On September 12, Mayor Murray held an event in the U District to present his priorities and plans for the U District. In his comments, the Mayor addressed zoning changes, affordable housing development, and City investments in infrastructure and community organizations. A summary brochure covers many of the projects and programs that the Mayor highlighted.
OPCD planners recently gave two briefings to Council's Planning, Land Use, and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee:
Council will put U District discussions on hold during the annual budget process. During that time, we will release additional studies, including a Director's Report, a displacement study, and details on the affordable housing requirements. Council plans to hold a public hearing in mid-November.
Background: The U District Urban Design Framework discusses neighborhood concerns and goals in detail and lays out many of the ideas that would be implemented by the proposed rezone. Zoning is one of several policy changes aimed at shaping new growth in the U District. We completed streetscape concept plans for Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St, and NE 42nd St in the spring of 2015. In September 2015 City Council approved our recommended amendments to the U District goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan. In May 2016, we released a draft zoning proposal for public comment - see "Draft Rezone Proposal" in Project Documents.
Working with the neighborhood, we’ve identified the following guiding principles to inform all of our projects in the U District: