Georgetown

What’s Happening Now? 

In 2014 and 2015, we heard from you about your neighborhood vision. We also scheduled meetings to review proposed Comprehensive Plan industrial policy amendments, and their potential impact on the neighborhood. You can read these meeting materials on the Project Documents page.

In June 2015, a group of national experts gathered in Seattle to study the Duwamish riverfront neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown to assess the climate change and expected rising sea levels. This “Resilience Panel” was one of several taking place throughout the country by the Urban Land Institute, and was made possible through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. On Friday, June 26, the panel presented at the Duwamish Longhouse to 100 community members to address resiliency. View the Resilience Panel presentation (draft recommendations).

In December 2015, we issued an Industrial Lands Policy Discussion Summary and Recommendations report summarizing our outreach efforts in Georgetown, Ballard, Interbay, and the Stadium District. Our report provides recommended industrial lands policies listed in our Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan. Our report also provides a summary of studies and outreach efforts that took place regarding the future of Seattle’s designated Manufacturing / Industrial Centers.

We are preparing legislation that would focus on existing homes in industrial zones within the Georgetown planning area. The legislation would allow these homes to be considered “legal” for the purposes of renovation and modest expansion. We expect our proposed legislation to be available for public review in January 2016. 

12th Avenue Festival Street
We heard your requests for improvements to 12th Avenue S between S Vale (All-City Coffee) and S Bailey Streets (at the end of the block – past the overpass). We also obtained funding through the Neighborhood Street Fund in 2012. The street will become a “festival street” designed to integrate traffic calming and create a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly space that can be closed easily for neighborhood festivals. For more information, visit our Georgetown Festival Street page.

Project Benefits

Our effort will help guide recommendations on industrial lands policies, and identify the range of issues in the neighborhood and the community's vision for the future.

The End Result

We will continue to talk with the Georgetown community by email, through our website, and at future meetings.

Decisions on the Industrial Lands policies will not be made until late in 2015 when the Mayor sends his recommendations to Council. The City Council will then deliberate in 2016.

Project Documents

March 12, 2015 Community Meeting

November 5, 2014 Community Meeting

On November 5, 2014, we held a community meeting in Georgetown. At least 64 people from the Georgetown neighborhood joined 16 City staff. The purpose of our meeting was to hear feedback and questions around the proposed industrial lands policies. In particular, we sought feedback about how our proposed industrial lands policies would or would not support the community’s vision for the future of Georgetown.

Summary of previous discussions (July 2014 –October 2014)

Letter from OPCD Director to community – October 20, 2014

Background Materials

Related City programs, policies and projects:

Links to community organizations: