The West Seattle Triangle Planning Project has concluded a year-long planning process covering the area near the junctions of Fauntleroy Way SW, SW Alaska Street, and 35th Avenue SW. Over 35 public meetings were held bringing together residents, property owners, business interests and others interested in the future of this gateway to West Seattle. The culmination of this planning process is expected to result in two key outcomes: 1) proposed zoning changes and amendments to the Land Use Code governing development in the Triangle; and 2) a streetscape concept plan that will guide street improvements in the area.
Planning for the West Seattle Triangle was initiated in 2008 after King County Metro announced plans for a Bus RapidRide route and stops through the area. In addition, the closure of local businesses that have defined the area, such as the Huling auto dealership, resulted in several acres of vacant surface parking. As a result, the community called upon the Mayor and City Council to support an evaluation of local zoning requirements, as well as land use and design issues to help guide future development in the Triangle area.
Proposed zoning changes and Land Use Code amendments include two elements: 1) a zone designation that emphasizes mixed use in an enhanced pedestrian environment that better connects the Triangle with the West Seattle Junction, including new design and development requirements; and 2) an increase in allowable height and density in an approximately two-block area, emphasizing the importance of this location as an urban village where additional housing and jobs will be accommodated near transit and the goods and services necessary to support them.
The Streetscape Concept Plan will be appended to the City’s Right of Way Improvements Manual. The concept plan identifies potential improvements to street rights-of-way, including a concept for a tree-lined Fauntleroy Way SW boulevard that would retain travel capacity.
The City Council Committee on the Built Environment will begin deliberating on the proposals in autumn of this year. To keep informed about future Council consideration of legislative proposals that affect the Triangle, visit the City Council web site at www.seattle.gov/council/com_assign.htm#builtenviro.
For more information on the West Seattle Triangle planning process and recommendations, visit the project web site at www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/WestSeattleTriangle/.