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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Comprehensive Plan amendment suggestions due by December 1, 2017

City of Shoreline

EVERY YEAR, the City goes through a Comprehensive Plan amendment process. It is an opportunity for you to propose changes to Shoreline’s Comprehensive Plan. People usually suggest amendments that address changing conditions or new issues in the community.   more…

If you would like to suggest an amendment, fill out an application and send it to the Planning and Community Development Department (P&CD). Application materials are on the Permits and Development Information page on the City’s website. You must submit your application by 5:00 p.m. December 1, 2017 for Council to consider it.

Send applications to: Senior Planner Steven Szafran, Planning & Community Development, 17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133.

You can also email completed applications to sszafran@shorelinewa.gov.

Council will review all submitted amendments and develop a list for staff to study in early 2018. For more information, visit shorelinewa.gov or contact Steven Szafran at (206) 801-2512 or sszafran@shorelinewa.gov.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sidewalk Open House Materials and Survey Now Available

City of Shoreline

For those of you interested in the City of Shoreline sidewalk network that were unable to attend the open house held on October 17, the presentation and materials are now available at shorelinewa.gov/sidewalks. To provide input, the project page has a survey link. The survey will be active until December 1, 2017.

We hope you have the time to take this survey as your feedback will be helpful in moving forward in this process.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Short Plat Application - Richmond Beach Congregational Church

City of Shoreline Planning Department

Please see the attached PDF document for details and current status.



Saturday, September 21, 2017

Cat stolen from cat rescue found dead

King County Sheriff

A cat stolen from a cat rescue in Shoreline yesterday was found dead, in a nearby dumpster. The cat’s head had been crushed.   more…

Attached is the case report from the King County Sheriff's Office.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Forefront in School - Suicide Prevention Program

Shoreline School District

The Shoreline School District, staff, PTSA, and community members are collaborating to bring the Forefront in School's suicide prevention program to the Shoreline School District high schools this fall. While the School District and the leadership in both high schools are fully on board with (and excited about) this program, this will be funded completely by private donations. Contributions are tax deductible. The cost is $25,000/year to cover both schools, and it is a 3 year program. Any funds raised over this first year will automatically be applied to years 2 and 3. Find the donation page here. We need to raise the bulk of the first year’s cost by September 27, when the first Fall Academy session for our leadership teams meets.   Read more…

Suicide among youth is a serious public health, mental health and community-based problem. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death in Washington State for youth ages 10-24. Twice as many young people die by suicide than by homicide in Washington State and we lose two youth to suicide each week on average. The suicide rate in Washington State has been increasing steadily since 2006.

Shoreline high schools have elected to participate in a 3-year cohort of 16 area schools with Forefront, an organization connected with the University of Washington and a leader in suicide prevention and education. Forefront in the Schools (FIS) will assist us in a comprehensive review, developing systematic supports and providing community education promoting mental health and suicide prevention.

The FIS program uses a “train the trainer” model for students, parents, faculty, and staff to help prevent suicide. This reduces the stigma of mental illness and makes schools safer, more welcoming, healthier environments where everyone can thrive. The program also supports policy enhancement, social/emotional learning, leadership opportunities for students and builds community by engaging leadership across groups because everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention.

Components of the FIS model include:
Multi‐disciplinary teams of 6‐8 members from each school, comprised of parents, students, teachers, administrators and school counselors. Monthly meetings over 3 school years.
A cohort model that includes shared learning and support to do this life‐saving work.
Forefront’s LEARN™ curriculum:

  • 90‐minute training by parents for parents.
  • 90‐minute training by teachers for teachers.
  • 1‐day fall academy for all teams each year.
  • Extensive revisions to, or creation of, suicide prevention, intervention, assessment, re‐entry, and recovery procedures.
  • Enhanced linkages with mental health referral network.
  • Teacher and student led training and mental health promotion week.
  • Half‐day end‐of‐year meeting for all teams each year.

This is a very important thing to support, even if you do not have a teen who is experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. So many of our kids, our kids' friends, our kids' parents, or our neighbors are at risk... and we don't have enough people in our community who know what to do with the information if we find out that someone is struggling.

