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Pedestrian Retail Areas

Pedestrian Retail Area
Mapping commercial destinations in your community.

What’s Happening Now?

We are evaluating retail areas within your neighborhoods to determine where to suggest adding to existing pedestrian retail areas (pedestrian zones). We will map these areas and apply rules to protect and promote pedestrian retail. We are also considering modifications to current regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones.

On September 18, we released updated staff recommendations and published notice of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on the proposed changes, as a part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. A DNS means that we don't think there will be any significant negative environmental impacts caused by our proposal. See the Project Documents page for more information and a list of documents.

The official SEPA comment period ran from September 18 through October 2 of 2014. We are finalizing legislation for the Mayor and Council's review.

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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