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LUA: Roosevelt Reservoir Session Video and Survey

January 20, 2016 by Blockhead 0 comments

The Land Use Academy Session 303: Roosevelt Reservoir video and survey are finally online!

We apologize for the delay in getting them up, as the holiday season was very busy for us.  But it’s never too late!

The 303 Session was very informative and interesting.  You will find summaries of the session here in a previous blog and in the January issue of the Roosie.  A link to the videos of the session are on the LUA Session 303 page.

The survey is available in paper format in the Roosie (which is available at many neighborhood establishments) and at the upcoming RNA General Meeting on January 26th.  A link to the online version of the survey can be found on the LUA Session 303 page.

This process is Roosevelt Neighborhood Association’s mechanism for gathering input and opinions from neighborhood and city residents.  All survey results are tallied and summarized in a letter that will be offered to the Mayor, the City Council, and in this case, Seattle Public Utilities as the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association’s stance on the future of our neighborhood.

Questions on the survey are built around residents’ answers on previous surveys and information gathered at the LUA sessions.  Please use this link to watch the video of the session for the latest update from SPU and take the survey to let your votes count!

Report: Land Use Academy 303 – Roosevelt Reservoir

December 2, 2015 by Dave Wood Comments Off on Report: Land Use Academy 303 – Roosevelt Reservoir

Awesome presentations and discussion last night at the Land Use Academy session on the Roosevelt Reservoir. Alex Chen from Seattle Public Utilities presented a great overview of water management in Seattle, and SPU’s long-term planning approach. While it’s fantastic to see that Seattle’s per-person water usage has dropped considerably over the last 30 years, there are lots of uncertainties in future demand. I certainly do not envy Alex’s job of trying predict water needs for the entire region from now until 2060 and beyond.

A key point that was made clear in the meeting is that SPU has not decided whether to ‘surplus’ the reservoir, and will not do so until around the end of 2016, when their seismic study is completed. The reservoir has been unused for two years, but now that we are aware that the region is more seismically active than previously thought, SPU is trying to determine what reservoir capacity would be needed in ‘worst-case’ scenarios to fight fires and provide sufficient drinking water, particularly if city supplies from the Cedar River / Tolt River sources are impacted. A sobering scenario, but one that I am glad SPU is considering carefully …

At the same time, should the reservoir be kept in service, there is a long-term goal to cover (“lid”) potable water reservoirs in the city for health reasons, which would present a potential opportunity for a park to be built above the reservoir. Chip Nevins, from Seattle Parks and Recreation carefully explained the city’s approaches to acquiring new parks, and informally discussed some of the different scenarios that might happen with the reservoir site in the future. While he believes the parks department will explore all possibilities, it was clear that there are fewer resources available for acquiring new land for parks than in previous years.

Following these presentations, there was a productive discussion of ideas for the site and factors that community members considered important. Jon Sloan presented the “Roosevelt Community Sports Center” proposal for an ice rink, swimming pool, and other facilities to be built on the site. Other proposals included schools, given the shortage of elementary, middle, and high schools in North Seattle. Residents expressed concerns around building heights, parking and traffic, while others expressed support for more affordable housing on the site. There were many other ideas that the LUA committee collected and will be analyzing later.

Many thanks to Jim O’Halloran and the LUA crew for organizing, to Alex Chen and Chip Nevins for informative presentations; to CCA for hosting; and to all from the neighborhood who attended!

You can watch the video of the session and take the survey from the LUA page.


LUA Session 303: Roosevelt Reservoir

November 30, 2015 by Blockhead Comments Off on LUA Session 303: Roosevelt Reservoir

Join us for the next RNA Land Use Academy Session!!

Tuesday, December 1st (tomorrow)

6:30 to 8:00 pm

Calvary Christian Academy, Room 314

This session will deal specifically with the Roosevelt Reservoir.

Alex Chen, Planning and Program Management Division Director of Seattle Public Utilities, will talk about how the Seattle water system works and SPU’s processes for future forecasting, among other things.

Chip Nevins, Acquisition Planner for Seattle Parks and Recreation, will share information about Park Studies, Froula Park, and future possibilities.

An open neighborhood discussion and call for comments will follow!

Links to videos of previous sessions and corresponding surveys can be found at

RNA General Meeting – Tuesday Nov 24th

November 23, 2015 by Dave Wood Comments Off on RNA General Meeting – Tuesday Nov 24th

Please join us for a pre-Thanksgiving RNA General Meeting on Tuesday. We will hear the latest from the Land Use Academy from Jim O’Halloran, and updates on the Roosevelt to Downtown High-Capacity Transit. Plus opportunity for any other comments or questions about the neighborhood …

As usual, meeting is 7:00pm – 8:30pm, but feel free to join anytime from 6:30 for chat. CCA, 6801 Roosevelt Way NE …

RNA Land Use Academy Update!!!

November 5, 2015 by Blockhead Comments Off on RNA Land Use Academy Update!!!

The Land Use Academy Session 303 that was originally scheduled for this Saturday, November 7th has been rescheduled!!  This session will deal specifically with the Roosevelt Reservoir site.

It will now be held on TuesdayDecember 1st!!

More specific information will follow as we get closer.

