DPD is undertaking a major planning project for the University District core neighborhood. The department is partnering with community residents, businesses, social service agencies, the faith community, and the University of Washington through the University District Livability Partnership. The partnership is “a four-year strategic initiative to encourage investment for a vibrant, walkable University District community” (www.udistrictlivabilitypartnership.org/about.html).
DPD is also working closely with the Seattle Office of Economic Development, Seattle Police, and the Department of Neighborhoods. The initial results of our planning will be an Urban Design Framework, that will be released in the first quarter of 2013. The Urban Design Framework work is being coordinated closely with a Commercial Revitalization Plan, sponsored by Seattle OED and the Greater University Chamber of Commerce, that will be completed during the same time frame.
The University District planning area is between 15th Avenue NE, Interstate 5, Ravenna Boulevard NE and Portage Bay. So far, our planning goals include:
Support a thriving commercial district
Welcome a diversity of housing choices
Encourage new jobs, businesses and community services
Create public and private spaces for everyone
Ensure great urban design for safe, attractive buildings and vibrant community life
Integrate with transportation
Sustain the environment
In addition to the Urban Design Framework, planning will include State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) analysis in 2013. The zoning recommendations and streetscape design work will be completed in 2014 and submitted for City Council and Mayor consideration.
To get involved in the process, attend an upcoming “community conversation” event sponsored by the University District Livability Partnership (http://udnext.com/). The next event will be held on December 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Neptune Theater at 1303 NE 45th Street in the University District.
For more information, visit the DPD project web site,www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/University_District/, or contact: