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Queen Anne Plan Hits the Street!

 
The Public Review Draft of the Queen Anne Plan is now available for review at the Queen Anne Branch Libary. Parts 1 (Plan Summary) and 2 (Queen Anne Plan) will be held for reference at the Library. Part 3 (Appendices) will be following soon with the SEPA Checklist and technical reports. The QANPC encourages everyone to have a look at the Queen Anne Plan and give us your ideas and comments. The "Validation" process will be held in September. This will be the time to provide communitywide feedback. The essence of the Queen Anne Plan is provided in three sections:
 
  • Goals and Policies
  • Specific Plan (also known as "Key Integrated Strategies")
  • Planning Recommendations (also known as "Planned Actions")
 
The Goals and Policies provide a broad framework for the Plan and the planning recommendations. The Specific Plans are integrated redevelopment projects which build upon one or more individual actions. For example, the "Queen Anne Bicycle Beltway" consists of many small bikeway projects which when combined provide a continuous bike beltway for commuters. The Planning Recommendations are individual actions or projects which were identified as necessary or desirable to address Queen Anne's issues. There are 154 separate recommendations, ranging from a new tunnel under Aurora Avenue for bicyclists and pedestrains to a new "neighborhood center" near Mercer Street at Queen Anne Avenue.
 
Lower Queen Anne becomes Uptown Queen Anne - by popular request one of the recommednations changes the official title of the Urban Center from the Seattle "Center Urban Center" to the "Uptown Queen Anne Urban Center" or "Uptown" for short. In addition, two specific plans build upon the Uptown concept - "Uptown Park Neighborhood" and "Uptown Center" to create unique urban subareas within the overall Uptown Queen Anne Urban Center.
 
Summaries are also availble for review. These present a quick overview of the seven specific plans.
 
If you have questions, call the following folks:
 
Technical planning questions (questions about the projects or the document): Robert Foxworthy, Planning Consultant Project Manager, 206-285-5816.
 
Queen Anne Plan process, Queen Anne Neighborhood Planning Committee, scheduling, validation, history of process, breaking news, etc.): Doug Lorentzen, QANPC Executive Committee, 206-283-4350 or Tracy Robinson, QANPC Executive Committee, 206-684-0769.
 

Previous QA Planning News Reports


Public Review Draft of Queen Anne Plan to be Completed in June

 
The Public Review Draft of the Queen Anne Plan will be completed in June 1998 and submitted to the City of Seattle for review. The Plan will also be available for the public to review prior to Validation which will occur in late August or early September. The QANPC will be distributing this draft to the City and review copies will be available for the Queen Anne community shortly thereafter. The drafting of the Plan was put on a fast track when the QANPC learned that a June submittal to the City would allow City Council Neighborhoods Committee review of the QA Plan in September. The QANPC and the consultant planning team are rushing to meet this deadline.
 

City of Seattle Comments Received on Preliminary Queen Anne Plan

 
Comments on the Preliminary Draft of the Queen Anne Plan were received by the QANPC starting Friday, May 22. NPO project manager David Goldberg delivered the first wave of City comments to QANPC Topical Committee chairs that afternoon. The QANPC met the following Wednesday and Thursday evening to review the comments and recommend revisions to the Plan.
 
Our first goal was to update and adopt the Goals and Policies for the QA Plan, which have been in development since the start of Phase II but which were not ready to be sent to the City in the Preliminary Draft in April. We negotiated among committees and adopted these and then began working through the City's comments on the Plan. Reviewing the comments on each of the Plan's proposals was a lengthy process, since there were about 170 separate proposals in the Plan. This process continued until the end of the week. For example, I spent several hours reviewing the transportation comments with John Coney, the QANPC Transportation Committee chair. We finally agreed on a revised set of proposals in response to the City's comments but which preserved the essence of what the planning committee wanted. In the end, each committee went through a similar process, and we came away with a revised set of proposals.
 
Robert Foxworthy, Consultant Planning Team Coordinator
 
The revised proposals and Goals and Policies will be included in the next draft of the plan, the Public Review Draft.
 

Queen Anne Planning Recommendations
and
The Preliminary Queen Anne Plan are Completed

 
(Robert Foxworthy, AICP)
 
April 28, 1998 - The QANPC received the "Preliminary" draft of the Queen Anne Plan tonight at their regularly scheduled fourth Tuesday monthly meeting. The Plan included an extensive "matrix" or table of Planning Recommendations which were identified over this last seven months by each of the QANPC Topical Committees. Approximately 150 individual recommendations or "actions" were included. The Preliminary Draft of the Queen Anne Plan is the first draft of the planning document which will eventually be adopted by the QANPC and the City of Seattle as Queen Anne's Plan. The Plan also includes a set of integrated projects or "Specific Plans" which combine the individual recommendations to create thematic plans. The QANPC will review this draft and determine in which direction they wish to continue. An important step now underway is the articulation of each Topical Committee's Planning Goals & Policies which will make explicit the criteria by which each recommendation was made. Comments are sought from all interested parties.
 
