56,512.99
46th Street Mural: $ 71.39
Toby has received a bill from SDOT for the annual $140 fee for having painted the 10 Utility Boxes. The consensus of the board was for the FNC to pay the bill. Also, Toby would like to have SDOT change the address where these bills are sent.
Minutes: The November 2015 minutes were reviewed. Linda moved that the minutes be approved as presented. Toby seconded and the motion was passed.
Note: There were 51 people who sign in at this meeting.
The meeting was adjourned. The next FNC Board meeting will be Monday, February 22, 2016.