This week in Council Chambers: November 8-12, 2021

The budget process gains some forward momentum, and the Council deals with a handful of land-use bills.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include a briefing from the Council’s staff on a proposed alley vacation for an affordable housing redevelopment project in South Seattle. It will also hold an executive session to discuss legal matters with city attorneys.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting will include a public hearing on the proposed alley vacation, a prerequisite to the Council voting to approve it as soon as next week.

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

  • a contract rezone in North Seattle;
  • a resolution modifying the Mayor’s emergency order that authorized hiring bonuses for SPD officers and 911 dispatchers;
  • a budget ordinance approving a handful of 2020 budget overruns so the city can close out the books on last year;
  • an ordinance, following on the recent changes to the Comprehensive Plan, that officially changes the name of “single family” zoning to “neighborhood residential”;
  • An ordinance granting the SDCI Director the power to waive certain land use exceptions to allow for power grid upgrades for sewage treatment plants;
  • a resolution modifying the city’s policy for replenishing the city’s emergency fund to allow more time for the fund to be fully replenished.

Wednesday morning at 9am, the Budget Committee meets for a presentation of the Budget Chair’s 2022 “balancing package” of amendments to the Mayor’s proposed budget. At 5:30 on Wednesday, the Council will hold a public hearing on the 2022 budget.

Friday morning at 9:30, the Budget Committee meets again to discuss the Budget Chair’s balancing package, in preparation for a second round of proposed amendments.

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