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Sidewalk Advisory Committee meetings underway

Post Date:08/22/2017 10:01 am

Sidewalks! Year after year, residents tell us they want more sidewalks near their homes. Unfortunately, sidewalks are expensive and currently there is not a dedicated funding source at the City to construct them. We rely on highly competitive, yet small, grants to do much of our new sidewalk construction.

To help address this issue, the City Manager has appointed 16 Shoreline residents to a Sidewalk Advisory Committee. The Committee members represent a diverse cross section of Shoreline neighborhoods and have a broad range of backgrounds and interests.

Over the next several months, the Committee will play an instrumental part in the City’s development of a Sidewalk Prioritization Plan. They will review the City’s sidewalk network, see where gaps exist, and learn about the different ways the City can potentially address the gaps. 

A primary goal of the Committee will be to look at how to prioritize and fund different sidewalk improvements in Shoreline. They will consider pedestrian and other non-motorized access to destinations such as schools, parks, transit stops, and businesses. They will also consider the needs of different segments of our community, such as youth, the elderly, people with physical disabilities, and under-represented communities.

In addition to the Committee’s input, City staff will seek the broader community’s feedback through public meetings in the fall of 2017 and in the winter of 2018. City staff will use input from the Committee and the public as well as technical analysis from experts to develop a Sidewalk Prioritization Plan to recommend to the City Manager in the spring of 2018.

The Sidewalk Committee will meet monthly on the last Thursday of each month (there will be no meeting in December) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chamber. Interested individuals who are not on the Committee are welcome to observe the meetings, but may not address the Committee while in session. However, guests can provide comments in writing. 

City staff will be preparing summary notes of every Committee meeting and will be posting them on the project page.

For more information about Shoreline’s Sidewalk Prioritization Project, contact Senior Transportation Planner Nora Daley-Peng at ndaleypeng@shorelinewa.gov or (206) 801-2483.

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