Please consider contributing and spreading the word that this is happening in our community.

Please also keep your eyes open for programs and events outside of the schools that support community education and involvement in both suicide prevention and mental health. The first event is coming up on October 22 – another Movie Mama’s Shoreline community movie called “Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety.” Find out more about that here.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hopelink - English for Work Course

Registration Now Open

Hopelink’s free “English for Work” course is designed to give non-native-English speakers the verbal skills they need to find work. Every quarter, many of our students are able to find jobs. Employers know about us, and frequently make us aware of job openings.   more…

Students also have the option to work with “Hopelink Employment Services” (HES) after completing this course. HES helps job seekers find jobs with businesses that we’ve established relationships with, and can provide ongoing workplace coaching.

Registration is now open for this top-rated course. Classes will be conducted at the Hopelink Shoreline center, 17837 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline.

Orientations begin October 3. Please contact Esther at 425-429-1997 or epark@hopelink.org for more info on the Shoreline class. (We also have classes in Bellevue/Redmond/Kirkland, so let me know if you need more information on these locations!)

Please, if anyone reading this knows a non-native-English speaker who could benefit from this high-quality, free course, feel free to forward them the attached flyer!



Saturday, September 2, 2017

8th Ave NW Detour - September 5-7

City of Shoreline

The dates for the 8th Ave NW detour south of Richmond Beach Rd NW are scheduled for Tuesday, September 5 – Wednesday, September 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Approximately 200 feet of 8th Ave NW in both directions will be closed south of Richmond Beach Rd NW, including the right turn from Innis Arden Drive NW onto 8th Ave NW. Detour routes will be signed along 3rd Ave NW and NW 185th St. 8th Ave NW will be re-opened in both directions on Tuesday 9/5 and Wednesday 9/6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following morning using steel plates to cover work areas.   more…

This work is being done to replace a severely failed section of concrete stormwater pipe crossing 8th Avenue NW south of Richmond Beach Road. Overall poor conditions of this pipe warrant complete structure-to-structure replacement. Any questions or comments should be directed to project manager John Featherstone at jfeatherstone@shorelinewa.gov or (206) 801-2478.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Richmond Beach Rechannelization Project - Public Meeting - October 12

City of Shoreline

The second public meeting on the Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization Project is coming up on October 12, from 6pm to 8pm at Shorewood High School. Please see the attached meeting flyer.   more…

We have reviewed all of the comments you have sent us, and are working diligently on the design. The meeting will go over the 60% design and how public comments were addressed. You will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the 60% design before things are finalized.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Request for SEPA Comments

City of Shoreline Planning Department

The City of Shoreline is proposing amendments to the Shoreline Comprehensive Plan that apply citywide. The proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan include: 1. Amend the Comprehensive Plan for 145th Street annexation and all applicable maps, 2. Consider amendments to the Point Wells Subarea Plan and other elements of the Comprehensive Plan that may have applicability to reflect the outcomes of the Richmond Beach Transportation Corridor Study as described in Policy PW-9.   more…

Also, consider amendments to the Comprehensive Plan that could result from the development of Interlocal Agreements as described in Policy PW-13, 3. Consider amendments to the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Element Goals and Policies and update of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan, 4. Consider amendments to the Capital Facilities Element Goals and Policies and update of the Surface Water Master Plan, 5. Consider amendments to the Master Street Plan of the Transportation Master Plan, 6. 185th Street Station Subarea Plan – Delete duplicate utility policy; “Consider the use of alternative energy in all new government facilities”, 7. Change Ronald Wastewater District to City of Shoreline throughout the Comprehensive Plan as the City’s wastewater provider, and 8. Update the Comprehensive Plan by amending the Capital Facilities Element to incorporate by reference the Shoreline Fire District’s Capital Facilities and Equipment Plan so as to support the imposition of fire impact fees as authorized by RCW 82.02.