Recommendations were made in the areas of Community Character, Human Services/Housing, Land Use, Parks & Open Space, Transportation & Business Districts. Recommendations dealing with public safety were integrated into these topical actions.
 
Two Recommendations worth noting are 1) the elimination of the Urban Village designation in Upper Queen Anne; and 2) the change of name for "Lower Queen Anne" to "Uptown Queen Anne" and from "Seattle Center Urban Center" to the "Uptown Queen Anne Urban Center."
 
The Specific Plans include concepts for:
 
    "Uptown Park" Neighborhood - New residential neighborhood in Uptown QA (Lower QA)
     
    "Uptown Center" - Encouragement for the continued development of an urban center village centered on Queen Anne Ave. at Mercer St.
     
    Counterbalance - New circulating trolley transit system linking Upper & Uptown QA.
     
    Queen Anne District Village - Small-scale mixed use district in Upper QA
     
    Queen Anne Bicycle Beltway - Connections to complete the commute bicycle system
     
    Allot Bay Access - Links from QA to Elliott Bay
     
    Historic Queen Anne - Actions to retain the historic character of QA
     
    Mobile Queen Anne - Actions to make Queen Anners more mobile
     
    Good Neighbor Seattle Center - Actions that will make Seattle Center a better part of QA
 
This the first draft of the Queen Anne Plan. These ideas are now being reviewed by the Neighborhood Planning Office and the City's Review & Response Team.
 
For more information, contact Doug Lorentzen, QANPC Public Information Officer at 206-283-4350.

Draft Planning Recommendations Presented!
The Queen Anne Neighborhood Planning Committee (QANPC) reviewed its first completed listing of Queen Anne Plan recommendations on Tuesday evening, March 24, 1998. Robert Foxworthy, AICP, Planning Team Project Manager, presented the recommendations in a matrix form to the full committee at their second monthly meeting. Pat Kaufman, Chair of the QANPC, accepted the assembled recommendations and the full committee review began. Approximately 140 separate recommendations were identified from each of the QANPC Topical Committees which will form the foundation of the
Queen Anne Plan. Several well-attended public meetings were held in March during which committees presented their list of proposed projects. The evening of the 24th was the first time, however, that all of the proposals were assembled in one document for review. Recommendations ranged from the striping of bike lanes on local roads to the development of a new community center in Lower Queen Anne. Revisions are still occurring, but the essence of the topical planning process is now complete. The QANPC will be taking these proposals and integrating them into larger projects which will be the focus of the Queen Anne Plan. The QANPC will be presenting these recommendations to the Geographical Committees on Monday evening, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Like all QANPC meetings, the public is encouraged to attend. Topical Committee chairs will be describing each recommendation so that everyone understands what each will entail. The Geographic Committees will then caucus to review these proposals and provided comment on April 13 at the QANPC’s first monthly meeting in April. The QANPC intends to begin the process of adopting recommendations at that meeting.
February-March News
QANPC is moving forward with their planning recommendations. After months of analysis and discussion topical committees are meeting nonstop to formulate their preliminary "preferred planning recommendations" which will eventually be forwarded to the City of Seattle for comment. This is an exciting, if not exhausting, time for everyone. While the last few weeks have seen meetings every day of the week, frustration over scheduling, and concern over the City's potential response to the plans, the process continues to engage participants, and the plans are beginning to gel.
 
The QANPC has two extended meetings scheduled - Saturday, March 7 "retreat" for Land Use, Character, Parks, and Human Services/Housing - get together and sort out committee recommendations; and Saturday, March 14 - Transportation "retreat" for that committee to sort out and prioritize its recommendations. The prioritized recommendations that come out of these meetings will be presented to the full QANPC for their review and decision-making in April. The complete set of recommendations will then be "pitched" or presented to the geographic committees later in April.
 
