Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Waing Waing

Get to Know Our New External Relations Division Director: Waing Waing

"I was drawn to this department because I value participatory governance and the staff here are serious about working to make community outreach and engagement equitable. As the city grows and changes, we need to make sure public planning processes also include the views and needs of the most affected and vulnerable among us. I’m committed to doing that work." (Read More)


Mayor Durkan Announces $1,300,000 to Support Neighborhood Businesses: Local business communities in 17 neighborhoods will receive funding to invest in the programs, services and projects that best address their needs. (more)

Chapter 2 of the #SeattleSqueeze: Learn why buses made their permanent ascent to surface streets on March 23. (more)

Get Ready for Spring Clean 2019: Spring Clean, now in its 33rd year, runs through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to keep Seattle clean and vibrant. Register now! (more)

What Does Access and Equity Look Like in Seattle’s Creative Economy?: In 2019, the Office of Arts & Culture and Office of Economic Development are collaborating on an intentional, qualitative and quantitative creative workforce study with a race and social justice lens. Take the survey. (more)

Mayor Durkan Signs Mandatory Housing Affordability into Law: All Seattle multifamily and commercial development will contribute to new rent- and income-restricted affordable housing for low-income households. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools and Community Centers Closed on April 4: All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers, pools, teen life centers and small craft centers will be closed on April 4 for an all-staff Recreation Division training. (more)

AARP Community Challenge 2019: This annual challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. The grant application period is open now and closes on April 17. (more)



Update on Camp Second Chance, Georgetown and Othello Villages: The City of Seattle’s Human Service Department has announced that these villages will be temporarily re-permitted for an additional six months. During this time, the City will develop a long-term strategy for these sites with community input that will serve residents of villages and the surrounding community. (more)


  • South Park Neighborhood Association: April 9, 7pm (more)
  • Georgetown Community Council: April 15, 7pm (more)
  • Learn Disaster Preparedness From Seattle-based Experts: April 16, 7pm (more)
  • Morgan Community Association: April 17, 7pm (more)



Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider the Nomination of the Queen Anne Masonic Temple: The public is invited to attend the meeting on April 17 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)


  • Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee: April 2, 6pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council: April 3, 7:30pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee Meeting: April 10, 6pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council: April 10, 6:30pm (more)
  • Free Seattle Citizenship Clinic: April 13, 10am (more)
  • 12th Ave S Vision Zero Drop-In Session: April 16, 3pm (more)
  • Magnolia Community Council: April 16, 7pm (more)



35th Ave NE Project: Seattle Department of Transportation has released new designs for 35th Ave NE. They anticipate construction, including final paving and striping, to resume this spring. (more)

130th / 145th Station Area Planning Survey: New light rail stations at 130th and 145th Streets will serve the neighborhoods of Haller Lake, Pinehurst, Olympic Hills, Victory Heights, as well as the urban villages of Lake City and Bitter Lake. This survey will help the planning team learn more about the needs and desires of the community. (more)

Join Crown Hill Community Planning Project: Check out the Crown Hill Community Planning website for the latest updates, including an online survey. (more)


  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: April 2, 7pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council: April 4, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: April 4, 7pm (more)
  • Momentia Talent Share at Northgate Community Center: April 6, 2pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: April 10, 7pm (more)