Players (cont’d)

22 10 2009

The development of the Seattle Waterfront is engrained in a deeply political process. There are a number of local organizations, government run and otherwise, that have power in the decision-making process. I seek to define these ‘players’ and how their input will affect the development of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement.


City of Seattle

A diverse group of elected officials, transportation agencies and experts, interest groups, and the public have worked over the last year on a solution for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall along the central waterfront. Six principles guided the evaluation of possible scenarios:

– Improve public safety

– Provide efficient movement of people and goods now and in the future

– Maintain or improve downtown Seattle, regional, the port and state economies

– Enhance Seattle’ waterfront, downtown, and the adjacent neighborhoods as a place for people

– Create solution that are fiscally responsible

– Improve the health of the environment

See full report including scenario options and timelines HERE


Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers (Seattle District) is conducting a feasibility study of the Elliott Bay Seawall. 

The Elliott Bay Seawall provides erosion and storm damage protection for the City of Seattle’s Elliott Bay waterfront.  The seawall protects a highly developed portion of the city that includes major transportation corridors, Port of Seattle facilities, and major utilities serving much of downtown Seattle. The seawall is an aging structure constructed out of wooden platforms, steel sheet piling, concrete and fill.  The seawall has suffered significant damage over the years through a combination of erosion and material decomposition.  Increasing evidence indicates that large portions of the seawall may not be able to withstand any further deterioration or another large earthquake.    

The Washington State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and City of Seattle have included the replacement of the seawall in their plans to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The Corps is partnering with the project already in progress.   


DPD – Department of Planning and Development

Ray Gastil

(Excerpt from this website.)

Ray Gastil become Seattle’ Planning Director in 2008.  Gastil comes to Seattle from New York, where he was most recently Planning Director for Manhattan for the NYC Department of City Planning. Although most of Ray’s professional career has been on the east coast, he has strong ties to Seattle, having grown up here, and has family and friends in the area.

Ray’s planning strengths include urban waterfronts, station areas, and the public realm, areas of particular importance to Seattle today. Some of the planning projects Ray worked on at NYC include West Chelsea/Highline Rezoning, Upper West Side Rezoning, 125th Street Corridor Rezoning, Hudson Yards, East River Waterfront, Lower East Side/East Village Rezoning, Western Rail Yards guidelines, Privately Owned Public Space, and the Manhattanville in West Harlem rezoning associated with Columbia University’s campus plan. A number of these projects regulatory approaches to encouraging affordable housing, arts, and active retail uses.

Coming back to Seattle from New York, I am very fortunate to be moving from one great city to another,” said Ray. “Seattle has a diversity of landscapes, cityscapes, and neighborhoods that make it an inspiring place to live and work. Seattle is well-known for its planning work, including its strong climate change focus, and I am very pleased to become part of the department’s and Mayor Nickels’ team. I look forward to contributing to and expanding Seattle’s ongoing initiatives that work to shape change in a way that integrates the mutual goals of urban design excellence and sustainability.”


People’s Waterfront Coalition

The People’s Waterfront Coalition is a fast-growing association of organizations and individual citizens who want to prevent the construction of a new highway on the shore of Elliott Bay in Downtown Seattle. We don’t need a highway., We can’t afford a megaproject., Elliott Bay needs our help., See what we could have instead of concrete


Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership is a community effort of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses working together to restore and protect Puget Sound.

Despite its size, Puget Sound is ecologically delicate; and while its symptoms of trouble are not easily visible, they are undeniable and getting worse.

The charge given to the Puget Sound Partnership by Governor Gregoire and the
Legislature is to create a real Action Agenda that turns things around and leads to a healthy Puget Sound.

Our Action Agenda will prioritize cleanup and improvement projects, coordinate federal, state, local, tribal and private resources, and make sure that we are all working cooperatively. We will base decisions on science, focus on actions that have the biggest impact, and hold people and organizations accountable for results.

PSP’s goal is to make Puget Sound healthy again, and create a roadmap for how to get it done. If we work together, we can have both a thriving Puget Sound economy and a clean and healthy Puget Sound ecosystem.


People for Puget Sound

People for Puget Sound is a citizens’ group established in 1991 to protect and restore the health of our land and waters through education and action. Our vision is a clean and healthy Sound teeming with fish and wildlife. Our vision is a clean and healthy Sound cared for by people who live here.



In progress…There are many more players/organizations that have put forth effort to make the future of Seattle’s waterfront great. Add a comment below if you believe an organization should be added to this list




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