Light Rail Station Subarea Planning


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As of December 2014
Phase: Subarea Planning

Light rail service is coming to Shoreline and anticipated to begin in 2023. Sound Transit's preliminary design calls for two Shoreline light rail stations on the east side of I-5 at 145th Street and 185th Street.

Changes in the neighborhoods near the light rail stations will take place over decades; however, the City is facilitating subarea planning processes for each station over the next year to determine much about the potential look and feel of the areas. This will include changing zoning and development regulations in some areas. Check below to learn more about decision points and opportunities for input. Information about the process to date is included on pages dedicated to each station subarea (click the links below).

185th Street Station

Visit the 185th Street Station page 

Review the Final Environmental Impact Statement 

The City's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the 185th Street Station Subarea was released in June, and examined potential impacts of three different zoning scenarios on systems like transportation, utilities, and schools, and what improvements would need to be made to accommodate future growth and redevelopment. Following a 30 day public comment period and public hearing, the Planning Commission developed a recommendation to Council for a Preferred Alternative zoning scenario to be further analyzed in the Final EIS. On August 25, Council chose to analyze potential zoning according to this map. On October 2, the Planning Commission discussed boundaries of a potential Phase I for zoning (as opposed to rezoning the entire subarea at once). Potential phased zoning boundaries are included on this map.

Consultants performed additional analysis in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).  The FEIS is available to review along with a Review Guide that summarizes potential impacts and mitigations for each zoning scenario analyzed.  The Subarea Plan and Planned Action Ordinance will also be published in early December, and the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the full 185th Street Station Subarea Plan package, including zoning and development regulations, on January 15, 2015. On February 9 2015, the Council will discuss the entire subarea plan package and possibly make revisions.  Potential adoption could happen on February 23 or at a subsequent meeting, which will change zoning and regulations.

Printable version of the 185th Street Subarea Plan draft timeline.

Visit the Draft EIS page to review what was analyzed and public comment submitted.

Review the materials created through the Design Workshop process.

145th Street Station

Visit the 145th Street Station page 

A station at 145th Street was chosen as the Preferred Alternative of the Sound Transit Board in November of 2013, and the City began subarea planning for this station in 2014. The first series of Design Workshops was held in June and the community brainstormed ideas and design concepts for their neighborhoods. The second series were held in October, with a community meeting on the 9th, where computer models and potential zoning scenarios illustrated how ideas expressed in June could translate into possibilities for the future.

To provide comments at this stage of the process, fill out an online comment form

Printable version of the 145th Street Subarea Plan draft timeline.

Review the materials created through the Design Workshop process.

Coming Up

City Council Meeting - Discussion of Zoning Alternatives to be analyzed in the 145th DEIS
November 10, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Hall - Council Chamber

More Information: Council Packet (posted here when available)

Planning Commission Meetings - 185th Street Station Subarea Planning

All Meetings:
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Hall - Council Chamber

  • December 4 - Subarea Plan and Planned Action
  • December 18 - Outstanding Issues for Subarea Plan and Planned Action
  • January 15 - Public Hearing on Development Regulations and Zoning for Subarea

More Information: Link to Planning Commission Meeting Packets (click on link next to meeting date to access all available meeting documents. Documents normally posted one week in advance of meetings)


185th Station Citizen's Committee Meetings
First Monday of each month
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
City Hall Room 301

More information: Facebook page or


145th Station Citizen's Committee Meetings
4th Thursday of each month*
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
City Hall Room 301

*Regular November and December Meetings Cancelled due to holidays - Stay tuned for new location for expanded January 22 145SCC meeting to discuss Draft Environmental Impact Statement and how to comment.

More information:


New event!- Panel discussion for Homeowners in the 185th and 145th Light Rail Station Subareas: Taxes & Real Estate
Thursday, December 11
7:00-8:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers


About Light Rail Station Subarea Planning 

The proposed Light Rail Station Areas provide an opportunity for redevelopment that is transit supportive and provides residents with a greater variety of services and amenities than currently exist. These goals are supported by the citizen visioning work that culminated in Vision 2029, and are included in the Transportation Master Plan and the Comprehensive Plan

While light rail service is not scheduled to begin until 2023, the City's planning process for the area formally began in 2013. This process will determine much about the look and feel of the areas surrounding proposed stations.  This will include adoption of subarea plans that focus on land use and mobility within roughly a half-mile radius from future stations. To see specific boundaries and learn about how they were determined, click here.  Adoption of subarea plans will include changes to zoning and development regulations in certain areas. However, pace and intensity of change will be determined by market forces and homeowner decision-making over decades.

Before amending zoning or regulations, the City must study many factors, and there will be ample opportunity for community and stakeholder input. 


Learn more

All materials and summaries of public meetings 

Frequently Asked Questions

Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link Extension project page 

Near Term Timeline, 185th St. Station Subarea

Long Term Timeline, I45th St. Station Subarea

Light Rail Station Study Area Boundaries

Partner Organizations and their roles


If you would like to communicate with the City of Shoreline or review a document in another language, please send your request along with your contact information to the email address below or call (206) 801-2700.

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