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Benson Hill Community Final Adopted PlanAdopted by Renton City Council October 14, 2013 Prepared by: MAKERS architecture and urban design BensOn Hill COmmunity PlAn City of Renton Thank you! Mayor Denis Law City Council Randy Corman, President Don Persson, President Pro-tem Terri Briere Marcie Palmer Ed Prince Greg Taylor Rich Zwicker Chief Administrative Officer Jay Covington Planning Commission Michael Drollinger, Chair Martin Regge, Vice Chair Kevin Poole, Secretary Michael Chen David Fleetwood Gwendolyn High Roxanna Johnson Michael O’Halloran Nancy Osborn Parks Commission Larry Reymann, Chair Al Dieckman, Past Chair Cynthia Burns Michael O’Donin Tim Searing Troy Wigestrand Marlene Winter Benson Hill Steering Committee Todd Anderson Micah Daniel Chad Dompier Ann Houser Yvonne Jenkins Pam Pollock Volodymyr Pyatokha Dean Zinck Community Stakeholders MB Anderson and Associates, Cascade Village Shopping Center Cascade Neighborhood Association Chinquapin Neighborhood Association Falcon Ridge Homeowners Association Huntington Heights Condo Association Ponderosa Estates Renton Park Neighborhood Association Rolling Hills Village Homes Association Shadow Hawk Homeowners Association Tiffany Park Neighborhood Association Victoria Park Homeowners Association Woodbury Lane Homeowners Association The many community members who participated in meetings, sent in comments, took online surveys, and otherwise added to the making of this Plan. Community and Economic Development Chip Vincent, Administrator Cliff Long, Economic Development Director Erika Conkling, AICP, Senior Planner Community Services Terry Higashiyama, Administrator Leslie Betlach, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Director Kelly Beymer, Parks and Golf Course Director Tim Williams, Recreation Director Kristine Stimpson, Recreation Manager Karen Bergsvik, Human Services Manager Bonnie Rerecich, Neighborhood Resource and Events Manager Todd Black, Capital Project Coordinator Norma McQuiller, Neighborhood Program Coordinator Wendy Kirchner, Neighborhood Program Assistant Police Kevin Milosevich, Chief Cindy Parks, Community Program Coordinator Terri Vickers, Community Program Coordinator Public Works Gregg Zimmerman, Administrator Jim Seitz, Transportation Planning and Program Supervisor Consultants John Owen, MAKERS architecture and urban design Rachel Miller, MAKERS architecture and urban design Rob Larsen, Norman Partners Benson Hill Community Plan i Table of Contents Table of Contents 1. Introduction 1 Purpose 1 Current Conditions 2 2. Public Engagement 19 Phase 1 Input 19 Phase 2 Input 27 Phase 3 Input 34 3. Vision 37 Benson Hill Goals 39 4. Plan Elements 41 Community and Economic Development 41 Multi-modal Transportation 48 Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas 58 Strong, Livable, and Safe Community 61 5. Action Strategy 67 Implementation Table 67 Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board 71 Conclusion 72 6. Appendices (Digital files on attached CD) A. Demographics B. Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas Plan Benson Excerpts C. Walkability Audit Results: Next Steps Memo D. Community Engagement Materials: Full survey, workshop, and online interactive map results, and meeting presentations and flyers E. Existing Conditions Maps City of Renton ii Benson Hill Community Plan 1 1.Introduction Purpose The Benson Hill Community Plan guides the direction of future growth and change in Benson Hill. The City of Renton and many Benson Hill residents, businesses, and community stakeholders partnered to create this Plan. Their collaborative effort strengthened connections between neighborhoods and the City, prioritized City investments in services and infrastructure, and supplied a vision for Benson Hill vetted by participants. As Benson Hill develops and conditions change, this Plan provides a means for the City and community to address emerging issues and gives power to Benson Hill residents and businesses in shaping their community’s future. Reflecting participants’ priorities for Benson Hill, this plan recommends strategies to: • Create a focus in the heart of Benson Hill to foster community gathering and keep commercial destinations close to home, • Connect the neighborhoods with sidewalks, trails, bike routes, and transit access, and especially enhance the walking and biking environment on 116th Avenue SE, • Enrich the community with many small-scale improvements to parks, recreational opportunities, police-resident relationships, human services, neighborhood clean-up, and development regulations that encourage safe and quality buildings and landscapes, and • Coalesce the neighborhoods through a Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board to advocate for equitable treatment of Benson Hill as a whole and among its diverse neighborhoods. Chapter 3: Vision describes these in further detail, and Chapter 4: Plan Elements offers specific steps to achieving the vision. SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st StI-405 Fwy116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGESHOPPING CENTER BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯ Planning Process and Timeframe Steps to creating this plan include: 1. Engage community members to understand values and visions, and study specific issues, such as economic development (completed). 2. Draft a plan that reflects the community’s goals (completed). 3. Refine the plan and incorporate comments through an iterative process (ongoing). 4. City Council adopts the plan, and it becomes guiding policy for decision-making (expected 2013). 5. Update Zoning Map, Land Use Regulations, and Capital Improvements Plan to reflect community priorities and spur implementation of plan (expected 2014-15). Throughout the process, there were opportunities to come to events and participate online to provide visions for the area and feedback on draft materials (see Chapter 2: Public Engagement). City of Renton 2 Chapter 1 Current Conditions Land Use The Benson Hill Community Plan area is over 4 square miles on the south side of Renton. Much of the area was annexed in 2007. Benson Hill’s 2,960 acres of land is predominately residential with two major commercial centers. Commercial Centers Two major commercial centers serve Benson Hill. Benson Plaza (74 acres) at the southwest boundary houses a Fred Meyer and other region-serving commercial establishments (Figure 1-1). Cascade Village (26 acres), in the center of Benson Hill, is an older strip mall style development with local businesses such as restaurants, ethnic groceries, and a dollar store (Figure 1-2). Notably, Benson Plaza and Cascade Village are the only large areas zoned for commercial uses. They are zoned Commercial Arterial, along with a stretch of parcels in the northwest corner of the study area on Benson Road S and S Puget Drive. Two small Commercial Neighborhood zones exist at 108th Ave SE/SE 31st Street and southwest of the study area at SE 192nd Street/108th Avenue SE. With so few commercial centers, many residents do not live within walking distance of commercial services and amenities. Neighborhoods Twelve recognized Neighborhood Associations exist in Benson Hill: Renton Hill (partial), Victoria Park (partial), Rolling Hills, Falcon Ridge, Shadow Hawk, Tiffany Park, Ponderosa Estates, Cascade, Renton Park, Huntington Heights, Woodbury Lane, and Chinquapin (Figure 1-3). Cascade covers the largest area and is central to the planning area. Almost half of Benson Hill homes are located in neighborhoods without City-recognized neighborhood associations. Most of the area south of Petrovitsky Road is not currently organized into a Neighborhood Association. Neighborhoods north of Petrovitsky Road are better represented by Neighborhood Associations. The recently annexed areas are relatively new to Renton’s neighborhood program while others have longstanding relationships with Renton. Figure 1-1. Fred Meyer, fast food and automobile services, and fire station in Benson Plaza area Figure 1-2. Retail, restaurants, and large surface parking at Cascade Village Benson Hill Community Plan 3 Introduction Renton Park Woodbury Lane Falcon Ridge Tiffany Park Shadow Hawk Ponderosa Estates Steeple Chase Hills Chinquapin Ridge Vantage Glen Huntington Heights Cascade Rolling Hills City of Renton ´ City of Renton Neighborhood Program This map is intended for City display purposes only. This document is a graphic representation, not guaranteed to survey accuracy, and is based on the best information available as of the date shown. Produced by IT-GIS on 06/13/2013 Designated Neighborhoods in the Benson Hill Area 0 0.25 0.50.125 Miles Renton Park Woodbury Lane Falcon Ridge Tiffany Park Shadow Hawk Ponderosa Estates Steeple Chase Hills Chinquapin Ridge Vantage Glen Huntington Heights Cascade Rolling Hills City of Renton ´ City of Renton Neighborhood Program This map is intended for City display purposes only. This document is a graphic representation, not guaranteed to survey accuracy, and is based on the best information available as of the date shown. Produced by IT-GIS on 06/13/2013 Designated Neighborhoods in the Benson Hill Area 0 0.25 0.50.125 Miles Renton Park Woodbury Lane Falcon Ridge Tiffany Park Shadow Hawk Ponderosa Estates Steeple Chase Hills Chinquapin Ridge Vantage Glen Huntington Heights Cascade Rolling Hills City of Renton ´ City of Renton Neighborhood Program This map is intended for City display purposes only. This document is a graphic representation, not guaranteed to survey accuracy, and is based on the best information available as of the date shown. Produced by IT-GIS on 06/13/2013 Designated Neighborhoods in the Benson Hill Area 0 0.25 0.50.125 Miles Figure 1-3. City-recognized neighborhood associations City of Renton 4 Chapter 1 Parks and Recreation Tiffany Park, Cascade Park, Renton Park, and Phillip Arnold Park provide walking trails, children’s play areas, and recreational opportunities to residents of the Benson Hill. Phillip Arnold Park is just north of the planning area, but is accessible to Benson residents via an unpaved right-of-way owned by Seattle Public Utilities. The Cedar River Natural Area defines the northern boundary of the area (although it is not directly accessible from Benson Hill). To the east, the Soos Creek Corridor and Boulevard Lane Park offer large natural areas. Several major utility corridors cross the area, providing informal trails, recreation links, and views (Figure 1-5). BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Cascade Village Shopping Center Benson PlazaShoppingCenter Nelsen Middle School Lindbergh High School Cascade Elementary School Renton Park Elementary School Benson Hill Elementary School Tiffany Park Elementary School Spring Glen School ,§-405 SE 192nd StSE 192nd St116th Ave SE116th Ave SEBenson Rd SBenson Rd SSE Petrovitsky RdSE Petrovitsky Rd 108th Ave SE108th Ave SESSEE CCaarrrr RRddPuget Dr SEPuget Dr SESE 164th StSE 164th StTalbot Rd STalbot Rd SMaple Valley Hwy Maple Valley Hwy Benson Dr SBenson Dr SS Puget DrS Puget Dr SE 176th StSE 176th StSS GGrraaddyy WWaayy124th Ave SE124th Ave SEEdmonds Ave SEEdmonds Ave SEBenson Dr SEBenson Dr SES E 1 6 4 t h P lSE 1 6 4 t h P l SE 164th StSE 164th St 108th Ave SE108th Ave SEK e n tKent T515 T515 T515 Cedar River Cedar River Natural Area Soos Creek Park and Trail Renton Park Maplewood Golf Course Cascade Park Edlund Park Phillip Arnold Park Tiffany Park� Thomas Teasdale Park Narco & Cedar River Dog Park Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div#3 1:15,000 File Name: \\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_planning_initiative\mxds\ benson_planning_area\benson_planning_area_11x17_Feb2012.mxd ´ 0 1,500750Feet Benson Lake Washington Lake Youngs R E NTO NRENTON Ke ntKentTukwi l aTuk wil aSe a t t l eSeat t l eNewcastleNewcastle Be lle v ueBellevueMercer Isl an dMercer I s l and Date: 2/9/2012 Benson Community Planning Area City Limits PAA Boundary 3 School Site Shopping Centers Parks BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA 3 3 333 33 3 33 3 3 3 33333333 Cascade Village Shopping Center Benson PlazaShoppingCenter Nelsen Middle School Lindbergh High School Cascade Elementary School Renton Park Elementary School Benson Hill Elementary School Tiffany Park Elementary SchoolSpring Glen School,§-405 SE 192nd StSE 192n d St116th Ave SE116th Ave SEBenson Rd SBenson Rd SS E P et ro v i t sk y R dSE P et ro v i ts k y R d 108th Ave SE108th Ave SESSEE CCaarrrr RRddPuget Dr SEPuget Dr SESE 164th StSE 164th StTalbot Rd STalbot Rd SMaple Valley HwyMaple Valley HwyBenson Dr SBenson Dr SS Puget DrS Puget Dr SE 176th StSE 176th StSS GGrraaddyy WWaayy124th Ave SE124th Ave SEEdmonds Ave SEEdmonds Ave SEBenson Dr SEBenson Dr SES E 1 6 4 t h P lSE 1 6 4 t h P l SE 164th StSE 164th St 108th Ave SE108th Ave SEK e n tKent T515 T515 T515 Cedar RiverCedar River Natural Area Soos Creek Park and Trail Renton Park Maplewood Golf CourseCascade Park Edlund Park Phillip Arnold Park Tiffany Par k�Thomas Teasdale ParkNarco & Cedar River Dog Park Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div#3 1:15,000 File Name: \\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_planning_initiative\mxds\ benson_planning_area\benson_planning_area_11x17_Feb2012.mxd ´ 0 1,500750Feet Benson Lake Washington L ak e Y o u n g s R E N T O NRENTON K e n tKentTukwi l aTukwi l aSeat t l eSeat t l eN e w c a s t l eNewcastle B e l l e v u eBellevue M e r c e r I s l a n dMercer I s l a n d Date: 2/9/2012 Benson Community Planning Area City Limits PAA Boundary 3 School Site Shopping Centers Parks BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA 3 3 333 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Cascade Village Shopping Center Benson PlazaShoppingCenter Nelsen Middle School Lindbergh High School Cascade Elementary School Renton Park Elementary School Benson Hill Elementary School Tiffany Park Elementary School Spring Glen School ,§-405 SE 192nd StSE 192nd St116th Ave SE116th Ave SEBenson Rd SBenson Rd SSE Petrovitsky RdSE Petrovitsky Rd 108th Ave SE108th Ave SESSEE CCaarrrr RRddPuget Dr SEPuget Dr SESE 164th StSE 164th StTalbot Rd STalbot Rd SMaple Valley Hwy Maple Valley Hwy Benson Dr SBenson Dr SS Puget DrS Puget Dr SE 176th StSE 176th StSS GGrraaddyy WWaayy124th Ave SE124th Ave SEEdmonds Ave SEEdmonds Ave SEBenson Dr SEBenson Dr SES E 1 6 4 t h P lSE 1 6 4 t h P l SE 164th StSE 164th St 108th Ave SE108th Ave SEK e n tKent T515 T515 T515 Cedar River Cedar River Natural Area Soos Creek Park and Trail Renton Park Maplewood Golf Course Cascade Park Edlund Park Phillip Arnold Park Tiffany Park� Thomas Teasdale Park Narco & Cedar River Dog Park Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div#3 1:15,000 File Name: \\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_planning_initiative\mxds\benson_planning_area\benson_planning_area_11x17_Feb2012.mxd ´ 0 1,500750Feet Benson Lake Washington Lake Y oungs REN T ONRENTON K en tKentTukwi l aTukwi l aSeat t l eSea t t l e NewcastleNewcastle Bell evu eBellevueMercer I s l an dMercer Is la nd Date: 2/9/2012 Benson Community Planning Area City Limits PAA Boundary 3 School Site Shopping Centers Parks Figure 1-4. Parks and schools in the Benson Hill planning area §¨¦405 RE N T O N A V E S LIND AVE SW116TH AVE SEFOREST DR SE UNION AVE NEBENSON RD SDUVALL AVE NESW 7 TH STSEWARD PARK AVE SANDOVER PARK ENEWCASTLE W AYWILSON AVE SN 8TH ST 164TH AVE SES 180TH ST SW 27TH ST 154TH PL SESTRANDER BLVD GARDEN AVE NANDOVER PARK WS BAN GOR ST E VALLEY HWYSE MAY VALLEY RD SE 192 ND ST 156TH AVE SENE 10T H ST RENTO N AVE S N 30 TH ST MONROE AVE NE116TH AVE SEGARDEN AVE NSR 515SE PETROVITSKY RD SE 128TH ST 140TH AVE SEOAKESDALE AVE SWS 196TH ST S W G R A D Y W A Y N E 3 R D S T SW 43RD ST RAINIER AVE N NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB RD 140TH WAY SE SE 176TH ST N 6 TH ST RAINIER AVE SSR 515§¨¦405 UV900 UV169 UV167 UV900 §¨¦5 K E N T T U K W I L A M E R C E R I S L A N D N E W C A S T L E Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Cedar River Trail Park NARCO Property Ron Regis Park Cedar River Park Liberty Park Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Senior Activity Center Property Cascade Park Maplewood Roadside Park Kiwanis Park Edlund Property Philip Arnold Park Cleveland/ Richardson Property May Creek/ McAskill Tiffany Park Thomas Teasdale Park Heritage Park Windsor Hills Park Panther Creek 4A Parcel Kennydale Lions Park Earlington Park Jones Park Maplewood Park North Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Burnett Linear Sunset Court Park Glencoe Park Talbot Hill Reservoir Park Kennydale Beach Park Renton Wetlands Cedar River Natural Area May Creek Greenway Honey Creek Greenway Black River Riparian Forest Panther Creek Wetlands Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div #3 Park Maplewood Golf Course Sit InPark Piazza &Gateway Tonkin ParkVeteransMemorial Park Lake Youngs LAKE YOUNGS WATERSHED MCGARVEY PARK OPEN SPACE COUGAR MOUNTAIN REGIONAL WILDLAND PARK PETROVITSKY PARK FOSTER GOLF COURSE SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL FORT DENT COUNTY PARK LAKERIDGE PARK SKYWAY PARK RENTONPARK MAY CREEK GREENWAY MAY VALLEY COUNTY PARK CAVANAUGH POND NATURAL AREA LAKE BOREN PARK COALFIELD PARK MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS PARK MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY PARK SIERRA PARK FUTURE SW ATHLETIC COMPLEX LAKE YOUNGS COUNTY PARK CEDAR RIVER NATURAL AREA METRO WATERWORKPARK DNR PROPERTY LAKE YOUNGS TRAIL HEAD MAPLEWOODNEIGHBORHOOD PARK BRYN MAWR CEDAR RIVER TO LAKE SAMMAMISH TRAIL SITE GREEN RIVER TRAIL FORT DENT Springbrook Trail Cedar River Trail SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL Panther Lake Lake Washington Lake Boren B la c k R i v e r Cedar Rive r Honey Cre ekM a y C ree k Lake Street Open Space Riverview Park Comm. Garden SE 186th Place Properties May Creek Trail Native Trail Data Sources: City of Renton, GIS and King County GIS NAD83 HARN State Plane Washington North FIPS 4601 ² M a p 3 b : L o c a l Pa r k A c c e s s b y H i g h D e n s i t y Z o n i n g 0 0.5 10.25 Miles 5.6.2011 Local Trail Regional Trail Pedestrian Roadway Barrier Neighborhood Park Community Park All Other Parks P e d e s t r i a n S e r v i c e A r e a 1/2 mile 1/4 mile Community Parkkj kj Neighborhood Park G e n e r a l Z o n e High Density Residential Commercial: Urban Center - North 1, Urban Center - North 2, Center Village, Commercial/Office/Retail, Commercial Arterial, Center Downtown Undeveloped Other Jurisdiction Park Land Renton City Limits River/Creek Local Street Freeway Principal Arterial Major Road Water Body Potential Annexation Area §¨¦405 R E N T O N A V E S LIND AVE SW116TH AVE SEFOREST DR SE UNION AVE NEBENSON RD SDUVALL AVE NESW 7 TH S TSEWARD PARK AVE SANDOVER PARK ENEW CAS TLE W AYWILSON AVE SN 8 TH S T 164TH AVE SES 18 0 TH S T SW 2 7 TH S T 154TH PL SESTRA NDE R BLVD GARDEN AVE NANDOVER PARK WS BA N G O R S T E VALLEY HWYSE MAY VALLEY RD S E 1 9 2 N D S T 156TH AVE SEN E 1 0 T H S T RENTO N AVE S N 3 0 T H ST MONROE AVE NE116TH AVE SEGARDEN AVE NSR 515SE PETROVITSKY RD SE 128TH ST 140TH AVE SEOAKESDALE AVE SWS 196 T H S T S W G R A D Y W A Y N E 3 R D S T SW 4 3 R D ST RAINIER AVE N NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB RD 140TH WAY SE SE 1 76 TH ST N 6 TH ST RAINIER AVE SSR 515§¨¦405 UV900 UV169 UV167 UV900 §¨¦5 K E N T T U K W I L A M E R C E R I S L A N D N E W C A S T L E Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Cedar River Trail Park NARCO Property Ron Regis Park Cedar River Park Liberty Park Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Senior Activity Center Property Cascade Park Maplewood Roadside Park Kiwanis Park Edlund Property Philip Arnold Park Cleveland/ Richardson Property May Creek/ McAskill Tiffany Park Thomas Teasdale Park Heritage Park Windsor Hills Park Panther Creek 4A Parc el Kennydale Lions Park Earlington Park Jones Park Maplewood Park North Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Burnett Linear Sunset Court Park Glencoe Park Talbot Hill Reservoir Park KennydaleBeach Park Renton Wetlands Cedar River Natural Area May CreekGreenway Honey Creek Greenway Black River Riparian Forest Panther Creek Wetlands Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div #3 Park Maplewood Golf Course Sit InPark Piazza & Gateway Tonkin ParkVeterans Memorial Park Lake Youngs LAKE YOUNGS WATERSHED MCGARVEY PARK OPEN SPACE COUGAR MOUNTAINREGIONAL WILDLAND PARK PETROVITSKY PARK FOSTER GOLF COURSE SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL FO RT DENT COUNTY PARK LAKERIDGE PARK SKY WAY PARK RENTON PARK MAY CREEK GREENWAY MAY VALLEY COUNTY PARK CAVANAUGH POND NATURAL AREA LAKEBORENPARK COALFIELD PARK MAPLEWOOD HEIGH TS PARK MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY PARK SIERRA PARK FUTURE SWATHLETIC COMPLEX LAKE YOUNGS COUNTY PARK CEDAR RIVER NATURAL AREA METRO WATERWORK PARK DNR PROPERTY LAKE YOUNGS TRAIL HEAD MAPLEWO OD NEIG HBORHOOD PARK BRYN MAWR CEDAR RIVER TO LAKE SAMMAMISH TRAIL SITE GREEN RIVER TRAIL FO RT DENT Springbrook Trail Cedar River Trail SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL Panther Lake LakeWashington LakeBoren B la c k R i v e r Cedar Rive r Honey Cre ekM a y C ree k Lake Street Open Space Riverview Park Comm. Garden SE 186th Place Properties May Creek Trail Native Trail Data Sources: City of Renton, GIS and King County GIS NAD83 HARN State Plane Washington North FIPS 4601 ² M a p 3 b : L o c a l P a r k A c c e s s b y H i g h D e n s i t y Z o n i n g 0 0.5 10.25 Miles 5.6.2011 Local Trail Regional Trail Pedestrian Roadway Barrier Neighborhood Park Community Park All Other Parks P e d e s t r i a n S e r v i c e A r e a 1/2 mile 1/4 mile Community Parkkj kj Neighborhood Park G e n e r a l Z o n e High Density Residential Commercial: Urban Center - North 1, Urban Center - North 2, Center Village, Commercial/Office/Retail, Commercial Arterial, Center Downtown Undeveloped Other Jurisdiction Park Land Renton City Limits River/Creek Local Street Freeway Principal Arterial Majo r Road Water Body Potential Annexation Area Figure 1-5. Utility corridors weave through Benson Hill Figure 1-6. Local park access by high density zoning (Renton Parks Plan). Note the lack of parks serving the high density zones in central Benson Hill. Benson Hill Community Plan 5 Introduction While, it would seem that this wide collection of parks and natural areas provide many opportunities for the community, parts of Benson Hill are currently underserved (see Figures 1-6 and 1-7). Central and south Benson Hill are particularly devoid of local parks and recreation assets. The long term Parks Plan identifies the need for a large recreational park to serve Benson Hill, especially the area south of Petrovitsky Road. See the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan—Benson in Appendix B for full details on parks planning for Benson Hill. §¨¦405 RE N T O N A V E S LIND AVE SW116TH AVE SEFOREST DR SE UNION AVE NEBENSON RD SDUVALL AVE NESW 7TH S TSEWARD PARK AVE SANDOVER PARK ENEWCASTLE WAYWILSON AVE SN 8TH ST 164TH AVE SES 180TH ST SW 2 7 TH ST 154TH PL SESTRA NDER BLVD GARDEN AVE NANDOVER PARK WS BANG O R ST E VALLEY HWYSE MAY VALLEY RD SE 19 2 ND ST 156TH AVE SENE 1 0T H ST RENTO N AVE S N 30TH ST MONROE AVE NE116TH AVE SEGARDEN AVE NSR 515SE PETROVITSKY RD SE 128TH ST 140TH AVE SEOAKESDALE AVE SWS 19 6TH S T S W G R A D Y W A Y N E 3 R D S T SW 4 3RD ST RAINIER AVE N NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB RD 140TH WAY SE SE 176TH ST N 6 TH ST RAINIER AVE SSR 515§¨¦405 UV900 UV169 UV167 UV900 §¨¦5 K E N T T U K W I L A M E R C E R I S L A N D N E W C A S T L E Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Cedar River Trail Park NARCO Property Ron Regis Park Cedar River Park Liberty Park Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Senior Activity Center Property Cascade Park Maplewood Roadside Park Kiwanis Park Edlund Property Philip Arnold Park Cleveland/ Richardson Property May Creek/ McAskill Tiffany Park Thomas Teasdale Park Heritage Park Windsor Hills Park Panther Creek 4A Parcel Kennydale Lions Park Earlington Park Jones Park Maplewood Park North Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Burnett Linear Sunset Court Park Glencoe Park Talbot Hill Reservoir Park Kennydale Beach Park Renton Wetlands Cedar River Natural Area May Creek Greenway Honey Creek Greenway Black River Riparian Forest Panther Creek Wetlands Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div #3 Park Maplewood Golf Course Sit InPark Piazza &Gateway Tonkin ParkVeteransMemorial Park Lake Youngs LAKE YOUNGS WATERSHED MCGARVEY PARK OPEN SPACE COUGAR MOUNTAIN REGIONAL WILDLAND PARK PETROVITSKY PARK FOSTERGOLF COURSE SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL FORT DENT COUNTY PARK LAKERIDGEPARK SKYWAYPARK RENTON PARK MAY CREEK GREENWAY MAY VALLEY COUNTY PARK CAVANAUGH POND NATURAL AREA LAKEBOREN PARK COALFIELD PARK MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS PARK MAPLEWOODCOMMUNITY PARK SIERRA PARK FUTURE SW ATHLETIC COMPLEX LAKE YOUNGS COUNTY PARK CEDAR RIVER NATURAL AREA METRO WATERWORK PARK DNR PROPERTY LAKE YOUNGS TRAIL HEAD MAPLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK BRYN MAWR CEDAR RIVER TO LAKE SAMMAMISH TRAIL SITE GREEN RIVER TRAIL FORT DENT Springbrook Trail Cedar River Trail SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL Panther Lake Lake Washington Lake Boren B la c k R i v e r Cedar Rive r Honey Cre ekM a y C ree k Lake Street Open Space Riverview Park Comm. Garden SE 186th Place Properties May Creek Trail Native Trail Data Sources: City of Renton, GIS and King County GIS NAD83 HARN State Plane Washington North FIPS 4601 ² M a p 7 : I n d o o r P r o g r a m m a b l e S p a c e A c c e s s 0 0.5 10.25 Miles 5.6.2011 Local Trail Regional Trail Undeveloped Neighborhood Park Undeveloped Special Use Undeveloped Community Park PedestrianRoadway Barrier A u t o m o b i l e S e r v i c e A r e a 1/4 mile 1/2 mile 1 mile Community Scale Programmable Spacekj 2 mile P e d e s t r i a n S e r v i c e A r e a Neighborhood Scale Programmable Spacekj 1/2 mile 1/4 mile Neighborhood Park Community Park Special Use Park Renton Property Natural Area Corridor Regional Park !