U District Urban Design EIS Public Scoping Meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
University Heights Community Center
5031 University Way NE, Seattle

You are invited to attend a scoping meeting for the U District Urban Design EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) on September 24.  The EIS will study potential impacts of implementing the U District Urban Design Framework, which was created by members of the community and City planners throughout 2012 and 2013.  The upcoming meeting will describe the EIS process, draft zoning alternatives, and topics to be considered in the EIS document.

The City is preparing this EIS to consider potential rezones and amendments to the Land Use Code that would update design standards for new buildings, increase height and density in certain locations, and implement new programs for neighborhood amenities.

Since early 2012, the community and City staff have participated in dozens of public meetings, several walking tours, and an urban design open house.  Regular participants include service providers, housing advocates, business owners, open space proponents, UW, resident groups, and property owners.  All of this process led to the U District Urban Design Framework, a guiding document that will inform the alternatives we’re considering in the EIS.

The City has identified the following topics for attention in the EIS:  land use, aesthetics, housing, historic preservation, parks/open space, transportation, public services, and utilities.  Findings will inform our next steps in the neighborhood, including:

  • Streetscape concept designs
  • Comprehensive Plan updates
  • Zoning changes, including incentive programs
  • Neighborhood design guidelines update

We invite you to provide comments on the EIS scope at the meeting, or any time before October 7, 2013.  To provide comments or to request interpretation or ADA accommodations, please contact dave.laclergue@seattle.gov or

Dave LaClergue
700 5th Ave, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124

For more information about the EIS and planning in the U District, please visit