Proposed Urban Hub Zoning Changes Include Areas In West Woodland, Ballard

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village

  • Amending the Official Land Use Map at pages 53, 54 and 55 to rezone land in the Ballard Hub Urban Village; and
  • Amending Sections 23.47A.005 and 23.47A.009 of the Seattle Municipal Code to designate 17th Avenue NW, 20th Avenue NW, Ballard Avenue NW and Leary Avenue NW as a principal pedestrian street, and adopt development standards for certain properties in the Ballard Hub Urban Village. 

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Ballard Hub Urban Village Proposed Rezone map, courtesy Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development.  Click to enlarge.

CURRENT & PROPOSED ZONING:

Sections A, B, L, M, N, and O shown in the map above are all located in the West Woodland neighborhood.  Here’s a break down of current zoning and what the proposed future zoning would be for each of the areas identified.  Please note, these are just summaries. For current full descriptions and zoning definitions visit: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/codes/zoning/  

Additional information available in the Ballard Rezone and Development Standards – Director’s Report.

Area A:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Commercial 1 – 65 feet height limit (C1-65) to the more pedestrian friendly Neighborhood Commercial 3, Pedestrian – 65 feet height limit (NC3P-65). The P designation encourages an intensely pedestrian-oriented, retail shopping district where non-auto modes of transportation are strongly favored. Click graphic below to enlarge.

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Areas B & M:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Commercial 1 – 65 feet height limit (C1-65) to the more pedestrian friendly Neighborhood Commercial 3 – 65 feet height limit (NC3-65). Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Zoning B and M

Area L:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Neighborhood Commercial 3 – 40 feet height limit (NC3-40) to the more pedestrian friendly Neighborhood Commercial 3, Pedestrian – 40 feet height limit (NC3P-40). The P designation encourages an intensely pedestrian-oriented, retail shopping district where non-auto modes of transportation are strongly favored.  Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Zoning L

Area N:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Lowrise 3 (LR3) to Lowrise 3 – Residential Commercial (LR3-RC). The Residential Commercial suffix zone (RC) allows small-medium sized commercial uses at the street level in multifamily neighborhoods, where small commercial uses can fit into buildings that resemble the neighboring low/medium density residential areas.

In areas with a RC suffix zone and an underlying Lowrise zone (LR), the maximum size limit for individual business establishments is limited to 4,000 square feet. Commercial uses are allowed only in structures containing at least one dwelling unit or live-work unit. Drive-through businesses are prohibited.  Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Low Rise current zoning

Ballard - Low Rise proposed zoning

Area O:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Lowrise 2 (LR2) to Lowrise 2 – Residential Commercial (LR2-RC). The Residential Commercial suffix zone (RC) allows small-medium sized commercial uses at the street level in multifamily neighborhoods, where small commercial uses can fit into buildings that resemble the neighboring low/medium density residential areas.

In areas with a RC suffix zone and an underlying Lowrise zone (LR), the maximum size limit for individual business establishments is limited to 4,000 square feet. Commercial uses are allowed only in structures containing at least one dwelling unit or live-work unit. Drive-through businesses are prohibited.  Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Lowrise 2 current zoning

Ballard - Lowrise 2 proposed zoning

PUBLIC HEARING:

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to land use and zoning regulations affecting property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village on August 3, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the meeting room at The Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107. For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Date:  August 3, 2016
Time:  Sign up sheet for those wishing to speak will be available at 5:30 pm and Community meeting will start at 6:00 pm.
Location:  Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW

Can’t make the meeting?

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 3. Please send comments to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov, or by mail to:

Councilmember Rob Johnson

Seattle City Council

600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor

PO Box 34025

Seattle, WA  98124-4025

Preview Meeting Documents in Advance:

Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Amy Gore at 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.

Want to attend, but need childcare?

Childcare will be provided if requested by July 27, 2016. To request childcare during the public hearing, contact Amy Gore 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov .

Questions about the meeting?

Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Information regarding the proposed amendments regarding land use and zoning in the Ballard Hub Urban Village are available at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/ballard/whatwhy/default.htmor http://seattle.legistar.com/ (search for Council Bill 118693).

