Seattle welcomes national planning experts to Rainier Beach

The Urban Land Institute, a leading not-for-profit in responsible land-use planning and thriving communities, is bringing a panel of national experts to Seattle to review and comment on plans for transit oriented development and job growth in Rainier Beach.

ULI selected Mayor Ed Murray and the mayors of Boston, Omaha and Pittsburgh to participate in the Rose Center for Public Leadership, an opportunity to draw on best practices, peer networks and other resources to spur sustainable development. Each selected city identifies a land-use challenge as a study area for the entire group.

From March 16-19, Seattle will host these guests for conversations about our community’s aspirations and plans for development in Rainier Beach. Participants will tour the neighborhood and talk to residents and stakeholders.

“We are honored to have been selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said Murray. “We have already invested in a new library, community center and light rail station in Rainier Beach. We want to encourage additional private sector investment that benefits the people of the neighborhood and creates jobs that pay a livable wage. We look forward to new insights from these outside experts as we implement our development strategy for the neighborhood.”

On the last day of their visit, the panel will present their reflections, conclusions and homework to Mayor Murray, city staff and community stakeholders.