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City Councilmember Mike O’Brien at Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting June 6

May 23rd, 2017 by Doree

City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will attend the June Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting to discuss any topic of concern to neighborhood residents. The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Our District 6 City Council Representative Mike O’Brien will be the special guest at Phinney Ridge Community Council’s next meeting to discuss policies that he and the Council are proposing that could affect our neighborhood. This is an important chance to participate directly with our representative in city government.

Questions for Councilmember O’Brien will be taken in advance. The Community Council’s Board is also developing topics of interest we’d like him to address. Suggestions include how HALA, with its proposed building height increases and no parking required, will impact neighborhoods and housing affordability for all; property ownership requirements for backyard cottages and increasing neighborhood crime.

In addition, you are encouraged to email questions directly to Councilmember Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov. Please reference our upcoming meeting and cc phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com so we can incorporate your questions into our meeting.

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Reminder: Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting Tuesday asks ‘What do you want for Phinney’

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council’s annual meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The meeting will focus on asking neighbors “What do you want for Phinney?”

Meeting attendees will break into small groups to discuss “The Future of Phinney,” including sustainability goals, balancing housing and transportation needs, land use, and ways to support neighborhood businesses and community efforts.

It’s also board election night, so you’re interested in a seat on the PRCC board, you can self nominate (or nominate others) by emailing phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com.

Board Members are asked to:

  • Participate at open meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and participate in communications throughout the month
  • Help make neighborhood connections, study & recommend action on issues affecting the neighborhood including land use, zoning, transportation, public safety, budget priorities, parks and public spaces.
  • Live, work or own property or a business between Aurora Ave North & 8th Ave. NW and North 46th St. & North 75th St.
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council is comprised of 15 Board members. Meetings are open to all.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council’s May meeting will focus on ‘What do you want for Phinney?’

April 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council’s annual meeting and election is at 7 p.m. on May 2 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The focus this year is asking neighbors “What do you want for Phinney?” Residents are encouraged to share their top priorities for the neighborhood and the PRCC board.

Also, if you’re interested in a seat on the PRCC board, you can self nominate (or nominate others) by emailing phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com.

Board Members are asked to:

  • Participate at open meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and participate in communications throughout the month
  • Help make neighborhood connections, study & recommend action on issues affecting the neighborhood including land use, zoning, transportation, public safety, budget priorities, parks and public spaces.
  • Live, work or own property or a business between Aurora Ave North & 8th Ave. NW and North 46th St. & North 75th St.
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council is comprised of 15 Board members. Meetings are open to all.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss housing affordability, developments, parking, and Aurora’s planned low-barrier homeless encampment

March 6th, 2017 by Doree

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

On the agenda, discussions on:

  • Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda’s (HALA) Mandatory Housing Affordability and its effect on the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Urban Village for height and density upzones.
  • The soon-to-open low-barrier Aurora Licton Springs Homeless Encampment at 8620 Nesbit Ave. N.
  • How to make Seattle an “age friendly” city
  • Neighborhood parking issues

The council also will discuss several housing developments, including: 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. (“Phinney Flats”), which is planned to have 57 units with no parking; and 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. (“Shared Roof”), which is slated to have 33 units with 28 parking spots, and which has asked for a rezone to allow for increased height.

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70th & Greenwood housing project developers ask city to rezone parcel from 40 feet to 65 feet high

December 31st, 2016 by Doree

The developers of the “Shared Roof” project coming to 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. have asked the city to rezone the land from Neighborhood Commercial 2-40 to Neighborhood Commercial 2-65. The height increase up to 65 feet will allow a five-story building with 33 apartment units, ground level retail and below-grade parking for 28 vehicles.

The original proposal was for a six-story building, but the developer scaled that back to five stories after the first Early Design Guidance meeting in August.

Comments on the rezone and any environmental impacts will be accepted through Jan. 22 (the comment period was just extended after the Phinney Ridge Community Council asked for an additional 14 days beyond the original Jan. 8 comment date).

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will discuss the potential height rezone at its meting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Reminder: Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight to discuss wastewater, developments, land use policy, homeless encampments

December 6th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development, land use policy, homeless encampments, waste water

November 30th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

  • Guest speaker Dana West, Planner for King County Waste Water Treatment Division
  • Project reports/permit updates for proposed developments at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. and 7009 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Land use policy reports on: Seattle Backyard Cottages legislation; Seattle Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda updates on Environmental Impact Statements for proposed height increases; Greenwood Phinney Urban Village Map for height/density upzones; discussion of site criteria for city’s Homeless Encampment proposed locations

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss proposed developments, backyard cottages, homeless encampments

October 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

  • Presentation by Chad Dale of Evolution Projects on his proposed “Shared Roof” development at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Update on the proposed Phinney Flats development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Update on the city’s Backyard Cottages legislation
  • Continued discussion of the city’s proposed Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda, its height increases and Urban Village impacts
  • Discussion of proposed citywide locations for homeless encampments
  • Summary of public input to the city’s Comprehensive Plan 2035

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

October 3rd, 2016 by Doree

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.

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