Duwamish Industrial Lands Study

  • Public Engagement
  • Public Review
  • Final Report
  • Council Process
  • Final Decision

What’s Happening Now?

We are considering land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will help preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. The proposed policies would also discourage the conversion of property to non-industrial uses.

We hosted a series of meetings in late 2014 and early 2015 about proposed industrial lands policies that are part of Seattle's Comprehensive Plan – the City’s major comprehensive plan update. Meetings were held in Ballard, Interbay, and Georgetown. The purpose of these outreach meetings was to receive community input on our proposed policies. If you missed these meetings, you can view the display boards and power point presentations on the Background page or read the 2015 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion Summary and Recommendations report.

Our proposed M/IC land use policy amendments are part of the study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center that was released in December 2013. In addition to land use policy recommendations, the study analyzed existing conditions and past studies related to industrial lands. While preparing this study we met several times with a stakeholder advisory group of industrial businesses and landowners to share our findings and early recommendations. The recommendations in the study were prepared by our staff and do not necessarily reflect the views of the stakeholders we have been meeting with.

Related industrial land use studies include the Duwamish Industrial Study, Stadium District Study, Ballard to Interbay Land Use Corridor Study and the Local Production Study.

Project Benefits

The new policy recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan Study are intended to:

  • Strengthen the long-term viability of the M/IC
  • Protect industry and port operations
  • Reinforce the M/IC as a place designated for industry

The End Result

After consulting with members of the community, OPCD amended the draft Comprehensive Plan policies for industrial lands. The policies as presented in the Draft Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan are:

LU11.22 Limit the future application of the IC zone inside the M/IC boundaries to prevent the expansion of offices and other non‐industrial uses.

GS2.20 Retain land in the Manufacturing/Industrial Centers for industrial uses and develop criteria for evaluating requests to remove land from a M/IC, recognizing the important economic resource the land in these centers represents.

The City Council considered these recommendations for industrial lands policies in 2016 as part of the major Comprehensive Plan update.

Get Involved

For more information, please email Michael Hubner at Michael.Hubner@seattle.gov.

Current Plans & Studies

Previous Plans & Studies

Seattle’s Industrial Lands:

The Future of Seattle’s Industrial Lands (July 2007)
Port of Seattle Century Agenda(2008)

Stakeholder Advisory Group

A group of diverse stakeholders advised us throughout the study. We have also met with industry and community groups to discuss any recommendations.

Stakeholder Advisory Group members

Past Meetings & Materials

Industrial Lands Policy Update Meetings

August 13, 2013 - Meeting #6

June 26, 2013 - Meeting #5

May, 28, 2013 - Meeting #4

April 29, 2013 - Meeting #3

March 11, 2013 - Meeting #2

February 13, 2013 - Introductory Meeting

Project Timeline

  • March 2015
    We held meetings in Ballard, Interbay, and Georgetown to discuss our recommended policies for the Seattle's Comprehensive Plan.
  • July 2015
    We published a Draft Comprehensive Plan.
  • December 2015
    We will publish the Mayor's recommended Comprehensive Plan.
  • Early 2016
    The City Council will consider the recommended Comprehensive Plan.