Lake City’s Community Conversation

On the evening of April 29, more than 100 members of the Lake City community gathered at the community center to learn about numerous projects underway, enjoy delicious food, and see a preview of the Celebrate Africa! event that will take place on Saturday, June 9.

DPD staff answered questions about the draft Lake City Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF was developed over the past year and a half with guidance from an advisory group of Lake City residents and business owners. It provides a vision for the future of Lake City and the North District. The draft UDF includes recommendations about:

  • Rezones from Commercial to Neighborhood Commercial that would encourage a more pedestrian-oriented built environment
  • Parks and open space
  • Building form and development standards
  • Transportation
  • Sustainable strategies for an equitable Lake City

DPD will accept comments on the draft UDF through the end of May. There will be several opportunities to talk with DPD staff and advisory group members about the draft during this time. Materials presented at the April 29 Community Conversation will remain in the community center so that people who missed the event can review them and add their comments. We will also attend the following meetings to discuss the draft UDF.

  • North District Council on May 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lake City Library
  • LCNA on May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church
  • Thornton Creek Alliance on May 28, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Community Center

If you want to schedule a presentation to your group, contact Katie Sheehy at or (206) 684-5345.

Lake City residents, businesses, and services providers are working together to reaffirm the community vision, establish guidelines for future development, and implement projects that strengthen the neighborhood. A lot of exciting work is underway!

Lake City Future First sponsored the April Community Conversation with support from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, Department of Neighborhoods, DPD, and SDOT. Numerous community groups also helped make the event possible, including the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and many members of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.