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Duwamish Industrial Lands Study

We are partnering with the community and stakeholders to look at how the city can protect and support industry and port operations.

What’s Happening Now? 

In December 2013 we released a study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center (M/IC) that reevaluates our policies regarding future uses in the M/IC. Our recommendations focus on changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code to limit activities that could interfere with industry and port operations in the M/IC.

In addition to our recommendations, the study analyzes existing conditions and past studies related to industrial lands. While preparing this study we met several times with a stakeholder advisory group of industrial businesses and landowners to share our findings and early recommendations. The recommendations in the study were prepared by DPD staff and do not necessarily reflect the views of the stakeholders we have been meeting with.

We also released a Stadium District Study in November 2013, with recommendations for future land uses in the stadium district that borders the M/IC.

Project Benefits

The recommendations contained in our report will:

  • Strengthen the long-term viability of the M/IC
  • Protect industry and port operations
  • Reinforce the M/IC as a place designated for industry
  • Inform the Seattle Industrial Areas Freight Access Project being conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation

The End Result

The City Council has requested that we reach out to more communities that are potentially affected by the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments. As we continue our discussions with these communities, it could lead to changes in the recommended amendments which will become a part of the major Comprehensive Plan update that City Council will consider in 2015.

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