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Chapter 6
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Streetscape Design Guidelines
6.3 Neighborhood Based Plans

6.3.1 Neighborhood Plan Updates

  6.3.2 Subarea Plans

6.3.1 Neighborhood Plan Updates

From 1995 through 2000, the City of Seattle collaborated with communities throughout the city to develop 38 Neighborhood Plans in order to manage the anticipated growth in both population and employment.  The Neighborhood Plans defined a vision and identified issues and strategies to encourage growth in a way that would be compatible with the unique character of each participating neighborhood.  Since neighborhood plans were completed, growth throughout Seattle has been generally consistent with expectations, but has varied by neighborhood. 

Original neighborhood plans:

Seattle Growth Report:

For the Neighborhood plan updates, instead of click here to view add the full link:

The City Council passed legislation in September 2008 that authorized city departments, led by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) to work with Seattle’s residents to update neighborhood plans where appropriate. 

Neighborhood Plan updates began in fall 2008 in North Beacon Hill, North Rainier, and MLK @ Holly (now called Othello).  Each of these neighborhoods is home to the light rail stations and expecting significant new population and employment growth.  The 2010 Neighborhood Plan updates are underway in the Rainier Beach and Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake neighborhoods. 
Community members, developers, and property owners living or working in these neighborhoods should review the Neighborhood

Plan updates for an understanding of the vision, goals, policies, and strategies for the community: Click here to view

Urban Design Framework concepts that recommend specific design strategies, land use and transportation actions are also being developed for each of the neighborhoods:

Please review Chapter 4.11.2 Design Criteria for sidewalk width requirements in the vicinity of transit stations.
6.3.2 Subarea Plans

Subarea transportation plans build on existing planning efforts to provide a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of an area and recommend specific actions to implement the plan recommendations.  Subarea plans serve as an area-specific blueprint for financing, programming and prioritizing transportation improvements and also contain detailed project recommendations and preliminary cost estimates.  Community members, developers, and property owners living or working in areas where subarea plans have been completed should review the documents when interested in learning about the variety of transportation improvements that SDOT and the community have identified: 

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