DPD has completed an existing conditions report to provide a platform of facts and analysis in support of creating an urban design framework (UDF) for the central Ballard area.
As we develop the Ballard UDF, we are collaborating with the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, as well as conducting broad community outreach. Our planning will address four central issues:
- Character: Private development in the Urban Village is booming with a number of high-density projects being built in the area and more in the pipeline. Our UDF will establish the desired design qualities, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.
- Connections: Seattle’s Transit Master Plan establishes a framework for transit investments. By mid-2014, Sound Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation will have completed their study of possible high-capacity transit improvements between Ballard and downtown Seattle. Our UDF will assess how well the station options can support existing and future businesses, jobs, and housing. Our UDF will also look broadly at ways to improve the ability of people to get around the Ballard core.
- Economic Opportunity: The Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth has mobilized to encourage investment and identify strategies to augment Ballard’s commercial core. Our UDF will look at trends in employment and consider strategies for retaining existing businesses and encouraging the growth of diverse businesses and employment opportunities.
- Health: The primary goal of this collaboration is to foster an environment that supports the health and access to economic opportunity for the community.
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