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Ranked by Money magazine as one of the best small towns in America for 2013, Newcastle combines the convenience and choices of urban living with the comfort and community of a small town. In Newcastle residents can live, work, shop, and play, commute easily to the best jobs in the Pacific Northwest, and return home to live close to natural areas, trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

 

WHAT'S NEW

 

City Council Adopts Strategic Direction

Your City Councilmembers have adopted goals and strategic priorities to assist in guiding the efforts of Newcastle's officials and staff. The document is based on what the City Council views as important and establishes an overarching direction for the city. Whenever tough decisions come up, this plan will be used to keep the big picture in mind. Within the plan, you'll find goals concerning the city's finances, public safety, community engagement and economic development. View the entire document here. Councilmembers developed a draft following a retreat held in February. Further refinements were made in March, prior to final adoption April 7. The document can be modified at any time in response to a changing environment. If you have any questions or would like to share your opinion about the plan or any other topic, send an email to the City Council. The Council wants to hear from you!

 

Community Connections and Safety Information Night

All Newcastle residents are invited to a Neighborhood Block Watch informational meeting Thursday, April 30, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Newcastle Elementary School Commons. Representatives of the Newcastle Police Department and the City of Newcastle will share safety tips concerning burglary prevention, provide information about neighborhood block watch procedures, and answer questions. Time permitting, neighborhood groups can gather and exchange information if they would like to begin the process for organizing a block watch. The event is sponsored by the Newcastle Elementary PTSA, and to learn more, view this PTSA informational flyer. Newcastle Elementary is located at 8400 136th Ave. SE.

 

Council Considers Density Limit in the City's Business Center

Responding to neighbors' concerns about a proposed mixed use building, the City Council is considering establishment of a limit to residential density in the downtown area. Currently the number of units is limited by parking requirements and floor area ratios. Councilmembers will review an ordinance at a meeting Tuesday, April 21, starting at 7 p.m., establishing a limit of 48 dwelling units per acre in the Community Business, Residential-18 and Office zoning districts within the Community Business Center overlay. The limit would not affect mixed use development applications currently in process, such as the Newcastle Way Apartments or The Atlas. The public may comment on the proposed ordinance at the meeting April 21, or by sending an email to the City Council. View descriptions of development projects under review and a map of their locations on the planning division page.

 

King County Elections Hosting 2015 Candidate Workshops

This year voters will make a decision about four Newcastle City Council positions. Potential candidates can find more information about how to file for office at two complimentary 2-hour workshops hosted by King County Elections. Members of the public are invited to attend. The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Filing for office in King County
  • Submitting local voters' pamphlet information
  • Voter lists and data management
  • Campaign sign regulations
  • Basic public disclosure information

Workshops will be held Friday, April 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon, at King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP via email. The workshops will be cancelled if enrollment is low. For more information, visit the King County Elections website.

 

Environmental Review of Energize Eastside Project to Begin

A Puget Sound Energy project to build a new electric substation and transmission lines called Energize Eastside is moving into the environmental review stage. During this stage affected cities, including Newcastle, will identify and evaluate the potential adverse environmental impacts of the proposed project and issue an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS. The draft EIS will be available for public review and comment, and comments will be included in the final EIS. This document then informs the decisions of agencies involved. Visit a new website for the EIS process for more information, and learn more about this project at the Energize Eastside website.

 

New Community Engagement Board Gives a Voice to Youth

Middle school and high school students can become engaged in the community, voice their needs to the city and make a difference through a new teen leadership board called Newcastle Youth for Community Engagement, or NYCE for short. By participating in the board, students will also learn about citizen involvement and how to identify and solve community problems. NYCE is open to all youth in grades 6-12 with a vested interest in the Newcastle community. Meetings occur on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the location alternating between the library, YMCA and City Hall. For more information, or to get involved, contact Wendy Kirchner, Community Activities Liaison, by sending an email or calling 425-649-4444.

 

Join Voice of Washington State Panel Discussions

You can inform state decision-makers by providing input on transportation policy, taxes and funding issues through the Voice of Washington State program. Joining the panel means you can share your opinions on specific transportation issues and ideas by responding to occasional online surveys emailed to you. You can also participate in online discussion forums going on statewide. You will be able to see all the ideas and comments that get posted by citizens and you can vote for or against them as well as post your own ideas for discussion and voting. Anyone can join this free program. Go to the Voice of Washington State website to sign up today.

City Neighborhood Outreach Program

Newcastle staff would like to come to your neighborhood! We are looking for opportunities to share information about city services and neighborhood safety, and listen to your concerns, with the goal of creating a safer, more connected community. Working with residents to support our diverse, vibrant neighborhoods is part of our daily business at City Hall, and this new program reinforces that commitment, bringing City Hall to you. City staff can present information on public safety, permits and licenses, code enforcement, new developments, block watch, volunteer opportunities or natural resources. You also can meet city staff as a personal contact for:

  • Information about any city or community service
  • Help resolving a neighborhood issue or concern
  • Direct connection to city departments or resources
  • Ways to get more involved with the city and your neighborhood
  • Advice on influencing city decisions
  • Help with forming a neighborhood association or revitalizing one

Please contact Community Activities Liaison Wendy Kirchner to invite city staff to your meeting or event or to organize a meeting. Send an email to Wendy or call her at City Hall, 425-649-4444.

Stay Informed with Emergency Alert System

King County's enhanced Regional Public Information and Notification (RPIN) emergency alert system helps you stay informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area. Upgraded features include voice messages to landline phones, added geographical filters for areas of King County, and targeted types of alerts (such as safety information and/or emergency notifications). Register your email address and/or phone device(s) to receive important safety information during an emergency. You choose the types of notifications you receive and which contact methods are used. Sign-up is free and you can update your profile anytime. Sign up at www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/RPIN.aspx.

 

Final 2015 Budget Publication Available

Newcastle's Finance Director has released the final version of the city's 2015 budget book. The budget is more than a report of the city's planned revenue and expenditures. It's packed full of information about the city, including information on city services and demographics, how your city staff is organized, and planned improvement projects. One of the best ways to get to know your City of Newcastle organization is to read this comprehensive document. Download the budget book here, and to view budgets from previous years go to this city webpage.

Newcastle 2035 Process Moving Forward

What will the City of Newcastle look like 20 years from now? Your City Council is working on updating a document establishing and guiding a far-reaching vision for the city's growth and development. All public or private development projects and city regulations must be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. Be a part of this important moment in the city's history by reviewing the proposed Comprehensive Plan, providing written input by emailing the City Clerk, or by attending upcoming City Council meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

 

Newcastle's Newsletter

Stay informed about City events, services and other local happenings by signing up for Newcastle's email newsletter. You can also read the newsletter by clicking here.

Newcastle's Sales Tax Code is 1736 in RTA area; 4036 in non-RTA area

The City now accepts credit cards for payment.

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