Land Use

The Land Use Committee grew out of the Vision Plan and the realization that Wedgwood needed an advocate to ensure that the community’s shared values described within the Vision Plan was carried out. In 2012, the Land Use Committee temporarily spunoff from the WCC to form a citizen-led planning committee – 35th Ave Committee – which included residents from Ravenna, Bryant, View Ridge, Meadowbrook, and Hawthorne Hills.  The 35th Ave Committee led a pro-active neighborhood plan for the 35th Ave NE business district, culminating in the Future 35th Ave NE Plan which has been endorsed by the WCC and Ravenna-Bryant Community Association.  This unique neighborhood plan includes streetscape design guidelines (street concept plan), supplemental design guidelines, and zoning recommendations for the 35th Ave NE business district.
Big new buildings along 35th Ave NE

Townhomes built along 35th Ave NE

At the request of the 35th Ave Committee, the Seattle Department of Planning & Development began a Legislative Rezone of 35th Ave NE in 2015/2016.  This legislative rezone was ultimately shelved as the city evaluated a citywide rezone, which ultimately passed in 2019.  The rezone of properties along 35th Ave NE, which occurred as part of the citywide rezone in 2019, was based on the community’s recommendations described within the Future 35th Ave NE Plan.

It was a packed house for discussion on commercial zoning at the meeting on June 24, 2015.

It was a packed house for discussion on commercial zoning at the meeting on June 24, 2015.

The WCC’s Land Use Committee remains an active group proactively engaging with property owners and encouraging developers to engage with us early to improve predictability in proposed project.

We strongly encourage future developers, designers, and architects to refer to the Future 35th Ave NE Plan and comply with the streetscape guidelines and supplemental design guidelines to the greatest extent practical when developing a redevelopment project proposal along 35th Ave NE.

If you have Wedgwood land use information or tips, please email » us.  We seek interested persons to continue interacting with the community for the desired land use goals.