Guide to the Paul Kraabel Subject Files

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kraabel, Paul, 1933-
Title: Subject Files
Dates: 1972-1991 ( inclusive )
1980-1989 ( bulk )
Quantity: 15.2 cubic ft. ((38 boxes))
Collection Number: 4647-02
Summary: Records documenting Paul Kraabel's tenure on the Seattle City Council from 1975-1991.
Repository: Seattle Municipal Archives
Contact Information: Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
Languages: Collection materials are inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Paul Kraabel (1933-), a Republican, was appointed to Seattle City Council in 1975, filling a seat vacated by Bruce Chapman. Kraabel worked for 15 years as an electrical engineer with Boeing before joining the City Council. He was also elected to the State Legislature as a representative in 1971 and served for four years. Kraabel won the special election to complete the unexpired term for City Council and served four full terms, retiring at the end of 1991. He returned briefly to City Council in 1996 to fill a seat vacated by Tom Weeks, who resigned to work for the Seattle School District.

Kraabel was City Council President in 1980-1981 and again in 1990-1991. He chaired six different committees during his tenure: Planning and Urban Development (1975-1977, 1984-1989), Water and Waste Management (1978-1979), Labor (1980-1981, 1990-1991), Land Use (1982-1983), Public Safety (1984-1985), and Business (1990-1991). Kraabel's most significant accomplishments were in land use and planning. He defended regulations for houseboat rentals and worked for many years on the downtown land use plan. He was also active in the I-90 bridge planning, and worked to have only three lanes coming into Seattle.

Content Description

The Paul Kraabel Subject Files document his tenure on City Council and the Committees he chaired. Particularly well documented is Kraabel's involvement in land use, housing and transportation issues. His records measure 15.2 cubic feet and date from 1972 to 1991, with the bulk of the records dating from 1980 to 1989. The records are arranged in six functional or issue-related areas, including: Downtown Plan, Housing, Land Use and Urban Development, Legislative and Interdepartmental, Transportation and Utilities and Waste Water Management. More detailed descriptions of records are found below at the beginning of each category's file listing.

Please note that published documents are removed from Councilmembers' records and cataloged and indexed in the Published Documents database. Researchers should check the Published Documents online index for published material which may be referred to in the Kraabel records. Also, "notebooks" are located throughout the records and refer to collections of documents prepared by Central Staff or other Legislative Department members for City Council committee members to assist with decision-making. The notebooks may include a table of contents, a decision agenda, reports or memoranda by Central Staff analysts and background information pertinent to the issue. The Legislative databases on the City Clerk's website can assist in establishing the chronology of specific issues.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Records are open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item and date], Paul Kraabel Subject Files, Record Series 4647-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Records are arranged in six functional or issue-related areas:

I: Downtown Plan

II: Housing

III: Land Use and Urban Development

IV: Legislative and Interdepartmental

V: Transportation

VI: Utilities and Water and Waste Management

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Downtown Plan, 1974-1989
2.8 cubic ft.

The Downtown Plan, or Land Use and Transportation Plan for Downtown Seattle, was a project begun in the early 1980s to replace the Comprehensive Plan with new land use policies, a new zoning code and a new zoning map. The Downtown Plan is the most well-documented project within Kraabel's papers. The project was inspired by the Seattle 2000 Commission, which established long-range goals and objectives for the City and was intended to be a guide for downtown growth. The many parties that contributed to the Plan are reflected in Kraabel's papers, including the Executive Office, City Council, the Mayor, many citizens, several technical advisory committees, a Mayor's Task Force, Special District Boards, the Design Commission and the Planning Commission. Land use, transportation issues, housing, traffic, open space, the waterfront, parking, pedestrian traffic, and human services were all discussed during development of the Plan. The Plan was adopted by Council in 1985 through Resolution 27281. Many related documents can be located through the Published Documents Index; specifically, proposed, draft, and revised versions of the Downtown Land Use and Transportation Plan can be found there.

