Duwamish Valley Program

Seattle's Duwamish Valley Program is a multi-departmental collaborative effort led by the Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) and the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) to advance the City's environmental justice and equitable development goals in the Duwamish Valley, with an emphasis in the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods. 

The program is driven by racial equity outcomes, community input, and community-led plans. Resources used as guiding documents for this project are listed to the left.

A key deliverable is the development of the Duwamish Valley Action Plan, a City-community shared vision to promote collaboration and guide the City's work and investments in the Duwamish Valley for years to come (to be released in early 2018). The Action Plan will reflect the combined efforts of City staff as well as the feedback received from more than 390 Duwamish Valley residents, workers, and businesses ( the majority being communities of color, immigrants and refugees, limited-English proficiency individuals, and low-income community members).  It will include actions and recommendations related to:

  1. Public Safety
  2. Healthy Environment
  3. Parks and Open Spaces
  4. Community Capacity
  5. Mobility and Transportation
  6. Economic Opportunity and Jobs
  7. Affordable Housing 

Background
For years, the communities in the Duwamish Valley have experienced documented inequities. To start addressing these inequities, Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31567, directing the creation of a City Interdepartmental Team to align and coordinate City programs and capital investments to address these issues. In April 2016, the City released the Equity & Environment Agenda and announced the creation of the Duwamish Valley Program as an immediate action to advance the environmental justice goals of the agenda. Since June 2016, OSE and OPCD have worked with sixteen other City departments (Duwamish Valley Action Team or DAT) to better align and coordinate efforts in this geographic area to advance environmental justice, address racial and neighborhood-level disparities, reduce health inequities, build community capacity, create stronger economic pathways and opportunity, and build trust in government.