"Industrial zoned land is a vital civic asset. Because Seattle's industrial businesses are critical to our city's overall economic health and global competetiveness the City should strengthen its industrial policies. The retention of industrial land contributes significantly to Seattle's family wage job base, provides significant tax revenue to the city and is essential in providing stability to our economy." Seattle Planning Commission July 2, 2007
Future of Seattle Industrial Lands
December 2013 - We recommend Mayor and City Council defer "Stadium Amendment" in this year's Comprehensive Plan update. Our recommendations.
July 2012 - We were asked to weigh in on the SODO arena proposal. We urged caution in moving forward. Our recommendations.
In an effot to address the increasing pressure to convert industrial land in the city to other uses, we played an active role in the development of an Industrial Lands Strategy. Co-hosting four public events to engage the public, reviewing the City's current policies regarding industrial lands, and developing recommendations for how the City should move forward with an industrial lands policy.
July 2007 - The Future of Seattle's Industrial Lands is the culmination of that work. Industrial zoned land is a vital civic asset and because Seattle's industrial businesses are critical to our City's overall economic health and global competitiveness the City should strengthen its industrial policies.
The retention of industrial land contributes significantly to Seattle's family wage job base, provides significant tax revenue to the city and is essential in providing stability to our economy.
The Port of Seattle's 57-acre North Bay site was part of the Port's acquisition of the larger Terminal 91 complex from the federal government in 1976. The site has seen numerous changes over the years. Until 2001, it was used as a holding area for hundreds of Nissan cars off-loaded from the piers. With that use now permanently gone, and the jobs associated with it, the Port is committed to bring jobs back to the site. There is an enormous opportunity - and responsibility to the public - to transform this underused, publicly owned property into a valuable asset for the city and region.
August 2007 - we undertook a detailed review of the Port of Seattle's proposal for creating an Interbay Overlay District. The review was requested by Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. The overlay proposed changes to zoning restrictions on a large parcel of land located in the Ballard-Interbay Northend Manufacturing Industrial Center (BINMIC). View the Commission's letter to Council documenting the findings of their review here.