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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development projects, parking strategies, city development policies

September 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The bulk of the meeting will be devoted to discussing neighborhood development projects, including Phinney Flats, at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., which will have 55 small studio apartments, two live/work units, ground-floor retail, and no parking; and a six-story apartment building at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N., which is asking for a rezone to significantly raise height limits from 40 feet to 65 feet.

PRCC also will discuss the city’s proposed Backyard Cottage legislation and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, and talk about a draft survey of neighborhood parking strategies.

PRCC President Alice Poggi attached this note to the meeting’s agenda:

Dear Neighbors,

At our Tuesday meeting will have updates on the proposed projects along The Ridge and the policies being proposed by the City that will change the “sense of place” in neighborhoods throughout the City.

Many of you attended recent public meetings on two major projects in our neighborhood. Phinney Flats is proposed at 68th and Greenwood with 57  small, studio apartments and no parking. The other is nearby at 70th and Greenwood. The developers have asked for permission to build 65 feet high in a zone that currently allows 40 feet. The status of both of these projects will be explained as well as next steps.

In addition, the City is proposing several new policies that would change how new developments interface with single family homes. It is important that we all are informed so that we can effectively influence the changes. The Mandatory Housing and Affordability (MHA) policy of “The Grand Bargain” which is prominent in the news, would allow an increase in height of new developments. On Phinney Ridge that would mean increasing allowable heights from 40 feet with a 4-foot bonus, to 55 feet with the same bonus. Another piece of legislation is about Backyard Cottages which are currently allowed and regulated. The new proposal melts away the regulations that keep them at “cottage” size and it could allow increased height, no parking, and structures in other places on a lot besides the backyard. This essentially dissolves the concept of single family lots.

These projects and policies are controversial and I believe it is important that we as residents understand the implications and participate in the feedback to the City Council as they review these options.

For more info, visit phinneyridgecc.org

Sincerely,

Alice Poggi, PRCC President

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight to discuss development in the neighborhood and citywide

July 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., to discuss development and Seattle’s Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda (HALA).

PRCC is hosting Mary Holscher, a member of Seattle’s Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda (HALA) Focus Group. She will help us understand how the Mayor’s proposal will affect the city―specifically Phinney Ridge―and pass on input received to the focus group. Our speaker is a follow-up from our annual May meeting & election when we heard various perspectives on aspects of HALA.

The council also will receive development and permit updates on projects at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., backyard cottage legislation, Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan 2035, and neighborhood parking strategies.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development, land use, parking, introduce new board members

June 6th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

  • Introduction of 2016-17 board members — New: Jeff Reibman and Scot French; Re-elected: Terry Cook, Mark Phillips, Irene Wall, Craig Fryle, Ted Inkley and Duncan Griffin; Continuing: Carolyn Lee, Susan Wagner, Tom Yeager, John Bito, Mary Lou Reslock, Chuck Ayers and Alice Poggi
  • Development updates on 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Land Use Policies: Housing Affordability Livability Agenda, Backyard Cottage proposed legislation, Seattle Comprehensive Plan 2035
  • Neighborhood parking issues
  • Officer elections for president, vice president(s), secretary and treasurer

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Phinney Ridge Community Council’s annual meeting Tuesday to discuss city’s housing affordability agenda, PRCC board elections

May 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

On the agenda:

  • An open discussion of how Seattle’s HALA (Housing Affordability Livability Agenda) proposals affect our neighborhood. Learn more about building heights and affordable housing options with panelists Alan Durning (author and Mayor’s HALA Task Force member), Jon Grant (Tenants Union of WA and HALA Task Force member), and Cindi Barker, Co-chair of City Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee)
  • PRCC annual board of directors election, beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nominations will be taken right up until that time. Anyone who lives, works, or owns property or a business between Aurora Avenue North and 8th Avenue NW and North 46th Street and North 75th Street can vote and/or be a board member.

Phinney Ridge Community Council is an independent, volunteer effort located in City Council District 6. PRCC members work with other community organizations and city departments to ensure our neighborhood shares in opportunities for public input and resources.

To self nominate, nominate another, or additional information please email: phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com

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Reminder: Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight

April 5th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., to discuss the city’s Design Review program, two major housing developments, and city housing policies.

On the agenda:

  • Update on the city’s Design Review process
  • Development permits status, including 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Discussion of the city’s Housing Affordability Livability Agenda and policies on backyard cottages.

The PRCC also is seeking board nominations for its May 3 Annual Election. Responsibilities include attending council meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Board members must live or own property or a business between Aurora Avenue North and 8th Avenue NW and North 46th Street and North 75th Street.

For more information on board nominations, contact Diane Duthweiler at 206-375-0012 or dduthweiler@comcast.net.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets next Tuesday to discuss Design Review, development

March 29th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., to discuss the city’s Design Review program, developments in the pipeline, and housing policies.

On the agenda:

  • Update on the city’s Design Review process
  • Development permits status, including 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Discussion of the city’s Housing Affordability Livability Agenda and policies on backyard cottages.

The PRCC also is seeking board nominations for its May 3 Annual Election. Responsibilities include attending council meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Board members must live or own property or a business between Aurora Avenue North and 8th Avenue NW and North 46th Street and North 75th Street.

For more information on board nominations, contact Diane Duthweiler at 206-375-0012 or dduthweiler@comcast.net.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development, backyard cottages, zoo’s new exhibit

February 25th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

  • Continuing discussion of the proposed multifamily development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., which will have 55 residential units, two live-work units and commercial space at ground level, with no parking.
  • The city’s proposal to relax the rules for Backyard Cottages
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s ideas to renovate the Tropical Asia exhibit that formerly housed the elephants

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Take Phinney Ridge Community Council survey on city’s proposed changes to backyard cottages rules

February 17th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council is looking for neighborhood input on the City’s proposals for zoning changes that would encourage more backyard cottages – or Detached Accessory Dwelling Units — in single family zones. The City has proposed the changes to help deal with density and growth.

You can take the short survey here.

With some exceptions, backyard cottages are currently allowed on all single-family lots of at least 4,000 square feet. This means that about 75,000 of the City’s 124,000 single-family lots are eligible for backyard cottages. Current law subjects backyard cottages to a number of restrictions. These include requirements in effect now:

  • the property owner live on site at least six months of the year
  • provide off-street parking for the cottage
  • a prohibition against having a backyard cottage and “in-law” apartment on the same property
  • limits on the height and size of backyard cottages
  • prohibits cottage entrances from facing abutting property

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

January 31st, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. All Phinney Ridge residents and business owners are welcome.

On the agenda:

 

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