This week: SODO arena, housing levy, budget

The week kicks off with a Full Council meeting that will draw some headlines. Then the Council kicks off a bunch of budget work.

Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting is a big one: the Council takes a final vote on whether to vacate part of Occidental Avenue in order to make room for the proposed SODO Arena. They also take a final vote on whether to send the $290 million 2016 Housing Levy to the August ballot.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will be brief indeed, with no presentations scheduled. That might change, however, if today’s May Day parades and protests result in any major incidents.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has a couple of items of note:

  • A bill that would consolidate the Seattle Transportation Benefit District into the City of Seattle’s administration. Doing so requires a public hearing, which would take place in June.
  • Several bills to kick off the mid-year budget update process.

Monday morning at 10:30 the Council will hold a meeting of the Select Budget Committee to inform all Council members of the process that will be used for this fall’s creation of the city’s 2017-2018 budget.  They will also hear a presentation on the state of Seattle’s economy and what that means for the city’s tax revenues.

Tuesday morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will meet to make a final recommendation on the Swedish Health Cherry Hill campus Major Institution Master Plan. They will also hear two briefings: on the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program, and on equity issues related to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Tuesday afternoon the Full Council will hold a special meeting to discuss approval of some city bond-issuance matters.

Tuesday afternoon the Sustainability and Transportation Committee also meets, where there will be three briefings: on the Draft Sound Transit 3 plan, the 2015 Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board annual report, and an update to the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan.

Wednesday morning the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee meets and will kick off the mid-year supplemental budget process.

Wednesday afternoon the Education, Equity and Governance Committee meets, and Thursday morning the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee meets. The agendas for the meetings have not yet been published.