The Draft EIS for South Lake Union is out!


Picture 13Yes folks, it’s here, and you can access online at the DPD website here – the full 659 pages so get out your reading glasses!!

Fortunately, they were kind enough to break it down into sections for us!

The City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is planning a Public hearing on the report. It is scheduled for Monday, March 28 from 5:30 PM at the Seattle Unity Church at the corner of John Street and 8th Avenue, directly north of Denny Park.

There will be City staff there to explain and discuss the report and there will be time for public comment. Those comments will be recorded and must be responded to in the Final Environmental Impact statement. In our opinion, those comments are important as they will impact the Final EIS and the Executive’s recommendations to City Council for the future rezoning of South Lake Union

In advance of the DPD public hearing, LUOA will also hold a meeting for our members and friends. This meeting will also be held at the Seattle Unity Church and is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15 starting at 7:00 PM. The primary purpose will be to discuss the Draft EIS, to provide initial comments on it from the LUOA Board, to give our lawyer’s reaction to it, and, most importantly, to hear your feedback and input. This will help LUOA develop its organizational position and we hope it will better prepare you for the March 28 public hearing. We will be inviting city staff and City Council Members to see and hear the public’s comments so we’re hoping for a good turnout for both meetings.

The March 15 meeting will also serve as the LUOA Annual Meeting with a brief report of activities over the past 12 months and election of members of the Board of Directors. One of the Board members, Diane Masson, is no longer active as she no longer lives or works in SLU – thereby creating an opening. Also, 4 of the current Board members terms are up –Don Bennett, Lloyd Douglas, John Pehrson and Tim Soerens. They are running for re-election. Also, the Board has decided to expand its membership from 9 to 11, which creates 2 more openings. So there are 7 board positions open, three of those open seats. If any of you are interested in serving, please contact our Secretary, Chris Gemmill. providing your name, address, phone number and email, along with a brief bio indicating your interest in serving. Also we’ll ask for nominations from the floor. The vote will occur that night.

If you have any other questions or comments before the March 15 meeting please contact any of the LUOA board members listed below.

John Pehrson, President
Kevin McCarthy, Vice President
Chris Gemmill, Secretary
Lloyd Douglas, Treasurer
Don Bennett
Jim Goodspeed
Lorie Groth
Tim Soerens

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