Back 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’re working on more detailed draft concepts, and will present them for public review in the spring.
We’ve begun to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the U District. The EIS will look 20 years into the future, analyzing the possible impacts of several different approaches to zoning. On September 24, we held an EIS scoping meeting to present our initial thoughts about the EIS and listen to public comments. Materials presented at this meeting are as follows:
We invited public comment on the EIS from September 5 to October 9, 2013. We’ve prepared a scoping process summary to report back on what we heard.
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. Key topics include public spaces, street improvements, zoning and building height, and how to expand housing choices in the U District.
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 #1 June 7, 2012
Meeting #2 June 21, 2012
Meeting #3 July 13, 2012
Meeting #4 July 27, 2012
Meeting #5 Sept. 7, 2012
Meeting #6 Sept. 20, 2012
Meeting #7 Oct. 4, 2012
Meeting #8 Oct. 18, 2012
Meeting #9 Nov. 9, 2012
Meeting #10 Nov. 30, 2012
Meetings #11-13: review and discuss draft versions of the Urban Design Framework
Meeting #14 July 25, 2013