FEEDBACK ON PARKING, ZONING AND A KNOLL FOR A TROLL
by Kirby Lindsay
Fremont Neighborhood Council (FNC) President, Norma Jones, gave an overview of the organization’s monthly meeting, held Monday, October 26, 2009, a few days after it took place. She reported what happened but refused to choose only one agenda item to feature. “Our business portion of the meeting is as important as our guest speakers,” she explained.
Guest Speaker Presentations on Parking and Troll’s Knoll
Mary Catherine Snyder, Lawrence Eichhorn and Margo Polley attended the meeting as representatives of the City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). “They came primarily to get feedback,” Jones reported. In late 2008, SDOT implemented a Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) in areas of Fremont, as well as installing pay stations in parts of the business district.
Jones described the representatives as “very thorough in their presentation,” and she believes they gathered suggestions, from attendees and e-mails of those who couldn’t attend. According to Jones, some made comments about a shortage of street parking for visitors of those who live in RPZ areas and about spill-over parking from other areas. Jones acknowledged, “some of them want changes.”
The second guest speaker, Kimberly Scrivner, “came with some preliminary designs,” Jones reported, for Troll’s Knoll, an area around the Fremont Troll sculpture. Friends of Troll’s Knoll were awarded a City of Seattle Small and Simple Grant of $6000 – to be combined with donations and other resources – to being improvements of the area. This fall they plan “to kill off blackberries, with cardboard and mulch, and to plant taller, perimeter trees,” Jones reported.
Regular Business – Discussions and Motions
As to the business of the FNC, “we’re working in a lot of different areas,” Jones allowed. They discussed updates being done on their web site and a blog, a recap (and acknowledgement) of time and effort volunteers put into the Candidate’s Forum held October 13, plus reports from their Zoo and parks committees. They also continue to follow efforts to build a community center in Wallingford, and “we’re looking at the Nuisance Property Ordinance and trying to understand it,” Jones volunteered.
In late summer, FNC representatives participated in Industrial Lands Zoning meetings. “The City came in July,” Jones explained, and City representatives reported that changes to zoning were being considered. They asked for community input. “The FNC has taken a historical position to support mixed use,” in neighborhood development, Jones said.
The ad-hoc Industrial Lands Zoning Committee discussed, and visited, industrial areas of Fremont during a series of meetings. At their October meeting, the FNC Board of Directors adopted a motion to send a letter to City Councilmember Sally Clark. The letter requests that no changes be made to zoning to allow residential uses in current “I” zones, or changes that make existing light industrial uses less viable.
Finally, Jones mentioned, the next FNC monthly meeting will be held Monday, November 23, at 7p.m., at History House (790 North 34th Street). The agenda is expected, once again, to be full of further progress reports on FNC business, along with a scheduled guest speaker attending from the Washington State Department Of Transportation to give an update on construction of the Aurora Bridge barrier. Please consider attending, and learning more about it all.
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