The Document List in Box 1 for the Downtown Plan is a list of documents with alphanumeric codes compiled by the Kraabel staff. Documents can be found by their code, which are on tabs attached to the documents, but they are not in the exact order in which they appear in the list. Agendas of the Urban Redevelopment Committee, which Kraabel chaired during this period, are included for 1984 to 1985. Also included are discussion agendas for the Land Use Committee, notices of public hearings, memoranda and correspondence. The Downtown Plan was a complex project, involving issues relating to the land use code, housing, economic development, and environmental and social issues. The complexities of the issues are reflected in the records through interdepartmental correspondence, constituent comments, reports, and drafts of legislation. Correspondents include Allied Arts of Seattle, Denny Regrade and Capitol Hill community organizations, and many downtown businesses as well as many individuals. Peter Steinbrueck, Virginia Galle, and Brewster Denny were among the citizens helping shape the Plan and its revisions. The newspaper clippings in Box 6 contain many business and community organization newsletter clippings regarding the Downtown Plan.

Revisions and updates to the Downtown Plan are also included here and date from 1988-1989. The update includes documentation of Initiative 31 and the Mayor's proposed alternative. The Initiative, known as the Citizens' Alternative Plan or CAP, was passed in 1989 by Seattle voters. The Initiative limited the height and size of downtown buildings. The Initiative was supported by Margaret Pageler and Peter Steinbrueck, among others; Paul Schell and Walt Crowley were among those against the Initiative.

1/1 Document List n.d.
Committee Records: includes Agendas, Discussion Agendas, and Public Hearings for Urban Redevelopment Committee 1984-1985
1/2 February-June 1984 1984
1/3 July 1984-May 1985 1984-1985
Urban Redevelopment Committee Notebooks 1983-1985
1/4 Overview 1983-1984
1/5 Volume 1 (A) Schedules and Decision Agendas 1984
1/6 Volume 1 (B) Council Memoranda and Newspaper Articles 1984
1/7 Volume 2 (A) International District and Pioneer Square 1984-1985
1/8 Volume 2 (B) includes Economic Development, General Provisions 1984-1985
2/1 Volume 2 (C) includes Pike Place Market and Waterfront 1984-1985
Correspondence and Memoranda 1974-1986
2/2 Constituents (1982 Alternative Plan) 1982
2/3 Constituents (includes Denny Regrade) 1981-1984
2/4 Constituents (includes Waterfront) 1981-1984
2/5 Constituents (includes artists studio dwellings) 1984
2/6 Constituents (includes housing) 1984-1986
2/7 Community Organizations 1981-1982
2/8 Community Organizations 1982-1984
3/1 Community Organizations, Businesses and Other Groups 1984
3/2 Community Organizations, Businesses and Other Groups 1984
3/3 Community Organizations, Businesses and Other Groups 1984
3/4 Community Organizations, Businesses and Other Groups 1984
3/5 Community Organizations, Businesses and Other Groups 1984-1985
3/6 Community Organizations and Other Groups 1985
3/7 Responses 1984-1985
3/8 Councilmembers 1982-1984
4/1 Executive Department 1982
4/2 Executive Department 1982-1983
4/3 Denny Regrade 1974-1985
4/4 Economic Development Notebook Volume 1 1980-1985
4/5 Economic Development Notebook Volume 2 1983-1984
4/6 Guidelines for Downtown Alternative Plans 1979-1985
5/1 Housing 1982-1984
5/2 Interim Zoning Controls 1981-1984
5/3 International and Pioneer Square Districts 1984-1985
5/4 Retail Core 1984-1985
5/5 Transportation 1981-1984
5/6 Waterfront - Volume 1 1979-1983
5/7 Waterfront - Volume 2 1983-1985
6/1 Loeb Fellowship Award Submission (includes photogrpahs) 1985
6/2 Newspaper Clippings 1981-1984
Revisions to Downtown Plan 1987-1989
Urban Redevelopment Committee Notebooks 1988-1989
6/3 Citizen's Alternative Plan (CAP) 1988-1989
6/4 Downtown Interim Controls 1988-1989
6/5 Public Hearings 1988-1989
6/6 Citizen Advisory Committee 1988-1989
6/7 Council Correspondence 1988-1989
6/8 Interdepartmental Correspondence 1988-1989
7/1 Constituent Correspondence 1988-1989
7/2 Interim Ordinances 1988-1989
7/3 Life of Building / Street Use Permits 1988-1989
7/4 Housing Moratorium Work Program 1987-1988
7/5 "Citizens for a Better Downtown" Campaign Materials 1989
7/6 Symposium on Downtown Growth Management (Gary Pivo) 1989
7/7 Citizen Surveys 1987-1989
7/8 Newspaper Articles 1988-1989

