Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Changes for Magnolia Elementary School

A public meeting is scheduled to discuss Seattle School District‘s plans to renovate and construct additions to the existing Magnolia Elementary School building. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Catharine Blaine K-8 School (2550 34th Ave W).

The Seattle School District is requesting modifications to City zoning regulations for the following:

1) Increased lot coverage.
2) Greater than allowed building height.
3) Continued “off-site only” parking.
4) Allowance of a double-faced, electric changing message board.
5) On-street bus loading and unloading.

This meeting will include a presentation by the Seattle School District on the requested modifications before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments concerning the request.

Following public comment, the Committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Additional meetings may be held, if needed. If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by September 12 to:

Maureen Sheehan
E-mail:
Maureen.Sheehan@seattle.gov
Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director

Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.


What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.


What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city of Seattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and management of all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.

 

Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.

 

“This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.”

 
Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful and how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

  • Send an email to NewDON@seattle.gov.
  • Share your comments below.
  • Contact us at 206-684-0464 or mail us at P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.
  • Join and follow the conversation online using #AdvancingEquitySEA at:

Facebook – @SeattleNeighborhoods
Twitter – @SeaNeighborhood

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/peoples-academy-for-community-engagement/pace-application. The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.

Participants Needed for the Magnolia Elementary School Departure Advisory Committee

Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications needed for renovation of the vacant Magnolia Elementary School. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking seven community members to serve on this committee.

The Seattle School District is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from select City zoning regulations for the renovation and addition to the Magnolia Elementary School located at 2418 28th Ave W.  The modifications are:

1) Greater than normally allowed lot coverage.

2) Greater than allowed building height.

3) Less than required setbacks (TBD pending further review).

4) Less than required off-street parking.

5) On-street bus loading and unloading (TBD pending further review).

The committee will convene one to three public meeting(s) at Catharine Blaine K-8 (2550 34th Ave W) during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed. At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Magnolia Elementary School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of future MES students. Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Email: Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov

Letters of interest should be received by Thursday, April 14.

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov or 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

 

City Light Plans Silicone Cable Injection In Parts of Service Territory

Seattle City Light will start another project this October to enhance the reliability and extend the life of aging underground electrical cables in parts of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Seattle by injecting them with silicone.

City Light’s contractor, Novinium, will test and where possible, inject underground cables with silicone to fill cracks in the cable insulation to prevent outages. This work will extend the life of the cable for an additional 25 years and improve electrical reliability. If cables are not suited for injection, they will be replaced at a later time.

Please refer to the construction notification fliers for approximate construction areas:

This project is expected to start in early-to-mid October 2015 and extend for approximately six weeks. Work hours are scheduled for Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During construction, customers should expect some traffic and parking impacts in the immediate area. Crews will be careful to try and maintain access to driveways.

Several maintenance outages are required for this work. Affected customers will be notified the Thursday before the following week’s outage. The outage date and time will be specified on the notification.

Past cable injection projects in neighborhoods such as Sandpoint, Queen Anne and Delridge have succeeded in extending the lifespan of aging cables and improving reliability at a lower cost than replacement. A 2011 cost comparison showed that the average cost of cable injection was $25, compared to $248 for cable replacement.

Customers can contact the following Electrical Service Representatives for more information:

For more information, please visit our construction website: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=340