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. Pedestrian retail areas are important because they serve the neighborhood residents' daily needs. They play a key role in creating safe neighborhoods where you would want to live, work, and shop.
We have reviewed areas around Seattle and prepared preliminary recommendations to kick-off a discussion with the community. We will prepare final recommendations after receiving your feedback. Please review our preliminary recommendations and take our survey by March 31.
A pedestrian retail area:
We are considering the following additional rules in pedestrian zones:
Pedestrian zone rules only affect development on private property. They do not currently affect or require changes to:
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:
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.