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.

Zoning Recommendations & Design Guidelines Update 

Our zoning recommendations would allow greater height and density in blocks surrounding the light rail station. They will also incorporate the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) programs, which will require developers to set aside affordable units or pay fees to provide for affordable housing.

We released our proposed zoning recommendations for public review on May 27 and took comments through July 15. The proposed zoning generated a great deal of interest in the community, and we reviewed the many comments received. (See a summary of the comments and our responses to some of the frequently cited topics and concerns.) We are now finalizing the proposals for transmittal to City Council.

We are also working on recommended updates to the neighborhood design guidelines to better align them with the proposed zoning and desired neighborhood character. We will be asking for public input as this work progresses.

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