You’re Invited to an Uptown Planning Open House

Please join City staff and members of the Uptown community on the evening of October 8 for an open house about several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.  At the open house, DPD will share information and request feedback on:

  • A Draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center.
  • Scoping for an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study possible rezones.
  • A parking study for the entire Uptown Urban Center.

 

Join us: 

Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Seattle Center, McCaw Hall
Allen Foundation for the Arts Room
Please enter off Mercer Street

The Urban Design Framework (UDF)

Community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center have been working together to develop UDF (framework plan) for the neighborhood.  The UDF communicates a vision for the physical development of the neighborhood as it grows, addresses emerging issues and opportunities, and presents possible implementation steps including:

  • Establishing an Arts and Culture District.
  • Increasing the diversity of housing opportunities, housing types and affordability.
  • Supporting development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities.
  • Addressing a complex parking situation.
  • Using zoning to integrate important neighborhood amenities such as open space, affordable housing, and cultural spaces.
  • Advocating for a school and community center.

In addition to discussing the Urban Design Framework, this meeting is the kickoff to two implementation actions recommended in the Urban Design Framework:  an EIS and a parking study.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

DPD is preparing an EIS to evaluate increases in building height in the neighborhood.  The UDF recommended increases in height in some locations to improve the urban form of the neighborhood and incentivize public benefits through zoning. Our October 8 meeting will serve as the scoping meeting for the rezone EIS. However, written comments may also be submitted through November 8.

Strategic Parking Study

The October 8 event is also the kickoff for the Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study. The study will address how to adequately provide parking for Seattle Center while still allowing potential redevelopment of parking structures and lots in the neighborhood.

For additional information:

Jim Holmes, Senior Planner
(206) 684-8372
jim.holmes@seattle.gov

You’re Invited to an Uptown Planning Open House

Please join City staff and members of the Uptown community on the evening of October 8 for an open house about several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.  At the open house, DPD will share information and request feedback on:

  • A Draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center.
  • Scoping for an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study possible rezones.
  • A parking study for the entire Uptown Urban Center.

 

Join us: 

Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Seattle Center, McCaw Hall
Allen Foundation for the Arts Room
Please enter off Mercer Street

The Urban Design Framework (UDF)

Community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center have been working together to develop UDF (framework plan) for the neighborhood.  The UDF communicates a vision for the physical development of the neighborhood as it grows, addresses emerging issues and opportunities, and presents possible implementation steps including:

  • Establishing an Arts and Culture District.
  • Increasing the diversity of housing opportunities, housing types and affordability.
  • Supporting development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities.
  • Addressing a complex parking situation.
  • Using zoning to integrate important neighborhood amenities such as open space, affordable housing, and cultural spaces.
  • Advocating for a school and community center.

In addition to discussing the Urban Design Framework, this meeting is the kickoff to two implementation actions recommended in the Urban Design Framework:  an EIS and a parking study.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

DPD is preparing an EIS to evaluate increases in building height in the neighborhood.  The UDF recommended increases in height in some locations to improve the urban form of the neighborhood and incentivize public benefits through zoning. Our October 8 meeting will serve as the scoping meeting for the rezone EIS. However, written comments may also be submitted through November 8.

Strategic Parking Study

The October 8 event is also the kickoff for the Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study. The study will address how to adequately provide parking for Seattle Center while still allowing potential redevelopment of parking structures and lots in the neighborhood.

For additional information:

Jim Holmes, Senior Planner
(206) 684-8372
jim.holmes@seattle.gov

Seeking Feedback for Seattle’s Ballard Urban Design and Coordinated Transportation Study

In response to ongoing development, the community’s desire to retain Ballard’s character, and Sound Transit’s planning for light rail to Ballard, DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are working with neighborhood groups organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth. Through Move Ballard, we will engage community members to recommend innovative solutions for enhancing the transportation environment for all, regardless of how they travel to and through the area. The collaboration will develop an Urban Design Framework and a Multimodal Transportation Plan that articulate a shared vision. The collaboration will also develop strategies to guide future development and transportation investment while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive.

We are hosting a community meeting, on May 7, to:

  • Provide comments on the draft recommendations to better guide development.
  • Identify and prioritize near-term improvements for all forms of transportation in the Ballard.
  • Evaluate and prioritize potential future high capacity transit (e.g. light rail, streetcar) station locations while preserving and supporting industrial and commercial employment in Ballard.

Tell us what you think about the future of transportation and growth in Ballard.

 

We have learned that the community loves Ballard’s historic qualities and its tradition of industry. Many appreciate the growth of shops and restaurants, but are also concerned that some new buildings do not contribute to Ballard’s character. There are also worries about affordability and that transportation improvements have not kept pace with growth. Over the past year, the community has helped develop recommendations to shape development, streetscape and open space in downtown Ballard.

Questions? Comments?

Department of Planning and Development

David Goldberg, Planner
(206) 615-1447
Davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov

Seattle Department of Transportation

Chris Yake, Transportation Planner
(206) 727-8719
Christopher.Yake@seattle.gov

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 Katie.sheehy@seattle.gov 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.

23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) Moving Forward

Thanks to those who came to, and supported, the Central Area Block Party held on Sept 27, 2014. It was a huge step for moving the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) forward! The purposes of the Block Party were to:

  • Seek community feedback on the Action Plan, urban design framework (UDF), and rezones
  • Introduce the 23rd Ave Advisory Core Team (ACT)
  • Build community energy and ownership in implementing the Action Plan
  • Strengthen community unity and engagement
  • Provide updates on the SDOT’s 23rd corridor improvement and greenways projects

About 1,000-1,500 participants from the Central Area and other areas came together to enjoy amazing music, performances, local food and restaurants, and arts. They also came to meet their neighbors, ACT members, and local organizations, and to learn about, and provide feedback on, the plan recommendations. Many participants mentioned that they haven’t seen such a diverse, inclusive, and engaging community event in the Central Area for decades, and they would love to see this become an annual event.

The Block Party implemented some of the community’s great ideas captured during the Action Plan planning process. For example, it:

  • Provided a great community gathering opportunity where everyone felt welcomed and comfortable
  • Marketed and promoted local businesses, artists, and organizations, and provided them an opportunity to meet and network with each other
  • Engaged a broader community in the planning process

As a result, it energized more community members to be part of the Action Teams to implement the Action Plan.

Many participants were very curious about the Action Plan, UDF and rezones, and provided us with a great amount of valuable feedback. Top issues we heard are: affordable housing, especially for the very low income households; affordable commercial spaces for local businesses; preserving the African American heritage; and the impact of displacement/gentrification. We have compiled all the comments we received from the Block Party. We are evaluating and considering these comments, and updating the Action Plan, Urban Design Framework, and rezone legislation.

To learn more about what the 23rd Ave Action Plan, visit our project page here www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/unionjackson/