During the first half of 2017 Margaret has been busy with the EnvisionEverett Committee for the City of Everett. This great group of very committed Everett citizens has developed a new vision for the next twenty years, along with a set of recommendations for how that vision can best be achieved. It has been a real pleasure to work with a group that is so enthusiastic about their city and so positive about the next twenty years.
In 2015 and 2016 Margaret facilitated the Open Government Committee for the City of Snohomish, a group that worked on new ways for its city leaders to communicate with, and engage, as many people as possible in Snohomish programs, plans, and policies. Another key client was the Snohomish Health District, the public health delivery agency for Snohomish County. Margaret assisted the District with the creation of a new strategic plan, and worked to facilitate agreement on significant transitions toward new ways of delivering public health services.
In July and August of 2015 Margaret facilitated a series of meetings related to ground transportation at Sea-Tac Airport. The Port of Seattle was wrestling with the dilemma of how to provide the best possible system, which includes traditional taxicab companies, as well as the emergence of internet-based systems such as Uber and Lyft. As might be expected, tensions were high as each of the operator classes presented the benefits of their services and described future operational services.
In January-February of 2015 Margaret facilitated a project advisory team for Seattle’s Department of Parks and Recreation. This group provided recommendations on a proposed – and high controversial – mountain bike trail in the Cheasty greenspace area of South Seattle. The 12-member group worked over five meetings to advise on trail layout, environmental considerations, and evaluation parameters for a pilot project.
Bike riders are keenly interested in potential improvements to the missing link of the Burke Gilman Trail through Ballard, and it’s high on the City of Seattle’s priority list to fix this dangerous trail segment. Working as a subcontractor to Environmental Science Associates, Margaret managed the public involvement associated with the Environmental Impact Statement; in 2017 the City and key stakeholders agreed on a preferred alternative for the trail, and the project is moving forward.
Also in 2015, Margaret wrapped up work on the Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project, which will make substantial improvements to a Sammamish River Transition Area between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. This is a vital area for fish passage, but the river water is too hot to ensure salmon survival. Over two years, Margaret facilitated a Stakeholder Advisory Committee that provided guidance and feedback to King County’s Flood Control District regarding alternatives and possibilities for environmental enhancement and continued flood control in this area.