Queen Anne Neighborhood Planning
In a nutshell...
The Queen Anne Neighborhood Planning Committee brings together residents, business people and employees from throughout Queen Anne to work together for a better community. The Urban Center area near Seattle Center and the Urban Village on Upper Queen Anne are working together to develop one plan.
Topical Committees are researching each of these issue areas and developing draft plans for review by the Planning Committee and by the community:
Traffic and Transportation
Human Services and Housing
Parks and Open Spaces
Because of the size of the Queen Anne community, three Geographic Committees Urban Center, Urban Village and Overall Queen Anne are working with the Topical Committees to assure that the plans meet the unique needs and interests of each area.
This process started in 1996 when the Queen Anne Neighborhood Planning Coalition, with members from throughout the community, received a grant from the City to begin planning for the Queen Anne area. For the first year they focused on reaching out to discover what their neighbors wanted for the community's future. Open houses, forums and surveys were conducted to identify people's concerns and priorities.
The issues identified by the community were the basis of the work that the committee has been doing since September 1997. A team of consultants is assisting by collecting and analyzing information so that the planning propoals are feasible and well informed.
Facts About Neighborhood Planning and Seattle's Comprehensive Plan..
Seattle adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 1994, in response to the Washington State Growth Management Act(GMA). The goal of GMA was for cities and counties to prepare for the growth that is expected to occur over the next twenty years. For example, projections show that Seattle will grow by 50 to 60,000 households and 131.400 to 146,600 jobs by 2014.
Seattle's Comprehensive Plan channels most of this job growth and about half of the housing growth into five major urban centers. Our Urban Center is one of five in the city; the others are downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill/First Hill, the University District and Northgate. About 30% of the housing will be in 25 urban villages. The remaining 25% of residential growth will occur in the other areas of the city.
What does this mean for Queen Anne?
Queen Anne has both an Urban Center and a Urban Village. By 2010, the Seattle Center (Urban Center) area is projected to have 1,312 more households, 40% more than in 1994. About 3,300 new jobs are expected, for a total of 22,300 jobs. This area runs from Aurora Avenue North to Elliott Avenue on the west, and from Broad Street and Denny Way to a staggered northern edge primarily along Roy Street.
The Upper Queen Anne residential urban village is focused on the commercial area on Queen Anne Avenue North/Boston/Galer. An additional 300 households are expected here by 2010.
No zoning changes are needed to accommodate this projected growth. This is because property owners can build on their land that is now underutilized, for example, lots that are already zoned for apartments but now have single family homes on them.
Growth will happen as the economy prospers. Queen Anne is one of the favorite place to live. This is our chance to shape growth to improve our community, not degrade it.
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