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  The current ordinance SMC 25.11 – Tree Protection is being repealed and replaced with a new ordinance that removes most existing protections for trees in Seattle.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

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

Reference material:


[This post does not necessarily reflect the view of the NEDC on this proposal.]


4th Annual Apple Tasting – Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

4th Annual Apple Tasting:  Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Good Shepherd Center (GSC), 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Wallingford.  Free. Stop by anytime for side-by-side tastings of heirloom apples grown at the GSC and homemade baked goods. Learn about different varieties, innovative organic pest prevention methods, and the history of the GSC site at this fun and festive community event. 

Can the ‘Ave’ and all our city’s neighborhood business districts survive upzoning, runaway growth, and gentrification? Mon., Oct. 15, 7:00-8:45 p.m.

“Can the ‘Ave’ and all our city’s neighborhood business districts survive upzoning, runaway growth, and gentrification?” Monday October 15, 7:00-8:45 p.m., Fireplace Room, University Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd (enter north end of building at 15th Avenue. NE and NE 43rd Street).   

Join small business leaders, Councilmember Lisa Herbold who heads the committee responsible for addressing small business needs, and former Councilmember now Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck.

Panel members will discuss the challenges facing small businesses in Seattle and what we can do to prevent their displacement:  The Panel (with ample time for audience participation):

    • Peter Steinbrueck: Former City Councilmember, current Port Commissioner, head of “Urban Strategies Consulting” will present the results of his survey of small business needs in the U District – a model others can use to assess small business needs in their community that highlights challenges for all neighborhood business districts now facing runaway growth. 
    • Rick McLaughlin, Owner of The Big Time Brewery and Alehouse and leader of the District Small Business Association will talk about challenges they’ve faced but also their successful organizing efforts that postponed planned Ave upzoning.
    • Lisa Herbold, City Councilmember heading the committee addressing economic development and committed to addressing small business needs will review viable strategies she’s considering to prevent displacement of small businesses in our city’s neighborhoods
    • Cliff Cawthon will moderateCliff teaches Political Science at Bellevue Community College, is a journalist and frequent contributor to local publications like the South Seattle Emerald and Outside City Hall focusing on displacement issues, and a leader on race and justice issues now President of the Tenant Union.

The problem: The City’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda or HALA calls for upzoning nearly all of Seattle’s neighborhood business districts, promising to drive up property values, rents and leases, and in many cases cause the demolition of older affordable buildings and storefronts. Runaway growth already has impacted our neighborhood businesses districts and the planned upzones now threaten to greatly accelerate displacement of many more independently run often minority owned shops and stores across our city.  

University District small businesses, two years ago, put together an organizing effort that caused the City Council to postpone any HALA zoning changes along the historic “Ave” until solutions could be identified to prevent small business displacement – it’s a model other neighborhood business districts could emulate. Councilmember Herbold is leading efforts now to find solutions to help not only the Ave but all small business districts. Join us to learn more about the problem, hear about solutions.

This event is sponsored by Seattle Displacement Coalition’s News site ” Outside City Hall “, and KODX KODX-LP 96.9 Seattle, part of their series of discussions on “Who Rules Seattle”.  The event will be broadcast on KODX and video-taped for later distribution. For more information, contact John Fox at  

206 Gala / Hip Hop History Month Kick-Off 2018

206 Gala / Hip Hop History Month Kick-Off 2018:  November is recognized internationally as Hip Hop History Month and 206 Zulu advocates for this month as a time to spread awareness of Hip Hop as a transformative outlet and tool for social change in communities in Seattle and around the world. 

Founded in 2004, 206 Zulu, uses arts and culture as a platform for education, civic service and community empowerment with youth and families throughout Seattle.

November 3rd will kick off a month-long series of events with the 206 Gala at their beloved home, historic Washington Hall. This fundraiser for the nonprofit 206 Zulu is a seated dinner catered by renowned chef Silas Blak and will feature guest speakers, poetry and dance performances from some of the best within the Hip Hop community. 

Learn more and get your tickets by October 15 to be a part of the festivities!

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

Reminder: A Conversation with Seattle Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau:  Thurs., Oct. 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Centering the Voices of Ethnic Communities in North Seattle—A Conversation of Seattle Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau:  Thursday, October 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.  

Dinner and childcare provided.  

The Seattle Council PTSA has partnered with Seattle Public Schools specifically to hear from families of color, to create a welcoming space in which to engage in conversation. Please share in your communities and encourage families to come tell their story and share their hopes for their children’s success in Seattle Public Schools.

Free Electronics Recycling – Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Free Electronics Recycling:  October 13, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sand Point Community United Methodist Church, 4710 NE 70th Street $1 for every 100 lbs. of material that is collected will be donated to Hero House an amazing organization helping its members find employment, return to school, find affordable housing, and live independent lives through a collective, clubhouse approach. Find out more about HERO House members and their mission at

Items that will be accepted:

    • TVs & Monitors – LCD and Plasma
    • Computers and Laptops
    • Servers and networking equipment
    • All printers, fax machines, and scanners
    • A/V equipment: DVD/VHS/Stereo units
    • UPS battery backups
    • Telecom equipment and cell phones
    • Keyboards and mice
    • Parts, peripherals, cables, etc.
    • Microwaves
    • Batteries

Questions or for more information contact Nicole Denny at 206-523-3040 or or 206-582-7100 option 1 or