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Housing, 1975-1900
1.2 cubic ft.

The Housing series measures 1.2 cubic feet and dates from 1975 to 1990. The subjects most well-documented are the Housing Maintenance/Preservation Ordinance and the Senior Housing Program, although there is also information relating to accessory apartments. Downtown housing issues overlap with the Downtown Plan and researchers should consult both series.

First passed in 1980 and amended in 1981, the Housing Preservation Ordinance prohibited demolition of sound residential structures for putting in a vacant lot or parking lot. The ordinance required approved replacement use before a demolition permit was issued. It also required funding housing replacement or providing a share of the financial equivalent. In 1984 the fee required for the demolition of residential structures was found to be unconstitutional by the State; a replacement ordinance was introduced and passed in 1985. The 1985 ordinance incorporated the licensing of demolition and change of use of residential structures, and provided eviction protection and relocation assistance for displaced tenants. The State again found the ordinance unconstitutional in 1987 because of its tax on development in the replacement provisions (San Telmo Associates v. Seattle, 108 Wn. 2d 20). The records provide insight into the process of crafting the ordinance as well as background on low-income housing in downtown Seattle.

The Senior Housing Program records date from 1980 to 1986 and primarily address issues relating to bonds for elderly and disabled housing. Discussions through correspondence include putting the bond issue on the ballot in 1981, the work program for the bond issue, and housing issues related to low-income elderly and disabled people. Public hearing rosters and Council decision agendas are included. These records also include discussion of how to allocate the $5 million of unallocated funds in 1986.

8/1-3 Accessory Apartments 1989-1991
8/4 Emergency Rental Housing Decision Agenda Notebook 1984-1985
8/5 Housing Assistance Plan 1978-1988
Housing Preservation/Maintenance Ordinance 1981-1987
8/6 Committee Notebook 1985
8/7 Committee Notebook 1986
8/8 Constituent Mail 1984-1985
9/1 Department of Construction and Land Use (DCLU) Weekly Activity Reports 1987
9/2 Decision Agenda 1984
9/3 Demolition Section Amendments 1980-1981
9/4 Interdepartmental Correspondence 1980-1987
9/5 Low Income Housing - Constituent Mail 1984-1985
9/6 Public Hearings 1984-1985
9/7 Moratorium on Demolition of Low-Income Housing 1987-1988
9/8 Mandatory Housing Code Inspection 1990
9/9 Mandatory Housing Code Inspection 1990
9/10 Parcel 29C: Central Area Housing Alliance / R. C. Hedreen 1981
9/11 Rental Housing (includes Scattered Site Housing Program) 1979-1980
9/12 Replacement Housing / Stimson Center - Clotfelter 1986-1989
Seattle Senior Housing Program 1980-1986
10/1 Proposed Housing Bonds 1980-1981
10/2 Proposed Housing Bonds: Analyses 1980-1981
10/3 Reports and Legal Opinions 1984-1985
10/4 Committee Agendas and Public Hearings 1984-1986
Remaining Bond Funds and RFP #4 1980-1986
10/5 Seattle Housing Authority 1985
10/6 Seattle Housing Authority 1985
10/7 Constituent Correspondence (includes congregate care) 1985-1986
10/8 Keystone Resources Proposal 1986
10/9 Proposals and Recommendations 1986
10/10 Newspaper Clippings and Notes 1981-1986

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Land Use and Urban Development, 1972-1990
6.8 cubic ft.

