Vision 2029 – the halfway mark
| “Whether for a 5-year- old learning from volunteer naturalists about tides and sea stars at Richmond Beach or a 75-year-old learning yoga at the popular Senior Center, Shoreline is a place where people of all ages feel the city is somehow made for them. And, maybe most importantly, the people of Shoreline are committed to making the city even better for the next generation.”
- Shoreline Vision 2029
In the fall of 2008, residents across the city came together to create a twenty-year vision for Shoreline. More than 300 people participated in the process generating over 2,500 individual comments. With our community’s input, City Council adopted Shoreline’s Vision 2029 in May of 2009 and incorporated it into the City’s Comprehensive Plan –the blueprint for Shoreline’s future. We are now at the halfway point of making that vision a reality and we are making great progress.
Shoreline residents envisioned “a thriving, friendly city where people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds love to live, work and play.” In the 2018 Resident Satisfaction Survey, 92% of Shoreline residents rated Shoreline as a good or excellent place to live.
Shoreline residents envisioned a city that would be “a regional and national leader for living sustainably” and “is deeply committed to caring for its seashore, protecting and restoring its streams to bring back salmon, and makes sure its children can enjoy the wonder of nature in their own neighborhoods.” Shoreline is on track to be the first city in Washington state certified as Salmon Safe. It recently joined the Green City Partnership to work with other municipalities in restoring and maintaining our urban forests. Shoreline is also a member of the King County – Cities Climate Collaboration whose members have committed to reducing their sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compared to a 2007 baseline, by 25% by 2020, 50% by 2030, and 80% by 2050.
Residents also envisioned a city that “offers a wide diversity of housing types and choices, meeting the needs of everyone from newcomers to long-term residents.” New developments would set “new standards for sustainable building, energy efficiency, and environmental sensitivity.”
With the adoption of the two light rail station subareas, the City is poised to develop a variety of housing options that will meet the needs of newcomers to our city and residents who have lived here for decades but are ready to downsize. Strong affordable housing requirements within the station areas will also help ensure residents from different socioeconomic levels will be able to find housing in Shoreline. We have also implemented Deep Green building incentives and mandates that require more stringent standards for energy and water use, stormwater runoff, site development, materials, and indoor air quality than required by the City’s current Building Code.