West of 15th Avenue Planning

The University of Washington is participating in and contributing to the leadership of a collaborative community planning process within the University District.  Internally, the UW is conducting parallel physical planning studies focusing on UW’s role within the University District, specifically West of 15th Avenue N.E., known as West of 15th Avenue Planning.

The community planning process, the University District Livability Partnership, is a three-year strategic initiative of the City of Seattle to shape a shared vision and action plan for the District’s future as a vibrant, walkable University District neighborhood, and as a regional center for innovation, knowledge and creativity.  Key changes within the University District,  including the opening of Sound Transit light rail station at  NE 43rd Street and Brooklyn Ave NE in 2021, UW’s ongoing investment in student housing and related amenities within the west campus area, and recent accelerated development of affordable and market-rate housing, are anticipated to provide opportunities for both the UW and community planning initiatives.

The UW West of 15th Avenue Planning will develop scenarios for UW’s growth reflective of the UW’s institutional and academic priorities including UW’s academic precinct plans and the campus master plan. These scenarios will inform an integrated vision for the larger community through the University District Livability Partnership initiative.  These planning initiatives also include an integrated approach to land use/open space/mobility systems and a district-wide commitment to environmental sustainability.

Please use this page as a UW portal into the planning processes for the area west of 15th Avenue NE. For a broader project scope, please see the City of Seattle’s University District Livability Partnership and the University District Urban Design Framework.

Documents & Articles

Useful Links

Please direct questions and comments to:

  • Rebecca Barnes, University Architect and Asst. Vice Provost for Campus Planning, UW OPB -- rgbarnes@uw.edu or 206-543-4382
  • Kateri Schlesssman, Senior Planner, UW OPB -- kateris@uw.edu or 206-543-3542

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