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Are your Ready if Disaster Hits? 

Are your Ready if Disaster Hits?  Come learn what earthquake emergency preparedness is all about.  Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m., Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st Street.

Learn some easy steps to take to get everyone thinking about disaster preparedness.  Meet your neighbors.  Support your neighborhood response team—LEAP.  To plan for adequate seating, email LCCearthquake@outlook.com.

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NPAC (North Precinct Advisory Council) Meeting: Oct 3

NPAC (North Precinct Advisory Council) Meeting:  NPAC generally meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at a new venue, Cascadia Elementary School cafeteria, 1200 North 90th Street.  The next meeting is Wednesday, October 3. The agenda will be posted at https://docs.google.com/open?id=0ByYeltqkXtOuMzQ5NDY0ZDktOWUxYy00OTEzLWE5OWEtYmZmM2ZkM2VhYjA4.

Say hello your new Transit Website

Say hello your new Transit Website:  Mobile friendly and focused on top tasks.  Did you know that over 77 percent of our website visitors use their mobile phone or tablet? Preview the future soundtransit.org.

It’s responsive, meaning all the content will be available no matter what device you’re on and will adjust to best fit your screen size.  The system expansion interactive map is a new feature.

Use it to learn about how the Sound Transit network is expanding throughout the region. Or check out East Link and West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions for a preview of what all project content will be like when the new site launches later this fall.

The home page highlights tools and content to help you ride including: trip planning, schedules and real time arrivals.

Comment on the Proposed Tree Ordinance

Comment on the Proposed Tree Ordinance:  Councilmember Rob Johnson’s Tree for All Proposal to update Seattle’s Tree Protection Ordinance has morphed into a Tree Removal and Mitigation Ordinance.

The current ordinance SMC 25.11 – Tree Protection is being repealed and replaced with a new ordinance that removes most existing protections for trees in Seattle. Opponents of the proposal ask that the Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) be reversed and an EIS be required.  Send comments to chanda.emery@seattle.gov.

Some examples of major impacts not evaluated:

  • The DNS errs in not evaluating the impacts of removing protections for Exceptional trees which are the larger trees of some 71 tree species identified by the City and also include tree groves and heritage trees.
  • The DNS does evaluate the impacts from removing all limits on the number of trees that can be cut down in a year.
  • The DNS does not evaluate impacts from allowing all trees to be removed on undeveloped lots.
  • The DNS speculates that “planting several smaller trees may take several years to accomplish comparable value as the larger cut tree.” The reality is that it takes as many years to replace the canopy volume lost as the tree was old. And you also lose the additional canopy growth that would have occurred if the tree had not been cut down.
  • The DNS does not evaluate the net loss of canopy over time by not requiring replacement of trees as long as the canopy is not reduced below the zone goal.  The canopy zone value is an average across the zone.
  • The DNS does not evaluate the impact of removing minimum tree planting required under provisions removed in SMC 23.44.008
  • The DNS does not take into account that canopy loss is defined as area in the draft, yet canopy volume is a much more accurate measure of ecological services that trees provide, like in reducing stormwater runoff and cleaning the air of pollutants.
  • The DNS provides no numbers of expected trees to be removed or cut down or expected replacement values. This proposal makes it easier for developers to remove trees and there is no evaluation of development impacts on tree and canopy removal such as by major city zoning and development decisions like ADU and MHA ordinances being passed

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[This post is from the announcements and not necessarily the opinion of NEDC.]