This week in Council Chamber

Lots of new, exciting legislation this week…

Monday morning’s Council Briefing features another weekly update on the state legislative session from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.  There will also be an update on the HALA/MHA implementation.

Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting will have the final vote on the ordinance cutting the city’s ties with Wells Fargo Bank (and probably including some more last-minute bickering over the “whereas” clauses), and final approvals of a long list of appointments.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes several items of note, including:

  • a correction to the fees charged for various land use activities.
  • an ordinance granting city employees up to 12 weeks paid leave for birth or adoption, and for certain qualified city temporary workers up to 4 weeks paid leave to care for family members;
  • the police accountability legislation announced with much fanfare last week, and an accompanying ordinance to appropriate budget and positions;
  • A resolution to accompany the proposed U District rezone ordinance, reiterating the Council’s commitment to the U District Urban Design Framework, to preserving the Ave, and to the small business community there;
  • A resolution requesting “evaluation of residential displacement as it relates to increases in development capacity in certain areas.”

Tuesday morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meets. The agenda includes:

  • the proposed rezone of the U District, and accompanying resolution. Committee chair Rob Johnson hopes to vote the ordinance out of committee this week.
  • the resolution on evaluating residential displacement;
  • a contract rezone for a proposed 54-unit apartment building in Fremont.

Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • the annual report on the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (postponed from last week’s council briefing);
  • an update on the One Center City plan;
  • two surplus property declarations (here and here).

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee meets, and will hold its first hearing on the proposed police accountability legislation. They will also discuss proposed legislation on bias-free policing, and a briefing on the City Attorney’s Office Pre-filing Diversion Program.

Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published.