East Main Transit Oriented District

Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment

The City Council will discuss a proposed comprehensive plan amendment related to the East Main transit-oriented district during two sessions on Tuesday, Jan 22 and Tuesday Feb. 19 , 6 p.m. in City Hall Conference Room 1E-113.

Construction is underway on East Link, a major project which will bring light rail service to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. Located at the southeast end of downtown, the East Main station will provide service from downtown Seattle in about 20 minutes.

The new station — and the easy commute it will enable is expected to result in growth in the area. To guide this development, the City Council in 2016 adopted the East Main Station Area Plan, which was developed by a resident advisory group and staff. The East Main TOD planning effort is designed as the next phase in this effort.


The Planning Commission will consider and recommend policies and regulations for new development surrounding the station. In particular, the commission will consider changes to the zoning map, zoning code, Comprehensive Plan, and land use code. Staff anticipates that Planning Commission will forward its recommendations to City Council in fall 2018.

Progress to Date

This phase of the project launched in early 2018. Please find a list of major project milestones and decision-points below.

Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
11/26/18  ​City Council Study Session Packet
11/7/18 Planning Commission
Public Hearing
9/26/18 Planning Commission
Final review of draft CPA 
9/5/18 Open House Presentation
7/11/18 Planning Commission
Topic: Draft CPA amendments and CAC recommendations
Projects Map
5/16/18 Planning Commission
Topic: How to review a LUCA
3/31/18 Walking Tour of East Main Area  
3/28/18 Planning Commission
Topic: Discussion of characteristics
2/28/18 Planning Commission
Topic: Draft policy direction and placemaking elements
2/14/18 Open House
Topic: East Main TOD Update
2/9/18 Walking Tour
Topic: East Main TOD Update
1/10/18 Planning Commission Topic: Overview of East Main TOD project Packet

This page is not intended as a complete project record. If you have any questions, please contact the Project Lead.

Project Status and Timeline

The East Main Station Area Planning process is currently in the Land Use Code writing stage. We anticipate Council adoption in Fall 2018.

Project Phase Approximate Date
 Scoping Before 2016
 Visioning Before 2016
 Feasibility Studies Before 2016
 Planning Station Area Plan adopted 2016
 Land Use Code Spring - Summer 2018
 Implementation Council Adoption in Fall 2018
 Monitoring & Control Ongoing after Adoption

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Mark HeilmanCommunity Engagement Lead


(425) 452-2735


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