Lake City Urban Design Framework

DPD is working with the Lake City community to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF) that will establish a clear vision for future development in the neighborhood. The UDF will identify implementation actions for both the public and the private sector to realize the shared vision. Urban Design Frameworks in other areas of the city (Northgate, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle) have resulted in concrete actions that advance community goals.

The UDF is one aspect of Lake City Future First, a community revitalization initiative sponsored in part through an Only in Seattle grant. Other aspects include business development, neighborhood wellbeing, marketing and promotions, and organization and leadership. The UDF is also being developed in coordination with other City projects in the neighborhood including the Lake City Traffic Safety Corridor, which is making improvements along Lake City Way (SR 522) to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.

Currently, we are meeting with community stakeholders to develop draft concepts for the UDF that will be available for public review and feedback later this fall. We are also working with the Department of Neighborhoods Planning Outreach and Engagement Liaisons to get input from traditionally underrepresented communities.

Our draft UDF concepts will address existing character, desired future conditions, public open space, and neighborhood connections. In addition to discussing these at upcoming meetings with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and the North District Council, materials will be available for review and comment on our website. We will also be glad to attend other public meetings to gather more feedback from people who care about Lake City.

We anticipate releasing a draft Lake City Urban Design Framework in early 2015, with a public meeting to be scheduled in early January for additional review and comment.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, visit our website at or contact:

Katie Sheehy
(206) 684-5345