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.

NewHolly 

The Home Zone process in NewHolly 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 a draft Home Zone Map. SDOT will be working with the steering committee to develop the community survey which will turn the draft into a final Home Zone.

See the latest Draft Home Zone Map. Also available in: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, Simplified Chinese

Be Heard: take the NewHolly Draft Home Zone survey to give SDOT feedback on proposed improvements

Rainier View Neighborhood

Rainier View residents and City of Seattle staff gathered around S Avon St and 53rd Ave S during a community walk

The Rainier View Home Zone began during the pandemic with a series of community walks. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff fielded almost 100 comments from community members. The top issues were missing sidewalks and speeding, as well as desire for more open space. SDOT staff and the Rainier View Steering Committee have been co-creating a draft Home Zone plan. The plan includes potential projects to address the community comments we received. Stay tuned, we will be sharing that map soon.

We’ve identified many streets where we would like to construct “quick build” walkways. These walkways will provide space for people to walk or roll that is separate from cars. The initial walkways will help provide connections to Rainier View Elementary. They will also provide better connections throughout the neighborhood. The designs are still in development, but we plan to have some locations constructed in 2023. Other improvements are also on the way. These will include speed humps/cushions, curb bulbs, and intersection improvements.

Olympic Hills/Lake City Neighborhood

After a handful of early planning meetings, the Olympic Hills Home Zone officially kicked off in the Summer of 2022. In late August there were four community led walks through the neighborhood. We had a solid turnout of over 30 people per walk including Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Greg Spotts. Residents shared their thoughts and concerns with SDOT and other City staff, including Seattle Public Utilities (drainage, bioswales and other green stormwater infrastructure).

Please click here to see the areas and issues neighbors raised during the walks.

Next steps: SDOT and other City staff and the Olympic Hills Home Zone Steering Committee will work together to develop a Draft Home Zone map. The Draft Home Zone map will include proposed improvements co-created with community members.

The Olympic Hills Steering Committee held their first meeting on November 2nd. See the meeting presentation here. The Steering Committee will meet monthly starting in January 2023. Committee membership will remain open. If you’re interested in serving, please reach out to Muriel Lawty with the subject line "Olympic Hills Steering Committee"

Aurora Licton Urban Village Neighborhood

The Home Zone process in Aurora Licton Urban Village was started the summer of 2022. A Steering Committee has been established and is meeting monthly. Community representatives led four Walking Tours of the Home Zone Area in August and September. 72 participants shared over 200 comments about their concerns and ideas throughout the neighborhood, which were recorded on an Interactive Map. Please send any additional comments or questions about the Aurora Licton Home Zone to Seattle Northwest Greenways (nwgreenway@gmail.com).

Timeline showing Home Zone milestones and their year of expected completion


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