Accomplishments of the Shoreline City Council

We have been busy!

The following are accomplishments that are specifically related to the City Council Goals and Workplan.

Goal 1

Implement the adopted Community Vision by updating the Comprehensive Plan and key development regulations in partnership with residents, neighborhoods and businesses

  • Council adopted Tree City USA Ordinance and established a Tree Board (PRCS Board); completed tree canopy study (funded by grant)
  • Council adopted the Town Center Subarea Plan and code
  • Council adopted the SE Area Neighborhoods Subarea Plan and legislative rezone
  • Council adopted the Aldercrest Subarea Plan and legislative rezone, which resulted in preserving a portion of the land for park space
  • Council adopted change to move review and approval of quasi-judicial decisions to the Hearing Examiner
  • City wins Governor’s Award for the 2012 Smart Communities Merit Award for the Town Center Subarea Plan
  • Council approved a joint use agreement with the Shoreline School District to transition the Sunset Elementary School site into a City park
  • Council adopted the update of the Comprehensive Plan

Goal 2

Provide safe, efficient and effective infrastructure to support our land use,
transportation and surface water plans

  • Council adopted the Transportation Master Plan, the Surface Water Master Plan and the Parks and Open Space Master Plan Updates
  • Council adopted Park at Town Center Master Plan
  • Council adopted the Shoreline Master Program
  • Implemented a Green Street Low Impact Development and Pedestrian Safety Project on 17th Avenue NE between NE 150th and NE 145th Streets
  • Completed the sidewalk on Ashworth Avenue N. route from N. 185th to N. 192nd Streets
  • Received $385,000 grant to construct sidewalks near Briarcrest Elementary (example of our partnership with the School District)
  • Council added $500,000 for funding of new sidewalks in the 2012 Budget
  • Council adopted a Sound Transit preferred alignment (I-5) and light rail station area locations and light rail guiding principles
  • Council successfully influenced the process to remove a potential light rail station at 175th
  • Supported innovative practices such as using goats, sheep, llamas for vegetation management for the surface water utility (Seattle Times picked up press release)
  • Worked with SCL to replace high-pressure sodium lamps with LED lamps, which reduces energy costs
  • Implemented new stormwater adopt-a-drain program
  • Partnered with SustainableWorks to provide reduced cost home energy audits (over 400 energy audits were performed in Shoreline, SusainableWorks most successful outreach yet)
  • Sound Transit adopted the City’s amendment to their TOD policy
  • Received $975,000 in grants from WSDOT for the Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety and Safe Routes to School Grant Programs – this funds Interurban/Burke Gilman trail connectors and a sidewalk at Einstein Middle School
  • Council approved a 15-year franchise agreement with the Shoreline Water District
  • Council authorized the purchase of the King County Bruggers Bog maintenance facility site (sale pending)

Goal 3

Improve economic development opportunities in Shoreline

  • Council adopted an updated 2012-2017 Economic Development Strategic Plan
  • Council adopted the expansion of the Property Tax Exemption Program
  • Continued administration of the successful and growing Quickstart Program in partnership with the Shoreline Community College
  • Partnered with the Urban Land Institute to study Bus Rapid Transit and transit-oriented developments in Shoreline
  • Updated the Engineering Development Manual to clarify development requirements for potential Shoreline investors
  • Council approved a new pilot business mini-grant program
  • Council adopted a Community Renewal Area (CRA) for Aurora Square, which allows the City to form public-private partnerships to redevelop the area.

Goal 4

Construct the Aurora Improvements from 165th to 205th Streets

  • Completed Aurora from 165th to 192nd
  • Secured the balance of funding needed to complete the project
    • $120 million project is being completed without debt and only with approximately 12% local funding
    • Since project begun City has experienced an estimated $200 million in public and private reinvestment
  • Secured the funding to complete the Aurora Corridor Project from 192nd to 200th Streets

Goal 5

Expand opportunities for effective citizen communication and community
engagement

  • Council hosted an educational summit with the School District and Shoreline Community College
  • Conducted an online survey about the proposed tobacco free parks ordinance Held workshop for neighborhood and environmental mini-grants
  • Completed a jointly funded project to enhance fiber network connectivity with the School District and Fire Department
  • Established partnership with the Fire Department and Shoreline Community College with Currents (periodically they publish a full page (s) and pay a proportional share of the costs)
  • Held a public safety forum workshop with about 35 participants
  • Installed new custom Google search feature on the City’s website
  • Record number of National Night Out block party and participants