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! Undeveloped Other Jurisdiction Park Land Renton City Limits River/Creek Local Street Freeway Principal Arterial Major Road Water Body Potential Annexation Area Other Jurisdiction Park Land §¨¦405 RENTO N A V E S LIND AVE SW116TH AVE SEFOREST DR SE UNION AVE NEBENSON RD SDUVALL AVE NESW 7 TH S TSEWARD PARK AVE SANDOVER PARK ENEW CASTLE W AYWILSON AVE SN 8 TH S T 164TH AVE SES 180TH ST S W 2 7 TH S T 154TH PL SESTRANDER BLVD GARDEN AVE NANDOVER PARK WS BANGOR ST E VALLEY HWYSE MAY VALLEY RD SE 1 9 2 N D S T 156TH AVE SENE 1 0 T H S T RENTO N AVE S N 3 0 TH ST MONROE AVE NE116TH AVE SEGARDEN AVE NSR 515SE PETROVITSKY RD SE 128 TH ST 140TH AVE SEOAKESDALE AVE SWS 196TH ST S W G R A D Y W A Y N E 3 R D S T SW 43 RD ST RAINIER AVE N NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB RD 140TH WAY SE SE 1 7 6 TH ST N 6 TH ST RAINIER AVE SSR 515§¨¦405 UV900 UV169 UV167 UV900 §¨¦5 KE N T TUKWILA M E R C E R I S L A N D N E W C A S T L E Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Cedar River Trail Park NARCO Property Ron Regis Park Cedar River Park Liberty Park Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Senior Activity Center Property Cascade Park Maplewood Roadside Park Kiwanis Park Edlund Property Philip Arnold Park Cleveland/ Richardson Property May Creek/McAskill Tiffany Park Thomas Teasdale Park Heritage Park Windsor Hills Park Panther Creek 4A Parcel Kennydale Lions Park Earlington Park Jones Park Maplewood Park North Highlands Park & Neighborhood Center Burnett Linear Sunset Court Park Glencoe Park Talbot Hill Reservoir Park KennydaleBeach Park Renton Wetlands Cedar River Natural Area May CreekGreenway Honey Creek Greenway Black River Riparian Forest Panther Creek Wetlands Springbrook Watershed Parkwood South Div #3 Park Maplewood Golf Course Sit In Park Piazza &Gateway Tonkin ParkVeterans Memorial Park Lake Youngs LA KE YOUNGS WATERSHED MCGARVEY PARK OPEN SPACE COUGAR MO UNTAINREGIONAL WILDLAND PARK PE TROVITSKY PARK FOSTER GOLF COURSE SOOS CREEK PARK & TRAIL FORT DENT COUNTY PARK LAKERIDGE PARK SKYWAY PARK RENTON PARK MAY CREEK GREENWAY MAY VALLEY COUNTY PARK CAVAN AUGH POND N ATURAL AREA LAKEBORENPARK COALFIELD PARK MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS PARK MAPLEWO OD COMMUNITY PARK SIERRAPARKFUTURE SWATHLETIC COMPLEX LAKE YOUNGS COUNTY PARK CEDA R RIVER NATURAL AREA METRO WATERWORK PARK DNR PRO PERTY LA KE YOUNGS TRAIL HE AD MAPLE WOOD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK BRYN MAWR CEDAR RIVER TO LAKE SAMMA MISH TRAIL SITE GREEN RIVER TRAIL FORT DENT Springbrook Trail Cedar River Trail SOO S CREEK PARK & TRAIL Panther Lake LakeWashington LakeBoren Black River Cedar Rive r Honey Cre ekM a y C ree k Lake Street Open Space Riverview Park Comm. Garden SE 186th Place Properties May Creek Trail Native Trail Data Sources: City of Renton, GIS and King County GIS NAD83 HARN State Plane Washington North FIPS 4601 ² M a p 7 : I n d o o r P r o g r a m m a b l e S p a c e A c c e s s 0 0.5 10.25 Miles 5.6.2011 Local Trail Regional Trail Undeveloped Neighborhood Park Undeveloped Special Use Undeveloped Community Par k Pedestrian Roadway Barrier A u t o m o b i l e S e r v i c e A r e a 1/4 mile 1/2 mile 1 mile Community Scale Programmable Spacekj 2 mile P e d e s t r i a n S e r v i c e A r e a Neighborhood Scale Programmable Spacekj 1/2 mile 1/4 mile Neighborhood Park Community Park Special Use Park Renton Property Natural Area Corridor Regional Park !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! Undeveloped Other Jurisdiction Park Land Renton City Limits River/Creek Local Street Freeway Principal Arterial Majo r Road Water Body Potential Annexation Area Other Jurisdiction Park Land Figure 1-7. Indoor programmable space access (Renton Parks Plan). Note the lack of programmable space serving southern Benson Hill. 1: New Community Park Benson Hill Planning Area Data Sources: City of Renton, GIS and King County GIS NAD83 HARN State Plane Washington North FIPS 4601 June 2011 1 inch = 200 feet 0 200 400100 Feet Restroom Open Turf Area [2] Baseball & Soccer Fields (230’x360’) Group Picnic Area With Common Grill Between Small Picnic Pavilions Perimeter Walking Paths Parking Lot (40-45 Spaces) Tot Play Area (2-5) Vehicular Entry Skate Area 12,000 sf Sports Court Basketball or Tennis School Age Play Area (5-12) Courtyard with Seating & Table Games Multi-generational Center [2] Gyms LEGEND Park Limit Line Pedestrian Paths Vehicular Circulation Group Picnic Pavilion Picnic Area Seating Area Tables, Plop Benches & Game Tables Shaded Seating/Arbor School Age Play Area (5-12 yrs.) Tot Play Area (2-5 yrs.) N Cascade Elementary School PEDESTRIAN W A L K SE 164TH ST 120TH AVE SESE 158TH S T SE 160TH ST 12 6 T H A V E S E SE 161ST ST 121ST AVE SE118TH PL SEB E A C O N W A Y S E 122ND AVE SESE 1 5 7 T H P L 119TH AVE SE128TH AVE SE12 9 T H P L S E 118TH AVE SE117TH AVE SESE 163RD ST KIRKLAND AVE SE128TH PL SESE 165TH ST S E 1 8 T H S T SE 157TH ST SE 162ND ST119TH PL SEFE R N D A L E A V E S E LAKE YOUN GS WAY SE SE 20TH CT PI E R C E A V E S E SE 19T H C T E D M O N D S W A Y S E 129TH AVE SE127TH AVE SESE 16 4 T H P L GL E N W O O D A V E S E 129TH CT SE123RD AVE SE124TH AVE SEMONROE AVE SE126TH PL SE125TH AVE SESE 161ST PL 123RD PL SE127TH PL SE124TH PL SECASCADE PARK ACRD PEDESTRIAN WALK SE 162 N D S T128TH PL SESE 165TH ST SE 160TH ST121ST AVE SESE 160TH S TSE 18TH STSE 19TH CT SE 161ST ST SE 163RD ST SE 164TH ST SE 162ND ST 123RD AVE SESE 164TH ST 128TH AVE SE9: Tiffany/Cascade Park Concept Plan Data Sources: City of Renton, GIS and King County GIS NAD83 HARN State Plane Washington North FIPS 4601 June 2011 1 inch = 400 feet 0 400 800200 Feet LEGEND Park Limit Line Trail Connection Pedestrian Paths - Soft/Natural Paving Picnic Area Seating Area Fenced Dog Park Area Play Area (2-12 yrs) CASCADE PARK TIFFANY PARK Off-Leash Dog Park Connection trail between Tiffany & Cascade Park Improve Existing Field Turf Mound Utility Corridors/Trails Pedestrian Access Group Picnic Area Planting Area With Walking Paths Potential Future Park Expansion Area to Create a Formal Entry with Restroom, Improve Visibility & Provide Parking Pedestrian Access Small Picnic Area Relocate Basketball Court Next to Tennis Enhance Existing Activity Building Existing Parking Relocated Play Area Turf Play Mound Renovate Play Area - Sand + Water - Composite Structure for 2-5 & 5-12 - Play Village Seating Areas Natural Trail Area Potential Future Park Expansion Area to Improve Trail Linkage, Improve Visibility & Provide Parking Tiffany Park Elementary School Figure 1-8. Tiffany/Cascade Park concept plan (Renton Parks Plan) Figure 1-9. The Renton Park Plan calls for a new community park in the Benson Hill planning area like this diagrammatic example. City of Renton 6 Chapter 1 Schools The Renton School District operates seven facilities in the area: • Lindbergh High School • Nelsen Middle School • Cascade Elementary School • Renton Park Elementary School • Tiffany Park Elementary School • Benson Hill Elementary School • Spring Glen special programs facility Natural Environment Benson Hill’s high point is near the center of the study area, and the land slopes down to the Cedar River to the north, Soos Creek to the east, and descends quickly at Benson Road and Benson Drive to the west. The southwest side is part of the Green/Duwamish Watershed, while the northeast side belongs to the Lake Washington/Cedar River Watershed. Wetlands exist northwest of the SE Petrovitsky Road/116th Avenue SE intersection and at the Benson Drive S/ Benson Road S intersection, and are connected by an informal wildlife corridor. The Cedar River Natural Area, Soos Creek Park, and Renton Park comprise approximately 300 acres of undeveloped wooded area. Renton Comprehensive Plan The City of Renton Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan) provides policy guidance for the growth and development of the City as a whole based on a community vision. The Comprehensive Plan is in compliance with the Growth Management Act (GMA), which requires that Comprehensive Plans include policy direction for land use, housing, capital facilities, and transportation. Renton’s Comprehensive Plan is due to be updated in 2015. The Comprehensive Plan incorporates statewide planning goals, including provisions that discourage urban sprawl, support affordable housing, protect the environment, and encourage the provision of adequate urban services. The Comprehensive Plan is designed to accommodate 20 year growth forecasts determined by regional agencies and local jurisdictions. Benson Hill is outside of Renton’s urban centers, so the Comprehensive Plan promotes a lower level of intensity than in Renton’s more urban areas. Figure 1-10. Topographic contours map Figure 1-11. Unique topography affords views to the Cascades and Lake WashingtonI-405 FwyI-405 FwyBenson Dr SSE 192nd St108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St Maple Valley Hwy UnnamedSE 192nd St 116th Ave SEBenson Rd SPuget Dr SES Puget DrEdmonds Ave SE108th Ave SES Puget Dr SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St 132nd Pl SE3804004 2 0 360 320 300280260240340220 44048060 2008 0 1801 6 0 14012010040460500 52054044036044030080400460420160440400420380 140380500300 3808 0 300200 4004404 2 0440 5003802 4036044040040060 80400 44046012 03 6 0 1003204 4 0 400 2 8 0 400260460 80120 4204 2 0 4 2 0 460180 320440 4808 0 3 8 0140 3604 6 0 4004604604 8 0440 420100460 260 2 6 0 3804 4 0 300 4 6 0 500 3601 4 0 440 400220 440480460 4004 2 0480460 420420 420 440180 4808 0 44080 440804 2 0 420480420 4 0 0 480440460500420 1603 8 0 440460400440 4604 4 0 460220380380400400 380 44060360480460440 8060 40 0 480520500 4 6 022038046048080300 480 440 280320 480380 3 4 0 40080 460 4204004 40 540 4402604 6 0 3603 0 0 4 4 0 4201 8 0 440480440 5003 4 0440480180 420460100100 420 4804 0 0 40028034020016044080Benson Hill Community Plan Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton 2 Foot Contours Elevation 6 - 50 51 - 104 105 - 162 163 - 222 223 - 292 293 - 368 369 - 428 429 - 470 471 - 528 ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet *Index contours every 20'I-405 FwyI-405 FwyBenson Dr SSE 192nd St108th Ave SESE Petrovi tsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St Maple Valley Hwy UnnamedSE 192nd St 116th Ave SEBenson Rd SPuget Dr SES Puget Dr Edmonds Ave SE108th Ave SES Puget Dr SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St 132nd Pl SE380400420 3 6 0 3 2 0 3002802602403 40220 44048060 2008 0 18016014012010040 460500 52054044036044030080400460420160440400420380 140380500300 38080 300200 4004404 2 0 4 40500380240 36044040040060 80400 440460120 3 6 0 1003204 4 0 400 2 8 0 400260460 80120 4204 2 0 4 2 0 460180 320440 48080 3 8 0140 3604 6 0 4004604604 8 0440 420100460 260 260 3804 4 0 300 4 6 0 5 0 0 360140 440 4002 2 0440 480460 4004 20480460 420420 420 440180 4808 0 44080 44080420 420480420 4 0 0 480440460500420 16038 0440460400440 4604 4 0 460220380380400400 380 440603604 804604408060400480 520500 4 6 022038046048080300 4 8 0 440 280320 480380 3 4 0 40080 460 4204004 4 0540 4402604 6 0 360300440 4201 8 0 440480440 500340 440480180 420460100100 420 4804 0 0 40028034020016044080Benson Hill Community Plan Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton 2 Foot Contours Elevation 6 - 50 51 - 104 105 - 162 163 - 222 223 - 292 293 - 368 369 - 428 429 - 470 471 - 528 ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet *Index contours every 20' Figure 1-12. Soos Creek at 116th Ave SE Benson Hill Community Plan 7 Introduction Commercial Districts The Commercial land use designations in Benson Hill (Commercial Corridor and Commercial Neighborhood) are intended to “Support existing businesses and provide an energetic business environment for new commercial activity providing a range of service, office, commercial, and mixed use residential uses that enhance the City’s employment and tax base along arterial boulevards and in designated development areas” (Comprehensive Plan, Land Use XI: Commercial Goal, IX-49). RSF RLD RLD RSF RLD RMF RMD CC RLD RMD RMD CC RMF RLD CC CC RMD RSF RMD RMD RMD CC RMF RMF RSF UC-D RSF RMF RMF RSF RMD CN CN CN RLD RSF RMF RMD RMD CC RMD RMD CC RMF RMD RMD SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St S Puget DrI-405 FwyI-405 FwySE 164th StGrant Ave SPedestrian Walk Cedar River Trl Beacon W ay S 112th Ave SESE 186th St 134th Ave SE125th Ave SESE 184th St 102nd Ave SESE 172nd St 118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 192nd St SE 182nd St 129th Pl SES 18th St 113th Ave SEMill Ave S120th Ave SES 3 6th Pl SE 8th Pl SE 188th St SE 158th St S 7th St 106th Ave SEHigh Ave SSE Royal Hills Dr 131st Ave SES E 170th Pl SE 160th St SE 16th Pl SE 181st St SE 165th St 104th Ave SE105th Ave SEIndex Ave S E SE 151st St SE 16th StB e ac o n W ay S E 121st Ave SES 27th St SE 6th St 129th Ave SES 23r d St S 9th St 106th Pl SE103rd Ave SESE 161st StRenton Ave SS E 19th St 132nd Pl SE105th Pl SESE 159th Pl F erndale A ve S E SE 180th St111th Ave SES 36th St Lake Youngs Way SE 110th Pl SESE 7th St S 47th St 124th Ave SESE 175th St A c c e s s R d 123rd Ave SEJones Ave S122nd Ave SE114th Ave SES 32nd StTalbot Rd S127th Pl SESE 21st St 110th Ave SECedar Ave SSE 170th St SE 174th St 120t h Ter SE109th Ave SES E 11th S tEagle Ridge Dr SSE 180th Pl 118th Pl SEC e d a r R id g e D r S E 133rd Pl SE114th Pl SESE 169th St SE 163rd St SE 22nd Pl Pri vate RdSE 8th Dr Glen w o o d A ve S E 117th Ave SEMain Ave SSE 18th Pl 121st Ln SE133rd Ave SE113th W ay SESE 187th St 1 30 th A ve S E S E 169th Pl 112th Pl SESE 157th St 119th Ave SEBenson Plaza AcRd128th Ave SES 38th Ct SE 191st St SE 167th St 135th Ave SESE 148th St Aberdeen Ave SES 37th Pl SE 185th Pl SE 173rd St SE 160th Pl SE 149th St 127th Ave SES 3 5t h St Mill Ave SE128th Pl SEGrant Aly SS 31st St S 2 8 th C tEagle Ln S135th Pl SE126th Pl SESE 1 78th St SE 179th St S E 18th St SE 166th St SE 159th St SE 8th St SE 183rd Pl 119th Pl S ESE 186th Pl SE 162nd St S 34th Pl 123r d Pl SES E 1 0 th S t 122nd Pl SEUnnamedS E 1 1 th P lSE 193rd StOlympia Ave SE107th Ave SESE 189th Pl Nelsen MS AcRd 113th Pl SESE 184th Pl 121st Pl SESE 188th Pl S 28th St 115th Ln SESE 190th St S 6th St SE 20th Ct 111th Pl SESmi t her s Ave S117th Pl SES 29th St SE 193rd Pl SE 187th Ln S 2 9 th C t108th Ave SE107th Pl SEBerkshire Apt AcRdSE 187th Pl SE 176th St SE 19th Ct SE 171st PlWells Ct SMain Ct S115th Ave SECedar Ave SES 31st Ct Palm Court Condos AcRdEdmonds Dr SESE 166th Pl SE 1 71 s t St 131st Pl SESE 21st Ct SE 185th StJones Dr SESE 157th Pl SE 182nd Pl S 3 0 t h P l SE 179th Pl SE 18th Ct 104th Pl SES 30 th Ct SE 161st Pl SE 171st Ln SE 187th Pl 134th Ave SESE 160th St Private Rd SE 186th St Pedestrian Walk 119th Pl S E SE 160th St 114th Ave SESE 162nd St 106th Ave SE124th Ave SESE 179th St 132nd Pl SESE 182nd St SE 18th Ct SE 175th St SE 167th St 134th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 184th PlPrivate RdAccess RdSE 186th St 129th Pl SE 109th Ave SEAccess Rd S 23rd St SE 180th St 132nd Pl SE131st Ave S ECedar Ave SSE 186th Pl SE 180th St 106th Pl SE133rd Pl SESE 165th St Private Rd 118th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 159th Pl SE 172nd St Private Rd Private Rd111th Ave SE126t h Pl SE130th Ave SESE 166th St 133rd Pl SEPrivate RdSE 188th St110th Pl SEAccess RdSE 170th St 114th Ave SESE 18 1s t S t Private RdSE 173rd S tPrivate RdSE 185th Pl SE 169th Pl SE 164th St SE 172nd St 120th Ave SE114th Ave SESE 172nd St SE 182 nd S t SE 161st St Private Rd Private Rd 1 3 2 n d P l S EAccess Rd 126th Pl SE120th Ave SE116th Ave SEBenson Rd SPuget Dr SES Puget DrS Puget Dr Benson Dr SSE 192nd St108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St Benson Hill Community Plan Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton LandUse Commercial Designations CC - Commercial Corridor CN - Commercial Neighborhood COR - Commercial-Office-Residential Center Designations CV - Center Village UC-D - Urban Center Downtown UC-N - Urban Center North Employment Designations EAV - Employment Area Valley EAI - Employment Area Industrial Residential Designations RMF - Residential MultiFamily RMD - Residential Medium Density RLD - Residential Low Density RSF - Residential Single Family Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet RSF RLD RLD RSF RLD RMF RMD CC RLD RMD RMD CC RMF RLD CC CC RMD RSF RMD RMD RMD CC RMF RMF RSF UC-D RSF RMF RMF RSF RMD CN CN CN RLD RSF RMF RMD RMD CC RMD RMD CC RMF RMD RMD SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St S Puget DrI-405 FwyI-405 FwySE 164th StGrant Ave SPedestrian Walk Cedar River Trl B eac on W ay S 112th Ave SESE 186th St 134th Ave SE125th Ave SESE 184th St 102nd Ave SESE 172nd St 118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 192nd St SE 182nd St 129th Pl SES 18th St 113th Ave SEMill Ave S120th Ave SES 3 6 t h Pl SE 8th Pl SE 188th St SE 158th St S 7th St 106th Ave SEHigh Ave SSE Royal Hills Dr 131st Ave SES E 1 7 0th Pl SE 160th St SE 16th Pl SE 181st St SE 165th St 104th Ave SE105th Ave SEIndex A ve S E SE 151st St SE 16th StB e ac o n W a y S E 121st Ave SES 27th St SE 6th St 129th Ave SES 23rd St S 9th St 106th Pl SE103rd Ave SESE 161st StRenton Ave SS E 1 9th St 132nd Pl SE105th Pl SESE 159th Pl F ern d ale A ve S E SE 180th St111th Ave SES 36th St Lake Youngs Way SE 110th Pl SESE 7th St S 47th St 124th Ave SESE 175th St A c c e s s R d 123rd Ave SEJones Ave S122nd Ave SE114th Ave SES 32nd StTalbot Rd S127th Pl SESE 21st St 110th Ave SECedar Ave SSE 170th St SE 174th St 120t h Ter SE109th Ave SES E 11 th S tEagle Ridge Dr SSE 180th Pl 118th Pl SEC e d a r Rid g e D r S E 133rd Pl SE114th Pl SESE 169th St SE 163rd St SE 22nd Pl Pri vate RdSE 8 t h D r Gle n w o o d A ve S E 117th Ave SEMain Ave SSE 18th Pl 121st Ln SE133rd Ave SE113th W ay SESE 187th St 1 30th A ve S E S E 1 6 9th Pl 112th Pl SESE 157th St 119th Ave SEBenson Plaza AcRd128th Ave SES 38th Ct SE 191st St SE 167th St 135th Ave SESE 148th St Aberdeen Ave SES 37th Pl SE 185th Pl SE 173rd St SE 160th Pl SE 149th St 127th Ave SES 3 5 t h S t Mill Ave SE128th Pl SEGrant Aly SS 31st St S 2 8 th C tEagle Ln S135th Pl SE126th Pl SES E 1 7 8 t h S t SE 179th St S E 1 8th St SE 166th St SE 159th St SE 8th St SE 183rd Pl 119th Pl S ESE 186th Pl SE 162nd St S 34th Pl 123rd Pl SES E 1 0 th S t 122nd Pl SEUnnamedS E 1 1 th P lSE 193rd StOlympia Ave SE107th Ave SESE 189th Pl Ne ls en M S A cRd 113th Pl SESE 184th Pl 121st Pl SESE 188th Pl S 28th St 115th Ln SESE 190th St S 6th St SE 20th Ct 111th Pl SESmi t hers Ave S117th Pl SES 29th St SE 193rd Pl SE 187th Ln S 2 9 th C t108th Ave SE107th Pl SEBerkshire Apt AcRdSE 187th Pl SE 176th St SE 19th Ct SE 171st PlWells Ct SMain Ct S115th Ave SECedar Ave SES 31st Ct Palm Court Condos AcRdEdmonds Dr SESE 166th Pl SE 1 7 1 s t St 131st Pl SESE 21st Ct SE 185th StJones Dr SESE 157th Pl SE 1 82nd P l S 3 0 t h P lSE 179th Pl SE 18th Ct 104th Pl SES 30 t h C t SE 161st Pl SE 171st Ln SE 187th Pl 134th Ave SESE 160th St Priv ate Rd SE 186th St Pedestrian Walk 119th Pl S E SE 160th St 114th Ave SESE 162nd St 106th Ave SE124th Ave SESE 179th St 132nd Pl SESE 182nd St SE 18th Ct SE 175th S t SE 167th St 134th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 1 84th P lPrivate RdAccess RdSE 186th St 129th Pl SE 109th Ave SEAcc ess Rd S 23rd St SE 180th St 132nd Pl SE131st Ave SECedar Ave SSE 186th Pl SE 180th St 106th Pl SE133rd Pl SESE 165th St Private Rd 118th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 159th Pl SE 172nd St Private Rd Private Rd111th Ave SE126t h Pl SE130th Ave SESE 166th St 133rd Pl SEPrivate RdSE 188th St110th Pl SEAccess RdSE 170th St 114th Ave SES E 1 8 1 s t S t Private RdSE 1 7 3 r d S tPrivate RdSE 185th Pl SE 169th P l SE 164th St SE 172nd St 120th Ave SE114th Ave SESE 172nd St SE 18 2 n d S t SE 161st St Private Rd Private Rd 1 3 2 n d P l S EAccess Rd 126th Pl SE120th Ave SE116th Ave SEBenson Rd SPuget Dr SES Puget DrS Puget Dr Benson Dr SSE 192nd St108th Ave SESE P etro vitsky RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St Benson Hill Community Plan Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton LandUse Commercial Designations CC - Commercial Corridor CN - Commercial Neighborhood COR - Commercial-Office-Residential Center Designations CV - Center Village UC-D - Urban Center Downtown UC-N - Urban Center North Employment Designations EAV - Employment Area Valley EAI - Employment Area Industrial Residential Designations RMF - Residential MultiFamily RMD - Residential Medium Density RLD - Residential Low Density RSF - Residential Single Family Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet RSF RLD RLD RSF RLD RMF RMD CC RLD RMD RMD CC RMF RLD CC CC RMD RSF RMD RMD RMD CC RMF RMF RSF UC-D RSF RMF RMF RSF RMD CN CN CN RLD RSF RMF RMD RMD CC RMD RMD CC RMF RMD RMD SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St S Puget DrI-405 FwyI-405 FwySE 164th StGrant Ave SPedestrian Walk Cedar River Trl B eac on W ay S 112th Ave SESE 186th St 134th Ave SE125th Ave SESE 184th St 102nd Ave SESE 172nd St 118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 192nd St SE 182nd St 129th Pl SES 18th St 113th Ave SEMill Ave S120th Ave SES 36th Pl SE 8th Pl SE 188th St SE 158th St S 7th St 106th Ave SEHigh Ave SSE Royal Hills Dr 131st Ave SES E 1 7 0th Pl SE 160th St SE 16th Pl SE 181st St SE 165th St 104th Ave SE105th Ave SEIndex A ve S E SE 151st St SE 16th StB e ac o n W a y S E 121st Ave SES 27th St SE 6th St 129th Ave SES 23rd St S 9th St 106th Pl SE103rd Ave SESE 161st StRenton Ave SS E 1 9th St 132nd Pl SE105th Pl SESE 159th Pl F ern d ale A ve S E SE 180th St111th Ave SES 36th St Lake Youngs Way SE 110th Pl SESE 7th St S 47th St 124th Ave SESE 175th S t A c c e s s R d 123rd Ave SEJones Ave S122nd Ave SE114th Ave SES 32nd StTalbot Rd S127th Pl SESE 21st St 110th Ave SECedar Ave SSE 170th St SE 174th St 120t h Ter SE109th Ave SES E 11th S tEagle Ridge Dr SSE 180th Pl 118th Pl SEC e d a r Rid g e D r S E 133rd Pl SE114th Pl SESE 169th St SE 163rd St SE 22nd Pl Pri vate RdSE 8th D r Gle n w o o d A ve S E 117th Ave SEMain Ave SSE 18th Pl 121st Ln SE133rd Ave SE113th Way SESE 187th St 13 0 th A ve S E S E 1 6 9th Pl 112th Pl SESE 157th St 119th Ave SEBenson Plaza AcRd128th Ave SES 38th Ct SE 191st St SE 167th St 135th Ave SESE 148th St Aberdeen Ave SES 37th Pl SE 185th Pl SE 173rd St SE 160th Pl SE 149th St 127th Ave SES 35th St Mill Ave SE128th Pl SEGrant Aly SS 31st St S 28th Ct Eagle Ln S135th Pl