Eight members of the newly named Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) met at the Broadview Library with City staff who will work with us on updating our 1999 neighborhood plan. Dan Stern, Edmond Ryan, Gloria Butts, and Susan Eastman Jensen are part of the group and live in Broadview. Josh Freedman and Rick Barrett attended from Haller Lake. Richard Dyksterhuis and Pat McCoy represented the Bitter Lake Hub Urban Village. Committee membership will expand over the next few months as a few newly named members were unable to attend and outreach is intended to bring in young people and neighbors that represent our diversity. 

The City Departments of Planning and Development and Neighborhoods are staffing this effort. Primary staff are Nora Liu (DPD) and Pamela Banks (DON). I appreciated their work effort at providing us with an overview of the City’s goals, values, and information about the recent Race and Social Justice Initiative. A brief overview of the planning process was reviewed from the binder and then we talked about roles and responsibilities for the Committee. Questions were asked and answered and we are all hoping for a successful effort that leads to a more vibrant and cohesive community.

We’ll be meeting monthly over the next 18 months. There’s a great deal of work involved and our first work is to fill out our group, review what has occurred since the 1999 plan was completed, and determine how and when to gain the attention and participation of as many members of our neighborhood as we can.


  1. Thanks for the update, Pat. I would add that the City is looking to fill four additional positions on the NAC committee to help represent the broader community on the board. Specifically they are looking for people who live in the Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake planning area that also are 1) people living with disabilities, 2) people of color 3)younger people in the 16 – 25 age range or 4) renters with lower incomes. If you are interested or know of someone who might be please contact Sabhat or see the neighborhood planning page at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website. Sebhat can send you a short application to fill out.

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