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Rainier Beach

Kubota Gardens in Rainier Beach.
We partnered with the community to create goals, policies, and actions to make Rainier Beach a great neighborhood with strong social and cultural institutions, resources, and places for people to live healthy lives.

What's Happening Now?

In November 2012, the community reviewed design concepts for future development near the light rail station. We are using that input to finalize the zoning changes needed to implement the community’s vision. We will send our recommendations to City Council in early 2013.

Project Goals & Benefits

In 2011, the culturally and ethnically diverse Rainier Beach community created a vision to guide the future of their neighborhood:

Rainier Beach is rich with cultural and physical resources. It has a thriving and interconnected community that contains a rich mix of households including minority and immigrant residents. The community is supported by strong social and cultural institutions and services that provide stability during changing times. The neighborhood provides access to resources necessary for people to live a healthful life. The neighborhood’s parks, opens spaces, roads, and other physical assets are in good condition and provide for a healthy community.

The Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update will help make the community’s vision a reality. Rainier Beach will become:

  • A place for everyone
  • A place for lifelong learning
  • A place for growing food to develop healthy industry
  • A beautiful, safe place

The community envisions a future where Rainier Beach mixes education into community life at all levels, and for all residents. As a result, the residents will be empowered to make sustainable and beneficial changes in their community.

The End Result

  • Neighborhood Plan Update — A plan to document the community’s vision for an enjoyable, affordable, and prosperous community, and the strategies for achieving it
  • Station Area Urban Design Framework — A planning tool that guides the design of future buildings, streets, and public spaces in the light rail station area
  • Zoning and Land Use Amendments — Changes to the rules and regulations that control the land uses and shape the form of new development
  • Rainier Beach Moving Forward — A new community partnership to implement recommendations and monitor progress of the plan
  • A new Rainier Beach Community Center — Community members will advise Seattle Parks and Recreation on programming for this center

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