Envisioning Interbay

New development on 15th Avenue corridor in Ballard.
Our collaborative Ballard to Interbay Land Use Corridor Study will develop a clear vision to guide future development in the Elliot Avenue / 15th Avenue corridor.

What's Happening Now?

Changes to the city’s policy about industrial land is part of Seattle 2035, the update to the Comprehensive Plan. A Draft Plan with proposed policies was released for public discussion in July 2015. Some policy recommendations that came out of the Duwamish Manufacturing Industrial Center Policy and Land Use Study are being considered. These would affect land use in all manufacturing and industrial districts, including Interbay.

Changes proposed include:

  • Retain land in the Manufacturing/Industrial Centers for industrial uses and develop criteria for evaluating requests to remove land from manufacturing industrial centers
  • Limit the future application of Industrial Commercial (IC) zoning in manufacturing industrial centers

You can learn more about the active industries in Interbay by reading our study of production uses in selected area within manufacturing industrial centers. Our Industrial Lands Policy Discussion Summary and Recommendations report provides background information about the City's industrial land policies, summarizes a number of studies, and reports on the public outreach we conducted in late 2014 - early 2015.

If any rezoning for Interbay is needed, it would be proposed after the updated Comprehensive Plan is adopted in 2016. However, some property owners may request rezones through a contract rezone process.

Project Goals

We have initiated a land use study of the corridor along Elliott Avenue W and 15th Avenue NW in Interbay. Past development of this corridor has not followed a coherent plan. Recent retail, residential, and office developments are pushing up property values, which could potentially squeeze out industrial uses and jobs. Some property owners would like more flexibility to develop their property. Enhanced transit service is yet another reason to rethink the future of this area.

Our study, conducted with input from the community, will analyze existing conditions and explore options for future land use along this heavily traveled, multi-functional route. Our study will include proposed changes, if necessary, to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan or the land use code to support the vision. Goals for this project include:

  • Clarify the desired mix and balance of land uses, both industrial (manufacturing, warehousing, and services) and non-industrial (retail, housing, and office)
  • Assess how new transit investment might increase demand for new mixed-use (retail and residential buildings) development
  • Identify where streetscape improvements might be needed to support future development

The End Result

A clear vision that will help guide future development in the Elliott Avenue / 15th Avenue Corridor.

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