Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

Last week, Mayor Burgess presented the proposed 2018 Budget to the Seattle City Council.

2017 was a year when the city experienced unimaginable growth, figuratively and literally. We are facing looming issues, unprecedented actions, and upcoming transitions. Yet, the mission of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods stays constant: "to strengthen Seattle by engaging all communities."

This year we took on new activities and programs to support our role of leading City departments in their outreach and engagement practices. We launched innovative ways of informing and engaging with community members, all the while focusing on how to be more equitable and accessible to all.

In 2018, we will continue this work – honoring the 30-year legacy of our department and its programs and exploring new approaches to reach our mission. With every budget, we strive to be more effective, efficient, and accountable. We seek to bring together data, performance measures, outcomes, and our lines of business as we connect the allocation of our resources with the value we hope to continue for the people of Seattle. This budget reflects that approach.

This proposed budget allows the Department of Neighborhoods to continue the good work we have been doing, and the new work we’ve launched this year. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to transform the way our City talks with, listens to, and works with communities.

If you would like more information, please visit Over the next two months, Seattle City Council will be reviewing and deliberating the proposed budget.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

New Commissioners Sought to Join the Seattle Design Commission Mayor Tim Burgess is recruiting to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Seattle Design Commission - one for a licensed Architect and the other for a licensed Professional Engineer. Apply by December 1. (more)

Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications Available Now - Due Oct. 30 This initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to thrive.(more)

Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee Votes on Proposed Design Review Changes The committee recommended adoption of proposed legislation to change the City’s design review process. (more)

Building Seattle’s Resilience What does a resilient Seattle look like to you? Share your thoughts in a 5 minute survey. (more)

October Family Fun and Halloween Events Check out Seattle Parks and Recreation's list of family friendly Fall events throughout the city. (more)

New Commissioners Sought for Seattle Planning Commission There are two open positions: one appointed by City Council and one appointed by the Planning Commission, both subject to confirmation by the full City Council. Apply by October 13. (more)

Pathways Home: Report on the First Year View results from the first year of the Pathways Home initiative, a framework guiding the city’s response to homelessness. (more)

Seattle City Light Announces $1 Million of Green Up Grants 
Seven local organizations will receive grants to to help install solar panels at 14 public school, affordable housing, and community-based locations. (more)

Community Involvement Commission Meeting: October 16, 6pm (more)

Seattle City Council Position 8 + 9 Debate: October 18, 6pm (more)

Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities Meeting: October 19, 4pm


The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

  • Accessory Dwelling Units Environmental Impact Statement (Learn More)
  • Supporting Neighborhood Parking Options (Learn More)
  • Seattle Resilience Survey (Learn More)

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Community Members Needed for Advisory Committee on Zoning Modifications at Green Dot High School Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to volunteer on this committee. Send letter of interest by October 6. (more)

Rainier Valley and Capitol Hill Neighbors Invited to Apply for Community Project Grants The Community Project Grants will be awarded for public safety projects that engage the community and help Aurora Licton Find It, Fix It Community Project prevent crime. Apply by October 10. (more)

Join Seattle Department of Transportation on October 7th for Art Interruptions Event Individuals of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join this artistic stroll through West Seattle. (more)

West Seattle Stadium Track Renovation Project Complete
The Seattle Park District provided $950,000 for this major maintenance project which replaced and resurfaced the existing rubberized track. (more)


  • Coffee With A Cop - South Precinct: October 4, 2-4pm (more)
  • Coffee With A Cop - Southwest Precinct: October 4, 2-4pm (more)
  • Seattle School Board Candidates Forum: October 4, 7pm (more)
  • North Beacon Hill Find It, Fix It Community Walk: October 7, 11am (more)
  • Bayview Triangle Work Party: October 8, 9:30am-12pm (more)
  • Dismantling Racism Series - Washington's Racist Past: October 10, 7:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition Meeting: October 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • West Seattle Neighborhood Recycling & Reuse Event: October 14, 9am-1pm (more)
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment / ADU EIS Scoping Open House: October 17, 6pm (more)
  • Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting: October 18, 7pm (more)
  • South Roxbury Street Community Tree Planting: October 28, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Gatewood Tree Walk: October 28, 10-11:30am (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Rainier Valley and Capitol Hill Neighbors Invited to Apply for Community Project Grants The Community Project Grants will be awarded for public safety projects that engage the community and help Aurora Licton Find It, Fix It Community Project prevent crime. Apply by October 10. (more)

New Bike Lanes on Pike and Pine Streets Bike lane markings, posts, signs, and bike signals have been installed on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave. (more)

  • Coffee With A Cop - West Precinct: October 4, 2-4pm (more)
  • Coffee With A Cop - East Precinct: October 4, 2-4pm (more)
  • The Ropes - Understanding & Engaging Youth Homelessness: October 4, 6pm (more)
  • Civic Cocktail - Seattle's Shift to the Left: October 4, 6pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council Meeting: October 4, 7:30pm (more)
  • First Hill Autumn Cleanup: October 7, 10am (more)
  • Beyond BorderLands - Community Response Center: October 7, 2-5pm (more)
  • Madison Park Community Council Meeting: October 9, 7pm (more)
  • Cascade P-Patch Community Potluck: October 14, 3:30pm (more)
  • First Hill Public Meeting - Emergency Preparedness: October 17, 6pm (more)
  • Fall Festival in Occidental Square: October 21, 11am-3pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Community Invited to Participate in Design of Soundview Playfield Renovation Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to a public meeting for the renovation of Soundview Playfield on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Whitman Middle School Library. (more)

Safety Improvements Near Ballard High School Painted curb bulb and flashing crosswalk lights help improve safety for kids walking to school. (more)

Stabilization Repairs at Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool Repairs include a crucial roof repair and replacement of the pool pump which will lengthen the life of this facility. Check link for scheduled closures. (more)

New Safety Improvements for a New School Campus Various improvements were made to increase safety around Cascadia Elementary, Licton Springs K-8, and Robert Eagle Staff Middle Schools. (more)

  • Phinney Ridge Community Council Meeting: October 3, 7pm (more)
  • Coffee With A Cop - North Precinct: October 4, 2-4pm (more)
  • Soundview Playfield Renovation Project Public Meeting: October 4, 6pm (more)
  • Lake City Young Leaders Mural Dedication: October 4, 6:30pm (more)
  • City of Seattle/University of Washington Community Advisory Committee Meeting: October 10, 6:30pm (more)
  • Panel Discussion - Latin American Women in Film: October 11, 4:30pm (more)
  • Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Meeting: October 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: October 17, 7pm (more)
  • Disaster Preparedness - The Basics: October 17, 7pm (more)
  • Pinehurst Pocket Park Planting Party: October 21, 10am (more)
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment / ADU EIS Scoping Open House: October 26, 6pm (more)
  • Jane Addams Middle School Community Potluck and Landscape Design Planning Meeting: October 26, 6:30pm (more)

Header image: Participant at the Ethnic Media Startup workshop (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)
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