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Lake City Neighborhood Action Teams Update

Back in January, a process was begun between Lake City and the Mayor’s office. (See this  previous post on the origins.)  Out of that, three Neighborhood Action Teams (NATs) were developed. NATs are different from more traditional neighborhood planning; they focus on more tangible short-term goals and utilize city staff expertise within those targeted areas.  The three groups currently at work in Lake City are:


Economic Development NAT

This group identified concerns related to the health and vitality of Lake City’s business community. A sub-group also formed to pursue funding for the business district via the Only in Seattle grant program. This NAT includes representatives from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED), Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Pierre Visioning Project. Click to see the Economic Dev. Draft Action Plan.


Transportation & Pedestrian Access NAT

Concerns related to traffic, walking and bicycling have been identified, with specific geographic areas pinpointed throughout Lake City . Click to see the Transportation Draft Action Plan. This group includes representatives from: Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT), Public Utilities (SPU), City Light and Lake City Greenways.


Parks, Programming, and Public Safety NAT

This group has faced the largest challenge of the three, simply because it’s scope is so broad. Click to see the Parks Prog. Draft Action Plan.  The current proposal is to break this group into separate parts to help facilitate clearer actionable items. One group would focus just on Parks, another specifically on Health and Human Services. The Public Safety component would be folded into the Economic Development NAT group.


Each of these groups has worked to develop action plans, convening into one larger group to merge the information. While the Parks & Programming NAT is still refining some of this work, the groups are moving ahead with public engagement. If your group would like to give input on the action plan or receive more information about it, please contact Thomas Whittemore (North District Coordinator). He can be reached at, tel: (206) 684-4096, or cell: (206) 396-2788.

If you’d like to be notified of further opportunities to be involved in this process, please sign up for our LCNA Email Alert list (available in the upper right hand corner of your screen).


Coffee Talk #4 – Diversity and Demographics

coffee talkaiAre you interested in helping to plan for Lake City’s Future?   Join us for this last Coffee Talks Series


When: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE


Tuesday’s Coffee Talk will focus on demographic trends and diversity in the Lake City community. Come learn more how Lake City is evolving, who makes up our community, and get ideas on making Lake City welcoming to all of its residents.


The evening will include a description of Lake City age, race, ethnicity, income, gender, and household characteristics.  Speakers will share their experiences reaching out and engaging diverse groups in their work. Using a roundtable format, everyone will participate in discussing what we see as opportunities and challenges as Lake City grows and changes.


Speakers include:

  • Rachel Miller, APA member and planner with Makers Architecture and Urban Design
  • Amber Trout, North Seattle Family Center and UW PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Planning
  • Lisa Uemoto, SHA Community Builder for Lake City Court


Come for coffee and talk with these experienced professionals and your neighbors about strengthening Lake City’s design and identity for the future. The intent of the Coffee Talks is to learn about key concepts that could help guide our work on the Pierre Property redevelopment and with City agencies.


The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) has co-hosted this series of “Coffee Talks” for the Lake City community with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.

75 Attend Lake City Visioning Project Open House

Saturday’s open house for the Lake City Visioning project was a great success. The event drew some 75 people (on a sunny day) to review the work of UW Architecture and Planning grad student Katy Haima on a vision for redevelopment of the Pierre family properties on Lake City Way.

Katy displayed her work in 3 stations, looking at Land Use and Programming; Urban Design and Density; Open Space and Circulation. A brief questionnaire helped attendees state preferences and generate their own ideas based on broad concepts and specific examples. Mapping exercises were set up, and Katy and other students gave brief presentations. There was also a display of some of the work of the Landscape Architecture students who recently worked in Lake City on creating and linking open spaces.

Visitors look at UW Architecture and Planning grad student  Katy Haima's work.

Visitors look at UW Architecture and Planning grad student Katy Haima’s work.

This event was an important milestone in the ongoing work by neighbors and by facilitators like Katy to create a vision for the future of Lake City Way. Katy’s work brought many of us closer to understanding how we can participate in the transformation of our community.

