http://fremontneighborhoodcouncil.org/monthly-minutes-september-2015/Fremont Neighborhood Council Board Meeting – September 28, 2015
Board members present: Stephanie Pure, Elfriede Noble, Norma Jones, Matt Gasparich, Jim Engelhardt, Toby Thaler, Viet Nguyen, Linda Clifton, Shawn Mulanix, Judie Clarridge.
Toby opened the meeting and invited everyone to introduce themselves and share any announcements:
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways – Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director
This is a volunteer coalition representing many neighborhoods across Seattle who plan and advocate for safe streets in residential areas. Generally, Greenways are off of main arterials; they have low volumes of cars going slowly enough so that people who walk or ride bicycles feel safe and comfortable. The coalition provides input and advice on Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans. They are working on streets without sidewalks to slow traffic. Currently there is no one leading Fremont Greenways. Getting local input is very important so that you can identify what the top 2 or 3 needs are and then advocate for them. There was discussion about having active participation from the Fremont neighborhood on this issue.
DISCUSSION: Future Land Use Forum
Fremont does not have its own neighborhood design guidelines. We don’t know what the city guidelines look like. Should we have a forum jointly with Wallingford and Ballard? Roosevelt is having the “Roosevelt Land Use Academy”. We know that Jessica Vets has worked on design guidelines for Queen Anne. Are they of use? We need to know the vocabulary, for example what does MUP mean? Hold something like “Land Use 101”. How can we have an impact? We seem to have an impact on commercial projects but less so on residential. Panel discussion on DPD’s Seattle 2035. How do we mobilize? How can we be cost effective with our time?
Impact of HALA: The area in east Fremont could go to L2 with 40’ – 50’ buildings. Upzoning is a very big deal. This is a very important subject. The potential for change in the next year in Fremont is substantial. HALA’s connection to Seattle 2035 is critical. We want a say in what is happening here in Fremont.
Resources: www.seattleinprogress.com which tracks large projects; get input from a land use attorney; Lee Raaen, Wallingford Community Council; could talk with developers.
Forum planning committee: Toby, Jessica, Leo, Linda.
Patrick Place Update – Randy Costello, Program Director – Catholic Community Services, Patrick Place
Randy briefed on the program at Patrick Place which provides permanent housing at Patrick Place, 4251 Aurora Avenue N, for people who are coming out of homelessness. There are 71 apartment units in the building. They have case managers and support services such as medical and dental services.
Urban Artworks – Utility / Signal Box Project
Matt reported that there are 3 remaining utility boxes that the FNC has agreed to fund: Fremont and 46th, Bridge Way and 38th, and Leary and 39th. Urban Artworks has been waiting for permits from the city to begin painting. He said he may need Karen Ko’s help to move the process along. Stephanie offered to send a letter from the FNC.
The design for one of the boxes has been done. Matt will send out the designs to the board for their review.
It was noted that there is graffiti on the utility box at Fremont and N. 36th. Matt will let Urban Artworks know.
Jim reported that a check had been issued for $2,131.70 to Toby for reimbursement for the expenses associated with the appeal regarding the apartment project in the 3600 block of Linden Avenue. He reported the following balances in the FNC’s accounts:
Verity Checking: $ 563.11
Verity Money Market: 56,965.37
46th Street Mural: $471.39
Minutes: The minutes for the August meeting were approved as presented.
The meeting was adjourned. The next FNC Board meeting will be Monday, October 26, 2015.