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U District Urban Design

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A four-year strategic partnership between the community, city, and the University of Washington to plan for a vibrant transit-oriented University District neighborhood.
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Green Street Designs

In 1998, the U District designated three streets as “green streets” through the Comprehensive Plan: Brooklyn Ave N., NE 43rd St., and NE 42nd St. The green street designation means that improvements along these corridors should emphasize open space, landscaping, and a high-quality pedestrian experience. (Terry Avenue in South Lake Union and Maynard & Lane Streets in the International District are examples of recently improved green streets.)

To provide clearer guidance about what improvements the community wants, we are working with neighborhoods to develop streetscape concept plans. On December 19, we met with the U District Partnership’s Urban Design Working Group to start the conversation. We gave a background presentation on what green streets are and how they happen. The working group used base maps of key locations to develop some preliminary ideas for the design process. We'll present more detailed draft concepts at an open house on April 16.

Environmental Impact Statement Process

The U District EIS will look 20 years into the future, analyzing the possible impacts of several different approaches to zoning. In September 2013, we held a public meeting to present initial thoughts about the EIS and hear public comments. Meeting materials:

We prepared a scoping process summary to report back on comments received so far. A complete draft EIS will be published for public review in Spring 2014.

The EIS and all of our planning work is guided by the U District Urban Design Framework, with guiding principles and recommendations based on a year of community involvement.

U District Livability Partnership

The U District Livability Partnership is a separate but related planning effort, led by a wide range of groups and individuals within the U District. City planners are coordinating closely with this group to make sure our work aligns with the work going on in the broader community.

Meeting #10 Nov. 30, 2012

Meetings #11-13: review and discuss draft versions of the Urban Design Framework

Meeting #14 July 25, 2013

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