SCOPE AND PURPOSE
To have a positive human and environmental impact through thoughtful planning, good design, and retooling of the urban environment.
As the City of Seattle develops its Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan and updates the Urban Village Strategy, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies has been tasked with performing an independent, expert review of the urban village criteria, classifications, boundaries, and policies in order to guide planning and enhance livability over the next 20 years.
Building on the research and findings of the 2014 SSNAP report, the Urban Village Study examines whether urban village criteria support the possible re-classification of some urban villages and the expanded village boundaries proposed in two of the EIS alternatives. The study also assesses whether the current and/or proposed urban village designation criteria, locations and boundaries are responsive to the overarching comprehensive plan growth strategy goals and policies. In addition, we review the proposed goals and policies in the Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan to ensure they are sufficiently complete, rigorous, purposeful, and appropriate for managing future growth while protecting quality of life, enhancing livability, and increasing social equity and opportunity. Upon its release in October 2015, this review will provide the City with robust data and keen insight on the urban villages as it continues the comprehensive planning process.
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