DPD has finalized recommendations related to a Land Use Code text amendment that would allow water-related or water-dependant facilities, that are part of colleges or universities, in new and existing buildings in the Ballard Interbay Manufacturing and Industrial Center (BINMIC). The proposed amendment would allow the Seattle Maritime Academy, of Seattle Central Community College, to expand its teaching facilities in the BINMIC.
Seattle is home to a significant maritime industry cluster that provides accessible, family-wage jobs. This cluster consists of industrial and related firms that rely on sea-going vessels. Fishing, water transportation, boat building and repairing, and seafood processing are the main industries in the cluster.
Given Seattle’s competitive strength in this sector, and based largely on its unique geography, there is great demand for qualified workers. Local labor shortage, however, continues to be a challenge. Maritime firms cite an aging labor force and key shortages in many positions, especially vessel crew members, tugboat pilots, and marine engineers, technicians, and architects as impediments to their future growth. Institutional investments, such as the expansion by Seattle Maritime Academy enabled by the proposed text amendment, will go a long way toward meeting demand to retain the viability of Seattle’s historic maritime industrial economy.
The proposed amendment will be submitted to the City Council in July for their consideration. To speak with a City planner about this proposed amendment, or to provide comments, contact: