23rd Avenue Action Plan

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

What's Happening Now?

You told us how important affordable housing is in our community. We updated the urban design and rezone recommendations for the commercial cores at 23rd Ave and Union, Cherry, and Jackson to reflect the mandatory housing affordability (MHA) requirement to achieve greater affordable housing, recommended by the City's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Learn more about HALA.

Central Area Neighborhood Design Guidelines

Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood is going through a phase of rapid growth. As new developments spring up around the area, impacts are felt most strongly by smaller businesses and residents who have long called the Central Area their home. The Central Area Design Guidelines Coalition (CA DGC) is working to mitigate these impacts by teaming up with the City of Seattle, local architects Schemata Workshop, and Mimar Studio to outline a set of neighborhood specific guidelines to guide future development in the neighborhood. In addition, CA DGC received an award from Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) to provide further technical assistance on this work.

Project Benefits

The purpose of this project is to establish a city-community collaboration that creates a shared vision and action plan to improve the health and equity of three Central Area community cores: 23rd Avenue and E. Union Street, 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue and S. Jackson Street.

Our project will focus on these community cores to:

  • Strengthen the community’s resilience so that its rich cultural heritage and diversity flourishes
  • Build community, businesses, and organization’s capacity to take actions to achieve the shared vision
  • Create livable, healthy and supportive places that provide equitable access to resources and opportunities for everyone
  • Leverage public and private investments to create tangible, positive change that meets the needs of existing and new communities

The End Result

  • An action plan of key priorities shared by the community and the city as a result of the planning process
  • An Urban Design Framework that translates community visions and priorities into urban design recommendations and implementation steps
  • Strong partnerships among the community, private and public entities to move forward projects in the action plan

 

Get Involved

Take a look at our new Seattle Community Toolkit to find out how the City can help you, your neighborhood, or your business. There are programs, grants, loans, and a variety of other resources available. See if one is right for you.

We partnered with community stakeholders (residents, neighborhood associations, community organizations, business and property owners) to identify assets, issues, resources and opportunities in the three 23rd Avenue community cores.

Together with Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons (POELs) and the Action Community Team we will continue to ensure an inclusive process where the community can identify specific strategies and projects that will support implementation of the Action Plan over the next several years.

Block Party

This year, the 23rd Ave ACT will be partnering with Central Area Community Festival to host the third annual Central Area Block Party on August 20 at the Garfield Community Center and its surrounding area. In addition to all the fun things and great resources, we will be sharing the updated rezone recommendations and other plans and projects that the City and the community have been working on in the Central Area.

On September 27, 2014, the 23rd Ave ACT (Action Community Team) sponsored the first Central Area Block Party, and it was a huge success with almost 2,000 participants, great music and performance, local businesses, artists, food vendors, and great resources from City departments. It was great to see passionate residents and visitors enjoy the event and provide us with lots of comments on our urban design and rezoning recommendations. Community members strongly desire this to be an annual event. On September 12, 2015, the 23rd Ave ACT held the 2nd Central Area Block Party. Check out our photos from 2014 and 2015.

Community Workshop/Open House

We have hosted a series of community meetings since early 2013 to seek community feedback and approval of the Action Plan, Urban Design Framework, and rezoning proposals. We post meeting details here when available. You can also sign up for email updates to be notified of any project news.

Community Resource Fairs

These three Central Area community cores have active groups, individuals, and organizations already working to preserve and enhance the health, culture, and vitality of the neighborhood. Community resource fairs will be opportunities for them to showcase their work and services, and for you to connect with them.

Action Teams

Action Teams are hands-on work groups that will collaborate with the Action Community Team (ACT) and the City. Together, they will leverage resources and political will to take on projects that create lasting change. Like the ACT, Action Teams should be inclusive and represent the voices and balanced interests of the full Central Area community. Your priorities will set the Action Teams' work.

The 23rd Avenue ACT (Action Community Team)

The 23rd Avenue ACT collaborates directly with us and the community to ensure that the vision and implementation actions reflect the voices and balanced interests of the community. In addition, the ACT works with the community to carry the 23rd Avenue Action Plan beyond this project — maintaining the shared vision, unity, and commitment needed to make the changes possible. Connect with the 23rd Avenue ACT by contacting Quanlin Hu.

  • 23rd Avenue ACT Members:

    Adam Edwards
    Adrienne Bailey
    Alan Savitt
    Ann Suter
    Dan Sanchez
    Harlan Chinn
    Hugh Bangassar

    Ian Eisenberg
    Evelyn Allen
    Karen Estevenin
    Lois Martin
    Margo Jones
    Robert Stephens
    Shalimar Gonzales

  • ACT Meeting Schedules: The 23rd Avenue ACT meets the 4th Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Garfield Community Center (2323E Cherry St.).

Our Commitment to Outreach & Engagement

As part of the City's commitment to Inclusive Outreach and Engagement, we will use a number of approaches to make it easy for stakeholders to participate. This includes efforts to specifically reach historically underrepresented community members whose opinions may otherwise go unrecognized. In partnership with the community, the ACT, and POELs, we will work to include voices of our youth, seniors, the African / Black American community, immigrants and refugees, people living with disabilities, working families, and the Hispanic community.

Project Documents

Seattle Community Toolkit: A list of programs, grants, loans, and other resources the City of Seattle offers to help individuals, businesses, and communities.

23rd Ave Action Plan

Mandatory Housing Affordability Implementation Draft

SEPA Draft

Phase 4

Phase 3

Phase 2

Phase 1

 

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination

We have refined our action plans based on public input and are ready to move the rezone legislation forward. The rezones intend to achieve the community’s vision to strengthen the Central Area’s unique identity and community character as identified in the Action Plan and the Comprehensive Plan Central Area Neighborhood Planning Element. These actions will help create vibrant and resilient commercial districts that encourage pedestrian friendly mixed use development, support both existing and new businesses and development, provide opportunities for a variety of shops, services, and affordable housing that serves the diverse Central Area community.

On June 29, 2015, we published the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance for each node along with the Action Plan, Urban Design Framework, draft ordinances, and a Director's Report. The public comment period closed on July 20, 2015, and we will move the legislation forward in 2016-2017.

SEPA Determination of Non-Significance

SEPA Checklist

SEPA Draft Ordinance

SEPA Public Notice

Director's Report

Central Area Block Party

2015 Block Party

2014 Block Party

 

Project Timeline

23rdAveProjectTimeline

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Winter – Fall 2013
Action Plan Planning Process

  • Inclusive outreach and engagement including underrepresented communities
  • Sought community input
  • Developed draft Action Plan

Fall 2013 – Fall 2014
Action Plan Implementation Process Began
Urban Design Framework (UDF) Process

  • Inclusive outreach and engagement including underrepresented communities
  • Sought community input
  • Developed draft UDF

Fall 2014 – Summer 2015
Zoning Recommendation Process

  • Inclusive outreach and engagement including underrepresented communities
  • Developed State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklists, draft ordinances, and Director’s Report for rezone recommendations
  • SEPA Determination of Non-Significance public comment period

2016-2017
Council Approval Process

  • Finalize rezone ordinances, Action Plan and UDF
  • Public comment process
  • Public hearings for final recommendation