SE126th Pl SESE 1 7 8 t h S t SE 179th St S E 1 8th St SE 166th St SE 159th St SE 8th St SE 183rd Pl 119th Pl SESE 186th Pl SE 162nd St S 34th Pl 123rd Pl SES E 1 0 th S t122nd Pl SEUnnamedS E 1 1 th P lSE 193rd StOlympia Ave SE107th Ave SESE 189th Pl N els e n MS A c Rd 113th Pl SESE 184th Pl 121st Pl SESE 188th Pl S 28th St 115th Ln SESE 190th St S 6th St SE 20th Ct 111th Pl SESmi t hers Ave S117th Pl SES 29th St SE 193rd Pl SE 187th Ln S 29th Ct 108th Ave SE107th Pl SEBerkshire Apt AcRdSE 187th Pl SE 176th St SE 19th Ct SE 171st PlWells Ct SMain Ct S115th Ave SECedar Ave SES 31st Ct Palm Court Condos AcRdEdmonds Dr SESE 166th Pl S E 1 7 1 s t S t 131st Pl SESE 21st Ct SE 185th StJones Dr SESE 157th Pl SE 182 n d P l S 30th Pl SE 179th Pl SE 18th Ct 104th Pl SES 30th Ct SE 161st Pl SE 171st Ln SE 187th Pl 134th Ave SESE 160th St Private Rd SE 186th St Pedestrian Walk 119th Pl S E SE 160th St 114th Ave SESE 162nd St 106th Ave SE124th Ave SESE 179th St 132nd Pl SESE 182nd St SE 18th Ct SE 175th St SE 167th St 134th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 184th PlPrivate RdAccess RdSE 186th St 129th Pl SE 109th Ave SEAccess R d S 23rd St SE 180th St 132nd Pl SE131st Ave SECedar Ave SSE 186th Pl SE 180th St 106th Pl SE133rd Pl SESE 165th St Private Rd 118th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 159th Pl SE 172nd St Private Rd Private Rd111th Ave SE126t h Pl SE130th Ave SESE 166th St 133rd Pl SEPrivate RdSE 188th St110th Pl SEAccess RdSE 170th St 114th Ave SES E 1 8 1 s t S t Private RdSE 1 73r d S tPrivate RdSE 185th Pl SE 169 t h P l SE 164th St SE 172nd St 120th Ave SE114th Ave SESE 172nd St SE 1 82nd S t SE 161st St Private Rd Private Rd 1 3 2 n d P l S EAccess Rd 126th Pl SE120th Ave SE116th Ave SEBenson Rd SPuget Dr SES Puget DrS Puget Dr Benson Dr SSE 192nd St108th Ave SESE Petrovits ky RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St Benson Hill Community Plan Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton LandUse Commercial Designations CC - 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North 1 Urban Center - North 2 Commercial Office/Residential Commercial Arterial Commercial Office Commercial Neighborhood Industrial - Light Industrial - Medium Industrial - Heavy ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet Figure 1-13. Comprehensive Plan land use designations map Figure 1-14. Zoning map (implements the Comprehensive Plan) City of Renton 8 Chapter 1 The Comprehensive Plan encourages Commercial Corridor (CC) districts (Benson Plaza and Cascade Village) to “evolve from ‘strip commercial’ linear business district to business areas characterized by enhanced site planning incorporating efficient parking lot design, coordinated access, amenities, and boulevard treatment” (IX-49). Although anticipated to accommodate medium-intensity levels of activity now, the Comprehensive Plan recognizes that the intensity and efficiency of land use will likely rise over time as conditions change. Pedestrian amenities and linking to adjacent neighborhoods are encouraged. These land uses are implemented through the Commercial Arterial zone in Benson Hill. The Commercial neighborhood (Cn) designation advocates “small scale, low-intensity commercial areas located within neighborhoods primarily for the convenience of residents who live nearby” (Comprehensive Plan, IX-54). Residential Districts The Residential multi-Family (RmF) and Residential medium Density (RmD) land use designations support cost-efficient housing options, encourage infill development, and are implemented through the Residential Multi-family (RM-F), Residential 14 dwelling units per net acre (R-14), and Residential 10 dwelling units per net acre (R-10) zones in Benson Hill. The Residential low Density (RlD) and Residential single Family (RsF) designations support small-scale, quality homes in existing single-family neighborhoods on lands that are not appropriate for urban levels of development. The Residential Low Density districts are near Soos Creek Park, Renton Park, and Cedar River Natural Zone to limit impacts on sensitive natural areas. The Residential 8 dwelling units per net acre (R-8) and Residential 4 dwelling units per net acre (R-4) implement these districts, with the R-8 zone covering the largest land area in Benson Hill. Figure 1-15. Multifamily housing Figure 1-16. Low density housing Benson Hill Community Plan 9 Introduction environment The current Comprehensive Plan Environment Element addresses the protection of natural and sensitive areas and overall ecological functions in the City. The 2015 Comprehensive Plan update will incorporate environmental policies throughout the Plan rather than as a separate element. Because much of Benson Hill remains in a natural state or drains toward natural areas, policies relating to water quality, low-impact development, and protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat may be considered. Transportation Benson Hill’s roads are primarily designed for motor vehicles. Benson Drive/Highway 515/Talbot Road and Benson Road/108th Avenue are major north-south routes that cross Interstate 405 to connect Benson Hill with downtown Renton. Major east-west routes include Puget Drive S, 168th Avenue SE, SE 176th Street/SE Petrovitsky Road, and SE 192nd Street. Walking, Biking, and Transit Sidewalk links are missing within some neighborhoods and along some major roads, such as on 116th Avenue SE near Petrovitsky. Bike lanes are not marked, except as shoulders on some stretches of 116th Avenue SE. Speed bumps and landscaped medians are used in some places to calm traffic, but some residents complain of automobiles travelling at unsafe speeds in their neighborhoods. The intersection of 116th Avenue SE and Petrovitsky Road poses a particular barrier to walkability with fast traffic, a lack of visibility, and inadequate pedestrian space. See the “Walking and bicycling improvements map” on page 55 for the locations of these and other community-identified improvements. Figure 1-17. Soos Creek at 116th Ave SE Figure 1-18. Invasive plants in undeveloped area south of Phillip Arnold Park Figure 1-19. Youth walk home from school; missing sidewalk link City of Renton 10 Chapter 1 As noted in the Commercial Centers section above, many residences are not within walking distance of commercial amenities. See the Walkability Audit Results: Next Steps Memo in Appendix C for more information on the walkability of Benson Hill. Five Metro bus routes serve Benson Hill: 155, 161, 169, 102, and 148. These connect Benson Hill to Southcenter, downtown Renton, Fairwood, Tukwila, Seattle, and Kent. People in the Cascade neighborhood area use bicycles and carpools more frequently than other neighborhoods in Renton (see commute trip mode map in Appendix E). Southeastern Benson Hill residents have to walk between five and 20 minutes to reach a bus stop. See Appendix E for a comparison of Benson Hill and Renton commute trip times and commute trip modes of people in poverty.Figure 1-20. Cyclist using sidewalk Figure 1-21. Bus stops on 116th Ave SE near Petrovitsky Road Figure 1-22. Transit routes map (Google Maps). Note the lack of routes in the southeastern planning area. Benson Hill Community Plan 11 Introduction Figure 1-23. Trails and bicycle improvements map (Trails and Bicycle Master Plan, 2009) City of Renton 12 Chapter 1 Demographics and Regional Equity For detailed demographic information, see Appendix A. Population and Housing Density Benson Hill grew from 8,438 households in 2000 to 9,808 households in 2010, and is expected to gain another 700 units by 2015.1 It is home to almost 22,000 residents and almost 400 businesses. Benson Hill houses about 24 percent of Renton’s population and 27 percent of its households (and is about 20 percent of its land area). Population Households Benson Hill 21,942 9,808 Renton 90,927 36,009 Source: U.S. Census 2010 The area is primarily composed of single-family homes, with denser clusters of residences centered on Cascade Village and Benson Plaza. The western half of Benson Hill has grown more dramatically than the eastern half in the last ten years (Figure 1-24). 1 ESRI forecasts for 2010 and 2015; U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000 Census of Population and Housing. 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMap l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Bl v d SW Grady Wa y DowntownRenton CascadeVillage BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Housing Unit Density in 2010 0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: Census 2010 SF1 Table DP-1, census tract level Housing units per acre no data 0.6 - 1.0 1.1 - 2.0 2.1 - 3.0 3.1 - 4.0 4.1 - 8.0 Figure 1-24. Housing unit density, 2000 and 2010 (Census 2000 and 2010 SF1 Table DP- 1, census tract level) Figure 1-26. Households with children map (Census 2010 SF1, Table DP-1, tract level) Figure 1-25. Age in Benson Hill 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMap l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunse t Bl v d SW Grady Wa y DowntownRenton CascadeVillage BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Households with Children (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: 2010 Census SF1, Table DP-1, census tract level Percentage of households with children under 18 years no data 1% - 25% 26% - 32% 33% - 36% 37% - 40% 41% - 45% 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMap l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Bl v d SW Grady Wa y DowntownRenton CascadeVillage BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Households with Children (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: 2010 Census SF1, Table DP-1, census tract level Percentage of households with children under 18 years no data 1% - 25% 26% - 32% 33% - 36% 37% - 40% 41% - 45% Benson Hill Community Plan 13 Introduction Figure 1-27. Seniors in Benson Hill map (Census 2010 SF1, Table DP-1, tract level) Figure 1-28. 2000 and 2010 Race, ethnicity, and Hispanic origin Figure 1-29. Linguistic isolation and foreign born residents 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMap l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Bl v d SW Grady Wa y DowntownRenton CascadeVillage BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Seniors (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: 2010 Census SF1, Table DP-1, tract level Percent of population who are 65 years or older 6% - 8% 9% - 10% 11% - 12% 13% - 14% 15% - 19% Age Benson Hill has a high proportion of households with children as compared to the region, particularly east of 116th Avenue SE (Figure 1-26). Seniors are a very small portion of the population in central Benson Hill (Figure 1-27). Race/Ethnicity Residents are racially/ethnically diverse, with a large portion speaking languages other than English (Figure 1-29). The population of people born outside the U.S. grew from 15 percent to 23 percent in the last 10 years, which follows the trend experienced by Renton as a whole. About seven percent of the population lives in families where the adults are not proficient in speaking English. City of Renton 14 Chapter 1 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMa p l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunse t Bl v d SW Grady Wa y Downtown Renton Cascade Village BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Ri v e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton 1 Dot = 10 people Race and Ethnicity Density in 2010 White Black/African American American Indian and Alaska Native Asian Other Two or more races Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILLCOMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: Census 2010 SF1 Table DP-1, census tract level 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMa p l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunse t Bl v d SW Grady Wa y Downtown Renton CascadeVillage Benson Center SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton 1 Dot = 10 people Race and Ethnicity Density in 2010 White Black/African American American Indian and Alaska Native Asian Other Two or more races Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: Census 2010 SF1 Table DP-1, census tract level Race and Ethnicity Density, 2000 Population born outside U.S, 2000 Population born outside U.S, 2010Race and Ethnicity Density, 2010 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMa p l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Bl v d SW Grady Wa y Downtown Renton Cascade Village BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Population Born Outside U.S. (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: 2010 American Community Survey 5-year, Table DP-2, tract level Percentage of population born outside the U.S. no data 1% - 15% 16% - 22% 23% - 28% 29% - 33% 34% - 38% 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMa p l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Bl v d SW Grady Wa y Downtown Renton CascadeVillage BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Ri v e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Population Born Outside U.S. (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: 2010 American Community Survey 5-year, Table DP-2, tract level Percentage of population born outside the U.S. no data 1% - 15% 16% - 22% 23% - 28% 29% - 33% 34% - 38% Figure 1-30. Race and ethnicity density map, 2000 and 2010 (Census 2000 and 2010 SF1, Table DP-1, census tract level) Figure 1-31. Population born outside the U.S., 2000 and 2010 (Census 2000 and 2010 SF1, Table DP-1, census tract level) Benson Hill Community Plan 15 Introduction Regional Equity Regionally, Benson Hill has lower “opportunity” than northern Renton, Seattle, and Bellevue (see PSRC’s Comprehensive Opportunity Map for Puget Sound below). This index is based on factors such as access to education, jobs, transportation alternatives, healthy food, social networks. Benson Hill’s median household income, $70,089, is slightly above Renton’s average of $67,639. The level of poverty is similar to all of Renton, which is slightly less than the poverty level of Seattle or Washington state.2 However, a closer look at central Benson Hill shows more people in poverty than Renton’s average. Figures 1-34 2 “In poverty” used here to mean population below 150% of the poverty threshold (American Community Survey 2010). Figure 1-33. Percentage of population below the poverty level, 2000 and 2009 Figure 1-32. Comprehensive opportunity map: Puget Sound urbanized area (PSRC, 2011) §¨¦90 §¨¦5 §¨¦405 §¨¦90 §¨¦5 §¨¦5 §¨¦5 §¨¦5 §¨¦405§¨¦405 UV167 UV99 UV18 UV203 UV509 UV516 UV901 UV522 UV58 UV169 UV900 UV520 UV524 UV513 UV202 UV181 UV104 UV518 UV164 UV515 UV527 UV176 UV908 UV161 UV599 UV523 UV5UV529 UV908 UV509 UV522 UV509 UV509 UV167UV5 UV513 UV104 UV900 UV99 UV104 UV176 UV900 UV181 UV99 UV908 UV516 UV169UV167 UV509 UV524 Seattle Bellevue Sources:Puget Sound Regional Council,2011;Environmental Protection Agency,2010;Washington Dept.of Ecology,2011;ESRI Business Analyst,2010;American Community Survey,2006-2010;U.S.Census,2010;Tetrad,Inc.PCensus Dbx,2010;Washington State Report Card,2010-2011 0 1 2 3 4Miles Comprehensive Opportunity Index Very Low Low Moderate High Very high Zoom-in: Comprehensive Opportunity Map Puget Sound Urbanized Area $ Seattle Tacoma Everett BellevueBremerton§¨¦90 §¨¦5 §¨¦405 §¨¦90 §¨¦5 §¨¦5 §¨¦5 §¨¦5 §¨¦405§¨¦405 UV167 UV99 UV18 UV203 UV509 UV516 UV901 UV522 UV58 UV169 UV900 UV520 UV524 UV513 UV202 UV181 UV104 UV518 UV164 UV515 UV527 UV176 UV908 UV161 UV599 UV523 UV5UV529 UV908 UV509 UV522 UV509 UV509 UV167UV5 UV513 UV104 UV900 UV99 UV104 UV176 UV900 UV181 UV99 UV908 UV516 UV169UV167 UV509 UV524 Seattle Bellevue Sources:PugetSoundRegional Council,2011;Environmental Protection Agency,2010;Washington Dept.of Ecology,2011;ESRI Business Analyst,2010;American Community Survey,2006-2010;U.S.Census,2010;Tetrad,Inc.PCensus Dbx,2010;Washington State Report Card,2010-2011 01234Miles Comprehensive Opportunity Index Very Low Low Moderate High Very high Zoom-in: Comprehensive Opportunity Map Puget Sound Urbanized Area $ Seattle Tacoma Everett BellevueBremerton City of Renton 16 Chapter 1 and 1-35 show that central Benson Hill, particularly east of 116th Avenue SE north of Petrovitsky Road have lower median incomes and a higher proportion of people in poverty. It is important to note that the geographic areas associated with lower incomes are not the same as those areas associated with increased racial, ethnic, and place of origin diversity. BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA SE 192nd St116th Ave SESR 515Benson Rd SSE 168th St Cedar River Trl Grant Ave SSE 164th St Pedestrian Walk SE Pet r o v its k y R dI-405 FwyBeacon W ay S 128th Ave SES Puget Dr SE 184th St SE Ca rr RdSE 186th St 108th Ave SEMaple Valley Hwy 125th Ave SESE 6th St Puget Dr SE112th Ave SE132nd Pl SESE 172nd StTalbot Rd S118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 182nd St 129 t h Pl SE113th Ave SEMill Av e S120th Ave SE102nd Ave SES 3 6 th P lBenson Dr SSE 8th Pl SE 188th St S 7th St 106th Ave SES E R o yal Hills DrS Grady Way1 3 1 st A ve SESE 170th Pl SE 160th St SE 176th St 134th Ave SESE 181st St SE 165th St SE 1 61 st S t SE 151st StSE 16th StBeacon Way SE S 32nd St S 27th St S 2 3 r d St SE 180th St S 9th St 1 0 6 t h P l SESE 5th St S 31st St S 38th Ct 105th Pl SES 50th St SE 12th St A c c e s s R d S 47th St SE 21st St SE 170th St SE 174th St Tho m as Ln SE 180 th P l 99th Pl SS 19th St Cedar Ridge D r S E 133rd Pl SESE 163rd StMorris Aly S114th Pl SEMorris Ave S136th Pl SESE 183rd St S E 1 6 t h P l SE 18th PlSE 159th P l SE 148th St 113th Way SE130th Ave SE11 9 th Av e SE SE Fairwood Blvd SE 191st St Pi er ce Ave SESE 173rd St SE 190th St S 16th St 123r d Pl SES 28th C tS 2 5th St SE 8th St S E 1 7 8 t h S t119th Pl SE134th Ln SENelse n M S Ac Rd Olympia Ave SESE 184th Pl S E 1 8 8 t h P l S E 2 1 s t P l107th Pl SESE 1 8 7 th P l SE 192nd Pl SE 179th Pl SE 8th Pl 133rd Pl SESE 8th Pl S E 16 th Pl 134th Ave SE136th Pl SE1:15,000 ´ 0 1,500750Feet Benson Lake Washington Lake YoungsR E N T O NRENTON K e n tKentTukwi l aTukwi l aSeat t l eSeat t l eB e l l e v u eBellevue N e w c a s t leNewcastle M e r c e r I s l a n dMercer I s l a n d I s s a q u a hIssaquah Date: 06/26/2012 BHCPA North Petrovisky Bdry BHCPA South Petrovisky Bdry City Limits MEDHINC_CY $0.00 - $35,000.00 $35,000.01 - $42,000.00 $42,000.01 - $56,000.00 $56,000.01 - $75,000.00 $75,000.01 - $95,000.00 $95,000.01 - $120,000.00 $120,000.01 - $150,000.00 $150,000.01 - $225,369.00 2010 Median Household Income by Block Group Path: H:\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_planning_initiative\mxds\benson_planning_area\Benson income by 2010 census block group.mxd BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA SE 192nd St116th Ave SESR 515Benson Rd SSE 168th St Cedar River TrlGrant Ave SSE 164th St Pedestrian Walk SE Pe t r o v its k y R dI-405 FwyBeacon Way S 128th Ave SES Puget Dr SE 184th St SE C a rr RdSE 186th St 108th Ave SEMaple Valley Hwy 125th Ave SESE 6th StPuget Dr SE112th Ave SE132nd Pl SESE 172nd StTalbot Rd S118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 182nd St 129 t h Pl SE113th Ave SEMill Ave S120th Ave SE102nd Ave SES 3 6 th P lBenson Dr SSE 8th Pl SE 188th St S 7th St 106th Ave SESE Royal Hills DrS Grady Way1 3 1 st A ve SES E 170th Pl SE 160th St SE 176th St 134th Ave SESE 181st St SE 165th St S E 1 6 1 st S t SE 151st StSE 16th StBeacon Way SE S 32nd St S 2 7 t h St S 2 3 r d St SE 180th St S 9th St 1 0 6 t h Pl SESE 5th St S 3 1 st St S 38th Ct 105th Pl SES 50th St SE 12th StAccess R d S 47th St SE 21st St SE 170th St SE 174th St Thomas Ln SE 1 8 0 th P l 99th Pl SS 19th St Cedar Ridge Dr SE 133rd Pl SESE 163rd StMorris Aly S114th Pl SEMorris Ave S136th Pl SESE 183rd St S E 1 6 t h P l SE 18th PlSE 159th P lSE 148th St 113th Way SE130th Ave SE11 9 t h A v e S E SE Fairwood Blvd SE 191st St Pierce Ave SESE 173rd St SE 190th St S 16th St 123r d Pl SES 28th C tS 2 5 t h St SE 8th St S E 1 7 8 t h S t119th Pl SE134th Ln SENelse n M S Ac RdOlympia Ave SESE 184th Pl S E 1 8 8 t h P l S E 2 1 s t P l107th Pl SES E 1 8 7 th P l SE 192nd Pl SE 179th Pl SE 8th Pl 133rd Pl SESE 8th Pl S E 16 th Pl 134th Av e SE136th Pl SE1:1 5,0 00 ´ 0 1,5 00750Feet Benson Lake Washin gton Lake YoungsR E N T O NRENTON K e n tKentTukwi l aTukwi l aSeattl eSeattl eB e l l e v u eBellevue N e w c a s t l eNewcastle M e r c e r I s l a n dMercer I s l a n d I s s a q u a hIssaquah Date : 06/26/20 12 BHC PA North P e trovisky Bdry BHC PA South Pet rovi sky Bdry Cit y Limits MEDHINC_CY $0.00 - $35,000.00 $35,000.0 1 - $42,00 0.00 $42,000.0 1 - $56,00 0.00 $56,000.0 1 - $75,00 0.00 $75,0 00.01 - $95 ,000.00 $95,0 00.01 - $12 0,000.0 0 $120,000.01 - $150,000 .00 $150,000.01 - $225,369 .00 2010 Median Household Income by Block Group Path : H:\CED\Planning \GIS\GIS_p rojec ts \c ommunity_plann in g_initiative\mxds\be nson _plann ing _area\Benson income by 20 10 cen sus bloc k gro up.mxd BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA SE 192nd St116th Ave SESR 515Benson Rd SSE 168th St Cedar River TrlGrant Ave SSE 164th St Pedestrian Walk SE Pe t r o v its k y R dI-405 FwyBeacon Way S 128th Ave SES Puget Dr SE 184th St SE Carr RdSE 186th St 108th Ave SEMaple Valley Hwy 125th Ave SESE 6th StPuget Dr SE112th Ave SE132nd Pl SESE 172nd StTalbot Rd S118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 182nd St 129 t h Pl SE113th Ave SEMill Ave S120th Ave SE102nd Ave SES 36th PlBenson Dr SSE 8th Pl SE 188th St S 7th St 106th Ave SESE Royal Hills DrS Grady Way1 3 1 st A ve SES E 170th Pl SE 160th St SE 176th St 134th Ave SESE 181st St SE 165th St S E 1 6 1 st S t SE 151st StSE 16th StBeacon Way SE S 32nd St S 27th St S 2 3 r d St SE 180th St S 9th St 1 0 6 t h Pl SESE 5th St S 31st St S 38th Ct 105th Pl SES 50th St SE 12th StAccess Rd S 47th St SE 21st St SE 170th St SE 174th St Thomas Ln SE 1 8 0 th P l 99th Pl SS 19th St Cedar Ridge Dr SE 133rd Pl SESE 163rd StMorris Aly S114th Pl SEMorris Ave S136th Pl SESE 183rd St SE 1 6 t h P l SE 18th PlSE 159th P lSE 148th St 113th Way SE130th Ave SE11 9 t h A v e S E SE Fairwood Blvd SE 191st St Pierce Ave SESE 173rd St SE 190th St S 16th St 123r d Pl SES 28th CtS 25th St SE 8th St S E 1 7 8 t h S t119th Pl SE134th Ln SENelsen MS Ac Rd Olympia Ave SESE 184th Pl S E 1 8 8 t h P l SE 21s t P l107th Pl SES E 1 8 7 t h P l SE 192nd Pl SE 179th Pl SE 8 th Pl 133rd Pl SESE 8th Pl S E 16 th Pl 134th Av e SE136th Pl SE1:1 5,0 00 ´ 0 1,5 00750Feet Ben son Lake Washin gton Lake YoungsR E N T O NRENTON K e n tKentTukwi l aTukwi l aSeattl eSeattl eB e l l e v u eBellevue N e w c a s t l eNewcastle M e r c e r I s l a n dMercer I s l a n d I s s a q u a hIssaquah Date: 06/26/20 12 BHC PA North P etrovisky Bdry BHC PA South Pet rovisky Bdry City Limits MEDHINC _CY $0.00 - $35,000.00 $35,000.01 - $42,0 00.00 $42,000.01 - $56,0 00.00 $56,000.01 - $75,0 00.00 $75,000.0 1 - $9 5,000.00 $95,000.0 1 - $1 20,000.00 $120,000 .01 - $150,000.00 $150,000 .01 - $225,369.00 2010 Median Household Income by Block Group Path: H:\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_plannin g_initiative\mxds\be nson _plann ing _ar ea\Bens on income by 20 10 cen sus bloc k group.mxd BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREA SE 192nd St116th Ave SESR 515Benson Rd SSE 168th St Cedar River TrlGrant Ave SSE 164th St Pedestrian Walk SE Pe t r o v its k y R dI-405 FwyBeacon Way S 128th Ave SES Puget Dr SE 184th St SE Carr RdSE 186th St 108th Ave SEMaple Valley Hwy 125th Ave SESE 6th StPuget Dr SE112th Ave SE132nd Pl SESE 172nd StTalbot Rd S118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 182nd St 129 t h Pl SE113th Ave SEMill Ave S120th Ave SE102nd Ave SES 36th PlBenson Dr SSE 8th Pl SE 188th St S 7th St 106th Ave SESE Royal Hills DrS Grady Way1 3 1 st A ve SES E 170th Pl SE 160th St SE 176th St 134th Ave SESE 181st St SE 165th St S E 1 6 1 st S t SE 151st StSE 16th StBeacon Way SE S 32nd St S 27th St S 2 3 r d St SE 180th St S 9th St 1 0 6 t h Pl SESE 5th St S 31st St S 38th Ct 105th Pl SES 50th St SE 12th StAccess Rd S 47th St SE 21st St SE 170th St SE 174th St Thomas Ln SE 1 8 0 th P l 99th Pl SS 19th St Cedar Ridge Dr SE 133rd Pl SESE 163rd StMorris Aly S114th Pl SEMorris Ave S136th Pl SESE 183rd St SE 1 6 t h P l SE 18th PlSE 159th P lSE 148th St 113th Way SE130th Ave SE11 9 t h A v e S E SE Fairwood Blvd SE 191st St Pierce Ave SESE 173rd St SE 190th St S 16th St 123r d Pl SES 28th CtS 25th St SE 8th St S E 1 7 8 t h S t119th Pl SE134th Ln SENelsen MS Ac RdOlympia Ave SESE 184th Pl S E 1 8 8 t h P l SE 21s t P l107th Pl SES E 1 8 7 th P l SE 192nd Pl SE 179th Pl SE 8th Pl 133rd Pl SESE 8th Pl S E 16 th Pl 134th Av e SE136th Pl SE1:1 5,0 00 ´ 0 1,5 00750Feet Benson Lake Washin gton Lake YoungsR E N T O NRENTON K e n tKentTukwi l aTukwi l aSeattl eSeattl eB e l l e v u eBellevue N e w c a s t l eNewcastle M e r c e r I s l a n dMercer I s l a n d I s s a q u a hIssaquah Date : 06/26/20 12 BHC PA North P e trovisky Bdry BHC PA South Pet rovi sky Bdry Cit y Limits MEDHINC_CY $0.00 - $35,000.00 $35,000.0 1 - $42,00 0.00 $42,000.0 1 - $56,000.00 $56,000.0 1 - $7 5,000.00 $75,0 00.01 - $95 ,000.00 $95,0 00.01 - $12 0,000.00 $120,000.0 1 - $1 50,000.00 $150,000.0 1 - $2 25,369.00 2010 Median Household Income by Block Group Path: H:\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_plannin g_initiative\mxds\be nson _plann ing _area\Benson income by 20 10 cen sus bloc k gro up.mxd 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMa p l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Blvd SW Grady Wa y Downtown Renton Cascade Village BensonCenter SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Poverty (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILLCOMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: American Community Survey 2010, 5 Year Estimate, Table B08122 Percent of population below 150% of the poverty threshold no data 1% - 2% 3% - 5% 6% - 9% 10% - 11% 12% - 22% 405 405 167 116th Ave SEMa p l e V a l l e y H w y NE 4th St NE Sunset Blvd SW Grady Wa y DowntownRenton CascadeVillage Benson Center SE Petrovitsky Rd LakeYoungs LakeWashington Cedar Riv e r Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Poverty (2010)0 0.5 10.25 Miles BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLAN Data source: American Community Survey 2010, 5 Year Estimate, Table B08122 Percent of population below 150% of the poverty threshold no data 1% - 2% 3% - 5% 6% - 9% 10% - 11% 12% - 22% Figure 1-34. Portion of population below 150% of the poverty threshold map (American Community Survey 2010, 5 Year Estimate, Table B08122, census tract level) Figure 1-35. 