Industrial Lands Policy Discussion

DPD is hosting a series of meetings in March to discuss proposed industrial lands policies that are part of Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update. DPD is considering specific land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. The proposed policies would limit the potential for converting property to non-industrial uses unless specific criteria are met.

“The meetings are an opportunity to discuss how well the policies serve regional and citywide job centers along with local neighborhood objectives.” said Nathan Torgelson, deputy director of DPD.  “It’s a careful balance in some areas of the city.”

The meetings are intended to explore proposed M/IC land use policy amendments that emerged from a 2013 study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center. While the draft policies were developed while working with a stakeholder group focusing on the Greater Duwamish M/IC, they are currently being considered for all designated M/ICs on a citywide basis as part of Seattle 2035.

The purpose of the outreach meetings is to discuss the application of the proposed policies to all designated M/ICs. These meetings are an opportunity for you to share with City staff any issues or concerns related to how these policies will work in specific areas. City staff will share public input received during City Council deliberations on the policies as part of the major comprehensive plan update early in 2016.

In addition to the land use policy discussion, draft findings from the Local Production Study and information on the Freight Master Plan will be available at each meeting.

Attend one of our Community Meetings:

Tuesday, March 3
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th St

Wednesday, March 11
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Q Café
3223 15th Ave. W

Thursday, March 12
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus
Rm C-122
6737 Corson Avenue South

What is the effect of the proposed Industrial Land Use Policies?

If implemented, the proposed land use policies would apply to all designated M/IC lands and would mean:

  1. No new Industrial Commercial (IC) zoning would be allowed in a designated M/IC
  2. Land could not be removed from a designated Manufacturing / Industrial Center unless:
    • The proposed use for the land is identified
    • There is insufficient appropriately zoned land elsewhere in the city for the proposed use
    • The proposed use would not displace an existing industrial use
    • The proposed use would not adversely affect nearby industrial operations


The City Council will consider specific recommendations for industrial lands policies in 2016 as part of the major Comprehensive Plan update.

For more information, visit DPD’s website at or contact:

Tom Hauger
(206) 684-8380

Seattle 2035: Preserving Industrial Land

-Seeking feedback on our proposal at upcoming community meetings

City staff are hosting a series of meetings in March to discuss specific land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. This policy work is aimed at strengthening our industrial business sectors as a part of Seattle 2035– the City’s major comprehensive plan update.

The purpose of our outreach meetings is to receive community input on the proposed policies. We will share your input with the City Council in early 2016, when they consider the policies as part of the major comprehensive plan update.

The recommended land use policy amendments shall:

  • Strengthen the long-term viability of the M/IC
  • Protect industry and port operations
  • Reinforce the M/IC as a place designated for industry
  • Inform the Seattle Industrial Areas Freight Access Project being conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation

For additional information:


March 3, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ballard High School – Commons
1418 NW 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

March 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Q Café
3223 15th Avenue W (just north of Dravus Street)
Seattle, WA 98119

March 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
South Seattle Community College, Georgetown  Campus
Georgetown Campus
RM C-122
6737 Corson Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Questions? Comments?
Tom Hauger, Planning Manager
(206) 684-8380

Georgetown Community Meeting Summary (November 5, 2014)

From the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD)

On November 5, 2014, DPD held a Georgetown community meeting. At least 64 people from the Georgetown neighborhood joined 16 City staff. At the meeting, we heard from many Georgetown residents, people who work in industry and businesses, artists, property owners and many others who have invested in their neighborhood. We also heard from people who have been a part of the neighborhood for decades and those who are new. We truly appreciate the opinions and perspectives from everyone who attended, and we recognize that more information and dialogue is needed.

The Intended Purposes of the November 5 Meeting:
1. Industrial Land Policies: We wanted to hear your feedback and questions around the proposed Comprehensive Plan industrial lands policies, their potential impact on the Georgetown neighborhood and how the policies would or would not support the community’s vision for the neighborhood. Background information on the proposed industrial lands policies is located on the Duwamish Industrial Lands Study project page.
Our options for moving forward include:
• Do nothing to change the current Industrial Land Policies.
• Move the policies forward as proposed, to cover all industrial lands in Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (MIC).
• Revise the proposed policies so that they only apply to certain industrial areas until further study can be done in specific geographic areas, such as Georgetown.

No decisions have been made. We will communicate via email, web and future meetings, regarding further discussion on the Industrial Policies. Decisions will not be made until late in 2015 when the Mayor sends his recommendations to Council. The City Council will then deliberate in 2016.

2. Georgetown Moving Forward: Since July 2014, the Department of Planning and Development staff has met with individuals and groups of residents, merchants, property owners, industrial representatives, an airport representative and others. The purpose of the meetings was to understand the range of issues in the neighborhood. A summary of the meetings and the general thoughts conveyed from stakeholders is posted below. The November 5 meeting was another opportunity for you to provide feedback around what you envision for the neighborhood, and what you value. The group comments, the conversations before and after the presentation as well as the sticky note comments were very helpful in this regard.

Future Communication:
We will follow-up on the November 5 conversation in several ways:
• We will report back on “what we heard” from the meeting (the detailed meeting notes, sticky note comments, results of dot exercise, etc.) in the coming two weeks. We’ll send this to you and others on our contact list via email, and we’ll ask you if we heard you correctly.

• We are creating a web site for Georgetown where we will post information about all of our conversations with the community, background information (zoning maps, demographics, etc.), feedback from earlier meetings and this latest meeting, and links to community organizations and related initiatives. We plan to have this web site up and running by November 19. In the meantime, materials from the November 5th meeting and some initial background materials are posted below.

• We anticipate another meeting during the first quarter of next year to continue this discussion and present the findings of DPD’s “Local Production Study” and the Department of Neighborhoods’ survey of historic resources in Georgetown. The Local Production Study focuses on the demand for local production /craft manufacturing spaces, and the economic challenges and opportunities for their location in Georgetown and other neighborhoods.

• We’ll email you with updates as to the direction of the industrial lands policy and other initiatives that relate to Georgetown. We’ll also provide links and information on our Georgetown web site.

November 5th Community Meeting
Original meeting boards
Industrial Lands Presentation
Summary of previous discussions (July 2014 –October 2014)
Letter from DPD Director to community – October 20, 2014
Existing zoning and land use maps
Look for an upcoming announcement about the new webpage where additional materials and information will be posted.

We invite you to email or phone at any time for further discussion and to provide feedback or questions. Contact Aly Pennucci, Senior Planner at or (206) 386-9132.