We are preparing a draft Urban Design and Development Framework (UDDF), Rainier Beach Innovation Zone: Creating Jobs and Pathways for Economic Mobility. Our UDDF will describe an approach to urban design, zoning, and redevelopment to support the long-term transformation of the Rainier Beach light rail station area into an innovation zone. The new innovation zone will bring employment, education, and entrepreneurship to Rainier Beach. Our UDDF builds upon the community’s vision, goals, and strategies in the 2012 Neighborhood Plan Update.
The UDDF will be part of the Rainier Beach Innovation Zone (station area) rezone legislation we are preparing to submit to the Mayor and City Council in Spring 2015. You can find more information about the rezone and other Rainier Beach neighborhood projects on our Project Document's page.
In 2012, 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:
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.