2010 median household income by block group map Benson Hill Community Plan 17 Introduction Summary Benson Hill is a set of suburban neighborhoods loosely tied together because of surrounding barriers: natural (i.e., Cedar River, Soos Creek Park, Renton Park, Boulevard Lane Park) and created (i.e., Interstate 405, Highway 167, and the Renton-Kent boundary at SE 192nd Street). Although Benson Hill has many positive qualities— such as active neighborhood associations that spur community events, great schools, beautiful views, rolling topography, large natural areas, excellent driving access to downtown and the region, and the start of an extensive trail network—this analysis shows that some areas could improve. The following are some aspects of Benson Hill that should be addressed in this plan: • social equity. Average income in Benson Hill is on par with Renton, but people with lower incomes are concentrated in central and northern Benson Hill (Figure 1-35). Benson Hill as a whole may have less “opportunity” than much of Puget Sound (Figure 1-32). Thus, to work toward social equity, this plan should promote the addition or improvement of resources in those areas. Homeownership and business retention programs may also be key to ensuring that future improvements benefit current residents and businesses as opposed to merely attracting newcomers. • Benson Hill unity. Benson Hill is segmented and lacks a unified identity. Some neighborhoods have neighborhood associations and long-standing relationships with the City, but others have only been annexed to Renton for a few years, and many households are not part of any organized neighborhood. Community residents are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, country of birth, and household income. In addition, some neighborhoods are physically disconnected from each other. Benson Hill’s social and geographic diversity itself could be a unifying element if social and physical connections between neighborhoods are improved. In this way, Benson Hill could truly become a community of neighborhoods. • Community heart. The combination of commercial attractions and public space in a central location is important to creating a cohesive community. Most great communities have a central “town square” and/or “main street,” usually within walking or bicycling distance, where people go to run errands, dine, shop, and recreate. The attractions may be mostly private enterprises, but an attached public gathering space, or at least public sidewalks, allows for social get-togethers, community activities, and chance meetings. The central location and concentration of attractions bring diverse neighbors together, the pleasant pedestrian environment invites people to walk between destinations, and the resulting accidental meetings City of Renton 18 Chapter 1 and planned community events build stronger ties among community members. For example, Kent Station attracts people for shopping and dining, while outdoor plazas allow for gathering. In Seattle’s U-District, shops along The Ave bring pedestrians for food and errands, and the sidewalks become a place for many chance meetings. When additional public space is needed for events, the street is closed to traffic. However, in Benson Hill, Cascade Village and Benson Plaza are the only major commercial centers, and neither support community gathering or easy walking or bicycling. Area parks provide amenities to the households that live nearby, but recreation opportunities alone do not create comprehensive neighborhood centers. Because Benson Hill is such a large area, it is important that this plan create at least one focused area of community activity. • Park and community center. The Parks Plan states the need to strategically locate a park and community center in central or southern Benson Hill, which currently lacks access to parks (Figures 1-6 and 1-7). • non-motorized mobility. Neighborhoods are physically disconnected from each other, as well as from retail and restaurant services. People cannot easily walk or bicycle to commercial destinations, and in the southeast, public transit can be over a mile away from residences. However, the existing informal network pedestrian paths and the planned Soos Creek Trail expansion offer the opportunity to build a more comprehensive trail system. Benson Hill could become a stronger community if the above themes are addressed. These, combined with the community’s input represented in the Chapter 2: Public Engagement, provide the basis and underlying assumptions for this plan. Benson Hill Community Plan 19 2.Public Engagement Phase 1 Input Beyond Conventional Outreach In June 2011, Renton held a walking audit of the Cascade neighborhood. Although the City advertised the event with posters, postcard mailouts, and media releases, attendance was poor. From this experience, the planning team learned that they would need to employ additional or unconventional outreach strategies to garner ideas and feedback for this plan. So in addition to the traditional mailers, posters, and press releases, an online strategy, informal conversation at neighborhood events, and outreach to specific individuals and groups became important to this process. Notably, it was the combination of techniques, and the replication of efforts into multiple formats, that reached the broad audience used to develop the plan. Mailings, posters, workshops, interactive online tools, social media, and personal outreach all target different groups of people. These techniques were part of the public process for this plan, but also resulted in the outcome of creating additional communication between the neighborhoods and the City. Conversations Neighborhood Picnics Prior to the start of the project, City staff met with residents at the 2011 neighborhood picnics in Tiffany Park, Rolling Hills, Talbot Park/Victoria Park, and Cascade. People talked about what they liked and would like to see improved in Benson Hill, and these informal interviews were videotaped and later posted on the Benson Plan website. Figure 2-1. Website screen shots, including videos from 2011 picnics City of Renton 20 Chapter 2 Benson Hill Steering Committee Meetings Planning staff reached out to individuals they met at the neighborhood picnics, or heard about through the Neighborhood Program, to form the Benson Hill Steering Committee (BHSC). The BHSC, comprised of residents, business owners, and community leaders, met three times during the initial phase of the project. In the first meeting, members were introduced to the planning process and discussed their priorities for Benson Hill. The second meeting focused on the best means of engaging more people in the process and helped to develop the outreach strategy for the plan. It also solidified the agenda for the February Open House, where Steering Committee members led small group discussions. In the third meeting, members responded to the open house results and provided further input to staff on the draft vision statement for the plan. Online Presence Website BensonPlan.org was launched in early 2012 to provide information about community planning in general and this project specifically, announce updates and events, and solicit input and feedback at various stages of the planning process. The website received almost 2,000 “hits,” and 1,220 people visited the site between its inception and August 2013. Almost 500 people returned to the site multiple times. People tended to arrive at the site via the City of Renton’s page, the Benson Plan Facebook page, the Renton Reporter, the Renton Patch, reddit, or by directly typing in the page address. Spikes in usage occurred when we coupled our efforts with other methods, such as when people were asked to vote on the summer 2012 Midnight Movie at Cascade Village, after updates sent by email or post, upon announcing an online survey, and around the day of the Moonlight Movie itself. Interactive Map An interactive map on the website provided a forum for geographically specific comments and discussions (Figure 2-4). It allowed users to post unique comments and provided locations for sidewalk and intersection improvements, speeding traffic, and input on other issues, such as an off-leash dog-park, community garden, panhandlers, and preserving natural areas. One of the great features of the interactive map was that is also allowed other members of the public to respond and vote on suggestions, opening a dialogue not just with the City but within the community as well. News Blog Also featured on the website was a blog where meeting Figure 2-2. Steering Committee driving tour Figure 2-3. Steering Committee direction on major concepts Figure 2-4. Interactive map used to collect comments and facilitate discussion Benson Hill Community Plan 21 Public Engagement Figure 2-7. February Open House announcements and other information could be posted (Figure 2-5). Community members asked for information to be presented in this format where they could make comments and ask clarifying questions. One of the most popular blog entries was an update from the owners of the Cascade Shopping Center. Social Media The City maintained a Benson Plan Facebook page, providing updates and announcements and sparking conversation about plan topics (Figure 2-6). Most visitors reached the Facebook page through the Benson Plan website, but also from Renton Patch, Renton Reporter, and the City of Renton Facebook page. Email Updates Email updates were sent to interested people every few months throughout the process. People were able to sign up for the email list through the Benson Plan website and at the neighborhood picnics and open house. Interested parties without an email address were sent the same updates by post. Email was also used to do targeted outreach to community groups and organizations. Benson Hill is home to multiple youth organizations, businesses, churches and religious groups, sports clubs, ethnic clubs, school groups, and neighborhood organizations. Flyers, notices, and survey links sent specifically to these groups, helped to reach parts of the community who might not ordinarily participate in planning projects. Survey #1 Staff prepared a survey to help identify priorities and assets for the Benson Hill Community. This survey was available by paper and online from February to May 2012. Paper copies were distributed at the February workshop and to interested parties. The results are summarized in the Summary of Phase 1 Input section below. February 29, 2012 Public Workshop The Public Workshop filled the gymnasium at Renton Park Elementary School. After a short presentation on background information about Benson Hill and the purpose of community planning, participants discussed their values and visions. Bicycle routes, infrastructure, speeding cars, wetlands and green space, connections across roads, a community center, crime, and the economics of planning were some of the topics raised. Participants then broke into topic groups—Cascade Village/ Business Services, Parks and Open Space, Community Well-Being (safety, security, youth, seniors, schools, health), and Streets and Figure 2-5. Blog announcements Figure 2-6. Facebook status updates City of Renton 22 Chapter 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Nelsen Middle School Lindbergh High School Cascade Elementary School Renton Park Elementary School Benson Hill Elementary School Tiffany Park Elementary School Spring Glen School SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St SE 164th StGrant Ave SPedestrian W a l k Ced a r R i v e r T r l B e a c o n W a y S 112th Ave SESE 186th St 134th Ave SE125th Ave SESE 184th St 102nd Ave SESE 172nd St 118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 192nd St SE 182nd St 129th Pl SES 18th St 113th Ave SEMil l Ave S120th Ave SES 36th Pl SE 8 t h P l SE 188th St SE 158th St S 7th St 106th Ave SEHigh Ave SSE Royal Hills Dr 131st Ave SES E 1 7 0 t h P l SE 160th St SE 16th Pl SE 181st St SE 165th St 104th Ave SE105th Ave SEIn d e x A v e S E SE 1 5 1 s t S t SE 16th StB e a c o n W a y S E 121st Ave SES 27th St SE 6 t h S t 129th Ave SES 23 rd S t S 9th St 106th Pl SE103rd Ave SESE 161st StRenton Ave SS E 1 9 t h S t 132nd Pl SE105th Pl SESE 159th Pl F e r n d a l e A v e S E SE 180th St111th Ave SES 36th St Lake You n g s W a y S E 110th Pl SESE 12th St SE 7th S t S 47th St 124th Ave SESE 175th St 123rd Ave SEJones Ave S122nd Ave SE114th Ave SES 32nd StTalbot Rd S127th Pl SESE 21st St 110th Ave SECedar Ave SSE 170th St SE 174th St 120th Te r SE109th Ave SESE 11th St Eagle Ridge Dr SSE 180th Pl Th o m a s L n 118th Pl SECe d a r R i d g e D r S E 133rd Pl SE114th Pl SESE 169th St SE 163rd St SE 22nd Pl Private Rd SE 8th Dr Gl e n w o o d A v e S E 117th Ave SEMain Ave SSE 18th P l 121st Ln SE133rd Ave SE113th Way SE SE 187th St 130th Av e S E S E 1 6 9 t h P l 112th Pl SESE 157th St 119th Ave SEBenson Plaza AcRd128th Ave SES 38th Ct SE 191st St SE 167th St 135th Ave SESE 1 4 8 t h S t Aberdeen Ave SES 37th Pl SE 185th Pl SE 173rd St SE 160th Pl SE 1 4 9 t h S t 127th Ave SES 35th St Mill Ave SE128th Pl SEGrant Aly SS 31st St S 28th Ct Eagle Ln S135th Pl SE126th Pl SESE 178th St SE 179th St S E 1 8 t h S t SE 166th St SE 159th St SE 8th St SE 183rd Pl 119th Pl SE SE 186th Pl 12 2 n d L n S E SE 162nd St S 34th Pl 123rd P l SE SE 10th S t 122nd Pl SESE 5th P l UnnamedSE 11th Pl Olympia Ave SE107th Ave SESE 189th Pl Nelsen MS AcRd 113th Pl SESE 184th Pl 121st Pl SESE 188th Pl S 28th St 115th Ln SESE 190th St S 6th St SE 20th Ct 111th Pl SESmi the rs Ave S117th Pl SES 29th St SE 193rd Pl SE 187th Ln S 29th Ct 108th Ave SE107th Pl SEBerkshire Apt AcRdSE 187th Pl SE 176th St SE 190th Pl SE 19th Ct SE 171st Pl SE 174th LnWells Ct SMain Ct S115th Ave SECedar Ave SES 31st Ct Palm Court Condos AcRdEdmonds Dr SESE 166th Pl SE 171st St 131st Pl SESE 21st Ct SE 185th StJones Dr SESE 1 5 7 t h P l SE 182nd Pl S 30th Pl SE 179th Pl SE 18th Ct 104th Pl SES 30th Ct SE 161st Pl SE 189th St SE 171st Ln 128th Pl SE132nd Pl SESE 182nd St 114th Ave SESE 181st St SE 161st St 126th Ave SESE 187 t h P lPrivate RdPrivate Rd114th Ave SESE 160th St 1 3 2 n d P l S E SE 18th CtPrivate RdSE 169th St 12 9 t h P l S E 132nd Pl SESE 159th Pl Private Rd134th Ave SE11 9 t h P l S E Pedestrian Walk 131st Ave SE 106th Pl SES 23rd St Cedar Ave SSE 180th St SE 190th St 126th Pl SEPrivate RdSE 167th St SE 175th St SE 172nd St 126th P l SE111th Ave SESE 186th St SE 173rd St 134th Ave SE106th Ave SESE 182nd St SE 179th St 130th Ave SE118th Ave SE124th Ave SESE 184th Pl 117th Ave SESE 188th Pl SE 169th Pl 133rd Pl SE110th Pl SE133rd Pl SESE 181st St109th Ave SE118th Ave SEPedestrian Walk120th Ave SEPrivate RdSE 180th St SE 160th St SE 172nd St SE 185th Pl120th Ave SESE 172nd St SE 182nd St 132nd Pl SESE 166th St SE 186th Pl116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGESHOPPING CENTER BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER T515 T515 405 Make access road bike friendly at gate ■ 1 Power lines trail ■ 2 2 Create a more safe, multi-modal, & aesthetic gateway to Phillip Arnold Park ■ 3 3Sidewalk ■ 4 4Needs sidewalks & bike lane ■ 5 5 Needs pedestrian/bike access; work terrain ■ 6 6 7 Community safety concerns about unsupervised kids/teens in these areas ■ 7 8 8 Improve sidewalk ■9 9 Needs sidewalks ■ ■10 10 Sign ■11 11 Kids walk here & it’s wooded, but private property ■ 12 12Crime zone ■13 13Clean up area - improve ■ ■ 14 14Security at C.V. ■15 15Turn lane needed for post office ■ 16 16 Create park ■ 17 17Preserve wetlands and wildlife corridor ■ ■ 18 18 18 Needs a lane each way ■ 19 19 Disconnect between Section 8 residents & neighborhood ■ 20 20 Community park at 176th & 116th or Cascade Village ■ 21 21 Needs a stop sign ■ 22 22 Needs signal & crosswalk or pedestrian refuge ■ 23 23 116th Ave SE ◦ Better walking environment ■ ◦ Needs sidewalks & street lighting ■ ◦ More & better transit ■ ◦ Improve 116th sidewalk to schools with landscaping & “green infrastructure” ■ 24 24 Upgrade sidewalks & maintain vegetation ■ 25 25 Open this road ■ 26 26 No through ■ 27 27 Unsafe intersection ■ 28 28 Shortcut 40 mph+ speed ■ 29 Place to fly model electric airplanes (not necessarily this location) ■ 30 30 Needs sidewalks ■ 31 31 Extend Soos Creek Trail along power lines & pipelines, & connect to Cascade & Tiffany Parks ■ 32 32 32 Speeding ■ 33 33 33 3333 Needs sidewalks & street lights ■ 34 Cascade Park ◦ Crime ■ ■ ◦ Add parking ■ ◦ Visibility–remove fence? ■ ◦ Delinquents & graffiti ■ 35 Preserve pool; partner with Renton school district to operate pool ■ 36 Needs street lights ■ 37 38 38 39 40 41 42 4344 454647 48 Cascade Village◦ Existing traffic flow–make use of it to capture people at C.V! ■ ◦ Something prominent ■ ◦ Swap ball field & shopping center ■ ◦ Fountain, tables, greenery ■ ◦ Landscaping to attract people ■ ◦ Re-open access ■ ◦ Community center & garden! ■ ◦ Skate park ■ ◦ Soccer/ball park ■ ◦ Post office is major attraction (no P.O. in Fairwood) ■ ◦ Pea patch & dog park (off leash) ■ ◦ Old Bally’s swimming pool to bring into C.V. (?) center ■ 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 49 Soos Creek Trail alignments ■ 50 50 50 Soos Creek Trail alignments ■ 51 51 51 1 35 36 37 34 29 Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLANOpen House #1 Mapping Exercise Compilation SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS ASSETS COMMENTS FROM GROUPS PROBLEM AREAS New/improved connections Potential location of improvement Trail alignments Other improvements along streets (often sidewalks) Other improvements in general areas General area to be preserved, protected, orfully utilized General area with problem (usually speeding or crime) ■ Parks and open space group ■ Streets and walkability group ■ Community well being group ■ Cascade Village group Community PlanBenson Hillopen House #1 Mapping exercise Compilation Additional General Comments Notes compiled from 4 groups at the February 29, 2012 open house. Colored squares at the end of each note indicate which group made the comment (see legend below). Streets and Walkability • Better pedestrian and bike connections between parks • Cycling accessibility does not erode accessibility that’s already there • Lighting after dark • Radar speed signals • Improving vehicular access and traffic flow • Controlling density • Safety signals at crosswalks • Planted medians – landscape strips • Traffic circles on main thoroughfares • Need safety flashers, lighting at shelters and transit stops • Within every square mile zoning to accommodate small scale neighborhood commercial for better pedestrian access Community Well Being • Community sign! • Covenants enforced to clean up neighborhoods and promote pride • Community picnics! • Partner with local churches! Cascade Village • Attract people to existing businesses • Tax breaks for businesses moving into Cascade Village • Nucleus for small home-grown businesses, especially ethnic businesses • Make use of the space available • Community Center should include: • A variety of recreation activities, including yoga, indoor basketball, exercise • Library • Community room/event space for 40-50 people • Multiple rooms for different size groups • Affordable grocery store or Trader Joe’s • Coffee shop with wifi, baked goods, and great coffee (visible from street) • Health clinic • Vet • Farmers market • Fruit stand • Swap meet • Rest-family • Bakery • Fast food • Bowling alley / activity center • Renovate – rebuild center – updated architecture • Keep small scale • Unique • Community garden • Electric vehicle plug in • Traveling carnival • Arts & crafts • Use power line land • Mixed-use – Live upper level, work lower level (graphic) Parks & Open Spaces • Soccer complex, maybe at Cascade Center or under power/ transmission lines; or maybe use existing pool • PSE sports field – partner • Add a bench area for teens – “save the playground for kids” • Build Soos Creek Trail o Maintain green space for stormwater • Teen skate park to help with Cascade Park • Move Cascade Picnic to a park not a parking lot Figure 2-8. February Open House mapping exercise compilation Benson Hill Community Plan 23 Public Engagement Walkability—to map their ideas (Figure 2-8). Topic groups were led by members of the Benson Hill Steering Committee. Figure 2-9 shows the compilation of their comments. Many ideas centered on Cascade Village, with street, sidewalk, and trail improvements woven throughout. Finally, participants prioritized the ideas recorded during the mapping exercise by placing dots on the items they cared most about (Figure 2-10). A grocery store was the number one priority, followed by a community recreation center for a range of events and activities and improvements to 116th Avenue SE. During the meeting, children also sketched their ideas on what was important in their neighborhood (Figure 2-10).Figure 2-12. February Open House prioritization activity Figure 2-9. Example topics from February Open House values and visions discussion Figure 2-10. Kids “picture your neighborhood” activity Figure 2-11. February Open House mapping exercise City of Renton 24 Chapter 2 People like views from: • Phillip Arnold Park (and road to it) • 7-11/Little League baseball fields on 116th and 168th – view of Mt. Rainier • Cascade Village – view of Mt. Rainier • Nelsen Middle School • Falcon Ridge • Cascade Elementary playground • Above Tiffany Park – view to foothills • 108th and Petrovitsky/Carr – looking west at sunset • Vantage Glen – looking west to Olympics and sunsets • Driving south on 116th – views of Mt. Rainier • Benson Way (Talbot Rd) – looking west Some other places people like include: • CVAC baseball fields • Renton Pool at Lindbergh High School • Forest behind Benson Hill Elementary • Teasdale Park and surrounding neighborhoods Stakeholder Meetings City Departments The planning team met with the City’s Interdepartmental Team (IDT) at key points. Topics discussed with the IDT included: assisting community groups in building amenities like an off-leash dog-park or community garden; improving a sense of safety at Cascade Village; opportunities for parks and recreation in the Benson Hill, and public safety improvements for streets and sidewalks. Some of the meetings included field visits to evaluate sites and conditions. One of the important outcomes of the IDT meetings was an understanding that the City already has resources and programs in place that could be used to assist the community with some of their identified issues. Neighborhood Program Grants, Block Watch, Crime Prevention training, the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas Plan, and Renton’s Complete Streets Ordinance are all resources that are already in place. There are also many Human Services needs in the Benson Hill, which will be addressed in a city-wide Community Needs Analysis conducted as part of the Housing and Human Services Element update of the Comprehensive Plan in 2014-2015. Cascade Village Property Owners The planning team met with the Cascade Village property owners several times in the process to understand their needs, plans, and what they had already tried at the shopping center. Cascade Village’s owners were willing to allow temporary community uses of their property such as an off-leash dog-park or community garden. They described their attempts to attract a grocery store,1 a YMCA or similar community center, and other business tenants to fill the center. Summary of Phase 1 Input How people feel about Benson Hill Overall, participants ranked Benson Hill’s attributes as fairly neutral. Benson Hill scored high as a good place to live and raise a family and people enjoy its automobile access. People really like some places in Benson Hill. The Benson Plaza Shopping Center, the trails under the powerlines, parks, schools, and some particularly great views are especially liked. 