We are beginning work on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will assess how the location and form of growth over the next 20 years could result in different benefits and impacts. The EIS will include analysis of transportation, housing affordability, and numerous other environmental elements.
For planning purposes, the Growth Management Planning Council of King County has allocated 70,000 households and 115,000 new jobs to Seattle. In order to plan for this projected growth, the EIS will analyze three alternatives each of which assume the same amount of growth, but vary in how the housing and jobs would be distributed.
We want to hear from you … what should the EIS planning alternatives be? The EIS will provide key information and analysis to shape the final plan update and ensure all the issues are considered. You can submit comments through this site, by email to email@example.com, or come to one of our open houses we will be having over the next month. You can also view a PDF of our Planning Alternatives Brochure by going to our Document Library.
Alternative 1: Urban Center Focus
Most growth would be encouraged in our urban centers: Northgate, University District, Downtown, Uptown, South Lake Union, and Capitol/First Hill.
- More households and jobs would go in these locations than over the past 20 years
- Most new households and jobs would be located in buildings 6 or more stories tall
- Would help advance the regional growth strategy
Alternative 2: Urban Village Focus
More growth would be encouraged in urban villages, such as Columbia City, Lake City, Crown Hill, Morgan Junction, Fremont, and Eastlake.
- Closest to how household growth has been over past 20 years, but more jobs would go to villages
- Many new households and jobs would be in mixed-use buildings and apartments about 4-6 stories tall
- Would help strengthen neighborhood business districts
Alternative 3: Transit Focus
Growth would be encouraged around our existing and planned light rail stations in the Rainier Valley, Capitol Hill, the University District, Roosevelt, and Northgate.
- New urban villages would be located around the I-90 and NE 130th Street stations
- Some village boundaries around light rail stations would expand
- Taller buildings would accommodate households and jobs in urban centers while smaller buildings would be in other locations
- Would take advantage of regional transit investments
Seattle’s Urban Centers, Urban Villages, and Light Rail Routes
Public Commenting Deadline is April 21, 2014
Do you have any comments on these alternatives? Are these the right alternatives to consider? You can submit official comments through the comment feature below, by email to Gordon Clowers, or by mail to (you can print this optional, self addressed form, but don’t forget the stamp):
City of Seattle
Department of Planning & Development
Attn: Gordon Clowers
700 5th Ave, Suite 1900
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124