The public is encouraged to attend an open house on the future of the West Seattle Triangle planning area and have an opportunity to view and comment on the draft recommendations, which include a concept for streets and proposed Land Use Code amendments.
Neighborhood stakeholders and planners from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) have developed draft recommendations to guide how the West Seattle Triangle may evolve in the coming decades. You can comment now on the West Seattle Triangle Draft Urban Design Framework or wait until the open house to view the draft recommendations. The public comment period ends on July 1. Comments should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6 – 8 p.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle (upstairs in Hatten Hall)
4217 SW Oregon Street
More about the West Seattle Triangle Planning Project
Every day, hundreds of people travel to and from West Seattle through an unassuming triangle of land that is located in the heart of the West Seattle peninsula. Bounded and bisected by three major arterials—Fauntleroy Way SW, 35th Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street—the Triangle serves as a major gateway to West Seattle. It is located east of the Junction, West Seattle’s central retail district, and is home to numerous locally-owned businesses and the West Seattle YMCA. It is adjacent to a large open space and golf course. The Triangle is the location of numerous bus routes, and will soon be home to West Seattle’s first Bus Rapid Ride network.
The recent closure of a large auto sales business in the Triangle has left several large parcels vacant. This has prompted members of the community to assess changing conditions in the Triangle and contemplate a vision for the future of the area. Of particular interest to the community are improvements to public spaces, such as streetscapes and pedestrian amenities, in anticipation of new development that will bring additional services and housing to West Seattle. Updating land use regulations can help to shape new development and ensure that it will enhance the community. Two important objectives—public realm improvements and future development consistent with the West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Plan—are the focus of this effort.
Project Goals and Long-Term Impacts
- Identify the preferred character of development, with an emphasis on public spaces and rights-of-way, to complement and strengthen the West Seattle Junction Hub Urban Village.
- Support feasible residential & commercial development that aligns with neighborhood design and development objectives.
- Establish strong physical/ pedestrian connections between the Junction retail core and the Triangle.
- Accommodate various modes of travel: pedestrians, auto, transit, Bus Rapid Ride, and bicycles.
- Improve the appearance and function of street rights-of-way, including major arterials such as Fauntleroy Way SW.
- Identify potential improvements to public spaces in and around the Triangle, and improve access to public parks in the area.
- Identify future uses that complement nearby business areas, expand goods and services to the broader community, and serve the diversity of needs for a growing population.
- Integrate natural systems, particularly natural drainage systems that can help improve water quality within the Longfellow Creek/ Puget Sound watershed.
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