1 In the second meeting, planning team members, the property owners, and a market operator interested in opening a “community marketplace” at Cascade Village, came together to discuss any ways the City could assist in catalyzing the market. All parties were on board, but the market operator later pulled out due to the “hard-to-find” location of Cascade Village. Figure 2-13. Views from Cascade Village, Spring Glen Elementary School, Renton Park Elementary/Lindbergh High School, and local roads Benson Hill Community Plan 25 Public Engagement However, people do not think it is a visually attractive place, do not like its pedestrian and bicycle environments, and do not think it does well as a “green” or environmentally-conscious place. Comments reflected an interest in more pet-friendly places, more activities for kids, a greater focus on safety and crime reduction, building a feeling of community, improving parks and recreation opportunities, and making a better environment for businesses. Neutral Decent GreatPoorAwful Other As a green and environmentally responsible place As a visually attractive place Safety and security As a place to do business Convenient access to healthy food Businesses serve daily needs As a welcoming/friendly community As a place to raise a family As a place to live Public transportation Automobile transportation Bicycle environment (safe, convenient, and pleasant places to bike) Pedestrian environment (safe, convenient, and pleasant places to walk) Parks and recreation How Benson Hill ranks in the following areas: 0 20 40 60 80 100 Cascade Village Shopping Center Other Views Cascade Park School Renton Park Tiffany Park Restaurant or coffee shop Trails under the power lines Benson Plaza Shopping Center (Fred Meyer area) People’s favorite places are: Figure 2-14. Benson Hill assets from Survey #1 Figure 2-15. Valued trails and views under the power lines Figure 2-16. How people feel about different aspects of Benson Hill from Survey #1 City of Renton 26 Chapter 2 Priorities for Benson Hill The ideas from the Open House, survey, Steering Committee, online interactive map, and 2011 neighborhood picnics were compressed into a few major concepts: • Cascade Village enhancements. Geographi- cally, the Cascade Village is in the center of the Benson Hill and many long-time residents remember this area as the heart of the com- munity. Most of the shopping center is currently vacant and ideas for enhancing it ran the gamut from attracting a new grocery store, to short- term improvements like walking paths or swap meet site, to building a community/ethnic market place, to using the land as a park, to using the area for housing. • Parks and Recreation improvements. Consis- tent with the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Ar- eas plan adopted in 2011, Benson Hill residents identified the great need for additional parks and recreation service. A community center to sup- port families and youth programs, sports fields, safe playgrounds, community gardens, and improvements to connect informal trails into a comprehensive network are all key elements. • street upgrades. 116 th Avenue SE should be transformed into a “jewel” pathway, tying north and south Benson Hill together with nice side- walks, bike lanes, street lights, landscaping, na- tive plants and natural drainage, and improved transit. While that is an especially important corridor, many other areas were identified for pedestrian and bicycling improvements such as completing sidewalk connections, traffic calm- ing, and improving intersection safety. The Planning Team built on these priorities and concepts to set the stage for public input during Phase 2, where major concepts were vetted with the public. People’s priorities:050100150200More housing choices (e.g., nicer apartments, condos, townhouses)Nicer-looking/higher quality commercial buildingsMore environmental awareness in street, landscape, and building designOtherMore parksEnhancements to existing parksBetter paths/routes for bicyclingMore or better access to healthy foodTraffic calming to slow speeding carsMore visually attractive streets (e.g., street trees, landscaping, lighting)More/better shops and restaurantsA community center to support recreational activities for youthBetter sidewalks or paths for walkingCascade Village enhancementWeighted PointsFigure 2-17. Priorities from Survey #1 People’s priorities: Benson Hill Community Plan 27 Public Engagement The Benson Hill Community Plan will describe the community’s vision for the area and how Renton and residents can work together to accomplish its goals. Today, we’re looking at four major ideas that people have suggested so far (see map below): • 116th Ave Se Street improvementS • CASCAde villAge enhAnCementS • WAlking And biCyCling improvementS • potentiAl Community pArk? benSon hill Community plAn overall vision SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St 116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGEENHANCEMENTS NEW COMMUNITY PARK(location to be determined) ? 116TH “JEWEL”PATHWAY WALKING &BICYCLINGIMPROVEMENTS(throughout) BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER T515 T515 405 Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯ Take a ballot and let us know what you think! in the year 2032, benson hill is… socially and physically rich, with ethnically, generation- ally, and economically di- verse residents who enjoy neighborhoods that are welcoming places to live and raise families. beautiful views of mount rainier, the Cascades, the olympics, and city skylines visually connect benson hill to the region and enhance the aesthetic expe- rience. parks, green spaces, and trails provide recre- ational opportunities, add- ing to a healthy community and ecology. the business environment is thriving and diverse, with daily needs served in walking distance of residents. Streets and paths are inviting for walking, bik- ing, and riding transit and reflect pride in a well-main- tained and safe community. A range of housing options meets the needs of benson hill’s diverse households. does this capture your vision for benson hill? 1 What we heard “Make 116th the ‘jewel’ pathway” was ranked a top priority at the open house, and the steering committee agreed that improving this central connection would tie the neighborhood together. Open house and online participants want to see a better walking and bicycling environment with nice sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, “green infrastructure,” and improved transit. SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd Ca s c a d e S h o p p i n g C ent e r A c R d Private Rd Cascade Shopp in g Cente r AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th St SE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet benSon hill Community plAn 116th Avenue Se street improvements (between Se 168th Street and Se petrovitsky road) What’s the idea 1 2 3 116th is the central spine of Benson Hill, connecting neighbors to Cascade Village, Cascade and Benson Hill Elementary Schools, and trails. The plan below shows widened sidewalks buffered with landscaping and street trees, bike lanes, and natural drainage in some places. The City is seeking grant funding to design and build these improvements. These improvements can be continued to the north and south of the pictured area over time. 2 4-6’sidewalk 8-10’vegetated swale 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 8-10’vegetated swale 4-6’sidewalk 4-6’side-walk 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’turning lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’side-walk 2.5-4.5’planting strip 2.5-4.5’planting strip 4-6’side-walk 5’ bike lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’side-walk 2.5-4.5’planting strip 2.5-4.5’planting strip 11’drive lane 11’refuge median 11’drive lane 4-6’sidewalk 8-10’vegetated swale 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 8-10’vegetated swale 4-6’sidewalk 4-6’side-walk 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’turning lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’side-walk 2.5-4.5’planting strip 2.5-4.5’planting strip 4-6’side-walk 5’ bike lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’side-walk 2.5-4.5’planting strip 2.5-4.5’planting strip 11’drive lane 11’refuge median 11’drive lane benSon hill Community plAn 116th Avenue Se street improvements (between Se 168th Street and Se petrovitsky road) 4-6’sidewalk 8-10’vegetated swale 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 8-10’vegetated swale 4-6’sidewalk 4-6’side-walk 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’turning lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’side-walk 2.5-4.5’planting strip 2.5-4.5’planting strip 4-6’side-walk 5’ bike lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’side-walk 2.5-4.5’planting strip 2.5-4.5’planting strip 11’drive lane 11’refuge median 11’drive lane 1 2 3 Cross section looking north between 168th St and SE 172nd St Cross section looking north where there are medians Cross section looking north between Cascade Village and SE Petrovitsky Rd South of 168th St, looking south. Fence near CVAC baseball fields is replaced with landscaping, sidewalk is widened, bike route formalized, and street trees added. At Cascade Village, looking north. Bike lanes and street trees continue, sidewalk is widened with Cascade Village redevelopment, and landscaped medians alternate with a turning lane as needed. Near Petrovitsky, looking south. Water drains into swales on both sides of the street, landscaping buffers the sidewalks, and bike lanes continue. overhead power lines remain BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER AFTER overhead power lines remain overhead power lines remain 2 SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave S E 120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE121st Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050Feet Dog Park Community Market Community Garden benSon hill Community plAn Cascade village short-term opportunity(dog park, community garden, and community market) What we heard This Will REquiRE lOcAl vOlunTEERs Enhancing Cascade Village is by far the community’s top priority. Participants offered many ideas, including attracting people to existing businesses, creating a nucleus for small, especially ethnic, businesses, and adding a pea patch and a dog park. Also, people especially favor the view of the Cascade Mountains from this area. To make this happen, we need volunteers to help organize, construct, operate, and maintain the dog park and community garden. R.U.F.F., Sustainable Renton, and the Cascade Neighborhood Association have offered to help, but they can’t do it alone. Talk with Benson Plan staff if you are interested in volunteering for this community initiative so they can put you in touch with community organizers. What’s the idea In the immediate future, community members could establish a community garden and dog park under the power lines. This would attract more people to Cascade Village, improve the sense of safety, and create places where neighbors can meet each other. With the garden, park, community market (see board 3b), and existing CVAC baseball fields located so close to each other, there is a real opportunity for the activities to build on each other, cause interactions among different people, and spur a great community center. The location also makes use of the valued views under the power lines. Renton Utilities has offered labor and equipment to run water from Cascade Village to the garden. A dog park and community garden require volunteer effort. Sign up to help today! The Neighborhood Grant Program may have matching funds available for a neighborhood association to help build these parks. 3 benSon hill Community plAn Cascade village short-term opportunity(dog park, community garden, and community market) Along with the dog park and community garden, a community market with restaurants and indoor and outdoor vendors would provide an attraction to Cascade Village and a central meeting place for Benson Hill’s diverse residents. The Burien Street Market operator is interested in starting an international market in the old QFC building and potentially using the old Bartell’s as an event center. 4 Re-using the QFC building to house market stalls and restaurants, and occasionally vendors outside in the parking lot. theSe Are long term And build on the Short- term dog pArk, gArden, And mArket ideAS. they Will require future funding, ConSiStent With the City- Wide prioritieS of the pArkS, reCreAtion, nAturAl reSourCeS, And open SpACe plAn (pro plAn). Publicparks and recreation Privatecommercial development65,000 sq. ft. new commercial space, 360 parking spaces Approximately 14 acres could potentially support:• 20,000 sq. ft. recreation center,• baseball and soccer fields,• playground, • tot lot,• community garden, and• any combination of dog park, basketball courts, skatepark, etc.This alternative would involve placing facilities under the power transmission lines. SE 168th St SE 1 7 0th P l SE 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave S E 12 0th Ln SE120 th T e r S E 120th Ave SE118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE120th Ave S E119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGEBenson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050Feet Publicparks and recreation Approximately 19 acres could potentially support the parks activities listed in the public-private partnership alternative above. SE 168th St SE 17 0 t h P l SE 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave S E 12 0th L n SE 120 th Te r SE120th Ave SE118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE120th Ave S E119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGEBenson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050Feet benSon hill Community plAn Cascade village long-term opportunity(public-private and all public alternatives: parks and recreation complex) What we heard As mentioned on the Cascade Village short-term opportunity sheet, increasing activity at Cascade Village is participants’ number one action. A community center and sports fields have been very popular ideas among participants. The City’s long-term parks plan states that they’re seeking a site in the area for a park, community center, and fields. What’s the idea The short-term sheets show immediately do-able actions, while this sheet shows ideas for the very long term that require additional public commitment. Establishing a community use (or community complex) at Cascade Village could reinvigorate the area and provide a center of activity (a “heart”) to Benson Hill. Benson Hill is currently underserved by parks and community centers, and this could address that issue. This option requires City purchase of land and a public-private partnership and can only happen when funding is available for acquisition, park design, construction, and maintenance. Parks and recreation facilities sited here would need to be consistent with the PRO Plan and would be master planned through a public process. 5 benSon hill Community plAn Walking and bicycling environment What we heard Participants ranked “better sidewalks or paths for walking” as their second highest priority (behind Cascade Village enhancements) and comments consistently address the need for more sidewalks. Speeding cars and unsafe intersections present additional concerns. What’s the idea The map below shows suggestions we’ve heard for additional or improved sidewalks and bicycling routes. Safe and pleasant routes from homes to key locations (e.g., schools, businesses, and parks) tie the neighborhood together and encourage healthy living. We need your input Add your notes! Please use these colors: Do you feel safe walking and cycling in your neigborhood? Which routes are especially important to you? Please clarify below which streets need sidewalks or other improvements for you to have an enjoyable and safe walk or bicycle ride. 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Nelsen Middle School Lindbergh High School Cascade Elementary School Renton Park Elementary School Benson Hill Elementary School Tiffany Park Elementary School Spring Glen School SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St SE 164th StGrant Ave SPedestrian Walk Ced a r R i v e r T r l Be a c o n W a y S 112th Ave SESE 186th St 134th Ave SE125th Ave SESE 184th St 102nd Ave SESE 172nd St 118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 192nd St SE 182nd St 129th Pl SES 18th St 113th Ave SEMil l Ave S120th Ave SES 36th Pl SE 8 t h P l SE 188th St SE 158th St S 7th St 106th Ave SEHigh Ave SSE Royal Hills Dr 131st Ave SESE 1 7 0 t h P l SE 160th St SE 16th Pl SE 181st St SE 165th St 104th Ave SE105th Ave SEInd e x A v e S E SE 1 5 1 s t S t SE 16th St Be a c o n W a y S E 121st Ave SES 27th St SE 6t h S t 129th Ave SES 23rd S t S 9th St 106th Pl SE103rd Ave SESE 161st StRenton Ave SSE 1 9 t h S t 132nd Pl SE105th Pl SESE 159th Pl Fe r n d a l e A v e S E SE 180th St111th Ave SES 36th St Lake Youngs W a y S E 110th Pl SESE 12th St SE 7th S t S 47th St 124th Ave SESE 175th St 123rd Ave SEJones Ave S122nd Ave SE114th Ave SES 32nd StTalbot Rd S127th Pl SESE 21st St 110th Ave SECedar Ave SSE 170th St SE 174th St 120th T e r SE109th Ave SESE 11th St Eagle Ridge Dr SSE 180th Pl Th o m a s L n 118th Pl SEC e d a r R i d g e D r S E 133rd Pl SE114th Pl SESE 169th St SE 163rd St SE 22nd Pl Priva te Rd SE 8th Dr Gl e n w o o d A v e S E 117th Ave SEMain Ave SSE 18th Pl 121st Ln SE133rd Ave SE113th Way SE SE 187th St 130th A v e S E SE 1 6 9 t h P l 112th Pl SESE 157th St 119th Ave SEBenson Plaza AcRd128th Ave SES 38th Ct SE 191st St SE 167th St 135th Ave SESE 1 4 8 t h S t Aberdeen Ave SES 37th Pl SE 185th Pl SE 173rd St SE 160th Pl SE 1 4 9 t h S t 127th Ave SES 35th St Mill Ave SE128th Pl SEGrant Aly SS 31st St S 28th Ct Eagle Ln S135th Pl SE126th Pl SESE 178th St SE 179th St SE 1 8 t h S t SE 166th St SE 159th St SE 8th St SE 183rd Pl 119th Pl S E SE 186th Pl 12 2 n d L n S E SE 162nd St S 34th Pl 123rd P l SE SE 10th St 122nd Pl SESE 5th P l UnnamedSE 11th Pl Olympia Ave SE107th Ave SESE 189th Pl Nelsen MS AcRd 113th Pl SE SE 184th Pl 121st Pl SESE 188th Pl S 28th St 115th Ln SESE 190th St S 6th St SE 20th Ct 111th Pl SESmither s Ave S117th Pl SES 29th St SE 193rd Pl SE 187th Ln S 29th Ct 108th Ave SE107th Pl SEBerkshire Apt AcRdSE 187th Pl SE 176th St SE 190th Pl SE 19th Ct SE 171st Pl SE 174th LnWells Ct SMain Ct S115th Ave SECedar Ave SES 31st Ct Palm Court Condos AcRdEdmonds Dr SESE 166th Pl SE 171st St 131st Pl SESE 21st Ct SE 185th StJones Dr SESE 15 7 t h P l SE 182nd Pl S 30th Pl SE 179th Pl SE 18th Ct 104th Pl SES 30th Ct SE 161st Pl SE 189th St SE 171st Ln 128th Pl SE132nd Pl SESE 182nd St 114th Ave SESE 181st St SE 161st St 126th Ave SESE 187th P lPrivate RdPrivate Rd114th Ave SESE 160th St 1 3 2 n d P l S E SE 18th CtPrivate RdSE 169th St 129 t h P l SE 132nd Pl SESE 159th Pl Private Rd134th Ave SE11 9 t h P l S E Pedestrian Walk 131st Av e S E 106th Pl SES 23rd St Cedar Ave SSE 180th St SE 190th St 126th Pl SEPrivate RdSE 167th St SE 175th St SE 172nd St 126th P l SE111th Ave SESE 186th St SE 173rd St 134th Ave SE106th Ave SESE 182nd St SE 179th St 130th Ave SE118th Ave SE124th Ave SESE 184th Pl 117th Ave SESE 188th Pl SE 169th Pl 133rd Pl SE110th Pl SE133rd Pl SESE 181st St109th Ave SE118th Ave SEPedestrian Walk120th Ave SEPrivate RdSE 180th St SE 160th St SE 172nd St SE 185th Pl120th Ave SESE 172nd St SE 182nd St 132nd Pl SESE 166th St SE 186th Pl116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGESHOPPING CENTER BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER T515 T515 405 Needs a stop sign Needs signal & crosswalk or pedestrian refuge Unsafe intersection Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet BENSON HILLCOMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLANWalking and Bicycling Improvements SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS Identified by February 29, 2012 open house participants and online comments. Add connection Add trail network along utility corridors Add/improve sidewalks Existing pedestrian paths Existing regional trail Planned regional trail Add/improve bike routes General areas identified for sidewalk improvements Slow traffic down Improve intersectionGeneral areas identified for street lights Needs sidewalks Needs safer bicycle route Needs street lighting Needs a safer intersection Needs traffic calming (slow down cars) 6 Figure 2-18. Ideas brought to 2012 Neighborhood Picnics, Moonlight Movie, and online Survey #2 Figure 2-19. Phase 2 participants were asked to mark specific places needing sidewalk, intersection, lighting, or traffic calming improvements. Phase 2 Input The Planning Team, in consultation with the IDT, built on the priorities identified during Phase 1 to present a set of planning concepts (Figure 2-18) to the public for input during Phase 2. • Cascade Village enhancements. Short-term opportunities included utilizing the outdoor areas for community health and enjoyment and establishing a community market in the old grocery building. Long-term alternatives included the opportunity to establish a community park on the site. • 116 th Avenue se upgrades. Make 116th a “jewel” pathway, tying north and south Benson Hill together with nice sidewalks, bike lanes, street lights, landscaping, native plants and natural drainage, and improved transit, and • Walking and bicycling improvements. Identification of specific areas in the community that need safety improvements to connect sidewalks, reduce speeding, and improve intersection safety. City of Renton 28 Chapter 2 Vetting the Major Concepts In addition to using the communication channels already established in Phase I, in Phase II the planning team used some additional outreach methods to get feedback on the major concepts above. Benson Plan Mobile Workshops Instead of holding a single planning workshop and inviting the public to attend, the Benson Plan Mobile Workshop attended community events and neighborhood picnics in the Benson Hill Community throughout the summer of 2012. Participants learned about the Benson Plan and how the major concepts evolved from community input. They were given ballots (Figure 2-16) to vote on the major concepts, provide suggestions on a draft Vision for the plan, and make general comments. Those interested in working toward community efforts for an off-leash dog-park or community garden were able to sign up for a mailing list. Neighborhood picnics were held at Renton Park Elementary (July), Tiffany Park (August), and Rolling Hills (August). Another mobile workshop stop was the Moonlight Movie event at Cascade Village in August 2012. In partnership with Community Services, this event was cross promoted with the Benson Plan, which drew people to the Benson Plan website and got community Figure 2-20. 