The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s annual membership meeting – known as the Food Fest because of samples from local businesses – is Tuesday, and this week’s FCA board meeting brought lots of news ahead of it.
WHO’LL BE AT THE FOOD FEST: First, an update tonight from FCA president Mike Dey – Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold have confirmed they’ll attend. It starts at 6 pm Tuesday (March 21st) at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW); free, but FCA invites members old and new to be ready to renew/join ($25/year).
DAYTIME RPZ REJECTED: Last fall, FCA asked SDOT to study parking in the existing Residential Parking Zone east of the Fauntleroy ferry terminal, where parking is currently restricted to permit holders between 2-5 am. The group’s concerns included Washington State Ferries employees parking in residential neighborhoods during the day and car-share vehicles. One week ago, SDOT replied to say its study found “not enough blocks meet the minimum threshold to make the requested changes to the existing RPZ.” Its letter said that they needed to find at least 10 blocks/20 blockfaces where parking was 75 percent occupied during their study; they found “approximately 6 blocks (7 blockfaces) that met the 75% threshold.”
SDOT also told FCA they had checked with WSDOT, which has 25 “business RPZ” permits for its employees to use, as “some need to park between 2 am and 5 am.” The state had rented 15 parking spaces at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse but recently, according to SDOT’s letter, “decreased this to 5 spaces in part because the ferry employees were not using these spaces.”
As for car-sharing vehicles, SDOT’s letter notes that they “are permitted to park on street(s) throughout Seattle. There are no restrictions for free-floating car-sharing vehicles on residential streets.”
SDOT’s letter did offer the option of “adding parking on several of the blocks that have ‘No Parking’ on one side where the minimum width is sufficient,” saying it “often uses this strategy to add parking capacity to a neighborhood when it can be done safely to address resident concerns about lack of sufficient supply to meet current demand.”
FCA had done its own parking survey before requesting the changes and leaders say they want clarification of SDOT’s methodology and criteria, including the definition of what was referred to in the department’s letter as “a windshield survey.” Overall, the process, they said, has been frustrating, and they’re hoping to get a face-to-face discussion with SDOT.
ANOTHER PARKING ISSUE: FCA’s Gary Dawson, who is the area’s Ferry Advisory Committee rep and is also on the Triangle Improvement Task Force, said he’s trying to sleuth the status of a suggestion to expand the no-parking time period along Lincoln Park by an hour – 2 to 7 pm instead of the current 3 to 7 pm – to help with ferry waiting/traffic. He said it would be important to find out not only the status but also whether feedback had been sought from stakeholders such as Seattle Parks and neighbors.
Otherwise, the Triangle Task Force has one more scheduled meeting March 27th; here’s the WSF document on what they’re looking at so far for “quick wins.”
SPEAKING OF TRIANGLES: FCA’s Marty Westerman said the reconfigured Endolyne Triangle needs some tweaks, such as better identification of the loading zone, and that’s another issue they’d like to discuss face-to-face with SDOT. FCA’s Alexis Zolner provided an update on the plantings, saying some of the plants aren’t doing so well, but volunteers with gardening experience are working on that.
SPD UPDATE: Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith said SPD has done a speeding-emphasis patrol in the area and plans another one soon. The average northbound speeder on Fauntleroy was between 15 and 20 miles over the speed limit, he said – adding that many of those who were ticketed, as police say is often the case in emphasis patrols, were nearby residents, not people just passing through.
The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays, 7 pm, most months, at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. But again – the annual membership meeting is next Tuesday, March 21st, 6 pm, at The Hall at Fauntleroy on the south side of the schoolhouse.