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Uptown: Framework for the Future

Uptown Neighborhood Outline
We are developing a collaborative vision of Uptown that will guide growth and development towards a walkable, livable, healthy, and vibrant neighborhood.

What's Happening Now?

We are proposing to conduct an environmental review of three potential rezone scenarios in the Uptown Urban Center. We identified these rezone alternatives as part of the Uptown Urban Design Framework process. Through an Environmental Impact Statement, we will study the potential impacts of potential height increases.

Each area of Uptown  on our Alternative Height Scenarios map is labeled with potential building height limits. The first number shown is the current height limit and is the height that will be studied in the ‘no action’ alternative. The second, and in most cases, third number listed in each area represents the height that will be studied in the two ‘action’ alternative.

These alternatives are not zoning proposals, and any actual proposal could be a composite of the three recommendations. In the Spring of 2016 we will release a draft EIS for review and comment. We will prepare a final EIS once the comment period ends. Any legislation that increases height limits in the Uptown Urban Center will be the result of conversations with the community. There will be many opportunities for public participation. We expect that any legislation will not be acted on before 2017.

Project Benefits


  • Foster leadership and collaboration between the community, City staff, and other local organizations
  • Engage a broad constituency in the neighborhood, including traditionally underrepresented populations
  • Assess opportunities for improving connectivity around Uptown
  • Recommend opportunities for community improvements around ongoing planning and capital investment efforts in the area
  • Physical and cultural integration of Seattle Center with the surrounding neighborhood
  • Strategic organizing around business district health and development

As Uptown grows, we want to encourage:

  • Diversity in household type and affordability
  • Investment in the neighborhood
  • Support for local business year-round
  • Employment to bring people to the neighborhood during the day
  • Living and working without a car
  • A vibrant and safe public environment

The End Result

We will develop a collaborative vision of Uptown that describes how the physical development of the area can positively affect quality of life, recognizing the role that place-making and urban design play in creating a walkable, livable, healthy, and vibrant neighborhood.

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