If you haven’t already done so, please watch the videos of previous Land Use Academy Sessions at the following links:

Land Use Academy Session 101: Introduction

Land Use Academy Session 201: Current Issues in Land Use Planning

Land Use Academy Session 302: Transit-Oriented Development


A Code of Conduct for developers in Roosevelt

October 31, 2015 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on A Code of Conduct for developers in Roosevelt

This document was developed by the RNA Transport group and reviewed by The Land Use Group, The Board and a monthly General meeting.  It is offered as a tool for neighbors to use as a starting point for discussions with developers, before a building project begins physical work, as a way of avoiding the kinds of problems and frustrations that neighbors have previously endured.  Feel free to amend it, add to it or not use parts.  Should you like further help, contact Peter James at the RNA Transportation  email address.

RNA Code of Conduct for developers in Roosevelt

                                                While in building phase.


  1. A working and answered phone number for the site manager to be distributed to neighbors on the immediate block and displayed at site entrance to deal with blocking and conflicts immediately.
  1. Haul routes will be developed on Arterial roads as far as possible to minimize impact on residential streets. Provide route information to neighbors.
  1. Contractors shall not allow debris or dirt to wash onto sidewalks, bicycle lanes, or private property.

Construction House & Noise

  1. Construction hours are limited to:

Multi-Family and Neighborhood Commercial zones: 7:00am-7:00pm weekdays and 9:00am-

7:00pm weekends.

Other areas: 7:00am-10:00pm weekdays and 9:00am-10:00pm weekends.

  1. Construction Noise to be limited to “Seattle’s Noise Ordinance”.

Pedestrian Safety

Sidewalks in front of the project need to be left open for pedestrians, at all times, except for temporary crossings, and only during construction hours of operation.

  1. If sidewalk closures are necessitated, the following shall be accommodated in the resulting detour:

-The detour shall be a smooth, illuminated, continuously delineated route that meets applicable ADA standards

– A safe and clearly marked safe crossing place needs to be provided at each end of the closure.

  1. In the case of #2 the Developer and Contractor are responsible for monitoring the pedestrian revision to make sure it is not being blocked by vehicles associated with the project.
  1. Any temporary sidewalk cuts shall be filled with HMA or PCC

or bridged with wood/steel plates to maintain a smooth finished grade. Any temporary surfacing shall have non-slip texturing (even when wet).

  1. Pedestrian detours should add no more than two blocks to walking distances


  1. If the project is on a street with a RPZ, no construction or sub-contractor vehicles shall park on that street. The developer needs to have a plan for individual workers to drop off tools & supplies safely and then remove the vehicles to an off site parking lot designated by the developer. There shall be no “2 hour hopping”.
  1. If the site is on an arterial street, construction worker parking should be away from the site in designated lots.
  1. If the site is on a non-RPZ residential street the developer needs to meet with neighbors before construction begins and come up with a parking plan with the neighbors. RNAT is happy to help with this.
  1. Lunch trucks. If Lunch trucks are to visit the site a clear & safe parking spot needs to be designated that does not impact neighbor parking. Currently Roosevelt is not zoned or permitted for lunch trucks.
  1. Delivery trucks should be parked inside the project perimeter as soon as is possible. The timing of this to be discussed and planned with neighbors before the project begins.
  1. Site offices & bathrooms are to be located inside the project perimeter when possible or moved inside as soon as safe space is available inside. Timing on this to be determined with neighbors before building begins.
  1. The developers is responsible for monitoring the safe and convenient use of the street by their property and needs to meet with neighbors on a regular basis and to liaise with parking police in helping identify offending vehicles. Developer must keep a current log of vehicle license plate numbers of vehicles coming to the site.

Bike lanes

  • . Contractors shall minimize closures of bicycle lanes; long-term bicycle lane closures are strongly discouraged.
  • Construction debris must be kept off the bike lane.

Bus Stops.

  1. Any disruption to bus stops must be no more than a one block detour for the pedestrians boarding the bus.

                                                     When the building is occupied.

  1. There needs to be sufficient loading zones by the main entrance of the building to accommodate delivery trucks (UPS, pizza etc), service vehicles, taxis and friends picking up residents, so as not to take up residential parking or block driveways
  1. Commercial tenants shall develop a code of conduct for their customers, in conjunction with the neighbors, as to where customers should and should not park while visiting the business.

RNA General Meeting and District 4 candidates’ forum – October 27th

October 24, 2015 by Dave Wood Comments Off on RNA General Meeting and District 4 candidates’ forum – October 27th

The RNA general meeting is this Tuesday, October 27th. We will be joined by Michael Maddux and Rob Johnson – the two candidates for City Council District 4. This is a great chance to learn about our candidates and their positions on issues impacting the city and our neighborhood. In addition we’ll be celebrating the City Council ordinance to create the parklet in front of the high school.

All welcome! From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, main discussion starts at 7:00pm.

Land Use Academy Session 302: Transit Oriented Development

October 21, 2015 by Blockhead Comments Off on Land Use Academy Session 302: Transit Oriented Development

Please join us this Saturday at 10 am for the third session of the Land Use Academy.  This session will deal specifically with the TOD site (the properties that are now part of the Light Rail construction area).

Representatives from Sound Transit, the Puget Sound Regional Council and Seattle Department of Transportation will be there to share information and answer questions.  This session will be a discussion among all neighborhood members.  Based on the results of the LUA, the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association will present Sound Transit with the neighborhood’s preferences and requests.  This is your chance to let your voice be heard!

Land Use Academy Session 302: Transit Oriented Development

Saturday, October 24, 2015

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Calvary Christian Assembly

6801 Roosevelt Way NE