Northwest NEWS

May 13, 2002

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Downtown Master Plan Workshop to present development design options

WOODINVILLE - The City is seeking comments on development design options for the downtown area as part of its Downtown Master Plan study at a workshop to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in Council Chambers, Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Avenue NE.
   The purpose of the meeting will be to evaluate design options being developed for the preferred land use concept.
   The preferred concept depicts a pedestrian-oriented street as an extension of Garden Way (138th Place NE), linear park blocks along a corridor between Wilmot Gateway Park and Garden Way and other pedestrian friendly features.
   At a January workshop, community participants discussed concerns about the existing downtown area and desires for the future of downtown Woodinville.
   "Creating an attractive, pedestrian-friendly environment, addressing traffic issues and creating and improving parks and open spaces topped their list," notes City Planner Carl Smith. "Several design concepts were created with these priorities in mind."ΚΚ
   Participants commented on four design alternatives at a March workshop and selected the model that shows a southerly extension of Garden Way complimented by park blocks along the downtown corridor.
   The Downtown Master Plan will be a guide to incorporating existing land use patterns with new possibilities to create a vital, attractive and pedestrian-friendly downtown. The Plan is a tool for implementing Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives to create a downtown that balances economic development opportunities with commercial and residential uses, improves transportation, provides a pedestrian-friendly environment and supports mixed-uses.
   The May workshop is the third meeting hosted by the City's Community Development Department. A fourth and final workshop will be held in late summer. The Plan is anticipated to be presented to the City Council in early fall for adoption.ΚΚ