Urban Politics #55: Pike Place Market And The Arts


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By City Councilmember Nick Licata.

Urban Politics (UP) blends my insights and information on current public policy developments and personal experiences with the intent of helping citizens shape Seattle’s future.

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CONTENTS:

  • Pike Place Market And The Arts
  • People’s Lodge & Discovery Park
  • Logging Cedar River

Pike Place Market And The Arts

Allied Arts presents a Pike Place Market Forum… “The Future of the Pike Place Market: What is its Role in the City and in the Arts Community?”

Saturday, January 16 3PM at The Pink Door (1919 Post Alley)

Moderator: KUOW’s Robert Smith Participants: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck Karen Gates Hildt, former Market craftsperson and Seattle Arts Commission Executive Director Clint Pehrson of Allied Arts Shelly Yapp, Pike Place Market Executive Director Tracy Lang, Current Pike Place Market Artist

The Panel forum will explore the Pike Place Market’s history in promoting the arts and how it has done in meeting its Charter obligation to promote the survival of the arts and crafts community. In particular the forum will discuss how the Market is doing in meeting this mission under the current Hildt Agreement.

The Hildt Agreement is a sixteen year old agreement between the City of Seattle and the Pike Place Market PDA clarifying Market operations, including the use of daystall space, for the purpose of preserving the historic qualities of the Market, assuring its economic viability, and promoting good management and harmonious relationships among Market users.

Market groups involved in discussions about the Hildt Agreement have raised questions on whether the PDA’s proposed changes to the Hildt Agreement will negatively impact the obligation of the Market PDA to promote the survival arts and crafts and other activities essential to the Public Market.

People’s Lodge & Discovery Park (Thanks to Newell Aldrich for assistance on this piece)

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s (UIATF) proposal for a People’s Lodge in Discovery Park is a complicated issue that has several decades of history. I’ll first provide the historical background in order to clarify the context. I’ll then lay out the current process, and which City departments will be involved in the decisions on the People’s Lodge proposal.

Background From the late 19th century until 1972, what is now Discovery Park was the site of Fort Lawton. In 1964, the United States federal government decided to surplus the fort. In 1971, both the City of Seattle and the United Indians of All Tribes submitted competing applications for the property. The UIATF based its application on early treaties between the U.S. Government and various tribes (it is, however, a non-profit corporation, not a tribe per se).

Because of the dual applications, the United States government in 1972 proposed that the City amend its application to include land for an Indian Cultural Center. The City agreed, and the United Tribes withdrew its proposal. The U.S. government then transferred the Fort Lawton deed to the City of Seattle.

The City of Seattle subsequently leased approximately 20 acres to the UIATF for an Indian Cultural Center. The City and UIATF signed a 99-year lease in 1974 (Ordinance 104042). Under the terms of the lease, the UIATF has a right to build an Indian Cultural Center, provided that it complies with City land use laws and the terms of the lease. Under the lease agreement, the UIATF has a right to construct a cultural center on this land; the general right of the UIATF to construct a cultural center is not an issue the City Council can consider. However, any proposal including land outside the 20-acre area would require City Council approval.

The 20-acre parcel has a special status within the park; the adoption of the 1986 Development Plan excluded consideration of this area until the completion of an EIS process. The area to the south and east was also excluded, and held to be examined in conjunction with parking alternatives for the center (Resolution 27399).

The Daybreak Star Center, which opened in 1977, was the first of six buildings in the original proposal for this site. The current proposal is for one larger building, in addition to Daybreak Star, that combines most of the functions of the never-built five buildings.

Current Process The UIATF applied for a Master Use Permit to construct the proposed People’s Lodge in early 1993. Currently, the Department of Construction and Land Use is overseeing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the People’s Lodge proposal. The EIS will analyze several alternatives including a smaller alternative to the proposed People’s Lodge.

The Draft EIS will likely be released in February, 1999. Once released, there will be a 60-day public comment period, as well as a public hearing, likely in March. If you would like to be included on the mail list for publication and hearing dates, or find out information about the proposal, you can contact Carol Proud, DCLU Project Planner, at 233-7197, or Dexter Horton Building, 710 2nd Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104.

If you have comments, questions, or critiques on any of the environmental effects of the People’s Lodge proposal, I strongly encourage you to participate in the EIS process. All comments and questions submitted to DCLU during the public comment period will be answered and published in the Final EIS. The Final EIS will be used by City Councilmembers to make decisions. You may also wish to review the city resolution and ordinance listed above, as well as other pertinent documents. If you would like to see or obtain them, you can contact the City Clerk’s office at 206-684-8344.

Once the EIS process is complete, the Mayor’s office and the Parks Department may put forth a proposal on parking. Only then will the People’s Lodge come before the City Council for decisions. Until the EIS process is complete, it is difficult to know precisely which issues the Council will face. However, there appear to be some likely issues.

First of all, the UIATF has requested a height variance as part of the proposal. If DCLU denies that variance, the UIATF might seek an amendment to zoning laws regarding the height limit. The City Council is responsible for such amendments, and a Council committee would be required to hold a public hearing before any decision is made.