For details please see the following documents:



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Request for SEPA Comments

City of Shoreline Planning Department

The City of Shoreline is proposing amendments to the Shoreline Comprehensive Plan that apply citywide. The 2017 batch of amendments are general updates to the Development Code. The proposed amendments include new and updated definitions, uses such as microbreweries and brewpubs, revised setbacks, administrative corrections, accessory dwelling units, tree retention, Critical Area updates, and general administrative corrections, procedural changes, policy changes, clarifying language, and codifying administrative orders.  more…

For details please see the following documents:



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Short Plat Application Near RB Congregational Church

City of Shoreline

For details please see the following document: Short Plat Application



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pedestrian and Bike Lane Improvements

City of Shoreline

In 2008, the City of Shoreline completed the Interurban Trail that runs north and south through the City. While this provides a valuable connection for users traveling north/south through Shoreline, it is missing connections to local neighborhoods, parks, city amenities and schools.  more…

The Bike Plan Implementation project will complete the majority of the City of Shoreline’s adopted Bicycle System Plan and Wayfinding Program. The Bicycle Master Plan contained within the 2011 Shoreline Transportation Master Plan includes these routes. (See attached map for route alignments)



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Notice of SEPA Threshold Determination

City of Shoreline

The City of Shoreline is proposing amendments to the Shoreline Development Code that apply citywide. The action to amend the Development Code includes contains provisions that expedite the availability of spectrum for commercial mobile broadband. The Spectrum Act imposes substantive and procedural limitations upon local government authority to regulate modifications of existing wireless antenna support structures and base stations.  more…

The City is has provided a Determination of Non-Significance for this change and is seeking comments. Comments are due by: 5:00 pm October 27, 2016.



Tueday, July 11, 2017

Richmond Beach Orca Returned

Richmond Beach Community Association

Early this morning, the missing Beach Orca was found at the entrance to Richmond Beach Library. We are grateful for this act of conscience, and we want to thank the person or persons involved for doing the right thing. After some very minor repairs, we will be working on reinstalling both orcas previously located at the entrance to Saltwater Park. Turns out Richmond Beach IS the great neighborhood community we all believed it to be.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 SURFACE WATER MASTER PLAN OPEN HOUSE AND SURVEY

Second Public Open House for
2017 Surface Water Master Plan
Thursday, July 13
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Shoreline City Hall Council Chamber

The City of Shoreline Surface Water Utility is preparing the 2017 Surface Water Master Plan to address drainage and water quality challenges associated with growth, increasing regulations, and aging infrastructure. The Master Plan will guide the Surface Water Utility for the next five to ten years and includes recommendations for capital improvements, programs, and a financial plan for long-term asset management. more…

The open house will feature an update on the Master Plan progress and there will be an opportunity for the public to provide input on the Utility Management Strategy and to provide feedback on improvements and priorities for the next five to ten years. It will also provide customers with a general understanding of the Utility and an opportunity for the City to listen to the community, solicit innovative ideas, and receive public input regarding their concerns and experiences.

A key objective of the Master Plan is to identify improvements that will help the Utility meet levels of service that reflect the expectations of customers and that are appropriately in line with Utility rates. This requires a clear understanding of customers' needs, expectations, and preferences.

The Surface Water Utility is also seeking feedback via a questionnaire from customers on their understanding of the Surface Water Utility, services, and current expectations of levels of service. The questionnaire will also be distributed in advance of the open house and available at a workstation during the open house. The questionnaire will remain available online until July 16 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit the Surface Water Master Plan page.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Camp United We Stand Informational Meeting

Richmond Beach Congregational Church
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.

Richmond Beach Congregational Church plans to host Camp United We Stand for three months from mid-August to mid-November. An informational meeting will be held at the church on July 11, 7:00 p.m. Please see the attached document for more details.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stolen Beach Orca

Richmond Beach Community Association

One of our beloved Beach Orcas was stolen from its post at the entrance to Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. The individual(s) that made the decision to steal from our Richmond Beach community may be rethinking that decision in the light of day, and since this is a "small town" of caring and concerned neighbors who love to talk, it is unlikely that this theft will go unsolved for long. Since this was a valuable piece of commissioned art, if the orca is not returned, we will have no choice but to move forward with an investigation, police involvement and potential subsequent charges. Before we start down that path, we would like to offer a “no-questions-asked” drop off of the Orca, regardless of its current condition. Please deliver our orca to the Richmond Beach Library.

