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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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Environmental Impact Statement Process

Our U District Urban Design Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is a study that looks at potential impacts of zoning changes and Comp Plan amendments. To review the Draft EIS, visit our Project Documents page. The deadline for public review comments was June 23. We are now compiling comments and writing responses for our Final EIS, due out in fall 2014.

We held an open house and public hearing on May 20 concerning the Draft EIS and took public comments between April 24 and June 23.

Green Street Designs

Our draft U District Green Streets Plan is now available for public review. Our draft plan includes recommendations for sidewalks, street trees, bike lanes, and landscaping on three designated streets in the U District. It’s based on a year of community input through the U District Partnership and broader public meetings. The deadline for public comments is 5:00 p.m. on November 10. Please submit comments to Aditi Kambuj, aditi.kambuj@seattle.gov, (206) 615-1739. After the public comment period closes on November 10, we will make final changes and adopt the plan as part of the City’s Right-of-Way Improvement Manual.

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.)

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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