Posts for 'Development and Sustainability'

CVS REDESIGNING PHARMACIES IN UPTOWN AND WALLINGFORD

November 7th, 2013

In September the Council approved emergency legislation that requires new development to meet minimum density standards in our Urban Villages. As I wrote in a previous blog post, the legislation was prompted by the proposal by CVS Pharmacies to construct three new suburban-style drugstores in Uptown, Wallingford, and West Seattle that would be freestanding, single […]

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PORTLAND LOO AND MIDRISE SINGLE FAMILY TRANSITION

October 8th, 2013

On Monday, September 30, the Council approved legislation that could lead to new housing on a vacant block next to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square — and bring the first “Portland Loo” to Seattle. The legislation, prepared at the request of the Pioneer Square community, modifies an earlier land use action that allowed the developer […]

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URBAN FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLAN

September 19th, 2013

On Monday, September 16, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt Seattle’s Urban Forest Stewardship Plan to preserve and enhance Seattle’s trees and forests. This far-reaching action is the end product of two years of work by staff, the Urban Forestry Commission, and my office to create a new approach to the urban forest. The Urban […]

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HISTORIC GROWTH MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP APPROVED BY SEATTLE AND KING COUNTY

September 17th, 2013

On Monday, September 16, the Seattle City Council and King County Council gave final approval to an agreement that will protect up to 25,000 acres of farm and forest land by transferring development rights into the City of Seattle. The City, in turn, will receive an estimated $17 million to construct infrastructure for the new […]

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FOOD WORK ON THE PATH TO ZERO WASTE

July 25th, 2013

When we launched the Zero Waste Strategy in 2007, food waste was one of the two largest components of the waste stream that Seattle sent to the landfill (along with construction debris). That’s why we focused on food waste collection and prevention as a key strategy. New numbers show that we are making big progress, […]

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SOUND TRANSIT STATION ACCESS POLICY REVISED

June 4th, 2013

The Sound Transit Board has adopted a new “System Access Policy” which broadens the measures that Sound Transit will include in planning for ways to get riders to stations. While in the past, most of the emphasis has been on making station design convenient for transfers from buses and providing free parking for other potential […]

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DUWAMISH CLEANUP JOB TRAINING PROGRAM

May 23rd, 2013

The Duwamish Superfund cleanup is moving into the next phase of activity, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its preferred alternative. Over the next three weeks, comments are being taken on the proposal, and we expect EPA to make a final decision in the next few months. In the meantime, I have been […]

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INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT ADVANCES

May 9th, 2013

The first three proposals have been received and evaluated for the Industrial Development District (IDD). The IDD is a partnership involving the City of Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington that seeks innovative proposals for industrial development that have been challenging to implement due to regulatory, policy, or financial issues. I and my […]

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SUSTAINABILITY TRAILBLAZER AND HUNGER FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

April 9th, 2013

Recently I had the honor of receiving two awards from organizations that have long histories of thoughtful and careful work in their respective fields. In late March I was named as a “Sustainability Trailblazer” by the Seattle-based Sustainable Path Foundation. On April 5 I was given the “Hunger Fighter” award for 2013 by the Seattle […]

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Sound Transit 2012 Accomplishments 2013 Plans

February 20th, 2013

Sound Transit has entered an extraordinarily busy time, with new light rail construction entering a whole new phase of activity. The connection from downtown to the University of Washington is moving towards completion; the extension to Northgate and Lynnwood is actively proceeding; light rail to Bellevue and Redmond is in design; and light rail south […]

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