Ballard District Council Meeting: 01/13/2016

Update:  Last night, 01/11/2016, the Seattle City Council approved new rules to allow additional marijuana stores to open.  See Seattle Times article,

Original Post:

bdcOn Wednesday, January 13, 2016, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, the Ballard District Council will be holding their monthly meeting at the Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library.  Normally I share out these announcements on Facebook and forget about them, but this is a meeting you’ll want to attend and here’s why.

(1)  Meet Mike O’Brien:  West Woodland, Ballard is part of the new Seattle City Council District 6 and Mike is our Councilmember.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet our representative, shake his hand, and give him your two-cents.

(2)  Marijuana is on the agenda:  No one will be offering free samples at the meeting, but they will be discussing the proposed new rules regarding where new shops can be opened.  Here’s the public notice.  The Seattle City Council is scheduled to consider these changes and take a final vote on Monday, January 11, 2016.

What’s the concern?  On January 6, 2016, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board‘s three board members approved a proposal that could double the number of stores in Seattle and increase the statewide total from 334 to 556 stores.  That means 222 more stores could be opening, and one of those just might be in Old Ballard, which is exempt under current rules.   See map HERE.

More about the proposed zoning changes can be found on the Project Documents page and on the Mayor’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance web page.

(3)  Comprehensive Draft Plan:  Catherine Weatbrook will be discussing comments received as part of the Seattle 2035 process.  You can see some of that feedback today, formatted into visual “Agree/ Disagree” chart located HERE.  If you live near Gilman Playground, you will want to take special note of the proposed Urban Village Expansion which might include your street.  Find the map HERE.

Tags:  Seattle, Ballard, West Woodland, Phinney Ridge, Fremont

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