City of Seattle Economic Development Commission
North Rainier Urban Village Study
The City of Seattle Economic Development Commission engaged BERK to assess how the City “imagines, plans, permits and executes” its Urban Village Strategy. The Commission was interested in understanding why some urban villages have experienced growth and development far in excess of established growth targets while others such as North Rainier have failed to see change consistent with the neighborhood plan despite several planning and rezoning efforts. The assessment involved a review of planning to date, interviews with key city staff and other stakeholders along with a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the factors that have influenced the outcomes in the project area. The final report includes recommendations for planning and implementing the Urban Village Strategy across the city.