On January 8, 2015, we published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This document completes our study of the impacts of possible zoning changes and Comprehensive Plan amendments. To learn more about the EIS, visit our Project Documents page.
We released a draft Green Street Concept Plan that includes recommendations for sidewalks, street trees, bike lanes, and landscaping on three important streets in the U District: Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St., and NE 42nd St. It’s based on a year of community input through the U District Partnership and broader public meetings. The final green street plan will be completed in January 2015.
We are also working with the community and Seattle Parks on an initiative to plan future park and open space improvements in the neighborhood. After a series of Open Space Forums in the fall 2014, the project’s steering committee is working to complete a summary report and recommendations. To see presentations and documents from these Open Space Forums, visit our Project Documents page.
Planning for Change
The U District is a thriving neighborhood with 14,000 residents, hundreds of independent businesses, and its own unique flavor. It’s also a cultural and economic hub, as home to UW, Seattle’s largest employer, and a magnet for the youth and talent of the Pacific Northwest.
Big changes are underway:
Proactive planning can help make sure that these changes have a positive impact on the neighborhood, and help us protect the features that people value the most. Our U District Urban Design Framework is a document that is guiding the City’s work on a variety of efforts, including Neighborhood Plan updates, zoning changes, streetscape design work, and design guidelines.
Working with the neighborhood, we’ve identified the following guiding principles, which inform all of DPD’s projects in the U District: