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Community meeting Monday on Aurora-Licton Springs ‘Urban Village’

As Seattle’s neighborhoods continue to become more dense, it’s important for neighbors to have a voice in the process. Until now, no community council or group has focused on the Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs area, which the city has designated as an urban village, to attract development.

Members of the Greenwood Community Council are hosting a special community meeting, hoping to help form a new community group to focus on the Aurora-Licton Springs neighborhood.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St. However, Lantern will open early at 6:30 p.m. for social time, and to serve beer.

When the urban village concept was adopted 20 years ago, the policy was to recognize where development was most likely and to focus city attention and infrastructure on making these places high quality safe and walkable urban neighborhoods. The primary strategies in the adopted Aurora-Licton Springs Neighborhood Plan (in 1999) were “designation of the … urban village, establishment of a community center in conjunction with an excellent educational center at the Wilson-Pacific site, creation of one or more neighborhood commercial centers, enhancements to the business area and streetscape along Aurora Avenue North, and establish a comprehensive network of safe and attractive pedestrian connections.”

Proposed Agenda:

7:00 Welcome and Introduction

  • Meeting purpose
  • Urban village concept and history
  • Current issues in the neighborhood
  • Community councils in the area – who represents Aurora-Licton Springs?

7:20 Open Discussion

  • What are key problems in the neighborhood?
  • What would you like to see changed or improved?

7:50 How Can Neighbors be Proactive and Get Changes?

  • How to be heard at city hall on neighborhood issues and needs?
  • How to provide a vision and guidelines for development?
  • How to work with local businesses on a better business district?
  • How to help neighbors be safe?

8:15 Call for Volunteers and Next Steps