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,

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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

Seattle 2035 Open House at Ballard’s Leif Erikson Hall


The Department of Planning and Development is hosting five upcoming community meetings to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan, including one at Ballard’s Leif Erickson Hall.

The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, and will highlight major changes. We will also gather feedback on urban village expansion areas, especially areas near the meeting locations.

Since the plan includes policies about affordable housing that will be implemented as part of the City’s proposed Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, there will be information and an opportunity for feedback at these meetings.

Event Information:

Date: November 5
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St.
Event Information Here:

What is in the Draft Plan?

Goals and policies to help achieve our vision for Seattle’s future. We are expected to grow by 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs in the coming 20 years, so this document is how we plan to manage that growth.

A new Future Land Use Map, showing a pattern of growth that supports the City’s vision. We are extending the comment period through Friday, November 20.

Here’s what you can do to join the conversation about Seattle’s future:

1. Attend the meeting, other meeting dates/ times available here:
2. Read the Draft Plan Summary and check out the Draft Plan
3. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation and discuss the potential pros and cons of proposed policies with other Seattleites
4. Follow Seattle 2035 on Facebook and Twitter
5. Send comments by November 20, 2015:
Via EMail — comments to
Via USPS — comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

Your comments will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan, which will be released in early 2016. We hope to see you at one of our open houses. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this process.