Participants needed to advise on zoning modifications to Northgate Elementary School

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

The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (also known as “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the renovation and addition to the Northgate Elementary School located at 11725 1st Ave NE. The modifications requested are:

  1. Greater than allowed building height.
  2. Reduced on-site parking.
  3. Reduced bicycle parking.
  4. Electric message board.
  5. Off-site bus loading.

The committee will convene up to three public meetings at Northgate Elementary School over a three-month time period. The committee will receive briefings from the 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 or property within 600’ of Northgate Elementary School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, PTO members, and parents of Northgate 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:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Letters of interest should be received by Friday, January 17.

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at or call 206-684-0302.

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

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.