2012 Neighborhood Picnics and Moonlight Movie Example comments from surveys Community Building and Lasting Relationship with Renton Government • “More opportunities for gathering casually with neighbors.” • “far more places where the community can gather in a peaceful and relaxed manner” • “Unity in diversity.” • “Continue this process of community involvement in the planning process.” • “A community identity that people can get behind and start working together with.” • “Strengthen a coalition of neighborhoods or HOAs to provide a more unified voice for the area.” Cascade Village • “We so wish there was something to draw us to Cascade Center, as we live blocks from it, but unfortunately there is nothing.” • “There is so much potential [at Cascade Village] but the layout there is terrible and needs to be changed.” • “Let’s attract businesses to Cascade Village.” • “Cascade Village needs to be revitalized with a neighborhood friendly grocery store and recreational alternatives for teens/ youth.” • “Open the back entrance to the Cascade shopping center; remove the chain across the adjacent apartment driveway, also, to allow better access and minimize feelings of being second rate citizens among those affected by those closures.” Parks and Recreation • “Recreation programs are needed for all ages up here.” • “Community gardens, rain gardens, a community center, more parks…” • “A community garden combined with a community center space.” • “Off-leash areas for pets.” “Pet-friendly.” • “We need safe activities for the youth.” • “Allow the park buildings to be rented again.” • “The Lindbergh Pool is a gem for Benson Hill and a very large surrounding community. Very few public aquatic facilities exist that provide year round recreation, swimming lessons, and a venue for swim team practices and meets. The Renton Pools Community is ready to partner with government officials in ensuring the ongoing financial viability of the Lindbergh Pool.” Benson Hill Community Plan 29 Public Engagement residents interested the in the popular City program. Special flyers promoting the movie and the Benson Plan were also distributed through summer lunch program, allowing outreach to a community of people that is traditionally underrepresented. Online Survey #2 As a companion to the mobile workshops an online survey presented the same concepts and questions in a different format. The survey was available from July to September 2012 and provided a convenient way to gather input from those who did not attend any of the summer community events. The ballots from the picnics, movie, and online survey showed: • An overwhelming support for improvements to 116th Avenue SE. • People liked the overall vision, but wanted it to be more specific. • A great majority of people liked the idea of parks and recreation at Cascade Village. The people who voted against it expressed concerns over eliminating commercial, residential, and mixed land uses from the property. • The international community market was not quite as popular as the above, but still with a vast majority voting for it. Concerns regarded a lack of demand for this type of market and the desire for a more permanent and drastic redevelopment of Cascade Village with new restaurants and shops. • Most people approved of the off-leash dog-park and community garden, but some people expressed concern over proximity to homes, noise and smell, and potential issues with maintenance. At all of the events and online survey, people interested in volunteering for the off-leash dog-park or community garden joined email lists for each. Pedestrian/Bicycle/Transit Riders Accessibility • “A walkable community.” • “Renton should keep its commitment to complete streets. This includes roads that are bicycle friendly so that a person can go from anywhere to anywhere by bicycle.” • “Walking around seems to be quite the challenge in this area; I would do it more often but really feel I am a target for cars!” • “It would be great to have better bus service, as I have to walk 2 miles from my house to catch a bus!” Environment • “Need to interact more with water ecology for our neighborhoods.” • “Greenbelts preserved for wildlife.” Crime and Safety • “We need assistance with rousing neighborhoods into becoming more involved with block watch programs and what they can do to protect themselves and their property.” • “Pedestrian/bike friendly neighborhoods with less crime (our quiet, crime free area has had a sudden rash of home burglaries). Neighbors knowing neighbors and watching out for each other.” Neighborhood Aesthetics • “I would like to see the community do a better job with keeping up the appearance of their homes and their neighborhood.” • “We need to try and instill a sense of pride in our neighborhoods.” Figure 2-21. Renton Pool at Lindbergh High School City of Renton 30 Chapter 2 Summary of Input through Phase 2 Cascade Village as Community Focus Cascade Village enhancement is the single-most desired improvement. At the center of Benson Hill, it has the potential to offer recreational and commercial amenities within walking and biking distance of much of the community. The existing CVAC baseball fields draw people for recreational events, the neighboring post office draws many users, and the views under the power lines are valued by community members. Cascade Village is challenged by retail vacancies and a perception of crime related to a neighboring apartment complex.2 Community heart. Participants expressed a strong desire to revitalize and/or redevelop the shopping center to re-create the “heart” of Benson Hill and foster a sense of community. A great majority of people liked the idea of parks and recreation at Cascade Village. There was also a desire for a grocery store or other neighborhood shops and restaurants and building community recreation center (especially for youth activities). More important than any specific concept, participants favored transforming the Cascade Village back into a community amenity, either as a commercial center, community facility, or some combination. They have particular interest in establishing a grocery store and community recreation center (especially for youth activities) and brought up the examples of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park and Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. They offered many ideas, including attracting people to existing businesses, creating a nucleus for small, especially ethnic, businesses, adding a pea patch and an off-leash dog-park, and razing the entire site to make way for a large park (see Open House #1 Mapping Exercise Compilation in Appendix D for additional ideas). Create a community amenity in the short term. Developing a community amenity at Cascade Village may be done as a short term project by a community group willing to step forward and plan, build, and manage the area. Ideas such as a walking trail, picnic area, or garden could expand the use of this area by the community and were supported by the property owner, local organizations, the steering committee, the Cascade Neighborhood Association, and other Benson Plan participants. Although the off-leash dog-park is a popular idea for this area, several barriers arose during preliminary feasibility work done by the Cascade Neighborhood Association, including the proximity to homes, pet health and safety, insurance 2 Emerald Heights and Stonebrook apartment complexes have below average crime rates with only one 911 call per unit per month (Renton Police). SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Av e S E 120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE121st Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet Dog Park Community Market Community Garden benSon hill Community plAn Cascade village short-term opportunity (dog park, community garden, and community market) What we heard This Will REquiRE lOcAl vOlunTEERs Enhancing Cascade Village is by far the community’s top priority. Participants offered many ideas, including attracting people to existing businesses, creating a nucleus for small, especially ethnic, businesses, and adding a pea patch and a dog park. Also, people especially favor the view of the Cascade Mountains from this area. To make this happen, we need volunteers to help organize, construct, operate, and maintain the dog park and community garden. R.U.F.F., Sustainable Renton, and the Cascade Neighborhood Association have offered to help, but they can’t do it alone. Talk with Benson Plan staff if you are interested in volunteering for this community initiative so they can put you in touch with community organizers. What’s the idea In the immediate future, community members could establish a community garden and dog park under the power lines. This would attract more people to Cascade Village, improve the sense of safety, and create places where neighbors can meet each other. With the garden, park, community market (see board 3b), and existing CVAC baseball fields located so close to each other, there is a real opportunity for the activities to build on each other, cause interactions among different people, and spur a great community center. The location also makes use of the valued views under the power lines. Renton Utilities has offered labor and equipment to run water from Cascade Village to the garden. A dog park and community garden require volunteer effort. Sign up to help today! The Neighborhood Grant Program may have matching funds available for a neighborhood association to help build these parks. 3 Figure 2-22. The CVAC baseball fields are a recreational asset for Benson Hill. Figure 2-23. The Post Office draws many people to central Benson Hill. Figure 2-24. The view from Cascade Village is an amenity to build on. Figure 2-25. An off-leash dog-park and community garden under the power lines behind Cascade Village were popular ideas in Phase 1 and 2. Phase 2 and 3 work showed that walking paths would be more feasible than an off-leash dog-park. Benson Hill Community Plan 31 Public Engagement requirements, and maintenance issues. However, creating a space for community gathering or recreation could make a significant difference in the feeling of safety at Cascade Village and draw users to the site, perhaps spurring additional use and investment there. large park and community center. Community members have a strong need for park spaces and recreational activities within their neighborhood. The Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas plan shows that the top priority among the Benson Hill community is to see a large (at least 15 acres), centrally-located, multi-purpose park, that includes programmable space, such as a community recreation center. Cascade Village offers the only large piece of land currently available in Benson Hill, and at the present time, the buildings are mostly vacant. Since developing a new park and community center takes substantial City resources, this option should be considered a long term idea. It received immense support during Phase 2 outreach, with a few people expressing concerns over eliminating commercial uses from the property. Commercial services. The lack of commercially-zoned properties and retail amenities within walking distance of central Benson Hill suggests that part of Cascade Village or nearby commercial properties should continue to offer commercial spaces. Furthermore, the space at Cascade Village currently offers small business owners a valuable opportunity to establish and build their businesses. Phase 2 specifically tested the idea of a community market place in Cascade Village, and it was favorably received by the community, but not quite as popular as the other ideas for the shopping center. Concerns regarded a lack of demand for this type of market and the desire for a more permanent and drastic redevelopment of Cascade Village with new restaurants and shops or parks and recreation opportunities. theSe Are long term And build on the Short- term dog pArk, gArden, And mArket ideAS. they Will require future funding, ConSiStent With the City- Wide prioritieS of the pArkS, reCreAtion, nAturAl reSourCeS, And open SpACe plAn (pro plAn). Publicparks and recreation Privatecommercial development 65,000 sq. ft. new commercial space, 360 parking spaces Approximately 14 acres could potentially support: • 20,000 sq. ft. recreation center, • baseball and soccer fields, • playground, • tot lot, • community garden, and • any combination of dog park, basketball courts, skatepark, etc. This alternative would involve placing facilities under the power transmission lines. SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave SE120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SE118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet Publicparks and recreation Approximately 19 acres could potentially support the parks activities listed in the public-private partnership alternative above. SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave SE120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SE118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet benSon hill Community plAn Cascade village long-term opportunity (public-private and all public alternatives: parks and recreation complex) What we heard As mentioned on the Cascade Village short- term opportunity sheet, increasing activity at Cascade Village is participants’ number one action. A community center and sports fields have been very popular ideas among participants. The City’s long-term parks plan states that they’re seeking a site in the area for a park, community center, and fields. What’s the idea The short-term sheets show immediately do-able actions, while this sheet shows ideas for the very long term that require additional public commitment. Establishing a community use (or community complex) at Cascade Village could reinvigorate the area and provide a center of activity (a “heart”) to Benson Hill. Benson Hill is currently underserved by parks and community centers, and this could address that issue. This option requires City purchase of land and a public-private partnership and can only happen when funding is available for acquisition, park design, construction, and maintenance. Parks and recreation facilities sited here would need to be consistent with the PRO Plan and would be master planned through a public process. 5 Figure 2-26. The favored long-term option at the neighborhood picnics includes a large park and recreation area with some commercial uses. Note: Phase 3 input requires an amendment to this diagram because of the powerline’s limitations on park development. City of Renton 32 Chapter 2 Street and Trail Network 116 th as the central spine. 116th Avenue SE is the central spine of Benson Hill, connecting neighbors to Cascade Village, Cascade and Benson Hill Elementary Schools, and several informal trail networks. “Make 116th the ‘jewel’ pathway” was ranked a top priority in both Phases of outreach, and improving this central connection would tie the community together, especially across SE Petrovitsky Road. Participants want to see a better walking and bicycling environment with nice sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, “green infrastructure [callout],” and improved transit. The City is already seeking funds to construct a “complete street” (accommodates walkers, cyclists, and motorists) on 116th Avenue SE. trail network. Benson Hill also has the start of a great trail network with the existing pedestrian paths along utility corridors that traverse Tiffany and Cascade Parks, the informal mountain biking trails under the power lines near Philip Arnold Park, the planned Soos Creek Trail extension, and potential connections to the Cedar River Trail. A key missing link is below the powerlines that run behind Cascade Village. This path could connect Soos Creek Park and Trail, Cascade Village, Nelsen Middle and Spring Glen Schools, and the existing pedestrian walk along SE 160th Street. neighborhood streets. Many streets in the Benson Hill were built to a lower standard and lack adequate and safe space for people to walk to their destinations. Throughout the planning process, participants mapped places and routes where they feel unsafe (see Walking and Bicycling Improvements map). They would like to see a complete sidewalk network with pedestrian-scale lighting on major connections to schools, parks, and commercial amenities. Along with physical space to walk and cycle, speeding traffic and unsafe intersections need to be addressed to make streets usable for all modes of travel. SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd C a s c a d e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r A c R d Private Rd Cascade Shopping Center AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th St SE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd C a s c a d e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r A c R d Private RdCascade Shopping Center AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th StSE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd C a s c a d e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r A c R d Private RdCascade Shopping Center AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th StSE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd Ca s c a d e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r A c R d Private RdCascade Shopping Center AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th StSE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet Figure 2-27. 116th Ave SE conceptual plan Remove fence and landscape corner near CVAC baseball fields Stripe bicycle lanes from Puget Dr S to SE 192nd St Install landscaped medians where left turn lanes not needed to slow traffic Provide left turn lane if possible to access the post office Construct sidewalk on east side of 116th Where space is available, buffer the sidewalk with landscaping that accommodates natural drainage Benson Hill Community Plan 33 Public Engagement Crime and Safety Many community members perceived rising crime in the neighborhoods and expressed concern over past shoplifting at Cascade Village. Residents would like to see crime reduced in the neighborhoods and a safe environment at Cascade Village. Renton saw a drastic increase in burglaries in late 2011, and Renton Police have worked hard to reduce burglaries with the help of block watch programs.3 Community Facilities and Parks Survey and open house participants were interested in a range of community recreational facilities. They ranked a community center for youth activities as a very high priority. Addressing this through redevelopment plans for Cascade Village is one alternative, due to the size and location of the land on which the shopping center sits. Yet, advancing the improvements and priorities for the Benson Hill identified in the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas plan is extremely important to the community, whether or not it happens on the Cascade Village site. Benson Hill’s southern area does not meet adopted standards in terms of number of parks and recreation facilities, and improvements to existing parks are ranked as a high priority. Community Building and Aesthetics Participants wanted to see a general sense of community building through activities that bring people together. Some services were suggested to ease immigrants’ transitions to a new life in Benson Hill and to address the transient population near Benson Plaza. In a physical aspect, as well, community members noted that some places—residential, commercial, and public—reflect a lack of physical maintenance or high-quality design. 3 98% of burglaries take place in non-block watch neighborhoods (Renton Police). Crime in the Benson Hill According to NeighborhoodScout, Renton’s violent crime (e.g., armed robbery) rate is slightly above Washington’s, and its property crime (e.g., burglary) rate is higher. South of Petrovitsky Road is one of the safest neighborhoods in Renton, while central and northwest Benson Hill are seeing some higher crime rates. However, the Police noted that Emerald Heights and Stonebrook apartments have below average crime rates, with only one 911 call per unit per month. The Police encouraged raising activity levels at Cascade Village to improve the sense of safety. In addition, a meeting with the Renton Police in April 2012 confirmed that burglaries were on the rise in late 2011, but block watch programs have played an important role in reducing the number of incidents. 98% of burglaries take place in non-block watch neighborhoods, so the Police regularly attend neighborhood events to educate residents on block watches and 911 usage. Figure 2-28. Cascade Park, Tiffany Park, and other existing parks are valued Benson Hill amenities. City of Renton 34 Chapter 2 Phase 3 Input May 1, 2013 Public Workshop Following a presentation summarizing the draft Benson Plan, participants broke into groups focused on the four Plan areas. City staff and consultants answered questions about the draft and noted comments. Suggestions included: • Emphasize the totality of the Benson Hill community so that the Plan does not overly focus on Cascade. • Educate neighbors on the City’s existing graffiti clean-up and prevention program. • Increase personal interactions between neighbors and police to make officers seem more accessible and “friendly,” while growing their familiarity with Benson Hill. • Add the strategy to re-open park buildings back into the plan with a focus on ongoing community use, especially after- school programs (not just one-time summer camps with outside organizations). • Encourage public-private partnerships to increase the feasibility of community amenities and commercial uses development at Cascade Village. • Consider attracting an emergent or urgent care center, a technical or vocational school, and other facilities that fill Renton and Benson Hill services gaps. • Consider Spring Glen’s developable property. Participants also voted on their top priority strategies in the Plan and some volunteered to form advocacy groups to implement various Plan elements. These results are combined with Survey #3 below. Targeted Outreach City of Renton staff contacted all Benson Hill churches, schools, PTAs, neighborhoods, and community groups, including the Somali Youth and Family Club and the Ukrainian Community Center because of their strong membership in the Benson. Staff posted fliers in the business areas before Workshop #2. In addition, the Ukrainian Community Center noted that they would advertise the workshop within their community. Figure 2-29. May 1 public workshop opening presentation Figure 2-30. Dot votes on plan policies Benson Hill Community Plan 35 Public Engagement 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 Attract people to the heart of Benson Hill through recreational opportunities (i.e., short term – dog park and community garden, long term – large park). Encourage a healthy business environment. Continue partnering with police to decrease and prevent crime in Benson Hill. Establish 116th Ave SE as the “jewel pathway” of Benson Hill. Cultivate a sense of pride by improving the overall aesthetics (e.g., design guidelines, neighborhood cleanup program, gateway intersections beautification). Improve neighborhood streets for safe walking. Increase Parks and Recreation opportunities, especially to serve neighborhoods south of Petrovitsky Rd. Expand the trail network. Foster a sense of community through a new Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board and local activities. Encourage development types that hinder criminal activities. Rejuvenate existing parks and recreation. Build capacity of residents through social services and infrastructure improvements. Improve access to transit. Improve the driving experience. Weighted score Plan policies Survey #3 The online Survey #3 was open throughout May 2013 to collect people’s top implementation priorities and provide a way for people to organize community-led advocacy groups. The summary below shows the combined results from the survey and May 1 workshop. Participants top implementation priorities are to invest in recreational opportunities in the center of Benson Hill, encourage a healthy business environment, and continue to work with Police to prevent crime. The chart below shows the full list ordered by participants’ votes. Figure 2-31. Top implementation priorities from workshop and survey #3 City of Renton 36 Chapter 2 Benson Hill residents appeared eager to organize around issues they care about. People volunteered to join advocacy groups on all plan topic areas, and to lead all but three of the groups. The most popular groups included attracting people to central Benson Hill through recreational opportunities, improving the overall aesthetics, and establishing 116th Ave SE as the “jewel pathway.” In addition, over one-third of people were interested in hearing more about the Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board, implying that participants are willing to stay involved in plan implementation. Phase 3 Summary Phase 3 demonstrated community members’ general approval of the draft plan with the addition of some details to a few strategies. It appears community members are willing to advocate for topics they care about and remain engaged. In general, the priorities for implementation reflect the major issues and desires raised early in the planning process. Benson Hill Community Plan 37 3.Vision Benson Hill has a strong community foundation with its neighborhoods, schools, parks, viewpoints, trails, and commercial areas, but it has the potential to grow stronger into a well-connected, dynamic community that serves diverse populations. The vision for Benson Hill fits within the larger Citywide vision: “Renton—The center of opportunity in the Puget Sound Region where families and businesses thrive.” Figure 3-1. Major plan goals SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St 116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGEENHANCEMENTS BUILD ONTRAIL NETWORK 116TH “JEWEL”PATHWAY SMALL-SCALEIMPROVEMENTS(throughout) BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER T515 T515 405 City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet Connect neighborhoods, especially along 116th Ave SE Build on existing trail network to connect neighborhoods and provide recreational opportunities Improve sidewalks, bike routes, existing parks, and other small-scale amenities throughout the planning area Create focus in the heart of Benson HillBenson Hill Planning Area Benson Hill—things look good from here!1 In the year 2032, Benson Hill is… socially and physically rich, with ethnically, generationally, and economically diverse residents who enjoy neighborhoods that are welcoming places to live and raise families. Beautiful views of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, the Olympics, and city skylines visually connect Benson Hill to the region and enhance the aesthetic experience. Parks, green spaces, and trails provide recreational opportunities, adding to a healthy community and ecology. Schools and public facilities serve all sectors of the community. The business environment is thriving and diverse, with daily needs served in walking distance of residents. Streets and paths are inviting for walking, biking, and riding transit and reflect pride in a well- maintained and safe community. A range of housing options meets the needs of Benson Hill’s diverse households. 