SEATTLE—The Department of Development and Planning (DPD) will host a public meeting on September 24 at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE) from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The meeting will describe the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, draft zoning alternatives, and topics to be considered in the EIS. It will also include information about how the EIS relates to extensive community planning that has taken place in the U District community since early 2012.
The U District Urban Design initiative seeks to integrate future growth with new community amenities. After nearly two years of public outreach and dialogue, DPD finalized the Urban Design Framework, which includes a summary of public involvement to date, guiding principles for future changes in the neighborhood, and specific recommendations for DPD’s work going forward. Key topics include public spaces, street improvements, zoning and building height, and expansion of housing choices in the U District.
The next step in the planning process is the EIS, which is a year-long study to analyze potential environmental impacts of zoning changes in the neighborhood and identify ways to avoid or reduce those impacts. During the meeting, DPD will ask the community to comment on the initial EIS to refine the scope of the environmental analysis. This is an opportunity for the community to engage with DPD and shape the future of the neighborhood.
For more information about the EIS and planning work in the U District, please visit the Department of Planning and Development website at: