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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight to discuss future land use, sidewalks, transportation

June 17th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The major discussion on the agenda is the “Greenwood 2035” planning effort.

Seattle is beginning a year-long effort on a major update to its comprehensive plan, identifying where new development should occur and what city investments will be needed to accommodate growth. The initial plan focus is on whether urban centers (downtown, Capitol Hill, Northgate) and/or stations near light rail should be upzoned to be far denser than today; but eventually the plan must also address city plans for transportation, schools, parks, housing affordability and other critical issues that will affect Greenwood. Greenwood 2035 will prepare us to participate on behalf of our neighborhood, and to inform and engage Greenwood neighbors to influence the plan to benefit Greenwood’s livability.

Volunteers are needed for the following study groups:

LAND USE. This study group will develop information and positions about how Greenwood should develop.

For example:

  • What is loved about Greenwood that should be preserved, and what could be improved?
  • How can new density and development enhance and promote Greenwood’s livability?
  • What city improvements and services are needed to make new development work?
  • What can be done to preserve affordability and healthy small businesses?
  • What kinds of development are helping or hurting livability in Greenwood?

TRANSPORTATION. This group will address Greenwood’s transportation needs and priorities.

  • What new transit connections are needed, and how can service be improved?
  • What’s the best way to accommodate bicycles, and where should greenways be located?
  • What should be priority uses for our main streets? How should they operate?
  • Should car use be more efficient, or should it be frustrating to spur shifts to transit and bikes?
  • What are the transportation projects and improvements that should top our priority list?

SIDEWALKS. This group will propose practical ways to start building sidewalks north of 85th St. This group will study and consider:

  • Why are there no sidewalks north of 85th St., and what’s been tried to get them built?
  • What is the city’s obligation vs. the home or business owner?
  • How will Seattle’s complete streets policy help? How effective are grant processes?
  • What are obstacles to building sidewalks and what can be done to overcome them?
  • What is a practical program that a new city councilmember could promote?

NEW MODELS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. This group will aim to broaden community involvement.

  • Are meetings still an effective way to involve people in addressing neighborhood issues?
  • What are generational differences – how do younger community members engage?
  • How can dialogue increase between residents and local business people?
  • What are engagement and outreach models that are more participatory?
  • How do different constituencies feel the community council could better engage or represent their interests?

If you’re interested in any of this, here’s what to do:

Please click here to send an email with your contact information and what study group(s) you are interested in joining or leading. The study groups will begin meeting in September, but planning will continue over the summer to make sure they will be rewarding and productive. We will also develop a monthly series of presentations and discussions at community council meetings over the next year to complement study group activities and report out and share their findings.

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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Greenwood Avenue transit, sidewalk project

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The major topic on the agenda is Seattle Department of Transportation’s upcoming project of transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue between North 90th and 105th streets. SDOT representatives will present their plans during the meeting and answer questions.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss how sidewalk designs will impact on-street parking, and how to balance improvements for bikes and buses vs. impacts to drivers.

From GCC:

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed park across the street from the library on Greenwood Avenue and 81st Street, and an update on micro-housing and low-rise development regulations.

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Greenwood Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss most critical neighborhood issues

March 17th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The most important item on the agenda is to identify our most critical neighborhood issues, which will then be brought to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit on April 5, to help the city figure out ways to better work with neighborhoods.

GCC also will discuss what past methods have been successful to engage neighborhoods, and what follow-up steps neighbors can take.

The Greenwood Community Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library.

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Join Greenwood Community Council members to document walking along unsafe areas of Greenwood Avenue

June 17th, 2013 by Doree

Members of the Greenwood Community Council are asking neighbors to join them on a walk along Greenwood Avenue North, to explore the areas north of North 90th Street, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.

Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.

Meet at Naked City Taphouse & Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8:30 p.m. Walkers will leave Naked City at 9 p.m., walk north to North 105th St., then return.

If you can’t make it to the walk, but want to send feedback about your own experiences walking along that stretch of road, email your comments to info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss walking, biking on Tuesday

May 20th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.  The main topics are how to improve walking and biking in the neighborhood, including specific projects and proposals.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on the proposed development at 1st Avenue NW and NW 85th Street. The developers will share their general plans and get the community’s feedback on what they’d like to see on that site.

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Greenwood’s new emergency preparedness network holding first meeting Monday

March 24th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is leading a new effort to make sure our neighborhood is ready in a major emergency. The first meeting of a new group, tentatively called the Greenwood Preparedness Action Network, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

In January the Greenwood Community Council meeting focused on organization for emergency and crime preparedness. In the best case, we would prepare ourselves for emergencies at three levels of organization – the block level, the neighborhood level, and citywide. At the meeting it was agreed that Greenwood should be organized for preparedness in a way that complements and leverages block-level and citywide efforts.

