This week in Council Chambers: a full week

It’s going to be crazy busy in City Hall this week.

Monday morning in the weekly Council briefing, there is an executive session to brief the Council members on potential litigation.

Monday afternoon in the Full Council meeting, the Council will take final votes on nine appointments for various committees.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes:

  • an ordinance designating the former Seattle City Light Power Control Center as a historic landmark;
  • thirteen appointments to the newly-formed Community Involvement Commission;
  • ratifying a settlement agreement between the city and the Alliance for Pioneer Square;
  • approving a new facility use agreement for the Seattle Storm to play at Key Arena;
  • an ordinance modifying the maintenance and demolition standards associated with vacant buildings in order to deal with public nuisance and health and safety issues;
  • an ordinance updating the Housing and Building Maintenance Code and the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance to increase the standards for rental housing in the city
  • an ordinance approving additional staffing for SDOT to support Move Seattle projects.

Tuesday morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meets, and will continue its discussion of the Chinatown/International District MHA upzone. It will also take up the ordinance to update vacant building standards mentioned above.

Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meets. It will discuss:

  • the annual report on the Move Seattle Levy, and SDOT’s request to hire more staff positions for Move Seattle projects;
  • bike theft and registry;

Tuesday evening, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing at Seattle University on Council member O’Brien’s proposal to change the law so that appeals related to the Youth Service Center can be appealed to the Hearing Examiner.

Tuesday evening, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee will also hold a public hearing on the proposed police accountability legislation.

Wednesday morning, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee meets. It has not published the agenda for the meeting yet, but likely topics are the nine appointments to the Community Involvement Commission, some budget-related items on the IRC, the landmark status for the old SCL Power Control Center building, and Council member Burgess’s proposed regulations for short-term rentals.

There are several other meetings scheduled for later in the week for which agendas aren’t yet published, including:

  • Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, a special meeting of the Full Council, Such meetings are often for approving the city’s issuance of bonds.
  • Wednesday afternoon at 2:00, the Education, Equity and Governance Committee.
  • Thursday morning at 9am, a special meeting of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee, most likely to start wrapping up work on the police accountability legislation.
  • Friday afternoon at 2pm, the Park, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee, likely to take up the aforementioned settlement agreement with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Seattle Storm agreement.