Monday, September 27, 2021

Hospital Construction Activity This Week

 

    


Building Care, also called Forest B, of Phase 2 of Children's Hospital expansion is underway and the new building is planned to open in Spring of 2022.
The 310,000 square-foot addition will add an eight-story building and will includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, primarily out-patient cancer and others) labs, new state-of-the-art operating rooms, 20 inpatient beds, and a lobby. There will be two floors of underground parking and sterile processing. This will bring SCH bed total to 409, up from 200 before its expansion 2012 plan.
The helicopter landing pad moved temporarily to the roof of Forest A (176’), now known as Friends of Costco Building, Phase 1 of the expansion. The landing pad will be active until Building Care is completed. Noise is expected to be louder than the former ground-based helipad. When Forest B is complete, the helistop will moves to its permanent location on top of the Friends of Costco Building (same height).
The Hospital posted this information on their Construction Blog about specific construction activity this week:
    • Build out interior spaces
    • Painting and striping
    • Install soil and mulch
    • Plant landscaping

All work will take place 8-6pm weekdays and 9-6pm on Saturdays.  
Call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Keep Sidewalks Clear

 







The Laurelhurst Blog has received several emails about slippery areas around the neighborhood due to leaves in public areas.  

City Code requires property owners to keep adjacent sidewalks, roads, and alleys clear of all obstructions, including raking leaves, shoveling snow and repairing damaged sidewalks

Here is the applicable Seattle City Code:

SMC 10.52.030 Duties of owners and occupants.
A. It is the duty of the owner of the property and of any occupant of the property wherein or whereon any such nuisance exists to abate the nuisance by destroying, removing or trimming vegetation, and removing or destroying any health, safety or fire hazard.
B. In addition to duties the owner or occupant may have to abate nuisances, the owner or occupant of property shall:
1. Remove vegetation in or on an abutting sidewalk;
2. Destroy, remove or trim vegetation or parts thereof on the property, and which are also overhanging any sidewalk within eight (8) feet measured vertically from any point on the sidewalk;
3. Destroy, remove or trim vegetation or any parts thereof on the property or on adjacent planting strips, which encroaches on or overhangs the traveled portion of the street or alley within fourteen (14) feet measured vertically from any point on the street or alley;
4. Remove vegetation constituting a safety hazard found on adjacent planting strips or alleys;
5. Remove vegetation constituting a fire hazard found on adjacent planting strips or alleys;
6. Remove vegetation constituting a health hazard found on adjacent planting strips or alleys.


Brian with Seattle Public Utlities (SPU) told the Laurelhurst Blog:

Trees make our city beautiful but fall leaves can be a safety hazard and cause street flooding. We would appreciate your help encouraging people to manage their leaves to keep them off the street and out of the storm drain.  

For serious flooding, please call 206-387-1800. For non-urgent plugged storm drains, please submit a service request here. Go here for more information.

 

Here are ways to manage fallen leaves: 

  • Rake leaves and put them into your yard waste cart. If you have more than will fit into the cart, place extras in a compostable lawn and leaf bag or a reusable container with a lid. Put them out next to your yard waste container on collection day – no plastic bags. During the month of November, SPU collects up to 10 extra bags of yard waste at no charge to the customer.  Extra yard waste must be in paper bags or in an extra container that contains only yard waste.
  • Place raked leaves on bare soil as mulch in your landscape and garden. This conserves water, controls weeds and fertilizes the soil. 
  • If you use a leaf blower, please collect the leaves to use as mulch in garden beds or bag them for collection. If you hire a landscaper to help with fall cleanup, make sure they are collecting the leaves and keeping them out of the street. 
  • You can also help reduce flooding by keeping nearby storm drains clear of leaves and debris by 1) standing on the curb, not in the street. Please do not clear drains on major streets or arterials 2) clear the drain before it starts raining 3) Never use your hands to remove debris 4) Use a long-handled dustpan, shovel or a trash can lid to pick up debris. Gloves are recommended 5) Avoid items that have the potential to be hazardous or cause injury.

 


Also leaf blowing from one property into another neighbor's yard or into the street is not allowed.