As a board we thought long and hard about this project and whether an installation of orcas would work in Richmond Beach. We all felt that this was a place where sense of community could and would protect these beauties for years to come. Needless to say, we are saddened for all concerned--the artist who created it, the community that paid for it and the folks, especially the children, who delight in them. Let’s work together, hold out for someone to do the right thing and keep our Beach Orcas from becoming an endangered species. Please contact RBCA Executive Director Sheri Ashleman at (206) 542-9147 with information relating to the missing orca.

Please see the attached document for more details.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Notes from Neighborhood Community Meeting, June 21

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College’s Executive Team enjoyed connecting with many of you at the College’s fourth Neighborhood Community meeting on Wednesday, June 21. It was a pleasure to welcome those who have attended previous conversations, as well as, meet neighbors attending for the first time. Your personal commitment, evidenced by your participation in our Neighborhood Community meeting, is so important and much appreciated.

Attached are notes from the June 21, 2017 meeting. We covered many topics important to us all. Please share these summary notes with neighbors and community organizations so they learn about the activities of our College and the interests expressed by our neighbors.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program

Center for Human Services

Attached are updated flyers in Spanish and English regarding our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program schedule. All groups will start the week of July 17th.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Point Wells Update

By Board Member Tom Mailhot

Some of you may recall that almost a year ago (June 14, 2016, to be exact), RBCA sponsored a workshop on how to make comments on the Point Wells Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) once it was released. We scheduled that meeting last June because at the time Snohomish County was telling us that they expected the DEIS to be released in the early fall of 2016. News flash: that didn’t happen. more…

In the last year, the county has continued to push out the expected release date for the DEIS, not because they want to, but because the developer (BSRE) has repeatedly failed to provide the county with the complete and accurate information the county needs before they can declare the DEIS complete. On May 10, the County announced another delay due to another incomplete submission by BSRE. The most recent delay is related to last big delay announced last November. At that time, the county sent BSRE a letter detailing many of the larger deficiencies in the material BSRE had submitted. The county said there were so many problems that the county would halt further processing of the DEIS material until BSRE submitted revised plans.

Five months later in April, 2017, BSRE did finally submit revised plans to the county. The county has been reviewing the revised plans and in a letter dated May 10, 2017, notified BSRE that while most of the November issues appear to have been addressed, in many cases the requested changes were reflected in only some parts of the material while in other parts the changes were ignored leading to internal inconsistencies about what was in the final plans. The letter requested further additional revisions to address the inconsistencies and indicated that the DEIS would continue to be on hold until the county received revised plans that were consistent. With this latest delay, the county is not expecting the DEIS to be released until early 2018. The county also re-affirmed that the developer is facing a June 30, 2018, deadline to get the DEIS done or the original project application will expire and the developer will have to start over with a new application. If that should happen, any new application would have to follow newer and more restrictive development rules for the site.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free ESL classes from Hopelink start in July!

It’s time to register for Hopelink’s “English for Work” ESL program! New student orientations will be held the week of July 10th. Classes are held in our new Shoreline location (as well as Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland). Morning and evening options are available. Classes are free! more…

See the attached flyer and details below. (We also have flyers in Farsi, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, & Chinese – just ask.)

About "English for Work":

  • ESL program that helps students improve their English and get jobs or enroll in college/job training programs
  • Students learn technology skills, receive one-on-one advising, and participate in mock interviews conducted by local employers.
  • Last quarter, several students were hired by mock interviewers for retail/customer service roles! Several students enrolled in job training programs to prepare for careers in healthcare, accounting, and more!

Please share this information with anyone who may benefit. Don’t hesitate to contact Esther at 425/429-1997 or at epark@hopelink.org with any questions!



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization

Open House - Richmond Beach Library - June 22

The Richmond Beach Road corridor is an important east west connection serving Shoreline residents in the NW quadrant of the City. The primary goal of the project is to improve safety and mobility for all corridor users including people driving, walking, and biking.