The Land Use and Urban Development series is the largest within Kraabel's Subject Files, in part because he chaired the Planning and Urban Development Committee for a total of seven years. The records date from 1972 to 1990. Many topics are covered in this series, ranging from bed and breakfast zoning to the Shoreline Master Program.

Kraabel's efforts to regulate houseboat rates, one of the issues for which he is most well known, are documented here through hearing transcripts, draft legislation and correspondence. The records on this issue date primarily from 1980 to 1983, but range from 1977, when the first Equity Ordinance was passed, to 1986. Known as the Houseboat Equity Ordinance, the original ordinance was intended to control moorage rate increases and regulate eviction notices. Various aspects of the original ordinance and subsequent amendments were declared unconstitutional by the State.

Also well-documented in the Land Use and Urban Development series are changes made in multi-family residential land use policies reflecting complex growth-related issues. Residential density provisions as a whole were reexamined and elements such as open space, scale, and varied housing types considered; parking and setbacks as well as neighborhood character also made up part of the discussion. Changes in policy are documented through policy planning reports, constituent mail, and Council correspondence. The multi-family zoning records date from 1979-1989, but the bulk of the records and discussion date from 1989. Prior to multi-family land use policy discussion for the City as a whole, Ballard and Fremont were chosen as re-evaluation pilot projects beginning in 1987. Community input, draft legislation and reports document the Ballard and Fremont projects, dating from 1987 to 1988.

Public hearings and Council actions regarding land use and zoning changes related to the Shoreline Master Program in the mid-1980s are also in this series. Site planning in the late 1980s is well documented in the Land Use and Urban Development series. The projects most well documented are planning for a City Hall, the Convention Center and Westlake. Beginning in 1979, the City began exploring office needs for the City and performing long- and mid-range space planning. Several different options were explored for a new civic center with the final recommendation being for a location in the vicinity of the existing buildings, as that location offered "the best opportunity to meet the City's needs in a responsible, systematic way that will achieve a noble legacy for our community" (Box 22/4, New City Hall Project : Planning and Design Advisory Committee - Project Recommendations March 1, 1988). It would be the next decade before any of the planning was realized. Also documented in the Site Planning subseries is discussion over how to develop the PC-1 site located on Western Avenue west of the Pike Place Market. The Westlake Project Files include discussion of how the site was to be developed. Issues discussed included whether or not the Seattle Art Museum would be located there, the Rouse Company proposal, financial issues, and the monorail.