Neighbors wrote to the Laurelhurst Blog:

I am continually cleaning up after our neighbors lawn workers blow leaves onto our side of street, weekly.  It's not just the noise of leaf blowers that's aggravating, it's the dust that flies up into the eyes of passers-by and onto parked cars. Landscapers consistently blow the neighbor's leaves into our planting strip and in front of it, then drive off, leaving us to clean it up. Aren't they getting paid to clean up their client's yard, completely and thoroughly, including picking up their leaves and hauling them away? I noticed recently some gardeners just blowing leaves around and then blew them across the street.. Please tell your lawn crew to pick up the leaves, not blow them to your neighbors yard.
A landscaping crew working on a house on our block always blows leaves from the neighbor's yard, sidewalk and street in front of their home right into other's yards and right into the sidewalk and street in front of other homes. Is this legal? Aren't they paid to clean up the area that they service rather than just  move it down the street and then drive off leaving a mess to clean up for other neighbors? 
We regularly watch the gardening crew use their leaf blower to blow all the leaves from that house to the street and sidewalk. Blowing leaves into the street is negligent as it clogs the drains and can cause flooding, as well as possibly running the risk of getting water in someone’s basement.  Additionally, the City is not always readily available to clean the drain. Crews that are dispatched to clear the streets also can be hampered by added debris in the street. It is also disrespectful and lazy as the crew assumes the neighbors will clean up the large amount of leaves and other debris left by the gardening crew.  
We have seen pedestrians and even a landscape crew dump yard waste and other matter into our containers and those of our neighbors. Is this legal? We don't believe it is. Sometimes we watch them just blow the leaves onto someone else's property, into the street in front of another home, or just blow them down the sidewalk. 
The sidewalk on the SE corner of 41st Street and 41st Avenue NE is at times very slippery and the spikey seedlings that drop from the tree can make walking hazardous. Neighbors should be mindful of this and keep nearby sidewalks clear. 
 


City Municipal Code SMC 15.46.030 states: 

Deposits in street or gutter
It is unlawful to wash or sweep or otherwise deposit any matter in any street or gutter.


Seattle Municipal Code Section 21.36.440 states:

Unlawful use of solid waste container on private property 
It is unlawful for anyone not authorized by the property owner or
occupant to deposit any material in any solid waste container on
private property or on a sidewalk or a planting strip abutting private
property.

Regarding permissible sound levels emitted by leaf blowers, Seattle Municipal Codes sections 25.08.410 and SMC 25.08.425, states that sound levels of up to 60-90 dBA at 50 feet from the source are permissible during regular working hours.  Sound levels that exceed 90 dBA can be subject to notices of violation, citation, and fines. Excessive noise can also be reported to the Seattle Police.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Nearby Center For Urban Horticulture's Miller Library Re-Opens

 VIRTUAL An Apple for the Teacher Story Time


Nearby Miller library, located at the UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) has recently re-opened from Mondays to Saturdays. 

The children's Story Time program is still virtual. 

This month's theme is "An Apple for the Teacher."

The information says:
What brings you joy this summer? For the characters in these books, it might be feasting on a picnic, wishing on a dandelion, or taking a hike.
Books that are read:
FLORETTE by Anna Walker
APPLE PIE ABC by Alison Murray
FALL APPLES: CRISP AND JUICY by Martha E. H. Rustad and Amanda Enright

Story time is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrates gardens, plants and nature.  Go here for more information.

UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture started in 1980. Here is some information from the website:

In those divisive times of the late 1960’s and 1970’s, many new ideas began to form regarding how to live on, properly use, and safeguard the resources on our earth. This included groups from the “flower children” to academics. Learned horticulturists, botanists, and academics in the Northwest created a plan which called for the creation of a new academic unit at the University of Washington to be called the Center for Urban Horticulture. It would be different from traditional production horticulture which had been taught for hundreds of years.   Instead it would bring disciplines together which seldom or never interacted.

The Center for Urban Horticulture, the first of its kind in the world, and thereafter copied around the world, officially began its life when Professor Harold B. Tukey, Jr, from Cornell University arrived as its founding director in May 1980. Dr. Tukey’s family, including father and brothers, were well known in the horticulture academic arena. He first worked along with an administrator, Sally Dickman, in an office in Anderson Hall on the UW campus. He also was UW director of the Washington Park Arboretum and directed that staff, headed by Joseph A. Witt, curator. In 1981, two new faculty arrived: myself, John A. Wott, from Purdue University in April, and James A. Clark, from Rutgers University in June.

