LFP Citizens' Commission N.G.O. public meeting Tuesday

Monday, August 15, 2016

L.F.P. Citizens’ Commission - N.G.O. (non-government organization)
Social - 2nd Public Meeting Tuesday, 6:30pm 

A group of Lake Forest Park residents has formed a volunteer Citizens' Commission to "meet, deliberate City business, issues, and interests, support each other and work on specific projects targeted to make Lake Forest Park an exceptional place to live, visit, and work."

The group is a Non Government Organization, not sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park.
They invite the community to join them on Tuesday evening, at Third Place Commons in Town Center, at 6:30p.m. for an Informal Cookie Social followed by a Public Meeting from 7:00-9:00pm. They will be meeting in or near the Stadler Room.

Included on the agenda will be items addressing the unfinished Work Plans of four suspended Commissions:
  • Transportation: Multi-Modal, Parking, Transit, ST3, & Complete Streets
  • Community Service: Public Safety/Emer. Prep, Human Services, P.R.O.S. Plan
  • Environmental Quality: Tree Ordinance Update and Tree Permit Moratorium
  • Economic Development: Business Network Group, Neighborhood Signage 
Also, Organizational Structure for the Commission, Funding, Projects, and Spokes

Commissions were temporarily suspended while the Council focused on the Strategic Plan.

According to the City website, "The work of the volunteer commissions is temporarily suspended (except for the Planning Commission and Civil Service Commission, both mandated by state statute) while the City Council moves along in its strategic plan development far enough to identify key City priorities and determines the role of Commissions in "working" those priorities. For more information: Ordinance NO. 1118."

Mike Dee, organizer of the new committee, says that the City is now focusing on task forces to work within the Strategic Plan and the commissions will remain in retirement during that time.

His group has formed to fill the void.

At the Tuesday meeting, they will discuss some additional organizational structure for this LFP Citizens’ Commission. They will also create Sub-Groups (Spokes), to address issues of community concern.

They will announce their regular meeting schedule to "organize volunteers; recruit, inform, educate, and activate, the current, local, and future community leadership to problem-solve, assess resources, and plan a future that makes Lake Forest Park "a better place to live, work, and visit."

This meeting will be mostly focused on LFP, but people from other places are also welcome to attend, bring their ideas, and cookies.

Some things expected to happen out of future meetings:

Addressing Environmental Concerns, Transportation Needs, Issues, and ST3. Youth Support. Organizing Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Planning. Human Services Development, Public Safety and Emergency Management Improvement, Economic Development, Art Appreciation and Neighborhood Association Planning, and more, watch this space.

The Lake Forest Park Citizens’ Commission is a NGO, Non-Governmental Organization, and is not directly a part of the Lake Forest Park City Government. They do expect to work with local governments and other organizations as their priorities, resources, skills, and goals start to align.

For further information, contact Mike Dee at 206-607-9409, or email him


Anonymous,  August 15, 2016 at 12:57 AM  

Watch your back, citizens of LFP. The density-mongers are coming at you next. What's next? Upzoning third place commons with "affordable housing" high-rises. Upzoning a 0.5 - 1 mile on either side of bothell way and ballinger way, and (maybe even) perkins way with perks and incentives and welfare for developers. And that waterfront? High-rise, high-rise, high-rise.

Mike Dee August 15, 2016 at 2:33 AM  

Thanks for the Warning.

Anonymous,  August 15, 2016 at 11:33 AM  

The entire mall of which Third Place is a part should have at least one more level - it is a huge slab of concrete on sensitive land and should be maximized to prevent more pavement elsewhere.

Anonymous,  August 15, 2016 at 6:01 PM  

Bothell Way is getting vertical. You have a future apartment complex at 153rd where the Boyer Escrow used to be. Some reports of six stories and such. Then you have a multi-story building behind the old Rapid Rudy's. Another behind the Sheridan Market. Years ago, there was talk about building up the north wing of the mall to make for senior housing or mixed family housing. That was shot down by some NIMBYism. Much of the mall can't be developed taller because it was built on swamp land (with a water table anywhere from 10-15 feel below the parking lot surface).

The reality is that the Gateway Area is going vertical and will be putting more strain on an already dense and poorly designed 145th & Bothell Way/Lake City Way.

Let's see what this group can do.

Mike Dee August 16, 2016 at 12:47 AM  

(Agenda in Brief)

-Lake Forest Park’s Citizens Commission-

Proposed Agenda for 3rd (2nd Public) Meeting -August 16th, 2016 @ 3rd Place Commons

6:30 p.m. Informal Cookie Social @ 3rd Place Commons

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -L.F.P. Citizens’ Commission Meeting @
3rd Place Commons

9:10 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – After-Hours @ L.F.P. Bar & Grill


7:00 p.m. Start Meeting

Expectation Guidelines



Agenda Review

Minutes Review & Approval

Mission Statement



7:50 p.m. Break- (Last Chance to Order Food & Drinks@3rd Place)

Citizen’s Commission Details:

Announcements, Quick Public Comments, Next Meeting Date?
(Sept. 6th, 2016)

8:05 p.m. A-Z Discussion (Prioritize, Add, Announce Only, Skip)

Topics for Discussion for Tonight:

A- Neighborhood Development

B- N.N.O.A.C. National Night Out Against Crime

C- Block Watch Groups

D- Crime Prevention

E- Tree Permit -Public Hearing Moratorium

F- Adopt-A-Park (Tree) Program, New Parks Task Force (PROS Plan)

G- 4 Commissions Retirement

H- Transportation Issues

I- Health & Safety Concerns

J- Emergency Preparedness

8:45 p.m. Public Comments / Announcements / Cleanup /
Next Steps / Assignments

9:00 p.m. Leave 3rd Place Commons

After-hours: 9:10-10 p.m. @ Lake Forest Park, Bar & Grill

Contact E-Mail: LFPCitizensCommission@Gmail.Com
Phone: (206) -607-9409

Those in attendance will help decide and Prioritize which Agenda Items get the Priority.
All Topics will attempt to be covered, some at length.

Mike Dee
LFP Citizens' Commission Commissioner/Co-Chair/P.I.O.

(Posted by Mike Dee)

Jason Colberg,  August 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM  

Glad to have input from the community, even from anonymous parties. THNX! I'll bring to the group's attention and I would guess we'll have a sub-committee interested in focusing on transportation. I'd agree that LFP is going to be continually battling to stave off King County and the State. They have an advantage now because they take LFP tax dollars and then attach strings when giving portions of it back. I think this formula needs to change and that's one of my long-term goals.

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