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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting February 7
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/24/2013  9:52:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joelle Hammerstad  (206) 684-8020


Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting February 7

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny. The meeting agenda includes:

Follow-up briefing on South Lake Union transfer of development rights proposal
Staff from the Department of Planning and Development will provide the Board with a follow-up briefing on the South Lake Union transfer of development rights proposal.

The City proposes to implement a new program in South Lake Union and Downtown created by the state legislature in 2011 known as the Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP). In South Lake Union and Downtown, additional height and floor area allowed through rezones must be gained by providing public amenities through the incentive zoning program. Under the proposed LCLIP program, a portion of the public amenities achieved through the incentive zoning program would be used to preserve working farms and forests in the region by transferring development rights from these areas to South lake Union and Downtown.

In exchange, King County has allowed a portion of the future property tax revenue generated from new development to be used to fund local improvements. Overall, the purpose of this program is to preserve farm and forest land by removing development capacity in these areas, while also generating funds for local projects to support livable communities where additional development will occur.

Update briefing on Parks Legacy Plan
Parks staff will provide the Board with an update on work on the Parks Legacy Plan. The Plan is both an update to the 2008 Parks Strategic Action Plan and a look to the future for a sustainable parks and recreation system, based on:

  • Data from a survey that asked Seattle residents whether our resources are deployed in the most effective manner, what is the public view of our park system, and what are the basic services Parks should provide
  • Analysis of local, regional and national recreation trends
  • A programmatic review that describes what Parks does, who it serves and how it is funded

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at sandy.brooks@seattle.gov.

This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways

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