The initial promise of full state funds soon evaporated as the State of Washington rapidly slipped into a recession and all hope of state funds for building and future program building was futile. Never daunted, Dr. Tukey, aided by the good will of Provost George Beckman (who did provide what seed money he could), along with community horticulture stalwarts such as Elisabeth Carey (Betty) Miller began a campaign to raise the millions of dollars needed privately. As you now see today, they were successful. CUH, now a part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, is an invaluable resource in the Northwest as well as nationally and internationally.


Go here for more information.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hospital Construction Activity This Week


 

    


Building Care, also called Forest B, of Phase 2 of Children's Hospital expansion is underway and the new building is planned to open in Spring of 2022.
The 310,000 square-foot addition will add an eight-story building and will includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, primarily out-patient cancer and others) labs, new state-of-the-art operating rooms, 20 inpatient beds, and a lobby. There will be two floors of underground parking and sterile processing. This will bring SCH bed total to 409, up from 200 before its expansion 2012 plan.
The helicopter landing pad moved temporarily to the roof of Forest A (176’), now known as Friends of Costco Building, Phase 1 of the expansion. The landing pad will be active until Building Care is completed. Noise is expected to be louder than the former ground-based helipad. When Forest B is complete, the helistop will moves to its permanent location on top of the Friends of Costco Building (same height).
The Hospital posted this information on their Construction Blog about specific construction activity this week:
    • Restore sidewalks on Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE - place asphalt paving to restore the bike lane in an area between 40th Avenue NE and the hospital’s main entrance at Penny Drive. The paving will take one day. 

      This work was previously scheduled but was delayed by weather. The construction crew is expected to perform the paving this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday, Sept. 22.

    • Build out interior spaces
    • Remove temporary vestibule at River entrance
    • Install soil and mulch
    • Plant landscaping

All work will take place 8-6pm weekdays and 9-6pm on Saturdays.  
Call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

All About Barred Owls

 


Here is a recent post from the Union Bay Watch Blog published by Larry Hubbell, long-time local photographer and birder.


Poison in the Pond

Thursday morning, this Barred Owl stretched its wing on a branch overlooking a silent seep of water in the freshly revitalized Rhododendron Glen. I was a bit surprised to see such extensive molting of the feathers on its head. It is the right time of year for molting, but I would have expected that only first-year birds would replace so many feathers all at once.

Although Barred Owls usually hunt at night they can become instantly alert during the day. I suspect the younger and less-skilled owls are more likely to still be hungry after sunrise. Given this owl's position above the moisture and its level of alertness, I assumed it was still hunting and hoping for food.

Barred Owls are carnivores. They will eat a surprising variety of creatures. During daylight, they will most often sit and doze close to the trunk of a coniferous tree. If an enticing sound reaches their ears they are likely to open at least one eye to evaluate the situation. If it looks promising, they may silently stretch before dropping from the overhanging branch. Silence and surprise are critical skills for a Barred Owl. They even have specialized feathers that help mask the sound of their approach.

They primarily hunt in forested areas. However, they prefer an open understory below a protective canopy. (Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, and Common Ravens will eat or compete with Barred Owls.) 

Even among the trees, Barred Owls require space to spread their wings. Their mature wingspans are normally greater than three feet. They are especially fond of hanging out near water since all of their favorite foods like to drink.

Barred Owls do not participate in annual migrations but our local owls are the offspring of immigrants. Originally, Barred Owls were primarily found east of the Mississippi, as generations passed they slowly moved west via Canadian forests and then south through the Cascades. Click Here to see a dynamic display of their annual sightings. I suspect the limited summer movement may be primarily due to younger birds looking for mates.

They are territorial. A pair of mated birds will have overlapping territories. The overlap is nearly 100% during the breeding season and potentially half that during the winter.
 
After being chased by crows, the mate of the owl above moved from this perch into the dense shadows of a Western Red Cedar. Curiously, the feathers on the head of this owl showed no signs of molting. The variation between the two made me wonder if the first owl might still be somewhat immature - perhaps in its second year?

In any case, when I looked closely at the trailing edge of the primary wing feathers of the first owl, I could see evidence of wear. This reinforced the idea that this owl was more than a few months old and most likely it did not hatch out this year. 

Also, I saw a pair of Barred Owls in this same area this Spring. Normally one of a mature pair would have been in a nest on eggs at that time of year. This memory also strengthens the idea that one of these owls might be old enough to find a mate but not yet ready for family life.