The project will rechannelize Richmond Beach Rd/ NW 195th St/ NW 196th St from Dayton Ave N to 24th Ave NW from two lanes in each direction to one vehicle lane in each direction, bike lanes, and a center turn lane. The rechannelization provides the ability to implement onstreet bike lanes, add pedestrian refuge space for people crossing the street, and helps mitigate the vehicle collision patterns seen along the corridor. more…

The City will be holding the first public meeting for the Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization project.
When: June 22, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Richmond Beach Library, Large Meeting Room
Why: Come learn about the project and tell us how you use Richmond Beach Road now and how you’d like to use it in the future.

For more information, visit the project website.

Or click here to view the Open House flyer.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Preview the Orcas and Meet the Artists!

Special Reception - City of Shoreline Lobby - April 27

As most of you know by now, the Richmond Beach Public Art Orcas will debut at the Strawberry Festival on May 13. What you don’t know until now is that you can view the Orcas up close and personal before May 13. more…

The RBCA Board, in cooperation with the City of Shoreline, will host a reception for you and the Orca artists on Thursday, April 27. Here’s the scoop:

What: Reception/Open House to honor all of the Orca artists. Plus all of the completed art pieces will be on display for your viewing pleasure.
When: Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Shoreline City Hall lobby, 17500 Midvale Avenue North.

For more information, go to the Orca Public Art Project page.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Public Art and Orcas!

RBCA Community Meeting - April 11

Show up for the April 11 RBCA community meeting and we will reward you with a special treat! As (hopefully) you know by now, rather soon over 20 Orcas will grace various public spots in Richmond Beach, in the form of creative renditions by local artists. What you don’t know until now is that your reward for attendance at the April RBCA meeting is a first-ever peek at some of the completed art pieces. more…

To be more specific, four local artists in our Orca Public Art Project will be on hand with their completed art piece for your viewing pleasure. The artists will talk about the process each of them used to embellish their art piece, as well as the artistic message they convey through their completed art. Following the presentations, there will be a Q and A discussion among artists and community members.

In addition to the dialogue with artists, community members in attendance will hear Eric Friedli, the City of Shoreline Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, talk about the goals for public art in Shoreline and how the Richmond Beach Public Art Project fits into these goals. Plus he will highlight for you about 25 pieces of public art already in place across Shoreline.

Last but not least, Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network Coordinator, will join us to talk about the role of their network in raising awareness about the whales of our region and the importance of providing them healthy and safe environments.

If you want to witness the very first sneak-a-peek preview of completed Richmond Beach Orca art pieces, you need to “Orca-strate” your calendar so you can attend this exciting meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue NW.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Board Positions Open for May Election

by Sheri Ashleman

Although elections for the Richmond Beach Community Association are not held until May, it is not too early to think about serving on the board. more…

Are you interested in maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhood? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for personal and professional growth? Would you like to meet people in our community?

As a neighborhood organization, we strive to keep the community informed on important issues, to host social gatherings and community events that strengthen our community ties and to work together on local issues that affect our community. We encourage you to be a part of this important work with a group of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers.

Board members are elected by the general membership to serve two-year, staggered terms. This means roughly half of the board seats are up for election each year. Board members are expected to attend a monthly board meeting and most of the general meetings and to contribute four to eight hours each month to the association’s business and volunteer needs.

RBCA invites potential candidates to learn more about being on the board by contacting RBCA Secretary Christie Quigley at secretary@richmondbeachwa.org.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Notice of SEPA Threshold determination

City of Shoreline Planning Department

The City of Shoreline is proposing amendments to the Shoreline Engineering Design Manual (EDM), and Shoreline’s Standard Plans to be consistent with the Department of Ecology’s 2014 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (SWMMWW). more…

These amendments support the use of low impact development practices to be compliant with Shoreline’s Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater NPDES Permit and address roadway standards such as driveway access, traffic analysis and traffic signals.

If you have any questions, please contact: Tricia Juhnke, City Engineer, at tjuhnke@shorelinewa.gov or by calling 206-801-2700.

For more information, go to www.shorelinewa.gov

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