11/1 Ackerly Arena Proposal 1990
11/2 Ackerly Arena Briefing Book for Committee of the Whole 1990
11/3 Airport Height Overlay District 1986-1989
11/4 Bed and Breakfast Zoning 1986-1987
11/5 Billboards and Outdoor Advertising / Ackerly 1975-1986
Central Waterfront 1972-1990
11/6 City-Port Street Vacation Agreement 1986-1990
11/7 Pier 57 - Hal Griffith / Concessions 1972-1986
11/8 Redevelopment: Constituent Correspondence 1986-1990
11/9 Harborfront Improvement Plan (includes Aquarium discussion) 1986-1987
12/1 Harborfront Improvement Plan: Committee Notebook 1987
12/2 Harborfront Improvement Plan: Staff Reports and Public Survey 1987
12/3 Piers 62/63 Acquisition 1987-1988
12/4 Piers 62/63 Acquisition and Moorage 1989
12/5 Harborline Task Force Report 1988-1989
12/6 Harborfront Improvement Plan 1988-1990
Downtown 1985-1988
12/7 Mixed Residential Zone 1987-1988
12/8 Olympic Block 1985
12/9 Transit Tunnel Construction (includes noise issues) 1986
Greenbelts and Open Spaces 1987-1988
13/1 Open Space Acquisition Planning (includes Public Hearing) 1988-1989
13/2 Open Space Acquisition Planning (includes map) 1987-1989
Historic Theaters 1985-1996
13/3 Landmark Theater Task Force 1986-1990
13/4 Music Hall Theater 1985-1989
13/5 Interdepartmental Correspondence / Department of Construction and Land Use (DCLU) 1989
13/6 Greenbelts and Open Spaces: Constituent Input 1989
13/7 Historic Theater Preservation: Comment Letters 1989-1990
13/8 Music Hall / Clise Testimony 1985
13/9 Music Hall / Clise Testimony 1985
13/10 Paramount Theater 1995-1996
Houseboats/Floating Homes 1977-1986
14/1 Equity Ordinance (includes partial transcript of City Council meetings) 1977-1980
14/2 Equity Ordinance Moorage Rates and Background Information 1979-1986
14/3 Equity Ordinance Constituent Mail and Hearing Transcripts 1977-1981
14/4 Fact Finder's Decision 1980-1981
14/5 Correspondence and Reports 1980-1981
14/6 Notes and Constituent Correspondence 1980-1986
14/7 Land Use and Urban Development : Houseboats / Floating Homes - Notes and Constituent Corresondence 1981-1983
15/1 Draft Legislation and Constituent Correspondence 1983-1986
15/2 Constituent Correspondence and Hearing Testimony 1983
15/3 Legal Correspondence 1983
15/4 Building Code Amendment 1986
15/5 In Fill Lots / Skinny Houses 1984-1987
Multi-Family Zoning 1979-1989
15/6 Land Use Policies and Background Information 1979-1982
15/7 Interdepartmental Correspondence 1985-1986
15/8 Constituent Mail 1985-1986
16/1 Constituent Mail (includes Public Hearings) 1986
16/2 Parking Issues 1987
16/3 Public Hearing and Constituent Mail 1988
16/4 Low-Income Housing Exemptions 1988
16/5 Low Rise Provisions 1988-1989
16/6 Land Use Policies: Draft Provisions 1988-1989
16/7 Land Use Policies 1988-1989
16/8 Seattle Neighborhood Coalition Photographs 1988
17/1 Committee of the Whole Notebooks Volume 1 1989
17/2 Committee of the Whole Notebook Volume 2 1989
17/3 Issues Notebook (A) 1989
17/4 Issues Notebook (B) 1989
17/5 Amendments to Alternative 2 1989
17/6 Alternative 2 Citizens' Recommended Revisions Notebook 1989
17/7 Interdepartmental Correspondence 1989
17/8 Revision Proposals 1989
18/1 Public Hearings 1989
18/2 Public Comment / Constituent Mail 1988-1989
18/3 Public Comment / Constituent Mail 1989
18/4 Public Comment / Constituent Mail 1989
18/5 Remapping / Constituent Mail 1989
Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Changes 1986-1989
Ballard/Fremont Interim Zoning and Mapping 1986-1988
18/6 Public Hearings and Constituent Mail 1987
18/7 Reports and Study Data 1987-1988
