Uptown Planning Open House

On October 8, DPD will hold an open house and scoping meeting for several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.

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

Community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center have been working together to develop an Urban Design Framework for the neighborhood. The Urban Design Framework sets out a vision for the physical development of the neighborhood as it grows, addresses emerging issues and opportunities, and presents a clear set of implementation actions. Major issues include:

  • Establishing the neighborhood as an Arts and Culture District.
  • Increasing the diversity of housing opportunities, both in terms of housing type 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 obtain 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 set out in the Urban Design Framework.

First, DPD is preparing an environmental impact statement to evaluate increases in building height in the neighborhood.  This Urban Design Framework recommendation rests on the idea that increases in height in some locations can improve the urban form of the neighborhood and provide important public amenities resulting from the public benefits required to gain extra height. Our October 8 meeting will serve as the scoping meeting for the rezone EIS. However, written comments may also be submitted through November 8.

Second, this meeting is the kickoff for the Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study. This study will address how to adequately provide parking for Seattle Center while still allowing potential redevelopment parking structures and lots in the neighborhood.

Uptown Planning Open House

On October 8, DPD will hold an open house and scoping meeting for several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.

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

Community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center have been working together to develop an Urban Design Framework for the neighborhood. The Urban Design Framework sets out a vision for the physical development of the neighborhood as it grows, addresses emerging issues and opportunities, and presents a clear set of implementation actions. Major issues include:

  • Establishing the neighborhood as an Arts and Culture District.
  • Increasing the diversity of housing opportunities, both in terms of housing type 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 obtain 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 set out in the Urban Design Framework.

First, DPD is preparing an environmental impact statement to evaluate increases in building height in the neighborhood.  This Urban Design Framework recommendation rests on the idea that increases in height in some locations can improve the urban form of the neighborhood and provide important public amenities resulting from the public benefits required to gain extra height. Our October 8 meeting will serve as the scoping meeting for the rezone EIS. However, written comments may also be submitted through November 8.

Second, this meeting is the kickoff for the Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study. This study will address how to adequately provide parking for Seattle Center while still allowing potential redevelopment parking structures and lots in the neighborhood.

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