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North Rainier

We're planning a new town center near the Mount Baker light rail station.
We plan to create a new town center at the Mount Baker light rail station.

Catch Up on Our Progress

December 4, 2012
Briefing the Mount Baker Community Council Zoning, Land Use, Planning, and Transportation committee

Community Meetings (March 2009 - May 2010)
We held three community-wide meetings. We also held additional, smaller meetings with ethnic, cultural, and age-specific groups. Participants discussed three key themes:

  • Creating choices for living, working, and recreating
  • Shaping a transit‐friendly community for the neighborhood
  • Working towards sustainability

Together we accomplished the following:

  • Engaged hundreds of community members at 53 workshops, meetings, and discussions
  • Planning outreach and engagement liaisons held 43 workshops to get input and feedback from historically underrepresented community members
  • Created community-driven vision and goals for living, working, and enjoying life in the North Rainier neighborhood
  • Updated the North Rainier Neighborhood Plan
  • Developed neighborhood (urban) design concepts and zoning based on the community’s vision
  • Received the HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant for a shared multicultural community center to serve Rainier Valley neighborhoods
  • Received a Judges Merit Award for innovative civic engagement efforts in Neighborhood Planning Updates including use of Planning Outreach and Engagement Liaisons; this award was part of the Governor’s 2010 Smart Communities Awards for creating livable communities in Washington State

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