The Ballard Improvement Area is a local assessment district that funds programs and activities that directly support ratepayers as well as activities that benefit the businesses and residents within district.

About the Ballard Improvement Area

After an extensive strategic planning effort, led by more than 60 community leaders throughout Ballard the Ballard Chamber of Commerce began working with key stakeholders to create a long-term, sustainably-funded leadership organization representing Ballard’s businesses, residents and property owners. Following the strategic plan, work began to create a business improvement area for Ballard as the primary funding mechanism for the organization. Following a significant demonstration of support from commercial and residential property owners, the City of Seattle approved the creation of the Ballard Improvement Area (BIA) in the fall of 2016.

The BIA became effective on January 1, 2017 and is a seven-year program funded through assessments on commercial and residential properties in the Ballard core. Effective January 1st, 2017, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce became the Ballard Alliance in name. This is an important transition because the new organization now represents business and residential interests. The Ballard Improvement Area is administered by the City with oversight by the Ratepayer Advisory Board (RAB) comprised of ratepayers within the boundary. The RAB serves in an advisory capacity to the City in administering the Ballard BIA. The City has contracted with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce dba Ballard Alliance to administer the Ballard BIA and manage its day-to-day operations in accordance with City policies and the annual work plan and budget approved by the Board.


Ratepayer Advisory Board

The Ballard Alliance Ratepayer Advisory Board (RAB) is comprised of ratepayers and ratepayer representatives that serve in an advisory capacity the City of Seattle in administration of the Ballard Improvement Area (BIA). The RAB is representative of the entire geographic area of the BIA; representative of all ratepayer classifications and sizes; and consists of both residential representatives and commercial tenants. No less than one-third of Board Members represent commercial ratepayers and no less than one-third of Board Members represent multi-family residential ratepayers.

2018 – 2020 Ratepayer Advisory Board Members Mike Anderson, Compass Housing Alliance Barry Blanton, Blanton Turner/Greenfire Campus Legh Burns, re-souL Stephanie Carrillo, Odin Apartments/Equity Residential Davis Carvey, NOMA Condominium Neda Mahdavian, Regency Centers (Ballard Blocks) Mike Kahrs, Central Ballard Residents Association Scott Koppelman, AMLI Mark 24 James Lechner, Bastille Café/Stoneburner Jeannie Liu, Miro Tea Tom Malone, Co-Chair, Malone Law Group/CKM Associates Eric Nelson, Nordic Heritage Museum Christine Ackerman, Hjarta Condominium Jim Riggle, Olympic Athletic Club/Hotel Ballard Michelle Rosenthal, Veris Law Group Lanne Stauffer, Co-Chair, Market Street Shoes, Ballard Square Representative

Here are the upcoming Rate Payer Advisory Board meetings for 2021

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at The Commons At Ballard rooftop space | 5621 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 & VIA ZOOM

To reach the Ballard Alliance Ratepayer Advisory Board, please direct all inquiries to

Work Plans - Budgets - Meeting Minutes - Agendas - Organizational Documents


2022 Ballard BIA Work Plan
2021 Ballard BIA Work Plan
2020 Ballard BIA Work Plan
2019 Ballard BIA Work Plan
2018 Ballard BIA Work Plan
2017 Ballard BIA Work Plan



September 1, 2022 Meeting Agenda

December 8, 2021 Meeting Agenda
December 8, 2021 Meeting Minutes

October 27, 2021 Meeting Agenda
October 27, 2021 Meeting Minutes

July 29, 2021 Meeting Agenda
July 29, 2021 Meeting Minutes

March 23, 2021 Meeting Agenda
March 23, 2021 Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2020 Meeting Agenda
December 9, 2020 Meeting Minutes

September 23, 2020 Meeting Agenda

July 8, 2020 Meeting Agenda
July 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2019 Meeting Agenda
December 4, 2019 Meeting Minutes

September 11, 2019 Meeting Agenda
September 11, 2019 Meeting Minutes

June 12, 2019 Meeting Agenda
June 12, 2019 Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2019 Meeting Agenda
March 13, 2019 Meeting Minutes

December 6, 2018 Meeting Agenda
December 6, 2018 Meeting Minutes

September 6, 2018 Meeting Minutes

June 13, 2018 Meeting Agenda
June 13, 2018 Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2018 Meeting Agenda
April 5, 2018 Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2017 Meeting Agenda
December 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes

September 21, 2017 Meeting Agenda
September 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes

June 16, 2017 Meeting Agenda
June 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2017 Meeting Agenda
March 1, 2017 Meeting Minutes



Ballard Improvement Area Map
City of Seattle Enacting Ordinance 10.7.2016
Ballard Ratepayer Advisory Board Bylaws