Draft Transportation and Urban Design Recommendations for Ballard

DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) have been working with neighborhood groups and non-profits to develop a coordinated Urban Design and Transportation Framework (UDTF) in anticipation of possible light rail to Ballard. The groups are organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth. The study, called Move Ballard, responds to the neighborhood’s growth and development and Sound Transit’s planning for a possible light rail extension to Ballard. The study will recommend near-term transportation improvements for the Ballard Hub Urban Village, evaluate potential high capacity transit stations (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit), and evaluate possible Metro and Sound Transit investments in the area. The study will not look at alternatives for the Ballard Bridge and the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link.

Over the summer, SDOT heard the community’s priorities for future transportation improvements in Ballard, including preferences for a future high-capacity transit station. SDOT has evaluated and prioritized local improvements and transit station locations using information from community meetings, technical analyses, and adopted citywide modal plans.

The City and Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth are hosting an open house on November 18. Join us to learn about and comment on:

  • Draft prioritization of local transportation improvements
  • Evaluation of locations for a potential future high capacity transit station
  • Draft street design concepts
  • DPD’s summary of draft land use and urban design recommendations to guide new buildings


Meeting Details

November 18, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Leif Erikson Lodge, Large Hall (2nd floor)
2245 NW 57th St
Presentation at 6:00 pm.

Presentation materials will be available online at our Ballard Urban Design website following the open house. Review information online and contact the project planners to provide feedback:


For more information, contact:

Department of Planning and Development
Aditi Kambuj, Planner
(206) 615-1739

Seattle Department of Transportation
Chris Yake, Transportation Planner
(206) 727-8719