Secondly, an amendment to the Master Plan for Discovery Park regarding parking may be proposed. If an amendment to the Master Plan is proposed, the City Council will hold a public hearing and consider all relevant information before making a decision. The Parks Department will also have a public process on any amendment, involving a hearing before the Board of Parks Commissioners, before bringing a proposal to the City Council.

The third possible issue is any appeal of a decision on the master use permit for the specific project proposal. Under the Seattle Land Use Code at the time of the permit application, there was an opportunity to appeal State Environmental Protection Act conditions (or the failure to impose such conditions) to the City Council. Since such appeals are quasi-judicial, councilmembers will act in a judicial role, and are thus subject to the Appearance of Fairness Doctrine. If Councilmembers receive information from one side in a dispute, they may be disqualified from voting on any quasi- judicial elements to come before the council.

For this reason, I can not read nor respond to your letters, unless they deal only with the Master Plan and parking outside the 20 acre area, the lease, or a possible code amendment to city zoning laws regarding height limit. However, I will be able to see any comments you submit during the EIS process.

Some of you have written about the enforcement of the City’s lease of the 20-acre parcel to UIATF. The Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for carrying out and enforcing the lease. You can contact Parks Superintendent Ken Bounds at 206-684-4075, or 100 Dexter Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109-5199.

Logging Cedar River (Thanks to Newell Aldrich for assistance on this piece)

My Position

I believe there should be no commercial logging in the Cedar River Watershed, and support the “WM-5″ no-logging alternative for forest management included in the Draft HCP (the Cedar River Watershed Habitat Conservation Plan).

The “WM-5″ no-logging alternative also goes beyond the city plans for decommissioning some of the roughly 450 miles of existing logging roads. The city would decommission only about 20% of the existing roads, while building new logging roads at the same time!

Commercial logging has been taking place in the Cedar River Watershed for nearly a century. Presently, only 17% of the original forests remain. It has contributed to mudslides and road blowouts resulting in floods, acres of stumps, loss of habitat and diminished water quality. These ecological costs eventually translate into the economic costs involved with increased sediments and filtration, logging road maintenance, and a decreased water supply

As the Protect Our Watershed Alliance has said, our community has an historic opportunity to set a global example for municipal land management. Recently, Portland residents voted to fully protect their Bull Run Watershed after extensive water quality damage associated with commercial logging. I join many other Seattle citizens in calling for an end to commercial logging in our watershed so that our Cedar River watershed and drinking supply may remain wild and pristine.

Mayor Schell has also identified the “Cedar River Legacy” as a key element of the Millennium Project which, in addition to adopting an HCP, will focus on seeking Rural Historical Landmark Designation for the Cedar River Watershed. I applaud these efforts.

Describing the HCP

The Cedar River Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Draft EIS were released on December 11, 1998, and will have a 60-day public comment period through February 11, 1999. The Cedar River watershed provides water for 2/3 of Seattle’s households, and 1.3 million people including suburban customers. The HCP is a 50-year plan that will set policies for watershed management.

The Draft EIS contains 5 options in the principal areas of forest management, fish, and stream flows. The other key area is financing. The key issues so far are whether to finance the HCP’s $78 million cost over 50 years through logging, whether to build a sockeye hatchery, and levels of stream flows in the Cedar River.

Public Workshop Schedule

The Draft HCP was released on December 11, 1998. There will be public workshops on the HCP along with displays and refreshments at the following locations:

January 12, 1999 (Tuesday evening) Location: Brockey Student Center, Room A South Seattle Community College Seattle Program: 7:00 – 9:30 PM Open House: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

January 14, 1999 (Thursday evening) Location: Kane Hall, Room 220 University of Washington, Seattle Program: 7:00 – 9:30 PM Open House: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Public Hearings Schedule

In addition to these public workshops, two formal SEPA public hearings on the HCP will be held on January 20th and 23rd at the Woodland Park Zoo and CARCO Theater, respectively; addresses are listed b
elow:

January 20, 1999 (Wednesday evening)
7:00PM – 10:00PM
Woodland Park Zoo, Education Center (at south end of zoo, enter at
50th and Fremont Avenue North)
700 N. 50th
Seattle, WA 98103

Jan. 23 (Saturday morning)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
CARCO/Renton
Community Center
1715 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA 98055

In addition, a 60-day public comment period is in effect through February 10, 1999. You can send written comments through that date to: Seattle Public Utilities, P.O. Box 21105, Seattle, WA 98111-3105.

Obtaining Additional Information

To order paper copies of any HCP documents you can call the HCP phone line at 206-684-4144. Copies of the Executive Summary are free. HCP documents are also available at the Seattle Public Utilities HCP website, at: “http://www.seattle.gov/util/watershed/cedar/hcp/“.

If you’d like further information about the workshops and SEPA hearings, you can contact Matt Lincecum of Seattle Public Utilities at 206-615-0567.

In case you aren’t aware, a coalition group called the Protect Our Watershed Alliance (POWA) is working to promote the no-logging alternative. You can contact POWA through the Pacific Crest Biodiversity Project at 545-3734.

The Sierra Club has also been active in promoting a reduction in logging in the watershed, and can be reached at 523
-2147.

Keep in touch…

 

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