The DPD’s Ballard Urban Design Open House had a large turnout last Wednesday evening at Ballard Library.
The event was well attended by a wide variety of Ballard community members, including representatives from Ballard Chamber of Commerce, local businesses owners, local non-profit leaders and neighborhood residents, who came together to discuss the future of our neighborhood.
The interactive open house included presentations by DPD Senior Planner David Goldberg and Executive Director of Ballard Chamber of Commerce Mike Stewart, who put the event into context in the bigger plan for the future of Ballard.
“This meeting is to touch base, make sure we fully understand the issues out there in the community and set the direction for our work going forward,” Goldberg said to attendees at the event.
The open house included interactive activities centered around critical issues important to the future of Ballard. Attendees had the opportunity to voice their opinion about these issues using stickers and post it notes (see image on right and below).
Many locals attended the open house to express their thoughts on a variety of issues including development, the homeless population and the future of Ballard office space.
“I am here to present my thoughts on the issue of development,” said long time Ballard resident Pam Cole. “I am in favor of thoughtful density in our neighborhood but at the moment it has gone over the top. This meeting may be too late,” she continued.
Ballard resident of three years, Craig Shumate, also expressed concern in relation to development and focused in particular on problems with the current zoning laws. “Over development of Ballard is resulting in a loss of diversity. Zoning laws are a big problem and the appeals processes for developments need to be well ventilated and transparent,” said Shumate.
Many attendees agreed that the open house was an effective and interactive way of gathering the thoughts and opinions of the local residents.
“I love that the DPD are considering things such as access to cultural food and the future of Ballard in relation to the high capacity transit study. The open house is very interactive,” said Ballard resident Caelen Ball.
Goldberg from the DPD was very happy with the turnout at the open house and encourages all who haven’t yet had input to do so online. “The website will be up for another two weeks to ensure that all community members have a chance to give their opinion,” said Goldberg.
If you have not submitted your thoughts check out the ways you can get involved in the online discussion below: