As a condition of King County funding for its proposed supportive housing development at 5444 Delridge Way, DESC will execute its Community Relations Plan, which states that DESC will ‘”initiate a Community Advisory Committee to engage interested Delridge residents with DESC staff in advising on project operations impacting the neighborhood and address issues of concern.”
An NDNC supported Task Force made of up Delridge Community Forum organizer Tanya Baer, active NDNC member Betsy Hoffmeister, and NDNC Executive Council Officers Parie Hines (Co-Chair) and Vonetta Mangaoang (Co-Secretary) voluntarily started the ball rolling by recruiting interested persons to represent neighborhood stakeholders as Community Advisory Committee members. The group of volunteers is known collectively as the Delridge Alliance and is comprised of the following Alliance Advocates:
- Jane Appling, Regional Manager of the Seattle Public Library, representing Neighborhood Institutions;
- Steve Daschle, Director of Southwest Youth and Family Services, representing Social Service and Mental Health Providers;
- Phillippia Goldsmith of Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, representing the neighborhood from the perspective of Neighborhood Design and Development;
- Angela Goodman representing Adjacent Property Owners;
- Vonetta Mangaoang representing the NDNC Executive Council;
- Brenda Sewell, owner of Creative Children’s Corner, representing Neighborhood Businesses; and
- Pete Spalding, a long-time Delridge community advocate, representing Neighborhood Leadership.
The Task Force is still entertaining nominations for two open Neighborhood Leadership positions. The deadline for nominations is January 15. To learn more please visit the NDNC blog post Delridge Alliance Call for Nominations .
The Task Force also established recommendations for the scope of work of the Community Advisory Committee and made suggestions for operational execution of the committee’s mission.
Scope of Work Recommendations
1) Convene a large community gathering to solicit neighborhood input on the project. This meeting should be held by no later than the third week in February 2012 in order to keep pace with DESC’s project timeline for its proposed development.
The idea for the meeting was first proposed at a November 22, 2011 meeting (West Seattle Blog coverage of the event) attended by neighborhood residents, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, City of Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasumssen, Maureen Kostyack of the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing (the primary funders of the development), and DESC Executive Director Bill Hobson–who committed that DESC representatives would attend the gathering and listen to all speakers.
In order to ensure the opportunity for all who wish to make their voices heard, two minutes will be given to direct comments to the Advisory Committee to all neighbors who sign-up.
2) Based primarily on testimony provided at the meeting described above, Alliance Advocates, as the neighborhood’s representatives on a committee established to address issues of concern to the neighborhood, will prepare a prioritized list of concerns and issues to be taken up by the Advisory Committee.
3) The Advisory Committee will hold regular meetings at intervals necessary to keep up with DESC’s project timeline through to project completion. The meetings shall be open to the general public, who will have at minimum 10 minutes set aside at every meeting for their comments.
4) Partner with Delridge community organizations on activities related to the DESC proposed development. For example, the NDNC’s Design and Land Use Committee is planning to convene a neighborhood meeting to gather input about visions for the Brandon Node. Task force members advise all Advisory Committee members to attend this meeting to learn more about community desires for the planned commercial space located on the ground floor of the proposed development.
It is also recommended that the Advisory Committee actively participate in this NDNC committee’s ongoing work as it relates to the DESC project.
5) The Advisory Committee will issue a report that summarizes outcomes resultant from discussions between Alliance Advocates, DESC and, potentially, City of Seattle and King County representatives. This report can include, but is not limited to, a Good Neighbor Agreement, a Service/Operation Agreement, and a Tenant Contract.
Committee Operations Recommendations
1) As one of the main purposes of the committee is to foster communication between the neighborhood and DESC, there need to be multiple avenues by which the public and the committee members can exchange information. The Task Force suggests members establish and then monitor an email address and phone number and maintain a blog.
They also recommend that meeting minutes and the committee’s final report should be widely distributed in order to be easily accessed by the neighborhood at large.
2) To ensure effective committee functioning, it is advised that members be elected to fill these officer positions:
Chair—prepare meeting agendas and then preside over meetings
Secretary—schedule meetings (confirm attendee availability and notification, confirm venue), and prepare meeting minutes
Communications—draft all written materials for communications with the general public (except meeting minutes), monitor Alliance email inbox and facilitate responses, and maintain Community Advisory Committee blog
3) Advisory Committee meetings should be held at a venue that is well known to the community at large, available on Tuesdays (a preferred meeting day so as to avoid conflicting with other neighborhood groups’ regularly scheduled meetings), is located within close proximity to the project site, is large enough to accommodate neighbors who want to attend the meetings, is on the 120 Metro bus route, and has reliable access to parking. It is suggested that DESC and/or Housing identify and secure a room located within the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
4) In acknowledgement of the significant time commitment required from community volunteers, DESC and/or Housing are asked to coordinate recruitment of a volunteer administrative assistant to support the committee. The assistant will work at the direction of the Alliance’s Secretary.
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