The owl occasionally attempted to doze. 

I love the feathered eyelids. Barred Owls are capable of surviving temperatures far below those they encounter around the Salish Sea.

Soon, a hummingbird spotted the owl and began diving back and forth above its head. When the hummer stopped to rest for a moment, further out on the same limb, I finally caught a photo.

Our hero immediately awoke and moved closer to the hummingbird.

I suspect the intensity of its focus may have been correlated to its level of hunger.

The owl watched the hummer from the beginning of each dive...

...all the way through to the end. In my experience, most mature owls usually ignore hummingbirds.

Ultimately, the owl coughed up a pellet, the remains of its last meal, and flew to a more secluded and protected branch - just below its mate.

Earlier in August, some friends and I spotted a Barred Owl about one hundred yards to the north. Given the lack of molting feathers on its head, I suspect it was the mate of our hero.

It also snoozed for a time. Then suddenly, it dove from its perch and into the Salal. 

There was a considerable amount of scurrying but the owl came up empty.

Both the Barred Owl and I could hear the rapid calls of a Douglas Squirrel overhead on the branch of a Western Red Cedar. The owl moved closer but apparently realized that without the element of surprise there was little point in chasing the speedy squirrel.

The Douglas Squirrel, unlike most other small creatures, did not run and hide. It did the opposite. It spent approximately 10 minutes verbally abusing the Barred Owl. I could not comprehend the "words", however, the gist of the message was pretty obvious. It was scolding the owl for being rude. It may have mentioned being slow and unskilled as well. Perhaps it finished by advising the owl to take its appetite elsewhere.

A few days before, I spotted a Barred Owl staring into the lower Woodland Garden pond. It was early in the morning and we were undisturbed. Abruptly, the owl descended towards the water - much faster than I could react. There was a very brief splash, hidden behind a bush, and then the owl rose up to a branch on the far side of the pond. Briefly, I saw the shadow of a wiggling shape - trying to escape its talons.

In the past I have seen an occasional non-native goldfish, a non-native bullfrog, and native Northwestern Salamanders in the Woodland Ponds. Many times I have seen the Barred Owls hovering just above the water's surface but never before had I seen them catch anything.

By the way, please do not put non-native lifeforms in our waters - the native creatures already have more than enough imported competition.

Speaking of things a Barred Owl will eat:

About a week before the pond encounter, one of the Gardeners pointed out a Barred Owl eating a good-sized rabbit in the southern part of the Arboretum. When eating larger creatures, Barred Owls always start at the top. 

Apparently, an American Crow is large enough to require the head-down approach as well. Click Here to read a post about a young owlet getting to eat crow.

Rats are probably their most common meal and approached the same way. Click Here to read about the more effective alternatives to rat poison.

If the creature is small a Barred Owl will simply swallow it whole. Later, they regurgitate the inedible parts and leave a pellet of fur and bone to fertilize their surroundings. Click Here to read about a young owlet's early hunting success.

Barred Owls will even feed worms to their young. I suspect in the case of worms they do not distinguish between the head and the tail. However, it was not a worm that the Barred Owl pulled from the Woodland Garden pond.

The Barred Owl tossed its head back and swallowed the mature native Northwestern Salamander in a single gulp. These native salamanders exude a poison that helps protect them from some predators. It does not appear to be effective with the Barred Owls.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Wednesday Important Hospital Development Meeting To Impact North Laurelhurst and Ongoing Inaccuracies With Hospital's MIMP Report

 

On Wednesday, the 22nd, from 6-8pm, the community is invited to attend the 27th meeting in the series of Children Hospital Meetings with the SAC (Standing Advisory Committee) to hear about specific plans for the next phase of development, "Copper Project" - a surgery pavilion and parking garage at the north end of Laurelhurst, in the area of 45th Avenue NE and NE 50th Streets.

The two new proposed 37 foot tall buildings, connected by a bridge span, will be viewable by those living in that area, according to images prepared by the Hospital's contracted design firm. Parking for 1,138 vehicles is also proposed.

The buildings and a new road will be situated close to the perimeter of the Hospital and residential boundaries. As neighbors have expressed in over 100 pages of comments submitted to the City, there will be significant  and permanent impacts affecting the livability of the neighborhood.