Copies of the proposals may be obtained at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The Public Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to David Goldberg of the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) at (206) 615-1447 or via email at davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov or to Aly Pennucci of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at aly.pennucci@seattle.gov.

 

Proposed crossing to connect Ballard neighborhoods

SDOT is considering the installation of a new pedestrian signal at 15th Ave NW and NW 53rd Street as part of an effort to connect Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW Greenway and the Burke-Gilman Trail.  This new signal would create a dignified way for residents to access bus stops, parks, and medical care without needing to travel up to a 1/2 a mile out of their way to find a safe crossing.

The West Woodland Neighborhood Association supports the addition of a pedestrian signal at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  The new crossing would provide our neighborhood with many benefits, including:

  1. Ease of access to amenities in the core of Ballard such as, medical care, community and cultural events, parks, and commercial interests.
  2. Provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail to the 17th Ave NW Greenway.
  3. Create an opportunity for small business owners in Ballard’s Brewery District to participate in events such as Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Jazz Festival, and more.

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Example of what the crossing would look like at NW 53rd & 15th Ave NW. Click to enlarge

Support the NW 53rd Street Crosswalk:

It’s easy to let SDOT know you support the proposed crossing at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  We have created a letter for you, just fill-in a couple items and email to one of the addresses below.

Letters of support should be emailed to West Woodland Neighborhood Association at: westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com or SDOT at:  Summer.Jawson@Seattle.gov

Learn More:

Learn more about this project, which is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ballardgreenway.htm

Find the BGT Missing Link – Public Meetings

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The Burke-Gilman Trail (BGT) is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling facilities in Seattle, a vibrant trail connecting multiple neighborhoods and other city and regional trails. It serves as a major transportation corridor for commuter and recreational bicyclists.

The Burke-Gilman Trail Extension (Missing Link) Project would connect two existing portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail through the Ballard neighborhood, to complete the regional facility that otherwise runs continuously from Kenmore Park to Golden Gardens. Currently, the trail ends at the intersection of 11th Avenue NW and NW 45th Street (on the east), and begins again at 30th Avenue NW at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (on the west). The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) proposes to connect these two segments of the BGT with a marked, dedicated route for pedestrians and cyclists.

This project is one of the City of Seattle’s top-rated trail priorities as identified by the Bicycle Master Plan. A complete trail network improves Seattle’s health and quality of life by providing safe bicycle and pedestrian travel routes for residents of all ages.

Public Involvement:

Review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the four proposed connection options, and join your neighbors to discuss at Leif Erikson Hall on Thursday, July 14 (6 – 9 pm) or Saturday, July 16 (10 am – 1 pm).

Public Meeting #1:

Date: July 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/299348693734144/

Pubic Meeting #2:

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/633449376817495/

Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Project Information: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/BGT_Ballard.htm

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Data Shows Ballard Locations With Most DUIs

According to Project Know, a website dedicated to informing people about addiction and treatment options, 15th Ave NW is one of the worst streets in Seattle when it comes to drunk driving and DUIs.

Three locations along this arterial – at NW Market Street, NW 65th Street, and NW 85th Street – are featured in Project Know’s top six accident locations around Seattle.  These three locations have been host to a total of 38 DUI arrests in 2015, second only to the area surrounding the University of Washington, which had 88 DUI arrests.

For those of us who live near 15th Ave NW, we know how dangerous this roadway can be – multiple lanes and few lights – many refer to it “Ballard’s Freeway”.  It will continue to garner this poor reputation until traffic calming measures are taken, including more stop lights.

Thanks to technology-based rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B.  Pull out your smartphone, link to the appropriate app, and you can order and pay for a driver to be at your side within minutes, usually at rates much lower than a traditional taxi.

So why are people still driving after they have been drinking?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Comment below, or email:  westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com.  I may use your comment in a follow-up blog post.

