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Seeking volunteers to advise on zoning modifications to West Woodland Elementary School

Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for West Woodland Elementary School. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to serve on this committee.

The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (known as a “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for an addition and renovation to the West Woodland Elementary School located at 5601 4th Ave NW. The modifications requested are:

  1. Greater than allowed building height.
  2. Reduced setbacks for building and structures in the north and south.
  3. Reduction of on-site parking.
  4. Addition of bicycle parking.
  5. Addition of an electric message board.

The advisory committee will convene up to three public meetings at West Woodland Elementary School (5601 4th Ave NW) over a three-month period. The committee will receive briefings from the Seattle School District and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests.

Following these meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of West Woodland Elementary School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, PTA members, and parents of West Woodland Elementary School students. Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail to:

Nelson Pesigan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Letters of interest should be received by October 21, 2019. For more information contact Nelson Pesigan at or call 206-684-0209.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, colleges, and schools to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made.