The public is invited to give comments at 6:50pm on Wednesday. Sign-up here up until 2 hours before the start of the meeting.  Written comments can be submitted anytime, but in ample time to give the SAC adequate time to review. Send comments to nelson.pesigan@seattle.gov.

Here are the meeting materials:

    Here is the agenda:

    • Welcome /Introductions of SAC members 
    • Committee Update/ 
    • 2020 Annual Report Presentation
    • 6:50 - Public Comment 
    • Committee Deliberation 
    • Adjournment and scheduling of next meeting 


    DON (Department of Neighborhoods) was accepting applications through August for new members to fill open positions on the Committee which  is composed of 15 representatives, and  alternates, including a non-management representative from Seattle Children’s Hospital. (See below for duties and membership rules.)

    A full SAC committee is comprised of 15 regular members from across various neighborhoods and 4 alternates (SAC bylaws, Article II, Section 1)


    Nelson said that alternates may participate in meetings and may vote in the absence of a voting member (SAC Bylaws, Article II, Section 1 and Article IV, Section 7). Alternate members can choose to remain as alternates).

    According to Nelson Pesigan, Administrative Staff Analyst with Major Institutions & Schools Program for DON, there are currently 11 regular members and 1 alternate member.

    There are 4 open positions of which applications were taken from residents residing in Laurelhurst, Montlake, and Ravenna/Bryant, 

    "The SAC By-laws do not indicate membership percentage requirements by neighborhood," Nelson told the Laurelhurst Blog.

    He added that according to the (SAC bylaws Article IV, Section 3) upon resignation or removal of a member, replacements will be appointed from the list of alternate members that has been established.


    A Laurelhurst resident, also serving as Chairperson, recently stepped down. Nelson said that 
    "Committee members can submit nominations and vote for a new chair at the meeting. Since the chairperson is vacant, Karen Wolf is acting as the chairperson on an interim basis." (SAC bylaws, Article III, Sections 2 and 3)

    He added that "the vacant position is for the chairperson. Committee members can choose and decide to vote for a chairperson."

    For tonight' meeting Nelson said that 10 SAC members accepted the meeting. The quorum is 7. 

    The Children's Hospital SAC meeting that was supposed to take place on July 13th was  postponed, as was the December 2020 one, for similar reasons.. 

    The meeting reportedly ran into several difficulties and a motion was made to stop the meeting immediately. First, the City's Department of Neighborhoods did not send out the presentation slide deck until the morning of the meeting, giving SAC members very little time to review the slides to be prepared for the meeting. The general timeframe is supposed to be at least one week.

    Second, SAC members communicated that the 2020 MIMP Annual Report had many inconsistencies and inaccuracies and it was requested that they be corrected for the next meeting.

    However, it has been reported that many of the inconsistencies have still not been corrected in the MIMP report, for the Wednesday meeting. 

    Nelson told the Laurelhurst Blog "The Annual Report that is posted is the document that DON received from Children’s on 2/2/2021."

    It is also a concern that the slide show presentation and MIMP report will not match and the MIMP is what is on file for the public to view. 

    Neighbors have communicated that it is mandatory that the Hospital prove that the MIMP Report has been amended so that it is consistent with the slides.

    The SAC expressed in prior meetings that it cannot accurately review the ongoing progress made in meeting the conditions of the Master Plan and approving it if the 2020 MIMP Report is inaccurate and the Hospital falsely claiming that they have met the Conditions.  

    Reported inaccuracies of 2020 MIMP:

    • Condition 15 not met as stated: “Children’s Complied with [City Council Condition 15].” (2020 MIMP Report, paragraph 15, PDF page 13):
    Children’s shall create and maintain a Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) to review and comment on all proposed and potential projects prior to submission of their respective Master Use Permit applications. The SAC shall use the Design Guidance Guidelines for their evaluation.

