U District Urban Design

People dance in the street at the University District street fair.
A four-year strategic partnership between the community, city, and the University of Washington to plan for a vibrant transit-oriented University District neighborhood.

Project Timeline


  • Community outreach and public engagement
  • Work with the University District Livability Partnership
  • Begin Urban Design Framework planning


  • Public review of Urban Design Framework
  • Continued community outreach and public engagement
  • Finalize U District Strategic Plan with the University District Livability Partnership (1st quarter)
  • Finalize Urban Design Framework (2nd quarter)
  • Environmental analysis (beginning 3rd quarter)
  • Begin detailed street and public spaces design work
  • Comprehensive Plan updates


  • Public review of draft environmental analysis and draft land use recommendations
  • Public review streetscape concept plan



  • Public review of draft zoning recommendations
  • Prepare proposed updates to neighborhood design guidelines
  • City Council review of proposed zoning and neighborhood design guidelines
  • Final decision by City Council and Mayor

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