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Pedestrian Retail Areas

Pedestrian Retail Area
Mapping commercial destinations in your community.
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Previous Work on Pedestrian Zones:

  • 2006-2007
    City Council adopted changes to commercial regulations in the Land Use Code in 2006 (effective in 2007) to stimulate and enliven neighborhood business districts by focusing retail and commercial activities into the core of the urban villages. These changes included adding or expanding pedestrian zone designations in 5 neighborhoods. Council asked us to evaluate additional areas. During this process, we identified and inventoried neighborhood business districts (also known as pedestrian retail areas) within existing Neighborhood Commercial zones.
  • 2007-2009
    Building off of that work, in 2007 we began a pedestrian zone mapping project (the Neighborhood Main Street Mapping Project - continuing the Neighborhood Business District Strategy). We prepared draft recommendations for the Northwest and Central / East districts. We presented our recommendations to the community for review and comment in July 2007. Before that work was completed our project was put on hold. Council did not adopt any recommendations.
  • 2012
    The City Council amended the Land Use Code in 2012. The amendments provide greater development flexibility and encourage residential construction in existing buildings within commercial and neighborhood commercial zones where there may be limited demand for additional commercial uses. When they adopted these changes, City Council identified 60 areas where ground floor commercial uses are still required until a pedestrian zone study is completed. These 60 areas are the focus of the work underway today.

Previous Meetings

We've been meeting and talking with community groups about our preliminary recommendations:

  • Morgan Junction Community Association, July 16 2014
  • Licton-Springs Community Council, May 21, 2014
  • Magnolia Community Council, May 20, 2014
  • Queen Anne Land Use Review Committee, April 28, 2014
  • Northwest District Council, April 23, 2014
  • Delridge District Council, April 16, 2014
  • Wallingford Community Council, April 2, 2014
  • Madison Valley Merchant’s Association, March 19, 2014
  • East Lake Community Council, March 18, 2014
  • Green Lake Community Council, March 12, 2014
  • Admiral Community Council, March 11, 2014
  • Aurora Merchants Association, March 11, 2014
  • Central District Land Use Review Committee, March 6, 2014
  • Urban Forestry Commission, March 5, 2014
  • Northwest District Council Meeting, February 26, 2014
  • Greater Duwamish District Council, February 26, 2014
  • Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC), February 26, 2014
  • Madison Valley Community Council, February 19, 2014
  • Central District Council, February 13, 2014
  • North Delridge Neighborhood Council, February 10, 2014
  • Southwest District Council Meeting, February 5, 2014
  • North Beacon Hill Community Council, February 4, 2014
  • Westwood / Roxhill / Arbor Heights Community Council, February 4, 2014
  • Crown Hill Business Association, January 22, 2014
  • Southeast District Council Meeting, January 22, 2014
  • Morgan Junction Community Association, January 15, 2014
  • Magnolia / Queen Anne District Council on January 13, 2014
  • Northeast District Council on January 9, 2014
  • Lake Union District Council on January 6, 2014
  • Ballard District Council on December 11, 2013
  • City Neighborhood Council on November 25, 2013
  • East District Council on November 18, 2013
  • North District Council on November 6, 2013
  • Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, October 28, 2013

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