The 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which focuses on the community cores of Central Area at 23rd Ave and Union, Cherry and Jackson, is moving forward from the planning phase into the implementation phase. Over 600 community stakeholders were engaged in the planning process. The stakeholders provided DPD’s project team with valuable input, and helped form goals, policies, strategies, and actions for the project. The project team has submitted amendments to the Central Area goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan Neighborhood Planning Element based on community input to City Council for review. The project team has developed a draft Action Plan, and is soliciting comments from the 23rd Ave Advisory Core Team (ACT), City departments, and the community to finalize the Action Plan. The project team will also start working on zoning legislation and developing an urban design framework as major implementation steps of the Action Plan.
What is happening in the community?
The 23rd Ave ACT has been working from the beginning of the project to hold the Central Area vision together and ensure that the broad community interests are balanced. The 23rd Ave ACT consists of 15 community leaders representing diverse interests: community based organizations, activists, business and property owners, and a housing developer.
Moving forward, the 23rd Ave ACT is now forming a stronger structure and organization to implement the Action Plan and start working with action teams. Over 100 community participants have signed up for action teams arranged by five priorities: a destination with unique identity; connected people and community; a great business community; livable streets for all; and a place that supports healthy and stable community. These community members are ready to turn passion into action.
- Under the leadership of the 23rd Ave ACT members, the action team for “a great business community” has regular meetings to identify priorities for the business community.
- The action team for “a destination with unique identity” also had a chance to sit down together with the 23rd Ave ACT and design consultants to discuss urban design proposal and next steps. This action team is eager to work with the City on the zoning legislation and a urban design framework.
- The action team for “livable streets for all” also had a meeting on traffic calming and the Central Area greenway update. This team has started a dialogue on the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.
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