18/8 Ballard Boundaries (includes zoning maps) 1987
19/1 Extension of Interim Controls 1988
19/2 Public Comment / Constituent Mail and Mailing Lists 1988
19/3 Draft Legislation 1988
19/4 Ballard Community Council Recommendations 1988
19/5 Fremont Public Comment 1988
19/6 Mapping 1988
19/7 Central Area / I-90 Development Program Plans 1987-1989
19/8 Downtown Retail Core 1986-1988
19/9 Neighborhood Planning Study 1987
Shoreline Master Program 1976-1987
20/1 Proposed Revisions 1976-1978
20/2 Reenactment and Proposed Amendments 1980-1982
20/3 Constituent Mail and Newspaper Clippings 1976-1979
20/4 Constituent Mail and Public Hearings 1980-1986
20/5 Committee Notebook 1986-1987
20/6 Council Bill 106146 1987
Site Planning 1974-1996
City Hall 1983-1988
21/1 Long Range Space Plan 1983-1985
21/2 Space Needs Advisory Group 1986
21/3 Site Evaluation 1986
21/4 Financial Issues 1986-1987
21/5 Space Planning 1986
21/6 Public / Employee Involvement 1986
21/7 Process / Schedule 1986-1987
21/8 Surveys 1986-1987
21/9 Municipal Facilities Discusion Paper 1981
22/1 Reports and Briefings 1986-1987
22/2 Environmental Impact Statement 1987
22/3 Task Forces 1987
22/4 Planning and Design Advisory Committee 1987-1988
22/5 Acquisition of Property 1987-1988
22/6 Newspaper Clippings 1982-1986
Convention Center 1978-1989
22/7 Background (includes siting analysis report) 1978-1983
22/8 Findings and Public Hearing (includes legal opinion on application of Appearance of Fairness Doctrine) 1984-1986
22/9-11 Housing Mitigation Notebooks (A) 1985
23/1 Housing Mitigation 1984-1986
23/2 McKay Apartments 1985-1987
23/3 Rooftop / Parks 1985
23/4 Street Vacations 1985-1987
23/5 Financial and Zoning Issues 1984-1988
23/6 Expansion 1989
23/7 Municipal Facilities Discussion Paper 1981
Pike Place Market PC-1 Site 1974-1990
23/8 Planning Data 1974-1987
23/9 Financial Issues (includes Public Hearing) 1986-1987
23/10 Post Alley Court 1987
23/11 Market Roundtable Meetings 1990
23/12 Newspaper Clippings 1985-1990
24/1 Site Development 1986
24/2 Site Development 1986-1988
Sand Point Naval Station Reuse 1996
24/3-4 Site Planning : Sand Point Naval Station Reuse - Constituent Mail 1996
Telecommunications 1986-1989
24/5 Public Hearing and Notes 1986-1989
24/6 Issues and Notes 1986-1989
Westlake 1973-1988
24/7 Committee Correspondence and Project Updates 1973-1977
24/8 Progress Reports and Committee Correspondence (includes Public Hearing Testimony) 1978
24/9 Committee Correspondence 1979
24/10 Development Authority 1978-1981
25/1 Urban Development Action Grants 1979-1982
25/2 Correspondence and Legal Brief 1980
25/3 Land Use: Seattle Art Museum 1981-1983
25/4 Notes and Correspondence (Mayor and DCD) 1982
25/5 Land Use / Real Estate 1982-1983
25/6 Drawings and Proposals 1982-1983
25/7 Proposals / Recommendations 1982-1983
26/1 Legal Opinions and Documents 1982-1983
26/2 Committee Notebook 1982-1983
26/3 City Council Memoranda (includes meeting agendas) 1982-1983
26/4 Committee Notes (Claire McKechnie) 1982-1983
26/5 Correspondence 1983
26/6 Public Hearing July 20 1983
26/7 Pavers: Reports 1983
26/8 Sarah A. Bell Land and Silverstone Trust 1983-1984
26/9 Correspondence 1984
26/10 Correspondence 1985-1986
27/1 Parks 1982-1987
27/2 Parks Correspondence (includes Schematic Design) 1984-1988
27/3 Park Funding 1987-1988
27/4 Interdepartmental Task Force 1985-1987
27/5 Monorail Reports 1985-1987
27/6 Constituent Correspondence 1982-1983
27/7 Constituent Correspondence 1986-1987
27/8 "History of the Westlake Development" Andrea Hemrich 1985
27/9 News Clippings 1980-1987