Neighborhood-level preparedness can help by:
• Providing communications between blocks and the city during a crisis
• Providing resources useful for block-level preparedness efforts
• Providing a physical location to gather
• Providing a physical location to where emergency supplies are stored

The meeting is sponsored by the community council, but by the end of the meeting we hope leaders will emerge who will carry the effort forward. Ideally there will emerge a core group who enjoys meeting semi-regularly, and who keep in touch with block-level captains and volunteers.

Proposed meeting objective:

• Develop objectives for the year.
• Determine key roles and who will fill them.

Here’s a proposed agenda:

• Welcome (incl. brief statement about why we’re here, what we hope to accomplish in the meeting).
• Round-robin Introductions (incl. name, where do you live, why do you want to be involved in the GPAN).
• Overview of the Seattle Emergency Preparation Program and Implementation in Broadview (Dale Johnson)
• Open brainstorm / discussion about what the group wants to accomplish in 2013
(such as: apply for a small and simple grant, map the block watch captains, etc.).
• Next Steps (incl. do we have critical mass of people in the room who are willing to move this forward).
• What are key roles and who will fill them? For example, who will
◦ Plan agendas, facilitate meetings and handle notices and logistics.
◦ Develop list of block watch captains and volunteers.
◦ Catalog existing emergency and crime preparedness resources.

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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight to discuss the future of Greenwood Town Center

March 19th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Community Council’s bi-monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. On the agenda is a report from the Legislature by 36th District State Rep. Gael Tarleton, and a panel discussion about Greenwood Town Center (the area encompassing Fred Meyer, Piper Village and a few other properties.

Panelists include Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin; Gary Brunt of Greenwood Shopping Center; Scott Nolte, Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre; and Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC.

Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.

The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown Greenwood?

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss the past and future of Greenwood Town Center next Tuesday

March 14th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s bi-monthly meeting next Tuesday, March 19, will focus on the history and future outlook of Greenwood Town Center. State Rep. Gael Tarleton, of the 36th District, also will give a report from the Legislature.

Participants on a panel discussion about Greenwood Town Center will include Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin; Gary Brunt of Greenwood Shopping Center; Scott Nolte, Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre; and Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC.

Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.

The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown Greenwood?

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Greenwood Community Council to discuss crime and emergency preparedness

January 14th, 2013 by Doree

Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting will discuss health and safety in the neighborhood – specifically crime and emergency preparedness. Five speakers from the city and police department will walk everyone through the most important points, as the GCC organizes a task force to work on both issues.

  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator.
  • Penny Fulmer and David Gordon, Seattle Police Department Community Policing.
  • James Manning, Seattle Police Department Community Outreach.
  • Tracy Connelly, Seattle Office Of Emergency Management Community Planning Coordinator.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Greenwood Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss transportation, greenways, development

November 9th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., to discuss transportation, development and greenways.

On the agenda:

  • 7:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:05 Bus Service Changes in Greenwood: Updates and feedback to recent Metro changes in Greenwood
  • 7:30 Greenways: Discuss traffic safety, greenways development, biking (Guest Speaker: Robin Randels, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways)
  • 8:00 Development Proposal: Discuss development proposal for South 85th St., across from Fred Meyer (Guest Speaker: John Marasco, Security Properties)
  • 8:30 Adjourn

(Note: The GCC normally meets at the Greenwood Library on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months, but this meeting’s date and location was moved because of the Thanksgiving holiday.)

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Solarize Seattle holding orientation meeting Wednesday

November 6th, 2012 by Doree

Solarize Seattle: Northwest is hosting a one-hour orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6523 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6.

Solarize Seattle is a group purchase program that offers free workshops and solar assessments, plus discounts and financing help for homeowners who want to add solar power to their homes. The Northwest program is open to residents and businesses in the following zip codes: 98103, 98107, 98117, 98133 and 98177.

It’s funded by Seattle City Light, and managed by the nonprofit Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development). It’s also supported by the PNA, Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney, Phinney Ridge Community Council, Greenwood Community Council, Green Lake Community Council, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, and Sustainable Seattle.

Solarize workshops will begin in early 2013.

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Reminder: Candidates forum at Taproot Tuesday evening

September 24th, 2012 by Doree

Don’t forget that the Greenwood Community Council is hosting a candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St.

Here’s the agenda:

  • 6:30 – Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:40 – Initiative 502 (Marijuana Legalization)
  • 7:10 – Seattle Seawall
  • 7:25 – Initiative 1240 (Charter Schools)
  • 7:55 – 36th District – Gael Tarleton vs. Noel Frame
  • 8:25 – Thanks and adjourn

Each candidate or campaign spokesperson will make an opening and closing statement, with time for audience questions. A reception will immediately follow the forum, so audience members can meet the candidates.

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