A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

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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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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