The Future of 35th Ave NE a community’s decision Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of communitycharacter is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how. Edward T. McMahon
agenda• donut hole• land use committee• a brief history• 2010 Vision Plan• assumptions• the plan• proposed schedule• stay involved• disclosures• how to stay informed• q&a
donut hole• Ravenna-Bryant Community Association annexed “donut NE 75th Street hole” 35th Ave NE• WCC bylaws: Donut Hole “shall serve the following area of Seattle…NE 75th on the South” NE 65th Street• Revised RBCA bylaws: “shall serve approximately the area of the City of www.ravennabryant.org Seattle… Westward to 40th Ave. NE… Northward to NE 75th St”
land use committee• purpose is to pursue the land use goals of the Vision Plan and review proposed land use issues relative to the Vision Plan.• spun out of the Vision Plan steering committee.• a committee of the WCC• recommends actions to WCC trustees.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey
a brief history• Wedgwood Annexed – Senora Precinct 1945 – Sand Point District 1953• Zoning – 1923, 1947, 1973, current• Growth Management Act – 1990 + amendments• Comprehensive Plan – 1994 + major reviews and annual revisions• City Design Guidelines – Updated 2011
You got to be careful if you dont knowwhere youre going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra
2010 vision planinvolved…• 3 public meetings• over 800 people completed the Vision Plan community survey• many steering committee meetingswhat it did was…• define shared values for Wedgwood, including 35th Ave NE• establish a strong foundation to build on.
vision plan survey results• 54.5% thought “Carefully designed mixed-use buildings can create a more vibrant neighborhood by increasing density and attracting more businesses.”• Top 3 Business Types Desired: 1. Restaurant/Cafes 77.7% 2. Hardware Store 71.7% 3. Bookstore 64.1%
vision plan statements• C-1 “The Wedgwood Business District will feature increased commercial businesses and mixed-use buildings...on 35th Avenue NE…” – Vision Plan, Page 12• C-2 “Much of the neighborhood commercial and mixed-use development will focus near current commercial areas on 35th Avenue NE at NE 85th Street and NE 75th Street. There will also likely be increased commercial and mixed-use development along 35th Avenue NE between the areas, including live/work housing.” – Vision Plan, Page 12
vision plan statements• C-3 “These commercial areas will be pedestrian-friendly, well-connected, and with development and design standards respectful of adjacent and nearby residential neighborhoods.” – Vision Plan, Page 12• C-4 “The community is supportive of new commercial and mixed use development along 35th Avenue NE to achieve a more vibrant district…” – Vision Plan, Page 12• C-5 “New commercial and mixed-use buildings will have pedestrian-oriented storefronts opening to the sidewalk…” – Vision Plan, Page 12
A plan is a list of actions arranged inwhatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an objective. John Argenti
assumptions build upon the Vision Plan, which will serve as a baseline starting point as of now, we will only look at Wedgwood (between NE 75th and NE 95th Streets) the community will define and develop the tools through community meetings, survey(s), a steering committee and other resources
the plan“1. Undertake a neighborhood plan that includes a review of current zoning standards and design guidelines with the City DPD. Revise development standards as appropriate in accordance with community preferences established in the neighborhood plan.” – Vision Plan, Page 14“2. Work with Seattle DPD to establish neighborhood- specific design guidelines that direct new development.” – Vision Plan, Page 14
proposed schedule Jan to Feb 2012 Assemble Steering Committee Feb to Sept 2012 Host Community Learning Seminars March to May 2012 Planning Workshop 1 July 2012 Planning Workshop 2 August 2012 Community Survey September 2012 Planning Workshop 3 January 2013 Propose Draft Plan(s) to Community February 2013 Deadline for Community Comments March 2013 Present Final Plan to Community April 2013 WCC Trustees Vote on Plan Submit “neighborhood plan” May 2013 to City
A community is like a ship: everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen
stay involved• stay informed• tell your neighbors and spread the word• participate in Planning Workshops• come out to Community Learning Seminars• complete the community survey• donate funds/professional services• random acts of volunteering• volunteer on the steering committee
In our profession, a plan that everyone dislikes for different reasons is a success. A plan everyone dislikes for the same reason is a failure. And a plan that everyone likes for thesame reason is an act of God. Richard Carson
disclosures some funding will be necessary, which could include grants and/or donations from neighbors or businesses. if a comprehensive plan amendment is required, the City will review land use changes and may have some revisions. the City is not required to take up every comprehensive plan amendment.
how to stay informed WCC Website (wedgwoodcc.org) Wedgwood Land Use Listserve