Duwamish Industrial Lands Study

We are partnering with the community and stakeholders to look at how the city can protect and support industry and port operations.

What’s Happening Now?

We are considering land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will help preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. The proposed policies would also discourage the conversion of property to non-industrial uses.

We hosted a series of meetings in late 2014 and early 2015 about proposed industrial lands policies that are part of Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update. Meetings were held in Ballard, Interbay, and Georgetown. The purpose of these outreach meetings was to receive community input on our proposed policies. We will share your input with the City Council when they consider our policies as part of the major comprehensive plan update in early 2016. If you missed these meetings, you can view the display boards and power point presentations on the background page or read the 2015 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion Summary and Recommendations report.

Our proposed M/IC land use policy amendments are part of the study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center that was released in December 2013. In addition to land use policy recommendations, the study analyzed existing conditions and past studies related to industrial lands. While preparing this study we met several times with a stakeholder advisory group of industrial businesses and landowners to share our findings and early recommendations. The recommendations in the study were prepared by our staff and do not necessarily reflect the views of the stakeholders we have been meeting with.

Related industrial land use studies include the Duwamish Industrial Study, Stadium District Study, Ballard to Interbay Land Use Corridor Study and the Local Production Study.

Project Benefits

The new policy recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan Study are intended to:

  • Strengthen the long-term viability of the M/IC
  • Protect industry and port operations
  • Reinforce the M/IC as a place designated for industry

The End Result

After consulting with members of the community, OPCD amended the draft Comprehensive Plan policies for industrial lands. The policies as presented in the Draft Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan are:

LU11.22 Limit the future application of the IC zone inside the M/IC boundaries to prevent the expansion of offices and other non‐industrial uses.

GS2.20 Retain land in the Manufacturing/Industrial Centers for industrial uses and develop criteria for evaluating requests to remove land from a M/IC, recognizing the important economic resource the land in these centers represents.

The City Council will consider these recommendations for industrial lands policies in 2016 as part of the major Comprehensive Plan update.

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