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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.

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. (Some examples are Terry Avenue in South Lake Union and Maynard & Lane Streets. For more information on U District's Green Streets, take a look at our background presentation.)

On April 16th, we held a public open house to present draft design options and hear thoughts from the public. Take a look at the boards from the meeting. Contact Aditi Kambuj at with any questions or comments.

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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