Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) elections are set for Sept. 19, with 11 of the council’s 23 seats up for a vote.
The proceedings will start at 7 p.m. at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St. Any Queen Anne stakeholder, defined as someone who lives, works or owns property on Queen Anne, is eligible to run.
Community councils in Seattle hold no official power, but their input and stamp of approval — or not — especially for developers, matter. Community councils act as agents for communication and transparency on behalf of their communities.
“You have to let us know ahead of time if you are interested in running,” said Ellen Monrad, QACC president for the past decade. Those interested can email Monrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 283-7555. Candidates will be asked to provide a biography of 50 words or less. On election night candidates will speak for two minutes or less. All QACC seats are at-large positions: The top 11 vote getters are elected. Last year 14 people vied for 11 positions. Duties include attending monthly, evening meetings at Queen Anne Manor and serving on a standing committee or participating in some other activity.
Historically, land-use issues have been the most critical items to show up on QACC’s agenda. Its Land Use Review Committee, (LURC), is the screening mechanism for those matters. Before developers go to the city’s Design Review Committee, they first pass through LURC.
Monrad, who also serves on the board of directors for Queen Anne Helpline, said of her long-time commitment as president of the community council, “Someone has to do it. If someone stepped up I’d say — great, go for it. I do it in part because I can keep an even keel.”
In March of this year, Monrad, as QACC president, wrote Raymond H. LaHood, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, in support of the city’s Mercer West Tiger IV application, for which $16 million was requested to complete the project. The money was necessary, Monrad wrote, “to avoid complete gridlock on Mercer Street when the SR 99 tunnel is completed…Replacing the overpass at Mercer Street and Aurora Avenue is the most important element of this plan”
In June the city announced $14 million had been granted. The effort for the funding was led by the city and Sen. Patty Murray, but QACC’s voice was a necessary piece in the mosaic.
QACC meeting on Aegis development slated for Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Queen Anne Community Council’s Parks Committee will meet on the Aegis development and its effects on the Queen Anne Bowl on Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St.
The proposed development is sited at Third Avenue West and West Florentia Street.
Don Harper is parks committee chair.
“You’ve got the Queen Anne Bowl, which is not just a sports field,” Harper said. “People play there, and fly kites, and it’s a great place to stargaze.”
Harper said the meeting is a discovery process, with comments to be forwarded to QACC’s Land Use Review Committee. The purpose of the meeting is two-fold, Harper said: It will be informational and will also serve as forum for public input. For more information call Harper at 281-9018.