The Seattle Urban Village Strategy

Seattles Urban Village Strategy

Measuring the Success – Study Results – January 28, 2015

Work has been under way to measure the success of the Seattle Urban Village Strategy.  Over the summer of 2014, Peter Steinbrueck of Steinbrueck Urban Strategies was retained by the city to conduct a six month pilot study – Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Assessment Project (SSNAP) to assess the success of Seattle’s 1994 – 2014, 20 year Comprehensive Plan: Toward a Sustainable Seattle through the Urban Villages Strategy and neighborhoods, using a data collection system and key neighborhood indicators (across a spectrum of social economic, and environment values) Steinbrueck Urban Strategies developed to evaluate outcomes.

The Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Assessment Project (SSNAP) is a data driven study conducted in the summer of 2014 by Steinbrueck Urban Strategies to evaluate the results of Seattle’s 1994 – 2014 Comprehensive Plan: Toward a Sustainable Seattle.  Ten representative urban villages experiencing growth and change were assessed through the lens of 22 sustainability indicators. The SSNAP study’s report findings and conclusions are intended to inform the city’s next 20 year comprehensive plan, Seattle 2035.

As mentioned above, in 1994 the city adopted a new Comprehensive Plan centered on the innovative “urban village strategy.” Rather than scatter growth throughout the city, or squeeze growth along corridors, this plan called for guiding growth and City investment to mixed-use, walkable villages. 20 years later, how successful how this strategy been?

On January 28, 2015 over 250 people crowded into the Bertha Knight Landes room at City Hall to find out. Peter Steinbrueck and Mikaela Winter of Steinbrueck Urban Strategies presented the results of Seattle Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment Study (SSNAP). SSNAP is a data-driven study that measures results and achievements of the urban village strategy. “As we prepare for the next 20 years,” Steinbrueck explained, “we need to measure the success of the last 20 years.”

Part of the Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Project (SSNAP), Steinbrueck shared what he believes has worked and how we can improve the Comprehensive Plan with the Seattle 2035 update.

More information:  SSNAP PPT Presentation 1.2015

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