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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight to help plan Greenwood 2035 Study Groups

The Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight (Tuesday) is an open meeting for anyone wanting to help plan the Greenwood 2035 Study Groups. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. There, people will divide into groups that focus on sidewalks, land use, transportation or engagement, then everyone will move to a nearby restaurant, pub or coffee shop to continue the discussion.

The Greenwood Community Council is looking for volunteers for Greenwood 2035 – a year-long effort to develop Greenwood’s input and feedback to complement Seattle’s comprehensive plan update: Seattle 2035.

Volunteers are needed for the following study groups:

LAND USE. This study group will develop information and positions about how Greenwood should develop. For example :

  • What is loved about Greenwood that should be preserved, and what could be improved?
  • How can new density and development enhance and promote Greenwood’s livability?
  • What city improvements and services are needed to make new development work?
  • What can be done to preserve affordability and healthy small businesses?
  • What kinds of development are helping or hurting livability in Greenwood?

TRANSPORTATION. This group will address Greenwood’s transportation needs and priorities.

  • What new transit connections are needed, and how can service be improved?
  • What’s the best way to accommodate bicycles, and where should greenways be located?
  • What should be priority uses for our main streets? How should they operate?
  • Should car use be more efficient, or should it be frustrating to spur shifts to transit and bikes?
  • What are the transportation projects and improvements that should top our priority list?

SIDEWALKS. This group will propose practical ways to start building sidewalks north of 85th St. (Note: Seattle’s change to district elections makes this a timely opportunity – any candidate for the district north of 85th will need a program to address sidewalks, and we can help!) This group will study and consider:

  • Why are there no sidewalks north of 85th St., and what’s been tried to get them built?
  • What is the city’s obligation vs. the home or business owner?
  • How will Seattle’s complete streets policy help? How effective are grant processes?
  • What are obstacles to building sidewalks and what can be done to overcome them?
  • What is a practical program that a new city councilmember could promote?

NEW MODELS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. This group will aim to broaden community involvement.

  • Are meetings still an effective way to involve people in addressing neighborhood issues?
  • What are generational differences – how do younger community members engage?
  • How can dialogue increase between residents and local business people?
  • What are engagement and outreach models that are more participatory?
  • How do different constituencies feel the community council could better engage or represent their interests?

(Note: The Greenwood Community Council is also looking for volunteers for our board, and help with our website.)