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Pedestrian Retail Areas

Pedestrian Retail Area
Mapping commercial destinations in your community.

What’s Happening Now?

We evaluated retail areas within your neighborhoods to determine where to suggest adding to existing pedestrian retail areas (pedestrian zones). We are proposing 39 new or expanded areas to protect and promote pedestrian retail. We are also proposing modifications to current regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones to meet the changing needs of these pedestrian-oriented business districts.

On January 13, 2015, Mayor Murray sent changes, along with a Director's Report, to the City Council for consideration. We will brief the Council's Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee in early 2015. See the Project Documents page for more information.

Project Goals

Our goal is to identify and map areas in neighborhoods around the city where residents could meet their daily needs. In pedestrian zones, we encourage people to park their car conveniently and walk from business to business if they choose to drive to a pedestrian retail area.

By adding a pedestrian retail area designation to a neighborhood commercial (NC) zone we aim to:

  • Preserve areas that offer a mix of street level pedestrian-oriented destinations accessible by foot, bike, and transit
  • Identify and encourage areas that have potential to transition to a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood business district
  • Encourage more walking, biking, and transit use to and within neighborhood business districts by preserving and promoting active destinations

The End Result

We will consider changes to the requirements for development in pedestrian zones. We will designate some of the properties we evaluate as pedestrian zones to protect and encourage pedestrian retail areas.

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