There will be more opportunities to work with Katy as she finalizes her project—and more ways to be involved as we get closer to redevelopment. Stay tuned.

North Precinct Advisory Council meeting notes

The LCNA North Precinct Liason, Steve D., has been attending the North Precinct Advisory Council meetings. Below is his report back from the January and February meetings:   January was quiet at NPAC, so I decided to couple it with February.  January
  • Dennis, the drug sniffing dog was the keynote. 3year old yellow lab.  Knows 19,000 explosive odors.  Flunked out of guide dog school due to being too curious.  Has to earn 100% on his recertification test every year.  99% means back to school.
  • Jana Jorgensen, City Attorney says the Orion hotel signed an agreement with the city and has 180 days to correct the illegal behavior going on there or face stiff penalties as  part of Chronic Nuisance Abatement Agreement.  SPD has been by and said it is “a ghost town.”
  • Judy Lewis with liquor board says they continue to work with feds on marijuana guidelines.  If you go to Portland and purchase more than 6 cases of liquor, expect a visit from State Patrol or liquor board.
  • Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, who runs SPD’s Blotter   was the keynote. Blotter is designed to get information directly to citizens, NOT to control the news.  Blotter works with neighborhood blogs as well as reporting criminal activity around the city.  If you have not checked out the Blotter, it is well worth your time.
  • Tweet By Beat - if you go here on SPD’s web site, or just Google it, you can go to a box entitled “find your precinct and beat” and type in your address.  It will link you to tweets by officers in your neighborhood.  There is up to an hour delay, UNLESS there is an emergency (shooting, robbery, etc) then it goes on real time.  You do not need a twitter account to access this.
  • Seattle Districts Now representative spoke and are proposing a change from at-large elections of City Council, to a mixed districts/at-large system.  The goal is to gather 31,000 signatures and get this initiative on the ballot in 11/13.  Go to the web site and check out the maps.  The districts were drawn by Dr. Richard Morill from UW. By federal law, they are all withing 1% population from one and other.  Go to the website for more information.
  • Jana Jorgensen, City Attorney, spoke about car camping.  There is a Mayoral council looking at this.  If you have car campers in your neighbor hood you are encouraged to send any information including photos, behavior descriptions and license plate numbers to Jana at When business owners speak up it is especially powerful.
  • King County Prosecutor is working on the following: Move gun crime prosecution for minors from currently 5 convictions before jail time, to 2 convictions.  Increase the protection order for stalking victims.  Look at compensation for people how were convicted and later found innocent, not released on legal issues, but actually found to be innocent.
  • NPAC Officers are starting a campaign to actively recruit new members including churches.  That’s on the agenda for March, along with a visit from Nick Lacata.
The notes from the NPAC Secretary are available here and here as well.    

Lake City Way Traffic Safety Corridor

The City of Seattle has partnered with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation to launch a multi year Corridor Safety Project on Lake City Way. This program will be similar to the recently completed Aurora Traffic Safety Project.

The goal of the project is to reduce collisions by 25% along LCW from  75th to 145th by:

  1. Community identified street improvements.
  2. A public education campaign.
  3. Increased enforcement efforts.

The Taskforce has met twice to date now – On Wednesday, January 16th and Wednesday, February 13th at the Lake City Community Center from 4 to 6 pm. The Taskforce will be meeting for 6 months to come up with an action plan.

At the first meeting, a presentation of the collision data was made. It showed what kinds of collisions were happening, where they happened, what time and conditions, age of involved parties, whether cyclists or pedestrians were involved, and if there were fatalities or injuries. The data showed that LCW has a higher rate of collisions than similar corridors.

At the second meeting, there were three break out groups to identify issues related to enforcement, education, and engineering. The results will be made public soon and will be posted on this site.

The next meeting time and date is to be announce for mid March. It will be a bus tour down LCW to look closer at the locations identified as having issues.

If you would like to be involved on the Taskforce, or just receive updates, please contact the project manager ( Jim Curtin ) at