DPD has been working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.
At a public meeting this last spring, the community expressed their views on the character of growth in the Ballard core. Since then, we have been working with the Ballard Partnership’s Urban Design and Transportation Committeeto define responses to the community input on this central issue. The community has overwhelming appreciation for the ability to visit the great variety of shops and restaurants in a beautiful, walkable neighborhood. However, the community is also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute towards Ballard’s character.
On November 6, DPD will hold a public meeting at the Ballard Carnegie Library, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., to present the initial strategies to better guide development. Our strategies address the bulk and character of development, streetscape design, and public/private open space within the areas shown in orange below. Visit our website and sign up on our listserv to get information about this upcoming meeting.
Our November meeting will be an opportunity for you to comment on and prioritize our preliminary strategies. We, in collaboration with the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth’s Urban Design and Transportation Committee, will use your comments to create the final recommendations that will inform amendments to our development standards and design guidelines.
This fall, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin its transportation analysis and assessment of the potential high capacity transit routes and station location in Ballard. This coordinated land use and transportation planning effort seeks to enhance multimodal mobility, access, circulation, and safety in ways that reflect the community’s and City’s neighborhood plans, including the UDF under development.
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