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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss two major development projects

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. to discuss two major development projects that take advantage of City policies allowing additional height and density.

From PRCC President Alice Poggi:

* There has been strong opposition to 6726 Greenwood as it is designed with 57 units, 4 stories and mini apartments without parking.

* At 7009 Greenwood, there is additional height being proposed, 5 to 6 stories total, but less unit density, varied apartment sizes and some parking. (Note: the developers’ newest design proposal is being presented Friday Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.at Woodland park Presbyterian Church across the street from the site.)

PRCC’s Tuesday Oct. 4th meeting will include discussion on policies being proposed that will change the character of neighborhoods like ours in exchange for accommodating additional “density”. You’ve been hearing about the “backyard cottages” which are now allowed but proposed legislation opens the door to non-owner occupied, no parking required, essentially allowing another independent structure on your and your neighbor’s single-family lot. You’ve been hearing about the Comprehensive Plan changes. And, you’ve been hearing about adding 10-15-feet in height to neighborhood buildings which are currently allowed to reach up to 48 feet at their peak. Related to that is the height increase propsosed for the U District … which could reach more than 300 feet in some places. “Sandwiched” communities like ours are already seeing increased traffic from Ballard’s increased density. The formulation of these new policies are equally important to understand as renters and homeowners.

PRCC is made up of neighbors who volunteer their time to understand and inform the community about land use and otherissues. Come meet your neighbors. Our meetings are casual and open to all.