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Legislative and Interdepartmental, 1979-1991
.8 cubic ft.

The Legislative and Interdepartmental Series measures .8 cubic feet and dates from 1979 to 1991. Primarily documented here are education and 1991 budget issues. Also documented here is reorganization of City departments, especially the planning function in the City in 1986 and 1987. Also of note in this series are folders on the City Flag, which Kraabel designed for the Goodwill Games, and on the recall charge made by Judy Ryan in 1990.

28/1 Legislative and Interdepartmental: Appearance of Fairness Doctrine 1979-1986
Budget 1991
28/2 Mid-Year Budget Deficit 1991
28/3 Public Hearing on Proposed Cuts May 20 1991
28/4 Committee Meetings: August 1991
28/5 Public Hearing on Mayor's Proposed Recommendations, September 25, 26 1991
28/6 Public Hearing October 20, 31 1991
28/7 Town Meeting 1991
28/8 Newspaper Clippings 1991
28/9 Campaign Financing 1975-1984
28/10 City Charter 1975-1987
28/11 City Flag 1990
28/12 City / University of Washington Task Force 1988
Education 1989-1990
28/13 Levy 1990
28/14 Summit 1990
28/14 Save Our Schools Initiative Committee 1989
29/1 Fair Campaign Practices Ordinances 1980
29/2 Kraabel Recall 1990
Reorganization 1976-1991
29/3 Planning Function 1976-1985
29/4 Human Services 1986
29/5 Planning Function: Public Hearing October 15 1986
29/6-7 Planning Function 1988
29/8 Planning Function 1987
29/9 Public Hearing (August 21) and Briefings 1991
Work Programs 1986-1989
29/10 Policy Planning Agenda 1986
29/11 Executive Work Program 1988-1989
29/12 Work Programs 1988-1989

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Transportation, 1971-1990
2.0 cubic ft.

The Transportation Series measures 2.0 cubic feet and dates from 1971 to 1990. The bulk of the records in this series document the I-90 corridor between I-5 and Bellevue, including the bridge over Lake Washington. Part of the regional transportation system, many parties were involved in planning the I-90 corridor and they did not always agree. Issues included lane configurations, funding, including state and federal funding, environmental issues, mass transit, and transit access. The records reflect both the length and the complexity of the decision-making process. The actions of the Transportation Committee, of which Paul Kraabel was either vice chair or a member, are well documented with respect to the I-90 issues. The Puget Sound Council of Governments acted in an oversight capacity and because several Councilmembers were on PSCOG, including Paul Kraabel, Jeanette Williams, Phyllis Lamphere, and George Benson, the actions of this organization are also well documented. Other organizations and individuals represented in the series include METRO, the City of Mercer Island, Mayor Royer, Margaret Tunks, and Jerry Schneider.

30/1 Containerization and Automated Transportation 1974
30/2 Containerization and Automated Transportation: Cranes 1973-1974
30/3 South Lake Union Special Committee: Transportation Alternatives 1985
30/4 Forward Thrust Arterial Projects 1976-1977
I-90 1971-1982
30/5 Transit Options / Bridge 1971
30/6 Mayor's I-90 Design Advisory Committee 1971
30/7 Transit Access Study, Discussion Material 1976-1978
30/8 Transit Access Study 1976-1980
31/1 Puget Sound Council of Governments (includes discussion of Federal Aid Highway Act) 1974-1976
31/2 Puget Sound Council of Governments (includes newspaper articles) 1975-1976
31/3 U.S. Department of Transportation 1973-1976
Committee of the Whole Policy Discussions 1975-1978
31/4 Schedule and Background Material 1975-1976
31/5 Issue #1: Funding 1976
31/6 Issue #2: Transportation - Impact of Alternatives 1976-1978
31/7 Issue #4: Community Impact 1975-1976
31/8 Lane Configuration and Community Input 1976
31/9 Scope of Work 1976-1977
32/1 Public Hearing (September 22) and Constituent Input 1976
32/2 Council Resolutions 1976
32/3 Council Resolutions 1976-1977
32/4 Memorandum Agreement / Washington State Department of Transportation 1976-1982
32/5 Memorandum Agreement / State and Federal 1977-1980
32/6 Memorandum Agreement / State Department of Transportation 1976-1979
32/7 Federal Funds 1980-1982
32/8 Federal Funds 1979-1982
33/1 Correspondence, State and Federal 1972-1974
33/2 Correspondence (includes transverse lid) 1972-1975
33/3 Correspondence 1975
33/4 Constituent Correspondence 1976
Reports 1971-1979
33/5 Draft Environmental Statement 1971
33/6 Policy Papers 1974
33/7 Mayor's Report / "I-90: Another Choice" 1979
33/8 Court Cases 1971-1974
33/9 Newspaper Articles 1975-1979
Lake Washington Ferry System 1971-1979
34/1 Constituent Mail and Newspaper Articles 1971-1977
34/2 Reports and Brochures 1978-1979
34/3 University District Traffic Plan 1969-1972
34/4 Water Transit Study 1989-1990
34/5 Madison Bike Trail (constituent mail) 1990
34/6 Stimson Center: Alley Vacation 1983-1985

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Utilities and Water and Waste Management, 1985-1990
1.6 cubic ft.