Goal 6

Develop a "healthy city" strategy

  • Council adopted a Healthy City Strategy, which included hosting two events: Walks4Health and Eats4Health
  • Council adopted a Tobacco Free Parks ordinance
  • Implemented a community garden (so popular a wait list was established)
  • Implemented a Shoreline Farmer’s Market in partnership with the SFMA (June 16 kick off)
  • Installed lap counter at the top of the stairs at RBSP (idea suggested by resident)
  • Received WellCity award from AWC resulting in a 2% discount on its medical coverage for employees
  • Received a $120,000 King Conservation District grant to fully fund the new Kruckeberg Garden arbor and some interpretive signage
  • Completed phase 1 of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Master Plan improvements
  • Citizens accomplished the "Million Stair Challenge" by climbing the steps at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park before the 30 day goal
  • Hosted a successful first "Monster Mash Dash" as part of the City’s Healthy City Strategy

Goal 7

Acquire Seattle Public Utilities water system in Shoreline

  • Negotiated a purchase price for the SPU system in Shoreline after two years of negotiations
  • Initiated and managed a public process that included hosting an initial citizen focus group, establishing a SPU Acquisition Citizen Steering Committee (25 members), outreaching to various groups (Rotary Clubs, Senior Center, Shoreline School Board, Fire Department, etc.), conducting a poll, and holding open houses with the public
  • Completed the SPU Due Diligence and citizens of Shoreline approved the acquisition by 70%

Workplan

Policy Development and Implementation

  • Council adopted collective garden regulations
  • Council adopted a revised code for ROW street trees
  • Streamlined the process and eliminated the fee for residents who would like to use the ROW planting strip (in response to a resident’s request)
  • Council adopted new animal control regulations including leash and scoop laws
  • Created the environmental sustainability indicators website to help implement the City’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy
  • Snohomish County adopted two amendments the City submitted for the new Urban Village designation of Point Wells (this would apply if the permit was not vested under Urban Center)
  • Council adopted an ordinance to allow for limited alcohol for private special events held at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and Cromwell Park
  • Updated the City’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
  • Addressed compensation concerns of the PW and PRCS operational crews during emergency events (Council approved changes to the personnel policy)

Budget and Financial Management

  • Continued to receive an "unqualified," or clean opinion on the City’s 2010 financial statements from the Washington State Auditor’s Office
  • 2012 Budget that addressed priority operational needs and Council’s goals within a constrained budget, which resulted in staff layoffs (first time in City’s history)
  • Developed and implemented a BST (Bituminous Surface Treatment) enhancement program, which added more lane miles within the same funding level
  • Conducted a competitive selection process for health benefit package and provider; conducting a new process in 2012
  • Implemented a new jail contract with Snohomish County Jail and began use of a first appearance video court system with King County District Court, greatly reducing jail costs
  • Implemented a joint supervision program between Shoreline and Kenmore Police Departments, which resulted in a credit to Shoreline of approximately $129,000
  • "Reused" old play structure for the Shorewood Dog Park
  • Received a clean financial audit – 13th year in a row, and clean CDBG audit
  • Awarded the GFOA Distinguished Budget Award
  • Earned a 2012 WellCity Award, which resulted in receiving a 2% premium discount on one of the medical plans offered

Community, Intergovernmental and Media Relations

  • Strengthened the City’s partnership with the School District by moving forward with the Sunset Park Master Plan (City to maintain property and manage scheduling)
  • Successfully apprehended suspects in high profile Police cases
  • Continued to hold community meeting on Pt. Wells, conducting extensive public outreach
  • Effectively responded to the winter storm (City was featured on local TV news for costsaving, innovative approach to storm response)

Organizational Leadership

  • Served as Shoreline’s representative to the Suburban Cities Assn., Public Issues Committee (2010-2011)
  • Championed the City’s "Healthy City Strategy" Goal
  • Attended the IMCL Liveable Cities Conference in 2010
  • City’s Representative at many new business openings, delivering remarks and welcoming community
  • Served on the Human Development Committee for the National League of Cities
  • Attended AWC and NLC conferences to create relationships with other elected officials, and to learn from others experiences in municipal governance.