Home Zone Program

Home Zone Program Background

We share the community's goal of creating pedestrian-friendly neighborhood streets. One way we accomplish this goal is by working collaboratively with neighborhoods to create a home zone plan. The entire neighborhood works together to prioritize traffic calming, pedestrian mobility and neighborhood livability improvements. Home Zone Program Background explains more about home zones in general and how the program was started in Seattle. 
 
Launched in 2019, we implemented two pilot home zones, one in the Broadview neighborhood and another in the South Park Neighborhood. Pilot Project Implementation explains more about how a Home Zone is developed and references the two pilot projects developed in 2019.  

In 2020, SDOT launched Reconnect West Seattle, a framework for supporting neighborhoods impacted by the closure of the West Seattle High-Rise and restoring efficient travel across the Duwamish. SDOT worked with communities from South Park, Georgetown, and Highland Park to identify and prioritize home zone improvements. Reconnect West Seattle Home Zones provides information on the process, timeline, and funding used for each of these neighborhoods.  

Home Zone Program Goals

  • Create safe and walkable neighborhoods for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Create holistic plans that address traffic calming and maintaining local access.
  • Improve resident's quality of life and strengthen community.

Home Zone Toolkit

This toolkit presents a list of potential projects you can pursue on your residential street. Some, such as painting a mural at an intersection, are simple and relatively easy to implement. Others, such as improving pedestrian connections in your neighborhood, are more complex and will likely require the development of a home zone plan.

You can undertake this process by yourself but will likely find it more effective and rewarding to assemble a community group with a shared goal. After talking with your neighbors, follow the five-step process below to begin improving your street.  

Home Zones Under Development

In 2021, we started working with the New Holly and Rainier View Neighborhoods on their Home Zone plans. In the summer of 2022, we started working with the Olympic View Lake City Neighborhood and the Aurora Licton Urban Village. Future Home Zones will be determined by lack of infrastructure and the Racial Equity Analysis (REA) criteria used by the Pedestrian Master Plan.

New Holly 

The Home Zone process in New Holly was started in the midst of the pandemic. The neighborhood was divided into four quadrants and each quadrant was then walked and assessed by community members with SDOT staff. Thanks to many volunteers, the walking tours were well attended and neighborhood concerns were collected. SDOT worked through the concerns with the steering committee and developed the DRAFT Home Zone. SDOT will be working with the steering committee to develop the community survey which will turn the draft into a final Home Zone.

Rainier View Neighborhood

The Home Zone process in Rainier View was started during the pandemic. The neighborhood was divided into four quadrants, each quadrant was walked by community members. Almost 100 neighborhood concerns were collected and SDOT is working through the concerns with the steering committee to develop a Draft Home Zone. 

See the flyer that was developed.

Olympic View/Lake City Neighborhood

The Home Zone process in Olympic View/Lake City was started the summer of 2022. We are still seeking representatives to be on the Steering Committee. Walking tours of the Home Zone Area are being scheduled for August and September and a community flyer is being put together. 

Aurora Licton Urban Village Neighborhood

The Home Zone process in Aurora Licton Urban Village was started the summer of 2022. We are still seeking representatives to be on the Steering Committee. Walking tours of the Home Zone Area are scheduled for August and September and a community flyer is being put together. 


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