The consultant planning team is working closely with each committee to provide information and clarify planning recommendations. Susan Black is working with Karen Gielen and the Parks Committee, and they recently walked the entire length of the Historic Boulevard (3.5 miles?) to review and discuss issues and ideas. Mimi Sheridan and Robert Shinbo have been working with Steve Paoli and the Character Committee to develop appropriate design guidelines for special areas they have identified. Mimi and I have been working with the Human Services/Housing Committee to address a wide range of community issues from housing afford ability to the establishment of a new community center in Lower Queen Anne ("Queen Anne's Uptown Neighborhood"). Cynthia Baker is completing the Business Committee tasks and meeting with the Chamber of Commerce. David Zielinski has been working with John Coney and the Traffic & Transportation Committee to address a broad set of mobility issues. Finally, I have been providing info to the Land Use Committee which is now making important land use recommendations. All of these issue-oriented groups have made substantial progress and will be completing their work soon.
 
It isn't too late to get involved! See the meeting schedule at this site for upcoming discussions.
 
Robert Foxworthy, Consultant Planning Team Coordinator
 
Urban Center
 
The Urban Center Committee of the
 
QUEEN ANNE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING COMMITTEE ASKS…….
 
Would you like to have a circulating electric trolley bus that connects Uptown (the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood) with other parts of Queen Anne?
 
What do you think about a city-run Neighborhood Service Center in the heart of Uptown business/residential area?
 
What do you think about "green streets" with attractive pedestrian areas in the the commercial/office areas of Uptown?
 
These are just some of the recommendations that will be reviewed and discussed by stake holders of our Uptown neighborhood on Thursday, April 2, 1998 and Thursday, April 9, 1998. Time: 7 PM. Place: Bay view Manor, the retirement center, at 11 West Aloha.
 
Come join residents, business owners and property owners. Learn about the results of more than a year of citizen planning efforts.
 
The Urban Center Geographic Committee is now reviewing and commenting on the more than 140 recommendations that have been compiled by the Topic Committees. The task of the Urban Center Committee is to study and discuss these recommendations with emphasis on the impacts, appropriateness, and whether they meet the goals for Urban Center.
 
As a committee, the Urban Center, identifies these needs:
 
A community/service center that provides meeting space, public information display, library computerized search and requests, and open/breathing space.
 
A series of "green streets" with enhanced pedestrian amenities in the area of Lower Queen Anne that is south of West Mercer Street and west of Queen Anne Avenue North. Pocket parks/open space/breathing space is suggested along this designated pedestrian route.
 
An appropriate name for the section of Queen Anne currently labeled "Lower Queen Anne". Some suggestions are: Uptown, Queen Anne Center and South Slope.
 
After the April 2 and 9 meetings of the committee to review all recommendations, the chair of the committee will attend the April 13 meeting of the QANPC with an opportunity to veto any not acceptable to the Urban Center Committee.
 
For more information contact Jean Sundborg
January-March News
On January 15, 1998, the chair of the QANPC Urban Center Committee, Magic Black Ferguson, resigned. She had served as chair since June 1997, and resigned to be able to devote more time to her position as President of the Seattle Chapter of National Organization of Women. Through a consensus process, it was agreed by those present that the leadership of the Urban Center Committee will be shared by Janis Ford and Jean Sundborg. Janis will attend the meetings of the QANPC and Jean will facilitate the monthly meetings of the Urban Center Committee. The third Thursday of each month is the regularly scheduled meeting date for the committee. Committee members participated in the January 17, Getting Around Fair by the QANPC Traffic and Transportation Committee, and at the January 31 QANPC Community-wide Open House at McClure Middle School.
 
 
QANPC Land Use
February-March News
The QANPC Land Use Committee is working through a series of meetings this February to identify "preliminary" land use recommendations. Major issues which are being addressed include the QA Urban Village boundary and the nature of land uses in Upper QA, especially as they relate to the UV. Lower Queen Anne Urban Center land uses and zoning; growth targets, etc.. Land use and related issues throughout Greater QA as well as special land uses. Work is being coordinated with the other QANPC Topical Committees.
For more information contact: Robert Foxworthy Email: rfoxw@wolfenet.com
 
Business District
News
 
Community Character
News
 
Housing & Human Services

Housing & Human Services Update

 
We're putting together plans for a community center in lower Queen Anne. We need your ideas on types of programs, services and location!
 
Affordable housing for renters and families looking for a home is becoming more and more difficult. We've come up with some suggestions around financing programs and encouraging multi-family housing in existing zoning. The City of Seattle has some proposals as well. We need your input!
 
Come help celebrate the QA Community! we're looking for suggestions on a community event. So far, we've got some votes on a Halloween Parade and also a summer-time street fair on the QA Avenue. What do you think?
 
For more information contact, Housing & Human Services Chair: Janet Liang
 
Overall Queen Anne
News
 
Parks & Open Space
The Parks and Open Space Committee has developed a preliminary set of recommendations based on its deliberations to date and feedback received during the January QANP Open House. These recommendations will be merged and prioritized with those developed by the other committees. A final set of consolidated priorities will then be adopted by the QANP Committee.
 
