National Park Service To Listen, Offer Assistance @ REI

The National Park Service community assistance program is exploring ways to work on more recreation and conservation partnership projects in the Puget Sound – Seattle area, particularly projects that involve youth, health/physical activity and public involvement.

NPS is hosting  a Listening Session on May 24 at Seattle’s flagship REI from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  They provide free planning and public involvement assistance to community partners who have a clear vision in mind for a recreation or conservation project.

The application deadline is August 1 and NPS typically awards assistance for a one- to two-year period beginning in October. The program is under the auspices of the Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation program and implements the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America.

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Seattle Waterfront Design Firm to Show Off Current Plans

Have an opinion on the Seattle Waterfront?  Or are you just curious as to what the waterfront might be like with the Viaduct removed?

On May 19, Seattle Waterfront Project design lead, James Corner, will present first design directions for the future waterfront at an open house at the Bell Harbor Conference Center.

The event starts at 6:30 pm, but be sure to come early for music, great views and sample tempting treats from some of Seattle’s popular mobile food vendors – Maximus/Minimus, Where ya at Matt, and Street Treats will be selling food from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

You should RSVP because there is finite space.  The last presentation was visited by over 1,000 Seattleites.  To RSVP send email to rsvp@waterfrontseattle.org.

May Forum: Save Puget Sound From Toxic Runoff

Puget Sound is sick from toxic runoff that threatens human health, the economic vitality of the region, and the Sound’s most emblematic species: salmon and orcas.

Join us for a presentation highlighting the most effective actions individuals can take to restore Puget Sound to health.   This month the SWS Monthly Community Forum returns to Camp Long.  We will be meeting at the newly-renovated Lodge, starting at 7:00 pm.

After the presentation, we’ll learn how our local government and nonprofit sectors are coordinating to reverse the tide of toxic runoff. Regional water quality panelists include representatives from King County, Sightline Institute, Stewardship Partners, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and Puget Creek Watershed Alliance. Read more

Draft Shoreline Master Program Regulations Posted for Review

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is pleased to present the draft Shoreline Master Program (SMP) regulations and proposed amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Accompanying these documents is the Director’s Report that summarizes the proposed changes to the SMP. We encourage you to review these documents and send us your comments. The documents are available on CD or hard copy by request, and at the following website: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/ShorelineMasterProgramUpdate/Overview/

The update of the City’s SMP regulations is mandated by the Washington Department of Ecology. The SMP constitutes the policies and regulations governing development and uses on and adjacent to marine and freshwater shorelines. This includes the waters of Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union/Ship Canal, the Duwamish River and Green Lake, as well as associated wetlands and floodplains. These policies and regulations affect land uses, structure bulk and setbacks, public access requirements, bulkheads, docks, piers, and construction practices.

In addition to the draft regulations and polices DPD will be releasing a restoration plan in March 2011. The restoration plan is part of the SMP.

Please provide your written comments by May 16, 2011, to Margaret Glowacki via e-mail at margaret.glowacki@seattle.gov or via US mail at:

Margaret Glowacki, City of Seattle – DPD, 700 Fifth Ave. Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019

In March, DPD will host a public meeting to present information on the SMP update process and the proposed amendments. In the spring, Mayor McGinn will submit legislation to City Council. City Council will provide additional opportunities for public participation before adopting legislation.