This week in Council Chambers: July 26-30, 2021

As the Council inches closer to its August recess, here’s what it’s getting up to this week.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing has no special presentations or executive sessions scheduled.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting is scheduled to include final votes on:

  • a land-swap between the Parks Department and Seattle School District at Walt Hundley Playfield and West Seattle Elementary School;
  • a designation of face-recognition technology as “surveillance technology” for the purposes of the city’s surveillance technology regulations;
  • an ordinance ending the requirement for grocery stores to provide “hazard pay” for front-line workers;
  • an ordinance allowing SDOT to impose higher street-parking rates around Climate Pledge Arena on event days;
  • appointments to the Seattle Music Commission, Seattle Women’s Commission, Domestic Workers Standards Board, Green New Deal Oversight Board, Seattle City Light Review Panel, and Seattle Public Utilities Strategic Plan Customer Review Panel.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes these new bills:

  • the 2022 Comprehensive Plan amendment docketing bill;
  • an ordinance granting Seattle Arena Company a permit to construct a tunnel under Thomas Street to connect underground into Climate Pledge Arena’s loading dock;
  • Two parks department land-acquisition bills (here and here);
  • A bill prohibiting SPD from training with the law-enforcement and military agencies of countries (including Israel) found to violate human rights;
  • a resolution approving the Seattle All-Hazards Mitigation Plan;
  • two alley vacation bills in South Lake Union (here and here);
  • A bill authorizing SDOT to acquire rights to properties adjacent to Terminal 5 as part of the Quiet Zone improvements project.

Tuesday morning, the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a briefing from the Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety on the Sentinel Event Review “wave one” report;
  • the previously-mentioned resolution approving the Seattle All-hazards Mitigation Plan.

Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee has been cancelled.

Wednesday morning, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee is scheduled to meet. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published, but is expected to include:

  • the 2022 Comprehensive Plan docketing resolution;
  • a public hearing on a Comprehensive Plan amendment to rename “single-family residential” zones to “neighborhood residential.”
  • A briefing on a bill establishing interim use regulations for street-level properties downtown to encourage economic recovery;
  • a bill amending the tree protection pan for the Yesler Terrace project.

Wednesday afternoon, the Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published.

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