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In a four-hour marathon meeting on July 8, SeaTac lawmakers wrestled with the details of implementing their vision for multi-family housing and increased retail in areas surrounding two light-rail stations.

The stations set to open next year are at South 154th Street and Tukwila International Boulevard and South 176th Street and International Boulevard.

The thorny issues included tax exemptions, parking bonus incentives, design standards and rezoning.

Council members approved by a 4-2 vote property tax exemptions for new multifamily housing in the two station a

07/13/2008

The Des Moines City Council approved on June 26, with two conditions, the city's six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2009-2014.

The conditions consisted of removing Redondo Beach Drive from the list of priorities and moving Kent-Des Moines Road improvements up on the priority list.

Improvement projects include phases two and three of the Des Moines Creek Trail Project, North Twin Bridge repairs, Saltwater Bridge repairs, street and road improvements, roadway reconstruction and intersection improvement on Marine View Drive, and Barnes Creek Nature Trail c

06/30/2008

Ballard, already exceeding its 20-year growth targets by 174 percent, seems an obvious choice for a neighborhood plan update, but the community may have to wait at least a year to see who goes first.

The Seattle City Council is getting set to vote on a proposal to update and assess the status of the city's 38 Neighborhood Plans, which would include establishing a citywide Neighborhood Plan Advisory Group.

The plans were adopted by the city in 1999 and identify actions aimed at managing growth over a 20-year period in each major neighborhood.

The group would be

06/30/2008

The King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and judges from around the county, recently revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude.

This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009.

How will services be affected by the budget crisis?>/b>

King County government provides both regional and local services.

06/30/2008

The Des Moines City Council approved on June 26, with two conditions, the city's six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 2009-2014.

The conditions consisted of removing Redondo Beach Drive from the list of priorities and moving Kent-Des Moines Road improvements up on the priority list.

Improvement projects include phases two and three of the Des Moines Creek Trail Project, North Twin Bridge repairs, Saltwater Bridge repairs, street and road improvements, roadway reconstruction and intersection improvement on Marine View Drive, and Barnes Creek Nature Trail c

06/29/2008

The King County Executive, along with the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney and judges from around the county, recently revealed that King County is facing a budget crisis of great magnitude.

This year alone, we may have to cut $20 million from the $660 million general fund. An additional deficit between $40 million and $70 million is predicted in 2009.

How will services be affected by the budget crisis?

King County government provides both regional and local services.

06/29/2008

A village is defined as bigger than a hamlet, usually smaller than a town. Urban is defined as characteristic of a city or town, or citified. But put together, what does urban village really mean? It is a term used in urban planning since the 1980's to describe a community that ideally offers medium population density, mixed use zoning, good public transit, access to public space and community institutions, and pedestrian only zones. For purposes of future growth targets and amenities Ballard is a designated Hub Urban Village by Seattle's Department of Planning and Development.

06/17/2008

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has new land use recommendations for south downtown and it has included a supporting environmental impact statement.

The two documents are the result of a study on a livable downtown, a multi-year public initiative to explore ways to facilitate the additional jobs and housing called for in neighborhood plans.

The study area includes Pioneer Square, Chinatown/ International District including Little Saigon east of Interstate 5, the east side of Rainier Avenue South between South Dearborn Street and South Main Street, and t

06/16/2008

Yes, it's a landmark, but go ahead and knock it down.

After voting to protect the Ballard diner as a city landmark in February, the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board voted reluctantly, but unanimously, last Wednesday not to impose any controls on the Manning's/Denny's building.

"It's a very sad situation," said board chair, Stephen Lee, noting this was the first building in his experience the board deemed a landmark, but then later decided could not be preserved.

By law, a landmark designation cannot prevent the owner from seeing a reasonable economic return.

05/27/2008
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WRECKING BALL ON THE WAY. Landmark or no, the Denny's Restaurant structure will soon be demolished.

Photo by Steve Shay

More "cottage housing" is planned for Ballard, a type of housing designed around sharing space with your neighbors while allowing more separation than a condominium or town home.

Only allowed in areas of the city zoned multi-family, cottage housing is a "zoning rarity," said Jolie Lewis, of Gerrard, Beattie and Knapp Realtors. Some have questioned its use in the city.

It's an uncommon development in Ballard and the rest of the city because of certain zoning and lot size requirements.

05/13/2008