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Pacific Fishermen Shipyard
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Ballard Maritime
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BalMar
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Ballard Avenue
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Ballard Coffee Works
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Ballard Bridge
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Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth

The Partnership represents more than 50 Ballard business and community leaders who will work this year to accomplish the following tasks:
In 2013, the Chamber was instrumental in creating the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth (Partnership). The Partnership is a multi‐year strategic initiative to encourage investment and build sustainable relationships in Ballard.

The Partnership represents more than 50 Ballard business and community leaders who worked together throughout 2013 to complete the Smart Growth Framework for Central Ballard.

The work continued in 2014 as the Partnership is refining the framework and will complete the Strategic Plan this fall. Click here to see the most recent Action Plan document that was presented during a Joint meeting of all four Working Groups on June 3.

2014 Projects

During 2014, the Partnership will build upon the framework it created last year for building successful relationships that will allow the community, business district, the City of Seattle and other key players to work together for the betterment of Ballard in the years ahead.
The Urban Design and Transportation (UDaT) working group will be working closely with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development to help create an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for Ballard. The end result of this effort will be a UDF plan that identifies urban design and transportation recommendations for streetscape design, land use regulations, design guidelines and transportation that will guide future development and improve access, while ensuring Ballard's people and places can thrive.
The first UDF product is an Existing Conditions Report that documents the area’s existing conditions and trends.
The UDaT working group will also be working closely with the City of Seattle Deparment of Transportation on the Ballard Community Parking Program and working with the Chamber to administer a Ballard Employee Parking Survey. These efforts will provide an opportunity to review the current on-street parking landscape in Ballard's commercial core as well as identify the parking and transportation patterns and needs of Ballard-area employees. More to come soonDuring 2014, the Partnership will build upon the framework it created last year for building successful relationships that will allow the community, business district, the City of Seattle and other key players to work together for the betterment of Ballard in the years ahead.
The Urban Design and Transportation (UDaT) working group will be working closely with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development to help create an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for Ballard. The end result of this effort will be a UDF plan that identifies urban design and transportation recommendations for streetscape design, land use regulations, design guidelines and transportation that will guide future development and improve access, while ensuring Ballard's people and places can thrive.

The first UDF product is an Existing Conditions Report that documents the area’s existing conditions and trends.

The UDaT working group will also be working closely with the City of Seattle Deparment of Transportation on the Ballard Community Parking Program in Ballard's central commercial core and working with the Chamber to administer a Ballard Employee Parking Survey. These efforts will provide an opportunity to review the current on-street parking landscape in Ballard's commercial core as well as identify the parking and transportation patterns and needs of Ballard-area employees. More to come soon.

Documents and Supporting Materials

Draft BPSG Action Plans 6.3.14 - This draft Action Plan is the result of continued work by the four Working Groups in 2014. Development of these four plans will continue and result in a final Strategi Plan for Central Ballard this fall.

Final Smart Growth Framework 10.29.2013 - This Framework Plan is the final work product created and asopted by the Partnership in late 2013.

Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Presentation 7.10.13


Joint Working Group Presentation 6.18.13

Issues and Options Summary 6.18.13

Ballard Land Use Policy Overview Presentation (DPD) 6.11.13

SDOT Parking Presentation 5.21.13

Partnership Timeline and Process Graphic

Partnership Participation Packet

Joint Working Group Meeting Recap 3.19.13

Leadership Group Tour Recap

Partnership Participation Roster

Create a Strategic Plan

In collaboration with Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) and other key city departments, the Partnership will complete its work to identify short‐ and long‐term actions to promote a unique and vital commercial district that will adapt to change over time. These strategies will address critical needs in Ballard as they relate to four key areas:

1. Urban Design and Transportation,

2. Business Retention and Economic Development

3. Marketing and Promotions, and

4. Clean/Healthy/Safe.

The strategic plan will identify strategies to enhance the Ballard Commercial Core. Strategies will include recommendations around marketing, public safety, appearance, parking, organizational development, transportation infrastructure, land use and retail development, and other topics. The strategic plan will be crafted and reviewed through the Ballard Partnership process and will include input from the 4 Working Groups, the Leadership Group and others. The plan report will be completed in late 2014.