DPD has convened an advisory group of local residents, property
owners and business people to discuss issues affecting south
downtown, and to aid in diagnosing how those issues and conditions
affect the desirability of the area as a place to live and
The public is encouraged to attend a Sept. 19 open house (see right) where DPD staff will share results of the Livable South Downtown projects process to date. The public will also have the opportunity to hear about other efforts important to the health and well-being of south downtown neighborhoods. A second public open house will be held following completion of the advisory group process, sometime this fall.
The Livable South Downtown project, a part of the Mayors
City Strategy, is a means to implement neighborhood plan
recommendations and to develop fresh and innovative ideas
for encouraging new investment in housing, jobs and services
in Seattles south downtown neighborhoods. In particular
the effort will focus on Pioneer Square, the Chinatown/International
District/Little Saigon neighborhood, and the stadium area
and areas east and immediately south of Dearborn Avenue.
Participants have provided insights that have been helpful
in identifying key issues and ideas for change, some of which
will require further analysis. At recent meetings, the advisory
group has discussed:
- neighborhood visions for South Downtowns future
- issues and opportunities in each South Downtown neighborhood
- mobility and urban design opportunities; and
- environmental sustainability.
At its Sept. 15 meeting, the group will continue a dialogue
with community representatives about zoning, in more detail,
and ways to bring together the many interrelated planning
Following the advisory group process, DPD staff will develop
preliminary recommendations by the end of 2005, then will
evaluate and analyze recommended Land Use Code amendments
and zoning changes that will be forwarded to the Mayor and
City Council in 2006.
Join Us at an Open House!
Public involvement is an important part of the
Livable South Downtown planning effort. Please
give us your input at a public open house:
Sept. 19, 2005
4:30p.m. -7:00 p.m.
International District/Chinatown Community Center
719 Eighth Ave. S
Short program presentations will
begin at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about Livable South Downtown
planning visit the project
website or, contact:
Gordon Clowers, DPD Planner
(206) 684-8375, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan McLain, DPD Planner