In an effort to stimulate and enliven the environment of
Seattle's neighborhood business districts -- the neighborhood
centers where people interact and essential goods, services,
and jobs are provided -- the City is proposing some new strategies
to reflect changing conditions and neighborhood plan goals.
Seattle's regulations play an important role in maintaining
the vitality of these business districts and making them compatible
with surrounding residential areas. To recognize the new direction
provided by the Comprehensive Plan and Neighborhood Plans,
Mayor Greg Nickels
directed DPD to work with citizens to improve pedestrian and
transit orientation, support job creation, enhance housing
opportunities, and maintain compatibility with surrounding
The resulting project, titled the "Neighborhood Business
District Strategy" (NBDS), aims to ensure that Seattle's
mixed-use neighborhood centers continue to evolve as desirable
places to live, work, conduct business, and meet their neighbors.
Name Change for NBDS Project
NBDS has previously been referred to as "Commercial Policies
and Code Review" or "Commercial Code Review."
The name was changed to more accurately reflect the project's
focus on the core of our urban centers and villages in the
The project encompasses reviewing how different policies
and requirements interact, such as parking, pedestrian orientation,
residential uses, and design review. The project continues
to apply only in Commercial or Neighborhood Commercial zones.
"The new title should help reinforce that the project
is helping to strengthen our business districts, a key part
of most neighborhood plans," said John Rahaim, Seattle
City Planning Director.
COME TO THE OPEN HOUSE & FORUM
The public is encouraged to help the City weigh
and balance the many goals for neighborhood business
districts at an open house and forum on:
Tues., April 13, 7-9 p.m.
Seattle City Hall
Bertha Landes Room
600 Fourth Avenue
(entrance on Fifth Ave)
flyer (43KB PDF)
READ THE BROCHURE
For details on the NBDS goals and objectives,
go to the website
or read the brochure
If you have questions about the project or forum,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org