1 Thank you to Benson Hill residents Jason and Amy Jones for suggesting this winning entry in the May 2013 tagline contest. City of Renton 38 Chapter 3 This plan pinpoints strategies that build on existing assets and fill gaps to make Benson Hill an outstanding community. The three recommended strategies are aimed at connecting and unifying the Benson Hill community in order to serve all members equitably and create better communication between Benson Hill and the City. Create focus. Benson Hill currently lacks a “heart,” a central place where the community comes together to shop, eat, play, and gather. The Benson Shopping Center in southwest Benson Hill meets many of these needs, especially with the Fred Meyer offering groceries and a wide range of merchandise. In some ways, the grocery serves as a community meeting place with frequent chance meetings between neighbors. However, it is not easily accessible from most of the neighborhoods. Because it is purely auto oriented, it is not conducive to gathering, walking, and biking. Cascade Village, at the geographic center of Benson Hill was the heart of the community in the past, but recent vacancies have limited its ability to draw people to it, and its layout does not invite patrons to stay or gather. Benson Hill can feel like a scattered set of separate neighborhoods lacking a cohesive center and space for community gathering. This plan suggests ways to create a focus in Benson Hill by strengthening the Cascade Village area, where healthy activity brings people together and helps businesses thrive. Recreational opportunities combined with some neighborhood commercial services, centered in Benson Hill, may create that heart. improve connections. Although individual neighborhoods may be strong on their own, there is currently little interaction or reason to connect. Utility line trails, some sidewalks, and some open areas provide an informal network that partially connects part of the Benson Hill, but the network could be improved to accommodate all geographies and populations. In particular, Petrovitsky Road is a limiting barrier that separates the Benson Hill into two segments. One of the few connection points is a pedestrian-unfriendly intersection at 116th Avenue SE that lacks sidewalks and designated bike routes. 116th Avenue SE can be the “jewel pathway” of Benson Hill, tying neighborhoods together along a walkable, bikable, “bus- able,” drivable, and beautiful spine. Focused improvements on important routes between schools, parks, and commercial areas may create a strong network of trails, pathways, and destinations that encourage neighborhood connections. SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Av e S E 120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE121st Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet Dog Park Community Market Community Garden benSon hill Community plAn Cascade village short-term opportunity (dog park, community garden, and community market) What we heard This Will REquiRE lOcAl vOlunTEERs Enhancing Cascade Village is by far the community’s top priority. Participants offered many ideas, including attracting people to existing businesses, creating a nucleus for small, especially ethnic, businesses, and adding a pea patch and a dog park. Also, people especially favor the view of the Cascade Mountains from this area. To make this happen, we need volunteers to help organize, construct, operate, and maintain the dog park and community garden. R.U.F.F., Sustainable Renton, and the Cascade Neighborhood Association have offered to help, but they can’t do it alone. Talk with Benson Plan staff if you are interested in volunteering for this community initiative so they can put you in touch with community organizers. What’s the idea In the immediate future, community members could establish a community garden and dog park under the power lines. This would attract more people to Cascade Village, improve the sense of safety, and create places where neighbors can meet each other. With the garden, park, community market (see board 3b), and existing CVAC baseball fields located so close to each other, there is a real opportunity for the activities to build on each other, cause interactions among different people, and spur a great community center. The location also makes use of the valued views under the power lines. Renton Utilities has offered labor and equipment to run water from Cascade Village to the garden. A dog park and community garden require volunteer effort. Sign up to help today! The Neighborhood Grant Program may have matching funds available for a neighborhood association to help build these parks. 3 Figure 3-2. Off-leash dog-park and community garden under the power lines behind Cascade Village Figure 3-3. Long-term parks and recreation at Cascade Village CVAC baseball fields (private club) Land encumbered by power lines Publicly accessible parks and recreation Approximately 9 acres could potentially support some combination of: • 20,000 sq. ft. recreational community center, • baseball and soccer fields, • playground, • tot lot, • community garden, and • other smaller uses, such as a dog park, basketball courts, or a skatepark. SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l SE 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave SE120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SE118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet Benson Hill Community Plan 39 Vision Build community. The final piece that would connect neighbors with each other and further Benson Hill as a great place to live is the totality of: • Recreational parks and facilities to bring people together and encourage active living, • A sense of safety and lack of crime to keep Benson Hill livable and vibrant, and • A strong sense of community through improved social and civic connections. Together, these add to an environment where people can live without fear of crime, play and exercise close to home, have access to healthy, natural environments, meet neighbors, and take part in a neighborhood that attends to and has pride in itself. Addressing these dispersed, localized issues can raise the quality of life for all residents in the area and round out the vision for Benson Hill. The above three principles—creating focus, improving connections, and building community—are keys to addressing deficiencies and strengthening Benson Hill with meaningful and lasting improvements. These principles are broken down into five major goals, and the Plan Elements chapter details recommended actions for each. Benson Hill Goals 1. Create a community focus in the heart of Benson Hill. 2. Build on the existing trail system to create a functional and beautiful pedestrian and bicycle route network. 3. Improve access to and quality of parks, recreation, and natural areas in Benson Hill, especially for youth. 4. Improve the sense of safety in Benson Hill. 5. Support a strong and vibrant Benson Hill community. City of Renton 40 Chapter 3 Benson Hill Community Plan 41 4.Plan Elements The following sections describe ideas and actions to maintain and improve Benson Hill’s character and vitality over the next twenty years. They are generally listed in order of importance to the community, starting with the top priority. Although not every action is unanimously supported, the following were suggested by participants in the process and adhere to the guiding principles and overall vision for Benson Hill. To accomplish these actions, public, private, and non-profit entities must partner, community members must advocate for the plan elements and engage their neighbors (through a new Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board), and business and property owners will need to take initiative. How to implement the following strategies is further described in Chapter 5: Action Strategy. Community and Economic Development 1. Create a community focus in the heart of Benson Hill. 1.1. Attract additional users to Cascade Village by increasing recreational opportunities. Small, neighborhood-initiated parks (e.g., walking path and picnic area), when partnered with a healthy business environment (Policy 1.2), can help to reinvigorate Cascade Village. This Plan Elements Structure: 1. Goal 1.1. Policy 1.1.1. implementation strategy Additional details: Responsible party: Resources: $: $0-$20,000 $$: $20,000-$80,000 $$$: $80,000-up Public Involvement: Timeframe: Short-term: 1-4 years Mid-term: 4-10 years Long-term: 10-20 years Figure 4-1. Power lines behind Cascade Village City of Renton 42 Chapter 4 SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l 119th A v e S E 120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 120th Ave SE119th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet SE 168th St SE 17 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l 119th A v e S E 120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 120th Ave SE119th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet SE 168th StSE 170th Pl SE 169th Pl 119th A v e S E 120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 120th Ave SE119th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet SE 168th St SE 170th Pl S E 1 6 9 t h P l 119th A v e S E 120th Ave SECascade Shopping Center AcRd 118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 120th Ave SE119th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet picnic tables & barbecue pits benches walking path benches plan recommends starting with small parks, and the Parks Plan recognizes the long-term need for a large-scale Community Park in central and southern Benson Hill. Residents are already organizing to realize these small parks, and the parks are a natural extension of the recreational uses in place at the existing ball fields. Figure 4-2. Conceptual site plan for walking path, seating, and picnic areas behind Cascade Village (short-term action) Benson Hill Community Plan 43 Plan Elements By quickly stimulating activity at Cascade Village, these actions can accomplish many of the goals neighbors identified: improve the sense of safety, create places where neighbors can meet each other, draw additional customers to existing businesses, encourage physically active lifestyles and healthy eating, and support small, especially ethnic, businesses. The recreational and commercial uses can synergistically build on each other, cause interactions among different people, and bring life to the heart of the Benson Hill. 1.1.1. support residents in creating recreational opportunities in the short term. Additional details: Possibilities include walking paths, a picnic area, an off-leash dog-park, and a community garden. Although the off-leash dog-park is a popular idea for this area, Cascade Neighborhood Association’s early implementation efforts illuminated some barriers, inlcuding proximity to homes, pet health and safety, insurance requirements, and maintenance issues. Neighborhood groups may apply for public funding to defray the costs of construction.1 Renton Public Works could provide labor and equipment to run a water line to a garden. Core groups of volunteers must be willing to construct, manage, and maintain the recreational areas. Responsible party: Neighborhoods (Resources and Events) may be able to support through their Neighborhood Grant program, Public Works, Recreation, Planning Resources: $ Public Involvement: Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Neighborhood Association, R.U.F.F., community volunteers, Sustainable Renton, local churches Timeframe: Short-term 1 Only City-recognized neighborhood associations are eligible for Neighborhood Grant Program funding. Additionally, the grant must be submitted by the neighborhood within the area where the project is being conducted or constructed. All funding is provided as a match—neighborhoods must match or exceed their request for funding. Figure 4-3. Cascade Village is important for providing local small business space. Strategy 1.1.1 is intended to increase activity at Cascade Village, thereby supporting local businesses. Figure 4-4. Back of Cascade Village panorama City of Renton 44 Chapter 4 CVAC baseball fields (private club) Land encumbered by power lines Publicly accessible parks and recreation Approximately 9 acres could potentially support some combination of: • 20,000 sq. ft. recreational community center, • baseball and soccer fields, • playground, • tot lot, • community garden, and • other smaller uses, such as a dog park, basketball courts, or a skatepark. SE 168th St S E 1 7 0 t h P l S E 1 6 9 t h P l SE 172nd Ln SE 172nd St 119th Ave SE120th Ln SE120th Te r SE120th Ave SE118th Ln SESE 171st Ln117th Ave SESE 169th St SE 170th Ct 119th Ln SE120th Ave SE119th Ave SE117th Ave SE116th Ave SECASCADE VILLAGE Benson Hill Community Plan 0 100 200 30050 Feet Figure 4-5. Long-term redevelopment option for Cascade Village includes large recreational complex 1.1.2. Create recreational opportunities in the long term. Additional details: Possibilities include a large recreational park and community center at Cascade Village. The Parks Plan recognizes that central and southern Benson Hill is underserved in terms of large recreational parks and indoor community space (see Parks Plan maps in Existing Conditions). Continue searching for an appropriate site, with an emphasis on Benson Hill Community Plan 45 Plan Elements Cascade Village because of its large parcel size. Specific strategies include: • Incentivize parks and recreation development through zoning (in case acquisition of land, easement agreements, or construction of park become unfeasible). • Acquire or create agreement for use of land for recreational fields and community center. • Explore partnerships with another agency, such as YMCA or Boys and Girls Clubs, to build, operate, and maintain a recreation center. • Maintain the high priority of recreational fields and community center construction in the Parks Plan. • If possible, encourage public and private partnerships to redevelop the site with community amenities and commercial uses. Responsible party: Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Parks Maintenance, Recreation, Facilities, Economic Development, Planning Resources: $$$ Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Vista Athletic Club, Cascade Neighborhood Association Timeframe: Long-term 1.2. encourage a healthy business environment at Cascade Village, especially by creating a welcoming atmosphere through attractive development. The health of Cascade Village’s businesses is especially important for keeping neighborhood commercial services within walking and bicycling distance, offering business incubator space for diverse uses, and creating a central meeting place in Benson Hill. Visual improvements, business retention and expansion, and quality redevelopment are key strategies to making Cascade Village the heart of Benson Hill. 1.2.1. landscape the corner of se 168th street and 116th Avenue se to create a more inviting entry to the Cascade Village area. Additional details: Place this on the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. Alternatively, neighborhood volunteers could apply for local funding to complete this improvement sooner, but they would also need to have a plan for on- going maintenance. Explore inclusion of public art, natural drainage, native species, and other low-impact techniques into improvements. Figure 4-6. 116th Ave SE at CVAC baseball fields before and after landscaping (Strategy 1.2.1) and street improvements (Policy 2.1) City of Renton 46 Chapter 4 Responsible party: Neighborhoods, Resources and Events could potentially supply funds for this through a Neighborhood Matching Grant. Public involvement: Cascade Vista Athletic Club, Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Neighborhood Association, community volunteers Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term 1.2.2. Continue supporting renovations and physical improvements efforts at Cascade Village to ensure a high-quality environment that attracts businesses and customers. Additional details: Work with business owners in addition to the property owner to accomplish small-scale renovations. Encourage low-impact techniques in landscaping upgrades. As noted in Strategy 1.1.3, the Cascade Village property is the only obvious site that can accommodate a full-fledged park and community center as identified in the Parks Plan. Therefore, another long-term option for this site is for the City to purchase all or a portion of the site for public recreation uses. When Park acquisition funds become available (or during the planning of funding packages), the City should engage the community and evaluate the different options for various commercial and recreation uses. Until that time, however, the viability fo the Cascade Village shopping center should be a priority objective. Responsible party: Economic Development, Planning Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Village business owners, financial institutions Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term 1.2.3. support existing businesses and attract new ones to Cascade Village, especially grocery-related businesses. Additional details: Although a typical grocery store may not be feasible, an alternative type of market may be possible. Some potential strategies include: • Support a business association. • Assist businesses with marketing. • Maintain connections with property and business owners. • Consider attracting an emergent or urgent care center, Figure 4-7. Support renovations and physical improvements to help keep Cascade Village occupied. Figure 4-8. The Cascade Village Shopping Center serves an important role as a small business incubator. Benson Hill Community Plan 47 Plan Elements a technical or vocational school, and other facilities that fill Renton and Benson Hill services gaps. Responsible party: Economic Development Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Village business owners, Renton Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center Resources: $$ Timeframe: Short-term and on-going 1.2.4. Require some ground-floor commercial space in any redevelopment of Cascade Village and ensure a high-quality pedestrian environment through design guidelines and incentives for redevelopment. Additional details: Assuring high-quality design and a relationship to streets will help to keep the area safe, inviting, lively, and attractive to businesses and customers. Specifically, • Cascade Village is zoned to support high-density mixed-use development. Redevelopment may include housing to increase the feasibility of the project and bring more activity to the center. • Require commercial ground floors along street fronts, including internal connections. • Apply design standards. Storefronts and residential entries, where applicable, should relate to 116th Avenue SE and internal pedestrian connections. • Encourage ecologically-friendly development and landscaping. Responsible party: Planning, Economic Development Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Village businesses Resources: $ Timeframe: Set zoning and design guidelines in the short term, but redevelopment is likely long term. 1.2.5. support existing business owners during construction and assist with relocation in Cascade Village when redevelopment occurs. Additional details: Establish a business relocation program to retain existing businesses. Require affordable business rental spaces in future development. Responsible party: Economic Development, Planning Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner, business owners Resources: $$ Timeframe: Long-term, depends on redevelopment timeframe City of Renton 48 Chapter 4 Multi-modal Transportation 2. Build on the existing trail system to create a functional and beautiful pedestrian and bicycle route network. 2.1. establish 116th Avenue se as the central spine, or “jewel pathway,” of Benson Hill. 116 th Avenue SE is the central spine of Benson Hill, connecting neighbors to Cascade Village, Cascade and Benson Hill Elementary Schools, trails, and King County. Improving this central connection will tie Benson Hill together, especially across SE Petrovitsky Road. The following strategies suggest ways to make 116th Avenue SE a truly multi-modal street with nice sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, “green infrastructure,” public art, and improved transit. 