SEATTLE—On February 7, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will unveil a draft “right-of-way concept plan” for an area located at the entry to West Seattle. City planners will present information about the draft plan at an open house event scheduled for February 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 S.W. Oregon Street. A short program will take place at 6:30 p.m.
“The results of this planning effort will help guide the future of the West Seattle Triangle planning area over the coming decades,” said Susan McLain, senior planner. “The Triangle is located at the heart of the West Seattle community, so we want to make sure members of the community have many opportunities to provide feedback to the draft concepts.”
The concept plan identifies potential investments and streetscape improvements to Fauntleroy Way SW, and to streets located within the triangle-shaped area bounded by Fauntleroy Way SW, 35th Avenue SW, and SW Alaska. Most streetscape investments will occur gradually, as development takes place over time.
In addition to the street improvements, Seattle DPD is also considering changes to land use regulations that apply to the West Seattle Triangle Planning area. The City has not yet released draft land use recommendations. However, DPD will present information at the open house and ask for feedback for preliminary land use ideas.
“Existing zoning reflects the auto dealerships that shaped the character of this West Seattle neighborhood for several decades,” noted McLain. “Now that the auto dealerships are gone, many people have called for updated zoning that will encourage new developments to feature pedestrian-friendly designs consistent with the area’s location at the hub of the community. Future zoning should also allow existing businesses to thrive and expand.”
Information presented at the open house event is a result of a planning process that included six advisory group meetings and many other community meetings.