Back in January, a process was begun between Lake City and the Mayor’s office. (See this previous post on the origins.) Out of that, three Neighborhood Action Teams (NATs) were developed. NATs are different from more traditional neighborhood planning; they focus on more tangible short-term goals and utilize city staff expertise within those targeted areas. The three groups currently at work in Lake City are:
Economic Development NAT
This group identified concerns related to the health and vitality of Lake City’s business community. A sub-group also formed to pursue funding for the business district via the Only in Seattle grant program. This NAT includes representatives from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED), Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Pierre Visioning Project. Click to see the Economic Dev. Draft Action Plan.
Transportation & Pedestrian Access NAT
Concerns related to traffic, walking and bicycling have been identified, with specific geographic areas pinpointed throughout Lake City . Click to see the Transportation Draft Action Plan. This group includes representatives from: Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT), Public Utilities (SPU), City Light and Lake City Greenways.
Parks, Programming, and Public Safety NAT
This group has faced the largest challenge of the three, simply because it’s scope is so broad. Click to see the Parks Prog. Draft Action Plan. The current proposal is to break this group into separate parts to help facilitate clearer actionable items. One group would focus just on Parks, another specifically on Health and Human Services. The Public Safety component would be folded into the Economic Development NAT group.
Each of these groups has worked to develop action plans, convening into one larger group to merge the information. While the Parks & Programming NAT is still refining some of this work, the groups are moving ahead with public engagement. If your group would like to give input on the action plan or receive more information about it, please contact Thomas Whittemore (North District Coordinator). He can be reached at Thomas.Whittemore@seattle.gov, tel: (206) 684-4096, or cell: (206) 396-2788.
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