PARKS AND RECREATION
Preliminary prioritized recommendations
 
PARK ACQUISITION/DEVELOPMENT
Parks Element
 
Recommendation 1: Acquire a site for a neighborhood park in lower Queen Anne for the use of the residents of the area. A site has been identified at 308 Queen Anne Avenue N. and adjacent properties. Fund a Master Plan focused on family oriented activities such a play area for children, seating/viewing for adults, a picnic shelter for small group use, an open area for casual interactions, etc.
 
Recommendation 2: Transfer ownership of 4th and Ward property to Seattle Parks. Fund a Master Plan for development.
 
Recommendation 3: Transfer ownership of the Dexter Pit property to Seattle Parks. Fund a Master Plan for development.
 
Recommendation 4: Fund Master Plan for 5th and Blaine Park. Fund Phase 1.
 
TRAILS
 
Recommendation 1: Upgrade the Boulevard pedestrian system to include a continuous sidewalk for accessibility, safety and user-friendliness. Prioritize those areas with no sidewalk over those with an existing sidewalk. Sign the Boulevard as a Seattle Department of Parks facility, a recreational facility, and give it identity.
 
Recommendation 2: Add lighting to segments of the Boulevard with unsafe light levels for pedestrian use and jogging. Keep lighting consistent with design character established on the Wilcox Wall to enhance identity and recognition of the Boulevard.
 
Recommendation 3: Complete development of Ship Canal Trail, and already-funded project.
 
Recommendation 4: Complete development of West Lake Trail project including street ends, also an already funded project.
 
Recommendation 5: Develop pedestrian bridge to Myrtle Edwards/Elliott Bay Park from Lower Queen Anne.
 
Recommendation 6: Develop pedestrian bridge over Aurora from Galer Street. Partially funded by Wash DOT, complete funding from Seattle.
 
Recommendation 7: Improve access under Aurora @ Mercer or Broad as part of the Pot latch Trail system sponsored by Seattle Transportation Department and Seattle Center.
 
Recommendation 8. Assist adjacent homeowners to maintain vegetation along sides of stairways, clean up stairways regularly.
 
PRESERVATION/RESTORATION/MAINTENANCE
Parks Element
 
Recommendation 1: Prioritize removal of encroachments of any kind which reduce the recreational qualities of Queen Anne Boulevard or any Queen Anne Parks in any way.
 
Recommendation 2: Replace play structure at Soundview Terrace.
 
Recommendation 3: Redesign play area at 12th & West Howe Street.
 
TRAFFIC
Transportation Element
 
Recommendation 1: Prioritize pedestrians when determining need for pedestrian activated crossings, striped crossings and islands and bulbs in the boulevard. Prioritize the boulevard when making traffic decisions, not the side-streets.
 
For more information, contact Karen Gielen
 
Public Safety
News
 
Transportation
Since June thirty-six men and women, just plain citizens from all parts of Queen Anne, have been working through the hundreds of transportation issues that impact our Queen Anne streets and our ways of life. Are these issues boring? Well, about as boring as standing around on the sidewalk while a Steinway plummets toward you from six stories above.
 
What we don't plan can hurt, or worse. Street congestion and lack of parking are building in Queen Anne. Streets can turn from vital shopping areas to dingy pollution-belching urban highways. Commuting and shopping can start to take a bigger bite of your life and paycheck. Precious Queen Anne neighborhoods can become inaccessible, clogged with cars and trucks, poisoned by air pollution. Finding alternatives to cars can help to prevent bad outcomes for Queen Anne.
 
The solutions won't all come from actions taken within our neighborhood's boundaries. Queen Anne folks can seek some relief through changes to the city's comprehensive plan.
 
All parts of Queen Anne will be affected by large economic enterprises such as the Immunex industrial development, the Aldus plant, expanded industrial activity in the BINMIC's Elliott bay-front and Interbay locations, RTA light rail construction and Commuter Rail. For years the city has failed to take action to solve the "Mercer Mess". Seattle Center serves all of Western Washington as a cultural center. Metro is a division of King County Government. RTA is a tri-county entity. In the decades to come all these remote and powerful forces will have positive and negative impacts on our beloved neighborhood.
 
Now a window of time is provided by the City of Seattle for folks in Queen Anne to make recommendations for changes to the city's Comprehensive Plan. Get involved in the planning process to make a better future for Queen Anne.
 
For more information, call John Coney at 283-2049
 
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