Our Skyway/West Hill Community Plan is the framework for big-picture decisions to grow community and preserve the character of our neighborhoods. This is our piece of King County’s Comprehensive Plan. This is a community-driven process that will result in a doable list of projects to be implemented.
The plan is the roadmap for our community’s future. Skyway Solutions will engage the whole community to build on past visions. We will pool our resources to take advantage of the opportunity to design and improve our community. We are focusing on safety, prosperity, education, transportation, affordable housing, and healthy connected neighborhoods. The Community Plan is a plan for people, not just land use.
How We Got Here
For generations, the intention of Skyway/West Hill’s residents and organizations has been to create a community that is culturally vibrant, intellectually curious, innovative and beautiful. In 1994 our community was stagnating and our air quality was dangerously polluted. But Westhill had a plan — to reinvest in the urban core and address land use issues. By linking land use, transportation, green spaces and people, we aimed our efforts into creating attractive, livable neighborhoods instead of sprawl. Over the past 40 years our community has grown, but it still lacks a vibrant economy. We need to clean our environment and create support for our community to work, live, play and thrive. Today we want to create walkable neighborhoods, a public transit system, a robust connected business district, and access to sustainable food cultures. These are features that communities around the world would want to emulate. We want our residents to have equitable access to opportunities to advance their well-being and achieve their full potential.
The Community Plan addresses some of our community’s most pressing challenges, including income disparities, high unemployment, a low high-school graduation rate, and environmental concerns. Practical, measured and strategic, the plan recognizes that our community — now and in the future — will be a more racially, ethnically and age-diverse community, that various parts of neighborhoods are different, and one size does not fit all.
The Purpose of the Community Plan
The community plan is the official process to formally reach out to all community members and groups to get wide agreement on the most important issues facing the community today and into the future.
The community’s plan provides guidance and rules used by King County to evaluate allowing future land development proposals in Skyway West Hill.
King County will use the community’s plan to help identify and prioritize which local projects should receive support and resources (such as fixing sidewalks, adding lights in the park, participating in grant projects, etc.).
How Is This Community Plan Different?
The Community Plan focuses on a core set of priorities:
- Prosperity, education, health and equity
- Better partnerships will drive change
- Strong civic infrastructure is essential
How We’ll Do It
- Close the gaps
- Engage the community
- Build partnerships
- Launch a racial and ethnic justice initiative for community
- Increase focus on disability equity
- Increase accountability
Our 13 Measures of Success
- Equity and inclusion
- Resident satisfaction
- Educated youth, and community
- Prosperous households
- Growing businesses
- Job growth
- Transit and active transportation
- Reduced carbon emissions
- Complete connected neighborhoods
- Healthier people
- Safer community
- Culture, art, and innovation
- Access to open spaces
- Useable parks
This is the timeline for how the Skyway West Hill Action Plan will be processed for inclusion in the King County Comprehensive Plan.
June 30, 2015: Submit the SWAP document to the county
July 1, 2015 to Nov. 30, 2015: Begin more intensive discussions with the Executive Office and Councilmembers on the needs/projects identified in the SWAP
December 1, 2015 to First Monday in March 2016: Formal public comment processed initiated by the county take place at various times during this period prior to the Council’s vote
December 1, 2015: Executive formally recommends that the Council approve, amend, or deny the SWAP
First Monday in March 2016: Council places the SWAP on an upcoming meeting calendar for deliberation and vote