Access the full Project Know report here:  http://www.projectknow.com/discover/dui-arrests-2/

PROJECT KNOW - Ballard Drunk Driver

5th Ave NW Summertime Kick-Off Block Party

SDOT Block partyThe first block party of the season is happening this Saturday, June 11, and you’re invited!  5th Ave NW neighbors, between NW 60th & NW 62nd Streets, are organizing a family friendly summer get-together for all West Woodland, Ballard Neighbors.  Expect to see LIVE music, lawn games, and more!  Please bring a pot-luck item to share!

Date:  Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:  2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location:  5th Ave NW, between NW 60th & NW 62nd Streets
Event Details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1139528482734374/

Help Wanted!

Donations of the following are gladly welcomed: paper products, compostable utensils, gas grill (just for the day), banquet tables, tablecloths.  Cash donations are also greatly appreciated!

Questions?

If you have questions about the event, or how to help, please contact:

  • Alex: olka2a@yahoo.com or 631-880-9836
  • Gwynne:  gwynnes@gmail.com or 603-828-5058

 

Available For Review: Seattle’s Freight Master Plan

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The Seattle Freight Master Plan is out for review and for West Woodland residents who live near NW Leary Way, 15th Ave NW, & NW Market Street, it is especially important that you be aware of the plan recommendations, they will affect you!

The 20 year plan is a blueprint for how Seattle will keep goods moving around the city – like all those things we order online, groceries, garbage, and more!

Get Involved!

  • Let Seattle Department of Transportation know what you think! Email your comments and questions to FreightMasterPlan@seattle.gov by July 8, 2016.

Message From Seattle Department of Transportation:

The City of Seattle is developing a Freight Master Plan (FMP) to address the unique characteristics, needs, and impacts of freight mobility. The plan will help us understand why freight is so important to the city and the region, examine the challenges of moving freight, and develop solutions to address the challenges. The FMP will primarily focus on urban truck freight movement to support Seattle’s increasing demand for goods and services in a safe and reliable manner.  The plan will outline the critical role that freight movement has on meeting the City’s goals for social equity, economic productivity, sustainability, and livable neighborhoods.

The Freight Master Plan will include elements that have been a part of the other citywide modal master plans such as an existing conditions report, a policy framework, future conditions assessment, identification of near- and long-term improvements, design guidelines, and the creation of an implementation strategy that includes a data-driven prioritization framework.The plan will also consider how the freight network could be updated based on where trucks are actually traveling and in relation to other transportation modes and priorities.

SDOT has been working closely with the freight community, and began broader community engagement in October 2014. For more information please email FreightMasterPlan@seattle.gov.

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Hub Drills Happening In Ballard & Phinney On June 11

What is your community doing to prepare for a major disaster?  On Saturday, June 11 between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, join your neighbors in a simulated earthquake response drill at one of the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

Volunteers, or Citizen Actors, are needed to assist with the drill.  If interested, arrive early and check in with the Hub Coordinator  These activities are designed to help you learn how you can be ready to help in the event of a disaster!

Participating Hub Drill Locations In NW Seattle:

Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave NW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Ballard Shilshole Marina
7001 Seaview Ave NW
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Broadview Lutheran Memorial Church
13047 Greenwood Ave N
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Phinney Community Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Additional Information:  

A detailed map of all drill locations and specific times is available on the main page of Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

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Vote For Your Favorites In The BEST Of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards

BEST of - new FB Logo - blue pic background finalYou know that breakfast spot where you always take visiting friends, or that coffee shop you love to relax at? It’s time to show your favorite local spots some love by voting for them in The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards!

The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards wants your help in recognizing THE BEST businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard!

The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards contest is asking YOU, the reader, to nominate your favorite businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard in categories such as pet friendly, new restaurant, health, fitness, beauty, and more!

Now is the time to vote!
Voting is open from June 6 – July 7, 2016.
Click HERE to Vote!

The contest takes place online only. The top business, non-profit, and more nominated in each category will be considered the winner.  The winners will be announced July 2016 in a special announcement on West Woodland, Ballard Neighborhood Blog.