The Utilities and Water and Waste Management series measures 1.6 cubic feet and dates from 1985 to 1990. This series primarily documents the decision-making process regarding Metro's 1990 conditional use application for the expansion of the West Point Sewage Treatment Facility, located in Discovery Park. A secondary treatment plant was part of a long-term goal of cleaning up the Puget Sound. Some records in the series address the issues of combined sewer overflow and secondary treatment prior to 1990. Alternatives and financial issues related to a treatment facility are addressed in reports and correspondence dating from 1986 to 1989, as well as consideration of Alki as a possible location for the treatment facility.

The records primarily document the decision to build a facility at West Point and the resistance by environmentalists and community members to the site. In 1990, the Hearing Examiner for the City held hearings in May regarding the West Point Metro permit and recommended granting the permits; City Council also held hearings and recommended the permits be granted. The parties involved in the hearings included the Department of Construction and Land Use, Metro, Magnolia Community Club, Friends of Discovery Park, and Puget Sound Water Quality Defense Fund, among others. Agendas and transcripts of the hearings are included in the records. Issues discussed in hearings include environmental and economic issues, odor and noise control, traffic and visual mitigation. Correspondents include Robert Kildall, R. J. Brooks, and Shary Flennikan, among others.

35/1 Utilities: Bagley Creek Project 1982
35/2 Utilities: Cedar River Watershed Secondary Use Policies Testimony 1989
35/3 Utilities: Electric Appliance Services - Legislative Intent Statement 1989-1990
Combined Sewer Overflow/Secondary Treatment 1985-1990
35/4 Reports and Agendas 1985
35/5 Mitigation 1986
35/6 Mitigation 1986-1987
35/7 West Point and Alki: City Council Findings and Decision for Conditional Use Permit (includes Mitigation Conditions) n.d.
West Point Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion 1986-1987
35/8-9 Committee Notebook (includes Hearing Examiner's Findings, briefs of Parties and Environmental) 1987-1988
35/10 Alternatives 1986
Conditional Use Permit Hearings (CF 296799) 1988-1990
36/1 Committee Notebook (A) 1990
36/2 Committee Notebook (B) 1990
36/3 Committee Notebook (includes conditions) 1990
36/4 Decision Agenda, Schedule and Rules 1990
36/5 Appearance of Fairness Questions 1990
36/6 Procedural Letters/Requests 1990
36/7 Site Visit Maps 1988-1989
36/8-9 City Council Proceedings Transcript, October 8 and 17 1990
37/1 City Council Proceedings Transcript, November 30 1990
37/2 City Council Proceedings Transcript, December 7 and 10 1990
37/3 City Council Proceedings Transcript, December 12 and 14 1990
37/4 Project Level Conditions 1990
37/5 Bald Eagle Nest Territory Management Plan / Discovery Park 1990
37/6 Findings of Fact and Hearing Examiner's Recommendation 1990
37/7 DCLU's Proposed Restatement of Findings 1990
37/8 METRO's Restatement of Findings 1990
37/9 Public Comment 1990
37/10 Letters to Other Parties 1990
38/1 Greenbelts: Constituent Mail and Background Information 1986-1987
38/2 Green Lake Water Quality Project: Committee of the Whole Notebook and Agenda 1990
Solid Waste 1989-1990
38/3 Customer Services Workload/Staffing Study: Utility Committee Briefing 1990
38/4 Refuse Hauling Contract: Correspondence 1989
38/5 Refuse Hauling Contract: Correspondence 1990

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

    • Geographical Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
    • Subject Terms :
    • City planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Housing--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Land use, Urban--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Public utilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Sewage disposal plants--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Transportation--Washington (State)--Seattle
      • Other Creators :
      • Seattle (Wash.)--City Council

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