23rd Avenue Action Plan

Little Drummers Block Party 2015
A project for the City and community to work together to create a 23rd Avenue Action Plan for E. Union, E. Cherry and S. Jackson.

What's Happening Now?

You told us how important affordable housing is in our community. We updated the urban design and rezone recommendations for the commercial cores at 23rd Ave and Union, Cherry, and Jackson to reflect the mandatory housing affordability (MHA) requirement to achieve greater affordable housing, recommended by the City's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Learn more about HALA.

We will share the updated rezone recommendation at the upcoming Central Area Community Festival on August 20. We will share more details as the event gets closer.

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination
We have refined our action plans based on public input and are ready to move the rezone legislation forward. The rezones are intended to achieve the community’s vision to strengthen the Central Area’s unique identity and community character as identified in the Action Plan and the Comprehensive Plan Central Area Neighborhood Planning Element. These actions will help create vibrant and resilient commercial districts that encourage pedestrian friendly mixed use development, support both existing and new businesses and development, provide opportunities for a variety of shops, services, and affordable housing that serves the diverse Central Area community.

On June 29, 2015, we published the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance for each node along with the Action Plan, Urban Design Framework, draft ordinances, and a Director’s Report. The public comment period closed on July 20, 2015, and we will be moving the legislation forward in 2016. To review these documents, go to our Project Documents page.

Project Benefits

The purpose of this project is to establish a city-community collaboration that creates a shared vision and action plan to improve the health and equity of three Central Area community cores: 23rd Avenue and E. Union Street, 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue and S. Jackson Street.

Our project will focus on these community cores to:

  • Strengthen the community’s resilience so that its rich cultural heritage and diversity flourishes
  • Build community, businesses, and organization’s capacity to take actions to achieve the shared vision
  • Create livable, healthy and supportive places that provide equitable access to resources and opportunities for everyone
  • Leverage public and private investments to create tangible, positive change that meets the needs of existing and new communities

The End Result

  • An action plan of key priorities shared by the community and the city as a result of the planning process
  • An Urban Design Framework that translates community visions and priorities into urban design recommendations and implementation steps
  • Strong partnerships among the community, private and public entities to move forward projects in the action plan


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