Nomination Eligibility:  

Any business located in or owned by someone who lives in the West Woodland Neighborhood of Ballard is eligible to be nominated for this award. A map of the West Woodland neighborhood is available here: http://goo.gl/mxPyrt

Not sure who to vote for?  

Take a look at the West Woodland Neighborhood Business Directory to help chose the BEST of West Woodland. If you don’t see your favorite business listed, let us know by emailing westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com.

Questions? 
Please contact westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com.

Free Fishing Weekend Happening June 11-12

fishing 01Free Fishing Weekend” is June 11-12, 2016, when fishing licenses are not required of anyone to fish in Washington State. Free Fishing Weekend in Washington State is an annual event that takes place the first weekend after the first Monday in June.

Remember – all other rules still apply, including seasons, area and lure or bait restrictions, and size and catch limits. Catch Record Cards (first one is free) are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and halibut. Please see the Fishing Regulation Pamphlet below for all rules and restrictions.

Where to go in Seattle:

1. Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86: The pier is known to be prime for catching salmon, rockfish, lingcod, squid and Dungeness crab and offers covered cleaning stations and amazing views of the city. 

2. Green Lake ParkFish for trout, carp and catfish, among other finned fare year-round at this North Seattle favorite.

3. Mount Baker ParkFun family fishing from the shores of Lake Washington. There’s also a playground and a beach when your ready for a break.

4. Seacrest ParkLocated on the West Seattle waterfront, this park boasts some of the best views of Seattle. It’s also a great spot for fishing and has a nearby boathouse.

5. Belvoir Place:  This is a small dock on Lake Union in Laurelhurst. The location is quiet and grassy, perfect place for a first time fishing adventure.

Water Safety Reminder:

Safety First! Whenever you are participating in a water activity or sport, wear a life jacket. Whether your in a boat or playing on the shore, a life jacket is critical, especially for young children.  Click HERE for a list of affordable & FREE loaner jackets.

Push to connect Ballard Greenway & Burke-Gilman

SDOT is considering the installation of a new pedestrian signal at 15th Ave NW and NW 53rd Street as part of an effort to connect Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW Greenway and the Burke-Gilman Trail.  This new signal would create a dignified way for residents to access bus stops, parks, and medical care without needing to travel up to a 1/2 a mile out of their way to find a safe crossing.

The West Woodland Neighborhood Association supports the addition of a pedestrian signal at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  The new crossing would provide our neighborhood with many benefits, including:

  1. Ease of access to amenities in the core of Ballard such as, medical care, community and cultural events, parks, and commercial interests.
  2. Provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail to the 17th Ave NW Greenway.
  3. Create an opportunity for small business owners in Ballard’s Brewery District to participate in events such as Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Jazz Festival, and more.
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NW 53rd Street Pedestrian Crossing supports safe transit for pedestrians traveling between Ballard’s core and Gilman Park.

As our community members age, the creation of safe crossings will become more critical. We can not expect older adults, persons with disabilities, or caregivers with children in tow to walk the same distance as an able-bodied person.  While it may be easy for you to get around today, we’re all growing older and need to be thinking about how we will navigate the neighborhood in our golden years.

There is also the added advantage of connecting a divided Ballard.  15th Ave NW is a divide, separating Ballard into east/ west corridors.  One consequence of this division is that events such as the Ballard Art Walk and Ballard Jazz Festival tend to stay on one side of town.  Rarely do Ballard area community events cross over into the West Woodland Neighborhood.  Adding a safe crossing at NW 53rd Street will create better pedestrian access and encourage more business participation.

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The proposed Pedestrian Crossing at NW 53rd Street would be similar to the one currently in use at NW 58th Street and 15th Ave NW.

Support the NW 53rd Street Crosswalk:

If you are a business owner or resident, you can write SDOT and let them know you support the proposed crossing at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  We have created a letter for you too, just fill-in a couple items and email to one of the addresses below.

Letters of support should be emailed to West Woodland Neighborhood Association at: westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com or SDOT at:  Summer.Jawson@Seattle.gov

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