Real Estate Development
Key Waterfront District Development Facts
Design standards have been established to carry out the goals and policies of the Waterfront District Master Plan
. The design standards are described in Appendix C
of the plan.
State Environmental Policy Act
(SEPA) environmental review has been performed on the area-wide development plan for the Waterfront District. Proposed projects will be reviewed for consistency with the development conditions and, if consistent, will be considered planned actions that do not need individual SEPA review.
Environmental Protection Standards
To maintain the integrity of cleanup actions, investors will need to comply with environmental protection standards. These standards will vary from parcel to parcel but might include requirements for the proper handling and disposal of soils or the installation of a high-performance building foundation.
The Waterfront District includes large areas of property available for industrial uses that depend upon or relate to the waterfront or are compatible with a marine industrial setting. The district also includes areas reserved for transitional industrial uses. Where infrastructure is not sufficient to service urban-density, mixed-use development, a variety of interim industrial uses will be accommodated, including upland yard space to support marine transportation uses, construction staging, transportation, warehousing, storage, environmental clean-up activities, and alternative energy research or production.
Marine Trades Development
The 52-acre marine trades area is characterized by a working waterfront that supports a new Clean Ocean Marina
. The main focus of development in this area is to accommodate jobs revolving around marine trades, such as fishing, boat building, boat repair, marine haul-out facilities, marine product manufacturing and supplies, and research and development.
Retail & Commercial Development
Retail and commercial development will initially be focused in the 40-acre downtown waterfront area. The character of this area is similar to the commercial portion of the central business district or Fairhaven. A site for a higher-education campus is identified along the southern edge of this area.