RESTRICTED PARKING ZONES: JuNO president Erica Karlovits plans to be at next Tuesday morning’s City Council Transportation Committee meeting to voice concern about the proposed rule changes (discussed here and here). The one that has JuNO most concerned is the proposal that would double the minimum size of a potential RPZ, from five to 10 “contiguous blocks.” Karlovits said that’s almost impossible in The Junction, since many blocks are broken up by commercial zoning, for example. JuNO fears a “parking crisis” is looming in the area. The idea of constructing a parking structure came up again. In the short run, the next steps in the RPZ rule-change proposal involve the Tuesday briefing and a “draft Director’s Rule for public review” to be out by month’s end.
VIEWS: JuNO got an update on the “view corridor setback” proposal that’s proposed to keep the Junction and Triangle areas from becoming marred by “big dark canyons” if it’s developed eventually to the maximum possible height – as shown in this drawing shared during a presentation of the idea last September (WSB coverage here):
The “view corridor” proposal would seek to require that future developments’ top stories be set back in order to keep some open skyline, instead of potentially rising straight up from the streetfront as that drawing shows. Support was voiced by Sharonn Meeks from the Fairmount Community Association, which she noted currently has the unique distinction of being able to see both the Olympics and the Cascades. Fairmount also would potentially see some protection from the plan as proposed, since it would cover 35th to 44th, Genesee to Edmunds. It’s still in a fairly early stage, though – city approval would be needed. (Added Wednesday morning) Those proposed boundaries are the newest detail to the proposal, which also will be presented to the West Seattle Junction Association; then, Karlovits tells us, “We hope to submit to DPD in the next week or two and follow the process to have a Director’s Rule so these setbacks can be incorporated into code.” Watch for a followup when there’s a process in place for you to officially comment.
POTHOLES: Got a pothole problem? Worn paint on street/curbs/crosswalks? As West Seattle (Junction office) Neighborhood Services Coordinator Stan Lock reminded the group last night, potholes should be reported directly to SDOT: www.seattle.gov/Transportation/potholereport.htm.
JuNO usually meets every other month, second Tuesday, 6:30 pm, at Ginomai.