    • The SAC is to review and comment and advise the City and Children’s Hospital on the development that is occurring under the provisions of the Children’s Hospital Major Institution Master Plan before Children’s submits its MUP application to the City.
    • Children’s submitted its Master Use Permit for Project Copper on July 7, 2020. Since the first SAC meeting for Project Copper was held on August 31, 2020, the Hospital did not meet with the SAC prior to submitting its Master Use Permit.
    • The MUP states: “Seattle Children's submitted a Master Use Permit application for SDCI review on July 7, 2020" – this should be removed as it seems there is no pending application at the City. [2020 MIMP Report, PDF page 3]
    • The Hospital withdrew its July 2020 Master Use Permit application and was to start and submit a new permit. However the MIMP report states (page 3): “Seattle Children's submitted a Master Use Permit application for SDCI review on July 7, 2020" which is reportedly not accurate and appears as if it needs to be removed from the report, as at this time there is no pending application.
    • The report incorrectly states that the next phase of construction was presented to the SAC on June 25 of last year, including showing a design presentation. However the SAC did not meet on that date. Maureen Sheehan, with DON, sent email with a YouTube link with the design presentation, however that is not the same as a formal SAC meeting. Maureen did not state that the YouTube was to be a substitute for the meeting or notify the SAC of the short response timeframe.
    • There was no notice in the email or video that the Hospital was going to submit Project Copper to SDCI before a SAC meeting took place. And the SAC was given very short notice in which to review the document.
    • No notice was given to the SAC that the Youtube video was supposed to take the place of a SAC meeting. To the contrary, the July 1 email states “We are planning to hold the first in a series of on-line Standing Advisory Committee meetings to receive a detailed project presentation and review and comment on Project Copper later this Summer.”
    • The meeting presentations states “Surgical Capacity Expansion: Project Copper – MUP paused.” However, the 2020 MIMP Report describes the project in detail and suggest that Project Copper is ongoing. [2020 MIMP Report, PDF page 3]
    • It is not clear when Children’s issued its 2020 Annual Report. The Report indicates that Project Copper is going forward when, in fact, Children’s had withdrawn its MUP application. There needs an additional update to the MIMP report that in fact, Children’s has withdrawn its MUP application for Project Copper.

        

    Neighbors, in addition, expresses these concerns:

    • The Hospital is not following the correct sequence, in which the major institution formulates the proposed plan, then presents them, including the designs to the SAC, who review and make changes and then send it to Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI ) who review it and send it back again to the SAC for any additioal changes.
    • Hospital's process was out of order: In July, Children's Hospital went directly to SDCI and submitted their  permit which was  different than what was approved in the Major Institution Master Plan. Then the Hospital scheduled an  August meeting. However, during this time, SDCI  begun to work on the project. The City put up the notification boards up around the perimeter of the property which included the comment deadline. However neighbors reported that the documents regarding the proposed development were not even on-line yet in time to be able review and submit comments
    • Neighbors also submitted comments on the Hospital's non-compliance stating that the Hospital is not following the approved standard process and that that the Hospital was trying to get approval from the City when they were supposed to first have the SAC's input whose role it is to review the development plans and makes changes. 
    • One neighbor, David Yuan, sent a letter to the Director of the Department of Construction and Inspection, Nathan Torgelson, which stated, in part, that the process appeared to be faulty because the SAC had not been given the opportunity to review and comment on Children’s potential project before Children’s submitted its Major Institution Master Plan. (MUP) application to the City. This is the legal requirement of Condition 15 of the Seattle City Council decision that has not been followed.
    • Concern that the Hospital's proposed development different is very different that what was approved in 2010 in the MIMP, in which the Seattle City Council approved the 20-year growth Master Plan for Children’s Hospital. The process to come to the approval included several years of Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings, multiple meetings between the hospital and LCC (Laurelhurst Community Club.) The City Council adopted the two parties Settlement Agreement some of which include: reduced square footage, no expansion of Hospital boundaries across Sand Point Way, 50 year restriction on expansion into residential areas,  height restrictions of no more than 20 percent of the campus land area over 90 feet and no more than 10 percent over 125 feet and no structure above 140 feet in height. The full Settlement Agreement is here.



    The SAC duties include: 

    • reviewing the annual report from Seattle Children’s Hospital on its development
    • reviewing and commenting on progress under its transportation management plan
    • reviewing Master Use Permit submittals and requests for amendments to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Major Institution Master Plan, and make recommendations based on established design criteria
    • providing comments on projects under development.

    According to the DON website, membership is comprised of representatives from these categories: 

    • A representative of an area community group or council. 
    • A resident who is within 600 feet of the campus boundary. 
    • A neighborhood resident defined as a resident within the boundaries of the adjacent community council areas. 
    • A property owner. 
    • A business person. 
    • A consumer group using the services of the institution. 
    • A person participating in neighborhood planning. 
    • A general community or citywide representative. 


    Go here for more information or contact Nelson.Pesigan@seattle.gov.