This week: long-term planning

Several long-term planning efforts get airtime this week in Council Chamber.

Monday morning in the Council Briefing, there will be a repeat performance by the Parks Department and the Office of the Waterfront, of a presentation they gave recently to the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee on the plans for Piers 62/63 and for turning some land-banked properties around the city into neighborhood parks.

Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting will feature:

  • A¬†resolution on local broadcast news staffing;
  • A resolution requesting regular reporting on SPD’s implementation of recommendations from the recent auditor’s report on the department’s overtime practices;
  • A resolution on SPD’s gun procurement and sales practices;
  • An ordinance folding the Seattle Transportation Benefit District into the City of Seattle government.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has four new items:

  • An ordinance officially approving the sale of the Pacific Place Garage;
  • An ordinance giving the city more flexibility in extending taxi licenses for wheelchair-accessible taxicabs;
  • Consideration of the appointment of Christopher Gregorich as Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations;
  • The official introduction of Seattle City Light’s 6-year strategic plan for review and approval.

There will be a special meeting of the Park District Board Monday afternoon, to make some adjustments to the Parks District funding plan to accommodate the new Pier 62/63 plan.

At 6pm Monday evening, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hold a special meeting to hear public comment on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Expect both the NIMBYs and the Urbanists to come out in force.

Tuesday afternoon, the Energy and Environment committee meets. There are two items on its agenda: the sale of the former University Substation property, and approval of some real estate acquisitions in accordance with the Boundary Hydroelectric Project.

Wednesday afternoon there will be a joint meeting of the Human Services and Public Health Committee and the King County Health, Housing and Human Services Committee. The detailed agenda has not yet been published, though it’s expected to cover opportunities for cooperation between the city and county of issues such as the homeless crisis and treatment programs for addiction and mental health issues.

Thursday afternoon, the Select Committee on 2016 Seattle City Light Strategic Planning will have its second meeting, following up on last week’s overview by drilling down into specific issues.