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Critical Cultural District Questions

Completed Questionnaires from the June 16, 2009 Special Council Committee meeting on CODAC held at the Century Ballroom, Capitol Hill, Seattle.

Pertaining to the Work and Mission of the Committee

  • What is CODAC’s process? – determining scope & goals; establishing decision-making process; establishing constituent communications; researching other jurisdictions, domestic and international; prioritizing recommendations; empowering neighborhood partners; measuring success.

  • What benefits can be offered the public? – determining public benefits; managing them; adjusting as conditions evolve; preventing competition among public benefits; over-utilization of  certain kinds of public benefits at the expense of others.

  • meeting What incentives can be offered developers & property owners? – determining possible incentives; determining standards for qualifying for incentives; determining possible market effects of incentives.

  • What regulations should be required of developers & property owners? – determining possible regulations: zoning, rules, and municipal code; determining standards for setting regulations; determining possible market effects of regulations.

  • How will CODAC recommendations be implemented by the City? – Council develops work plan funded by 2009-2010 budget to begin drafting policy changes and/or legislation; draft policy changes and/or legislation presented for comment and input at public meetings or hearings; ongoing monitoring, assessment, and adjustment of public benefits, incentives, and possible regulatory provisions, all with neighborhood involvement.

Cultural Overlay District Forum Questions
April 2nd, 2008

These questions were submitted by the Cultural Overlay District forum attendees to Councilmembers, other city officials, civic leaders, and forum presenters. If you wish to submit your own CODAC-related question or answer, send an email containing 'CODAC question' in the subject line to

Seattle Channel Webcast Council Forum: Make Room For Art - Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle, 4/2/2008, Seattle Channel

  1. Where is the faith community? They're experiencing this loss as well. How can communities of faith, which hold considerable amounts of real estate, be engaged in this conversation?

  2. notes Any potential to purchase the church on 13th/Olive? Or work with arts groups to help them? Great location, has parking lot. Thx!

  3. Is this effort being thought of as a model for other areas in the city? Artists are not just on Capitol Hill. What about tax relief for owners that could be shared as reduced rent for tenants (not necessarily space-specific)?

  4. How will this plan ensure TRUE diversity of race, class, culture? True, equal representation and access.

  5. Are there plans for these types of conversations - preserving and supporting artistic production - to focus on other endangered neighborhoods such as the Central District who are suffering from profit-driven development?

  6. Is the diversity being displaced? Where is that balance in the opportunities coming from development? Diversity of uses, residents, economic gaps - how can we maintain what is attractive now before it's all torn down and changed?

  7. Art/culture and non-profit organizations need space. Landlords and developers need a return on their investments. In a time where art, culture and non-profit organizations are losing their spaces to "bigger business," can the City of Seattle offer tax breaks to landlords and developers who house these organizations to level the playing field?

  8. How do you plan to incorporate more Seattle artists into the new Capitol Hill? Do you realize many Seattle artists are not able to fabricate large scale art such as "Big Rig Jig" due to lack of facilities? What is your solution to this?

  9. What incentive will be put in place to encourage developers to assist the arts (rather than the usual punitive measures)? And this type of areashould be put in place for South Lake Union as well - it is a historical Arts Neighborhood and it needs to happen quickly before all the arts are gone.

  10. What efforts are being made toinclude immigrant and refugee (limited English speaking) artists in this conversation? Ditto minority artists: LGBT, African-American, Asian Pacific Islander, etc…?

  11. Velocity is losing its home - this will be devastating to both the Seattle Dance Community and to Capitol Hill. Is there anything that could be done - any course of action that you would recommend to help keep Velocity in Oddfellows? (I fully understand that the move is now inevitable but the question remains.)

  12. If condos are being integrated into the Capitol Hill Community and expected to coexist, what can be done about the noise ordinance and who does it protect? The community of culture? or the developers/developments?

  13. As a resident of Capitol Hill, member of the PowHat Neighborhood Association and member of the Capitol Hill Community Council, I submit the following statement: Economic, cultural and residential vitality is CRITICAL to the City of Seattle! That said, change is natural. Change is healthy. But the changing face of the neighborhood should NOT occur at the expense of those who have limited or no voice and of those who have helped to create and continue to contribute to the vitality of Capitol Hill and by extension the City of Seattle. I urge the City to study and follow up (report back to community) on recommendations from artists, arts leaders and organizations regarding what they need to stay in the neighborhood. Help to identify opportunities for artists and musicians to continue to live, work and contribute to the neighborhood and to the City of Seattle. Explore adaptive reuse of existing buildings, opportunities for arts orgs to purchase land, building; arts TDRs and other public benefits; residential and commercial affordability is key.

  14. Is there any resource for connecting organizations who need space with developers / land owners in the city? Such a huge proportion of housing on the hill is shifting from rentals to condos. Could that not be more balanced? If we want everyone on Capitol Hill to be homeowners, could there not be subsidized home buying / financing plans for artists as there are for rentals?

  15. How do we fund this Cultural Overlay? Also, what all is involved? Does it involve all artists - amateur and professional? How do we keep the art, keep places affordable, while making the streets still safe? What sort of zoning would be considered? How can we as ordinary citizens help? What can I do to make my voice heard in this matter?

  16. What will be expected of artists in these "Cultural Overlay Districts"? If these building and the artists that use them had enough monetary capital, would we even need a "Cultural Overlay District"? By that I mean is this nothing more than an issue of one group of people (the artists) not being able or even wanting to participate in an economy that takes advantage of the monetary weakness of themselves or anyone else?

  17. I applaud the Cultural Overlay Concept. I hope that the scope isn't restricted to just Capitol Hill, while I think that area is in need of such protection, I hope the City also considers other "emerging" artistic communities like Georgetown. We are in need of such an overlay to preserve the character of our neighborhood. Would a Cultural Overlay be possible for Georgetown given the recent passed industrial legislation? If gentrification can become an opportunity for public benefit through a Cultural Overlay, then the time is NOW for Georgetown (please).

  18. The City gave Rainier Valley $20M to hand out to local business as 1% loans. Is it possible to apply these same micro-lending opportunities to viable arts groups on Capitol Hill (and other neighborhoods)?
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