Councilmember Clark left office on April 14, 2015.
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Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee lifts up and off the ground

The most important first step in updating Seattle’s Neighborhood Plans took place last night at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. It was the inaugural meeting of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee, the citizens group tasked with keeping the process true, transparent and on track. I was excited and told attendees I wished there was a balloon drop or a confetti explosion. People seemed a little perplexed by that, but I do think it’s amazing to have the couple of dozen people who have stepped forward from all over the city finally gathered and under way. Members come from the Seattle Planning Commission, the 13 District Councils, and at-large members representing pedestrian interests, affordability, open space and overall smart planning. Looking around the table Tuesday night I saw wisdom, passion, skill and tremendous care for what it means to live and work in Seattle. I also saw some large-size personalities.

The group has a lot of work to do. The Council has high expectations for feedback from the group and real recommendations that will make the neighborhood plan updates truly community driven and effective tools for guiding neighborhood change. Check out the website to learn more.