Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

Happy New Year! The holiday season is now officially behind us, and we are looking forward to accomplishing great things in the coming year. In fact, a lot has already happened in our region over the last few days:
  • January 1 marked the first day of Seattle’s sweetened beverage tax. Based on the conversations I heard over the weekend, there are lots of questions! Get more information.
  • The International Special Review District (ISRD) boundary expansion also went into effect. The ISRD is one of the City’s eight historic districts, and the board reviews physical changes made to the exterior of properties. Learn more about this process.
  • Washington State implemented new sick leave laws on January 1. All employees in Washington will now start earning sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked. In addition, the state’s minimum wage also increased to $11.50 per hour.
  • And, lastly, there’s a new sheriff in town! Yesterday, Mitzi Johanknecht was officially sworn in as King County Sheriff.
The Department of Neighborhoods is actively working to let you know what is happening and why, so that you can be prepared and informed. We will continue this work in 2018 - transforming the way our City talks with, listens to, and works with communities.

Hope you had the happiest of holidays and here’s to a productive 2018!

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Submit Your Project Ideas for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets by February 2

Celebrate Neighbor Day on February 10 by Indulging in Random Acts of Kindness

Join the Next Wave of Community Leaders: People’s Academy for Community Engagement Accepting Applications for Winter 2018

Join the Steering Committee for Your Voice, Your Choice 2018


$5.5 Million Available from Equitable Development Initiative Fund Community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement strategies and economic development opportunities are encouraged to apply to the City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative fund by March 5. (more)

Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant Seattle Public Utilities is now accepting applications for matching grants for community projects focused on waste prevention. Application deadline is February 23. (more)

City of Seattle Announces $100 Million in Affordable Housing Investments Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced more than $100 million in investments to build and preserve 1,450 affordable homes in neighborhoods across Seattle, including the construction of 896 new homes in nine new buildings. (more)

Apply for the Seattle Youth Employment Program Youth and young adults 16-24 are eligible to apply for summer internships with City of Seattle departments and other partners. The application process begins January 12. (more)

Youth to Lead MLK March on January 13 Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 13. Participants will gather at 11am at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. (more)

Join the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB) This volunteer board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies, and makes recommendations to all city departments. Apply by January 26! (more)

Volunteer for Count Us In on January 26 Volunteers will be asked to work in teams of 2-3 to conduct a visual count of individuals experiencing homelessness in King County. (more)

Seattle Renters' Commission Meeting: January 11, 6pm This commission was established to represent diverse renter voices across the city. Its purpose is to provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters. (more)

Community Involvement Commission Meeting: January 17, 6pm
This commission advises the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments on coordinated, Citywide outreach and engagement activities. (more)


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

  • Fort Lawton Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (Learn More)
  • Seattle Department of Transportation On-Street Parking Survey (Learn More)
  • Roosevelt RapidRide (Learn More)

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

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
Attend the South Seattle Home Fair on February 10 This is your chance to ask an expert about your planned remodel and get info on the City's permitting process and code requirements. You can also get information about rental housing rules, homeowner assistance, landslide awareness, and much more. (more)

North Beacon Hill Community Volunteers Needed Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for youths (16-21 years old) to sit on the North Beacon Hill: Station Access and Mobility Study’s project advisory group. They are especially interested in youths who speak Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, or Somali. (more)

Work Begins on Safe Routes to School Project for Rainier View Elementary Work on Beacon Ave S, S Bangor St, and 55th Ave S will include new marked crossings, curb bulbs and speed humps near Rainier View Elementary. (more)

Lincoln Park South Play Area Renovation Survey Seattle Parks and Recreation is interested in finding out more about how you use the south play area at Lincoln Park and what you'd like to see for improvements. (more)


  • Southwest District Council Meeting: January 3, 6:30pm (more)
  • South Park Signal Box Walk: January 7, 11am (more)
  • Disaster Skills Workshop at Southwest Library Branch: January 17, 5:30pm (more)
  • Lincoln Park South Play Area Renovation Public Meeting: January 24, 6pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Share Your Thoughts on the Fort Lawton Draft Environmental Impact Statement The City's vision for Fort Lawton is an affordable, livable community that creates opportunities for those with low incomes to live in the Magnolia neighborhood, and takes advantage of the opportunity to increase recreational and open space for Seattle. On December 14th, the City of Seattle published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that undertakes detailed environmental study of the proposal. Public comment period extends through January 29. (more)

Work Begins on 7th Ave Mobility Improvements Project Crews will build a protected bike lane on the west side of 7th Ave and update traffic signals. Construction is expected to last through April 2018. (more)

Central Customer Service Center Move Update Construction delays are preventing the opening of the new facility at 464 12th Avenue. In the meantime, beginning Jan. 3 the City of Seattle's Mobile Customer Service Center will be on-site during regular business hours to serve customers. (more)

  • Queen Anne Community Council Meeting: January 3, 7:30pm (more)
  • Africatown Plaza - Midtown Center Design Cipher #3: January 6, 10am-2pm (more)
  • Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: January 9, 5:30pm (more)
  • First Hill Public Meeting: January 9, 6pm (more)
  • Fort Lawton DEIS Public Hearing: January 9, 6pm (more)
  • Uptown Alliance General Meeting: January 9, 7pm (more)
  • Public Hearing - Seattle Asian Art Museum Expansion in Volunteer Park: January 12, 2pm (more)
  • Work Party in Volunteer Park: January 13, 10am (more)
  • Lid I-5 Collaborative - Kickoff Charrette: January 21, 9am-1pm (more)
  • Community Open House - District 4 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Maps: January 30, 6pm (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Green Lake's Spud Fish & Chips to be Considered for Landmark Status Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 3:30pm. The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Provide Scoping Comments Regarding the Roosevelt RapidRide Project 
The Roosevelt RapidRide Project will provide a high-quality service connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods of South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, and Roosevelt. Seattle Department of Transportation has initiated a 40-day scoping period to help determine issues to be addressed in the environmental document and identify any significant issues related to the proposed project. Public comment period open through January 12. (more)

  • U-District, Let's Go! Kick Off Walk: January 6, 12:30pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: January 9, 6:30pm (more)
  • Community Resilience Workshop (Lake City Future First): January 14, 1:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: January 16, 7pm (more)
  • Disaster Preparedness - The Basics (at Phinney Neighborhood Center): January 16, 7pm (more)
  • Jane Addams Middle School Community Landscape Design Meeting: January 25, 6:30pm (more)
  • Community Open House - District 4 Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Maps: January 30, 6pm (more)

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