Here are the minutes from the last general meeting, Â January 17, 2013Â (Reposted from the Home page on the News page 1/30/2013)
Capitol Hill Community Council
General meeting minutes
January 17, 2013
Meeting started at 6:38 p.m.
Capitol Hill Champion update
City and Sound Transit are working out details towards a development agreement (what gets built on top of the Broadway light rail station area) this goes to City Council mid March.
The community can then raise such questions as these;
How will the plaza be developed? what kind of retail will go in?
There is grant money available for outreach to under-represented communities to be brought more fully into this process.
Report from EASTPAC meeting (East Precinct Advisory Committee)
There was a recent assault near Kubota Park
Is crime on the rise on the Hill? Possibly.
Officers will be invited to present at a forthcoming CHCC meeting
The Police also offer â€œEvening Chatsâ€, where a minimum of 10 people in a neighborhood invites officers to a home or church (etc.) to answer questions.
The City of Seattle appointed an exploratory committee to look into extending the streetcar further north, perhaps to Roy or Prospect.
There is funding for study, but not for construction at this time.
Sound Transit/ Broadway Station Update
Construction is at a point where there is a change in contractors, from tunnel digging to initial station work and systems.
(Tunnels are being finished up)
Systems contractors coming on site, as are station contractors.
Expect to see a lot of concrete trucks.
Neighbors met with City Council staff today (January 17)
Discussion was around about the micro-housing moratorium resolution, and the loopholes which allow this type of construction without normal design review triggers.
(In other cities, microhousing is subject to periodic review, but not Seattle.)
The City doesnâ€™t have accurate info right now; they were surprised to hear that there are close to 2000 new units on the hill from microhousing alone in a fairly short period of time.
FYIâ€™s were provided:
Apodment rents range from 600 to 1200 a month.
Only 20% have to be â€œaffordableâ€
Tax exemption may be removed
San Francisco pilot program may be worth looking at, also New York and Chicago. These cities are, unlike Seattle, exploring micro-housing intentionally and within their current zoning parameters.
35 dollars donated, hurray!
East District Meeting
There were 7 applicants for Bridging the Gap Funds, which look at
pedestrian and HC access issues and street improvements. One was accepted.
Feb. 4 is the next deadline for streets and parks improvements monies for each district.
CHCC needs to form a â€œbylaw committeeâ€Â to meet the â€˜every-three-yearâ€™ review obligation.
John Akamatsu, Dennis Saxman, and Erie Jones are forming this.
Any changes will be subject to general membership review and approval.
Possible fundraiser and/or educational/informational project
Produce a Capitol Hill â€œNatural Historyâ€ map, maybe with linked audio files,
depicting historical, architectural, cultural, and landscape information.
â€œWe save what we love, we love what we knowâ€.
Pres. East Community Council
1) Effort to link Eastlake and Cap Hill more, as it was before I-5 separated the two neighborhoods.
2) Columnade Park, may be looking to expand
Lake View Blvd. historically was main north south route prior to I 5
Requesting missing sidewalk between public stairways Howell and Blaine
Not currently funded
Looking for support from Capitol Hill Community Council to find other funding
We value links between Cap Hill and Eastlake
New Gay Community Center
LGBT community center on Cap Hill
(We are one of the few major cities that doesnâ€™t have one, and Seattle ranks 2nd only to San Francisco in per capita gay citizens)
To go at Broadway light rail station site
Looking to partner with other groups
Encompassing a wide variety of organizations
With various LGBT stakeholders (40)
Looking at site A
2nd and 3rd floors perhaps
Redistricting the city for council member elections
This would be a hybrid system with 7 geographical seats and 2 at-large seats
Council member would have to live in the district they represent
Ramping up campaign with petition drive
Need 30,000 signatures but are targeting 50,000 signatures
Wide, diverse coalition supporting this, very grassroots
Seattle Police Dept. is expecting to take delivery of (initially) 2 drones (un-manned aircraft)
Resolution asks that we
Return drones to Homeland Security and not use them
Capitol Hill Community Council voted to table this until the next general meeting in order that Seattle Police could have an opportunity to answer questions, so the voter is fully informed.
The (slightly revised) Resolution will be posted on the CHCC website