2.1.1. improve 116th Avenue se to provide a walkable, bikable, and environmentally-friendly way to connect to destinations. Additional details: Complete 116th Avenue SE with the following: • Within existing right-of-way, explore the feasibility of establishing bike lanes and sidewalks to support walking and biking on this central spine. A central median may be used as a pedestrian refuge where a turn lane is not needed. Work with Council Transportation Committee to prioritize any proposed street improvements with other projects throughout the city. (Project is already in the adopted 6 year TIP). • Include ample space and amenities (e.g., seating, bike racks, and public art) for pedestrians and cyclists so that 116th becomes appropriate and comfortable for all users. • Install pedestrian-scaled street lighting to create a safe and welcoming environment. • Incorporate natural drainage where possible to treat rainwater in an ecologically sound way. • Choose appropriate native species to reduce the maintenance burden, reinforce local ecology, and encourage healthy plant establishment. • Continue seeking Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, and other grants that may become available (CPPW, Livable Communities, Healthy/Active Living, Transportation Alternatives, etc). Figure 4-9. 116th Ave SE key map for cross-sections in Figure 4-10 What we heard“Make 116th the ‘jewel’ pathway” was ranked a top priority at the open house, and the steering committee agreed that improving this central connection would tie the neighborhood together. Open house and online participants want to see a better walking and bicycling environment with nice sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, “green infrastructure,” and improved transit. SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd C a s c a d e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r A c R d Private Rd Cascade Shopping Center AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th St SE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet benSon hill Community plAn116th Avenue Se street improvements (between Se 168th Street and Se petrovitsky road)What’s the idea 1 2 3 116th is the central spine of Benson Hill, connecting neighbors to Cascade Village, Cascade and Benson Hill Elementary Schools, and trails. The plan below shows widened sidewalks buffered with landscaping and street trees, bike lanes, and natural drainage in some places. The City is seeking grant funding to design and build these improvements. These improvements can be continued to the north and south of the pictured area over time.2What we heard“Make 116th the ‘jewel’ pathway” was ranked a top priority at the open house, and the steering committee agreed that improving this central connection would tie the neighborhood together. Open house and online participants want to see a better walking and bicycling environment with nice sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, “green infrastructure,” and improved transit.SE 168th St 117th Ave SEPrivate Rd SE 172nd St SE 169th St SE 173rd St SE 175th StSE 170th CtCascade Shopping Center AcRd C a s c a d e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r A c R d Private Rd Cascade Shopping Center AcRd116th Ave SESE 176th St SE Petrovitsky Rd Bike lane Sidewalk Landscaped median Landscaping (includes natural drainage where space is available) Bus stop Overhead utility pole 0 40 80 160 feet benSon hill Community plAn116th Avenue Se street improvements (between Se 168th Street and Se petrovitsky road)What’s the idea 1 2 3 116th is the central spine of Benson Hill, connecting neighbors to Cascade Village, Cascade and Benson Hill Elementary Schools, and trails. The plan below shows widened sidewalks buffered with landscaping and street trees, bike lanes, and natural drainage in some places. The City is seeking grant funding to design and build these improvements. These improvements can be continued to the north and south of the pictured area over time.2 Benson Hill Community Plan 49 Plan Elements Figure 4-10. 116th Ave SE proposed improvements (cross-sections and visualizations) 4-6’sidewalk 8-10’vegetated swale 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 8-10’vegetated swale 4-6’sidewalk 4-6’ side- walk 5’ bike lane 11’ drive lane 11’ turning lane 11’ drive lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’ side- walk 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 4-6’ side- walk 5’ bike lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’ side- walk 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 11’ drive lane 11’ refuge median 11’ drive lane 4-6’ sidewalk 8-10’ vegetated swale 5’ bike lane 11’ drive lane 11’ drive lane 5’ bike lane 8-10’ vegetated swale 4-6’ sidewalk 4-6’ side- walk 5’ bike lane 11’ drive lane 11’ turning lane 11’ drive lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’ side- walk 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 4-6’ side- walk 5’ bike lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’ side- walk 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 11’ drive lane 11’ refuge median 11’ drive lane Benson Hill Community Plan116th avenue se street improvements (between se 168th street and se Petrovitsky Road)4-6’sidewalk 8-10’vegetated swale 5’ bike lane 11’drive lane 11’drive lane 5’ bike lane 8-10’vegetated swale 4-6’sidewalk 4-6’ side- walk 5’ bike lane 11’ drive lane 11’ turning lane 11’ drive lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’ side- walk 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 4-6’ side- walk 5’ bike lane 5’ bike lane 4-6’ side- walk 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 2.5-4.5’ planting strip 11’ drive lane 11’ refuge median 11’ drive lane 1 2 3 Cross section looking north between 168th St and SE 172nd St (Street trees may be in grates where the planting strip is less than 4’.) Cross section looking north where there are medians (Street trees may be in grates where the planting strip is less than 4’.) Cross section looking north between Cascade Village and SE Petrovitsky Rd South of 168th St, looking south. Fence near CVAC baseball fields is replaced with landscaping, sidewalk is widened, bike route formalized, and street trees added. At Cascade Village, looking north. Bike lanes and street trees continue, sidewalk is widened with Cascade Village redevelopment, and landscaped medians alternate with a turning lane as needed. Near Petrovitsky, looking south. Water drains into swales on both sides of the street, landscaping buffers the sidewalks, and bike lanes continue. overhead power lines remain BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER AFTER overhead power lines remain overhead power lines remain 2 City of Renton 50 Chapter 4 Responsible party: Transportation Systems, Utility Systems, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Public involvement: Land owners along 116th Avenue SE, (possible LID funded) Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Mid-term to Long–term dependent on grant funding or LID funding 2.1.2. Require a high-quality pedestrian realm along 116th Avenue se through design guidelines with any redevelopment of Cascade Village (also see strategy 1.2.4). Additional details: Require ample sidewalk space with amenities (e.g., awnings, seating, bike racks) and an active street edge (entries facing 116th Avenue SE) with redevelopment. Responsible party: Planning Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term (although development would likely happen in the long term) 2.2. expand the trail network to build on the existing wealth of trails in the area, increase recreational and active living opportunities, and provide safe connections for non-motorized travel. Benson Hill also has the start of a great trail network with the existing pedestrian paths along utility corridors and through Tiffany and Cascade Parks, the informal mountain biking trails under the power lines near Philip Arnold Park, the planned Soos Creek Trail (King County), and the Cedar River Trail (Renton). A key missing link could be provided by the power lines corridor that runs behind Cascade Village. This path connects Soos Creek Park and Trail, Cascade Village, Nelsen Middle and Spring Glen Schools, and the existing pedestrian walk along SE 160th Street. Other linkages, described below, would bolster the trail system to be one of the best in the region, increasing recreational and active living opportunities and providing safe connections for non-motorized travel. 2.2.1. Complete the soos Creek trail and connect to existing paths. Additional details: Coordinate with and support King County Parks’ Capital Improvements Project for Soos Creek Trail Phase V and VI. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed projects in the next update of the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan. Responsible party: King County Parks, Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Transportation Systems Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$$ Timeframe: On-going Benson Hill Community Plan 51 Plan ElementsBENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLAN AREAVACANT LAND, OPEN & PUBLIC SPACE T167 T515 T515 T515 Panther Lake Cedar River SPRING GLEN SCHOOL NELSEN MIDDLE SCHOOL LINDBERGH HIGH SCHOOL CASCADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLTALBOT HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENTON PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BENSON HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TIFFANY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLY GLENRIDGE SCHOOL SPRINGBROOK SCHOOL RENTON PARK SCHOOL LAKE YOUNGS SCHOOL CARRIAGE CREST SCHOOL MEEKER JR HIGH SCHOOL CITY UNIVERSITY-RENTON ST ANTHONY PRIVATE SCHOOL ,§-405 ,§-405 K e n tKent Soos Creek Park and Trail Maplewood Golf Course Cedar River Natural Area Renton ParkNarco & C edar River Dog Park Cedar River Park Watershed ParkC a s c a d e P a rk Craig Edlund Park Riverview Park Panther Creek WetlandsPhilli p Ar n o l d Pa r k Liberty Park T iffa n y P a r k 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eSeat t l eN e w c a s t l eNewcastle B e l l e v u eBellevue M e r c e r I s l a n dMercer I s l a n d I s s a q u a hIssaquah Date: 04/20/2012 Benson Community Planning Area City Limits Vacant Land Parks 3 School Site Parcels with improved value less than $10,000 Renton Trails XYXYXYXYXYOplympic Pipelines Parcels intersect Olympic pipeline High Pressure Gas Parcels intersect high pressure gas line Public Land Path: H:\CED\Planning\GIS\GIS_projects\community_planning_initiative\mxds\benson_planning_area\Benson vacant land open and public space_24x36_April2012.mxd Soos Creek Trailp o w e r l i n e s c o r r i d o r power l ines corr idor pipe lines c o r ri d o r P. A . P a r k r o a dgas lines corridorgas lines corridorInformal mountain biking trails Cascade Village Benson Plaza Existing paths Proposed paths Figure 4-11. Existing and proposed Benson Hill trails on property ownership map City of Renton 52 Chapter 4 2.2.2. When possible, acquire property or establish agreements to extend pipelines, power lines, and other utility corridor trails as consistent with the Parks, Recreation and natural Areas Plan and/or the Bicycles and trails master Plan. Additional details: Seek grant funding for acquisition or easements and construction of recreational trails and/ or safe walking/biking routes (Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Trails Grants, CPPW, Livable Communities, Healthy/Active Living, Transportation Alternatives, etc.). Require easement for trails with redevelopment. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed projects in the next update of the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan. Responsible party: Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Planning, Community and Economic Development Public involvement: Property owners on or adjacent to pipelines and power lines corridors Resources: $$$ Timeframe: On-going 2.2.3. Work with the utility companies who own Beacon Way s between Puget Drive s and Philip Arnold Park to explore the feasibility of paving and landscaping a path to the park from Benson Hill to amply accommodate bicycles, pedestrians, and motorists. Additional details: Clarify ownership of the property. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed project in the next update of the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan, prioritize this project in the Capital Improvements Plan, and seek funding for multi-modal connections. Responsible party: Transportation Systems, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$ Timeframe: Short-term 2.2.4. Connect paths to the existing trails on Puget sound energy Property under the power lines near Phillip Arnold Park. Additional details: Sign existing trail heads in the natural zone with the local trail names. In the long-term as other trails develop (Strategies 2.2.2-3), connect formal and informal Figure 4-12. Existing paths on utility corridors Figure 4-13. Beacon Way S to Phillip Arnold Park Benson Hill Community Plan 53 Plan Elements trails. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed projects in the next update of the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan. Responsible party: Seattle Public Utilities, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Public involvement: TBD Resources: $ Timeframe: Mid-term 2.2.5. study the feasibility for a topographically level bicycle and pedestrian connection between the Grant Avenue s/s Puget Dr area to the Benson shopping Center. Additional details: If feasible, incorporate into the next update of the City’s Trails and Bicycle Master Plan and prioritize for funding. Responsible party: Transportation Systems, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Public involvement: Affected property owners, bicycle groups (e.g., Cascade Bicycle Alliance) Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Long-term 2.2.6. Add and improve existing pedestrian crossings over interstate 405 and Highway 167. Additional details: Explore ways to better connect Benson Hill with Downtown Renton for pedestrians and cyclists by providing shortcuts where possible and connecting with new trails (Strategies 2.2.2-4). Consider lighting, artwork, path width, buffers, and so on to make the crossings feel safe and inviting. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed projects into the City’s Trails and Bicycle Master Plan. Responsible party: Transportation Systems, Planning, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Long-term City of Renton 54 Chapter 4 2.3. improve neighborhood streets to complete a network of walking routes that connect destinations and neighborhoods and are safe and inviting for all users. Although Benson Hill has the beginnings of a great trail network, many streets lack adequate and safe space for people to walk to their destinations. The following strategies recommend completing the sidewalk network and adding low-level, pedestrian-scale lighting on major connections to schools, parks, and commercial amenities. Along with the physical space to walk and cycle, speeding traffic and unsafe intersections must also be addressed to make streets usable for all modes of travel. 2.3.1. Complete missing links in sidewalks, add pedestrian-scaled street lighting, and calm traffic on routes to schools, parks, and commercial areas. Additional details: See Walking and Bicycling Improvements map (Figure 4-15) for location-specific improvements requested by community members. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed projects in the next update of the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan. Responsible party: Transportation Systems Public involvement: Affected property owners, bicycle groups (e.g., Cascade Bicycle Alliance) Resources: $$ Timeframe: Mid-term 2.3.2. identify and prioritize high accident locations for people walking and cycling, especially near bus stops. Additional details: Review Walking and Bicycling Improvements map (Figure 4-15) for location-specific improvements requested by community members. Place pertinent projects on Transportation Improvements Plan and continue or increase Police enforcement where needed. Incorporate and prioritize any proposed projects in the next update of the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan. Responsible party: Transportation Systems, Police Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$ Timeframe: Short- to Long-term dependent upon scope and funding of projects Figure 4-14. Prioritize missing sidewalk links on walk-to-school routes Benson Hill Community Plan 55 Plan Elements 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Nelsen Middle School Lindbergh High School Cascade Elementary School Renton Park Elementary School Benson Hill Elementary School Tiffany Park Elementary School Spring Glen School SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St SE 164th StGrant Ave SPedestrian W a l k Ced a r R i v e r T r l B e a c o n W a y S 112th Ave SESE 186th St 134th Ave SE125th Ave SESE 184th St 102nd Ave SESE 172nd St 118th Ave SE126th Ave SESE 192nd St SE 182nd St 129th Pl SE113th Ave SEMil l Ave S120th Ave SES 36th Pl SE 8 t h P l SE 188th St SE 158th St S 7th St 106th Ave SEHigh Ave SSE Royal Hills Dr 131st Ave SES E 1 7 0 t h P l SE 160th St SE 16th Pl SE 181st St SE 165th St 104th Ave SE105th Ave SEIn d e x A v e S E SE 1 5 1 s t S t SE 16th StB e a c o n W a y S E 121st Ave SES 27th St SE 6 t h S t 129th Ave SES 23rd S t S 9th St 106th Pl SE103rd Ave SESE 161st StRenton Ave SS E 1 9 t h S t 132nd Pl SE105th Pl SESE 159th Pl F e r n d a l e A v e S E SE 180th St111th Ave SES 36th St Lake You n g s W a y S E 110th Pl SESE 12th St SE 7t h S t S 47th St 124th Ave SESE 175th St 123rd Ave SEJones Ave S122nd Ave SE114th Ave SES 32nd StTalbot Rd S127th Pl SESE 21st St 110th Ave SECedar Ave SSE 170th St SE 174th St 120th Te r SE109th Ave SESE 11th St Eagle Ridge Dr SSE 180th Pl T h o m a s L n 118th Pl SECe d a r R i d g e D r S E 133rd Pl SE114th Pl SESE 169th St SE 163rd St SE 22nd Pl Private RdSE 8th Dr Gl e n w o o d A v e S E 117th Ave SEMain Ave SSE 18th P l 121st Ln SE133rd Ave SE113th Way SESE 187th St 130th Av e S E S E 1 6 9 t h P l 112th Pl SESE 157th St 119th Ave SEBenson Plaza AcRd128th Ave SES 38th Ct SE 191st St SE 167th St 135th Ave SESE 1 4 8 t h S t Aberdeen Ave SES 37th Pl SE 185th Pl SE 173rd St SE 160th Pl SE 1 4 9 t h S t 127th Ave SES 35th St Mill Ave SE128th Pl SEGrant Aly SS 31st St S 28th Ct Eagle Ln S135th Pl SE126th Pl SESE 178th St SE 179th St S E 1 8 t h S t SE 166th St SE 159th St SE 8th St SE 183rd Pl 119th Pl SESE 186th Pl 1 2 2 n d L n S E SE 162nd St S 34th Pl 123rd P l SE SE 10th St 122nd Pl SESE 5t h P l UnnamedSE 11th Pl Olympia Ave SE107th Ave SESE 189th Pl Nelsen MS AcRd 113th Pl SESE 184th Pl 121st Pl SESE 188th Pl S 28th St 115th Ln SESE 190th St S 6th St SE 20th Ct 111th Pl SESmi the rs Ave S117th Pl SES 29th St SE 193rd Pl SE 187th Ln S 29th Ct 108th Ave SE107th Pl SEBerkshire Apt AcRdSE 187th Pl SE 176th St SE 190th Pl SE 19th Ct SE 171st Pl SE 174th LnWells Ct SMain Ct S115th Ave SECedar Ave SES 31st Ct Palm Court Condos AcRdEdmonds Dr SESE 166th Pl SE 171st St 131st Pl SESE 21st Ct SE 185th StJones Dr SESE 1 5 7 t h P l SE 182nd Pl S 30th Pl SE 179th Pl SE 18th Ct 104th Pl SES 30th Ct SE 161st Pl SE 189th St SE 171st Ln 128th Pl SE132nd Pl SESE 182nd St 114th Ave SESE 181st St SE 161st St 126th Ave SESE 187 t h P lPrivate RdPrivate Rd114th Ave SESE 160th St 1 3 2 n d P l S E SE 18th CtPrivate RdSE 169th St 12 9 t h P l S E 132nd Pl SESE 159th Pl Private Rd134th Ave SE11 9 t h P l S E Pedestrian Walk 131st Ave SE106th Pl SES 23rd St Cedar Ave SSE 180th St SE 190th St 126th Pl SEPrivate RdSE 167th St SE 175th St SE 172nd St 126th P l SE111th Ave SESE 186th St SE 173rd St 134th Ave SE106th Ave SESE 182nd St SE 179th St 130th Ave SE118th Ave SE124th Ave SESE 184th Pl 117th Ave SESE 188th Pl SE 169th Pl 133rd Pl SE110th Pl SE133rd Pl SESE 181st St109th Ave SE118th Ave SEPedestrian Walk120th Ave SEPrivate RdSE 180th St SE 160th St SE 172nd St SE 185th Pl120th Ave SESE 172nd St SE 182nd St 132nd Pl SESE 166th St SE 186th Pl116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGESHOPPING CENTER BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER T515 T515 405 Needs a stop sign Needs signal & crosswalk or pedestrian refuge Needs signal & crosswalk, esp. for bus riders Unsafe intersection Collisions; pedestrian crossings not respected Crosswalk needed for bus users Visibility Visibility of school kids on street; perhaps move flashing light to be visible from 160th Ave when turning left onto 116th Ave Benson Hill Planning Area City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet BENSON HILL COMMUNITY PLANCOMMUNITY PLANWalking and Bicycling Improvements SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS Identified by February 2012 open house, online map and surveys, and Summer 2012 neighborhood picnics participants. Add a new path Add paths along utility corridors Add/improve sidewalks Existing pedestrian paths Existing regional trail Planned regional trail Add/improve bike routes General areas identified for sidewalk improvements Calm traffic Improve intersection Add /improve human-scale street lights Figure 4-15. Walking and bicycling improvements map City of Renton 56 Chapter 4 2.3.3. Continue improving the pedestrian environment around the Benson shopping Center. Additional details: Work with property owners to provide or improve walkways through parking areas and ensure pedestrian connections between lots. For example, providing walking paths in strategic locations (e.g., along 109th Ave SE near the Jiffy Lube and at SE 179th Place near Arby’s) would increase pedestrian access to commercial areas. When possible, buffer the sidewalks on 108th Avenue SE and SE Carr Road/SE 176th Street from traffic with street trees and landscaping. Require buffered sidewalks with redevelopment. (Also see Strategies 5.3.1 and 1.2.4 regarding design guidelines to accomplish an urban form more conducive to walking.) Responsible party: Planning Public involvement: Property and business owners Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Ongoing-terms 2.3.4. Repair and maintain se 164th street sidewalks. Additional details: Prioritize SE 164th Street maintenance because of its importance as a walking route to multiple schools. Utilize a horticulturist to address the tree roots that are breaking the sidewalks. If replacing or adding street trees, choose tree species whose roots are not prone to surfacing. Responsible party: Maintenance Services Public involvement: Property owners along SE 164th Street Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Short-term Fred Meyer Figure 4-16. Large residential area needs better pedestrian connections to Benson Plaza shopping center Figure 4-17. Walking paths through parking lots would make walking safer and more inviting Benson Hill Community Plan 57 Plan Elements 2.4. improve access to and usability of transit. A key component to attracting and keeping people in Benson Hill and reducing Benson Hill’s environmental footprint is quality transit service. The transit experience, from residence to bus stop to arrival at destination, should be pleasant, as quick as possible, and easy. In turn, a dense population is needed to support transit services, so housing at Cascade Village (Strategy 1.2.4) and near the 116th Avenue SE and SE Petrovitsky Road intersection (Strategy 3.2.1) is important. 2.4.1. Work with King County metro to identify appropriate bus shelter locations and install when feasible. Additional details: Coordinate with 116th Avenue SE improvements (Strategy 2.1.1). Responsible party: Transportation Systems, King County Metro Public involvement: Benson Hill bus riders Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term 2.5. improve the driving experience in Benson Hill to be safer and more user-friendly. The following strategies support a multi-modal transportation network and take steps toward safer streets. 2.5.1. simplify se Carr Road/se 176th street/se Petrovitsky Road to a single name. Additional details: Consider renaming S 178th Street, S 180th Street, SW 43rd Street, SE Carr Road, and SE 176th Street as S and SE Petrovitsky Road. Responsible party: Community and Economic Development Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Short-term City of Renton 58 Chapter 4 Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas 3. Improve access to and quality of parks, recreation, and natural areas in Benson Hill, especially for youth. 3.1. Focus efforts on rejuvenating existing parks and recreation facilities. Both the Parks Plan and this planning process underscored the strong need for maintaining and upgrading existing parks facilities, especially to provide healthy recreational activities for youth and families. 3.1.1. Continue parks maintenance of existing facilities. Additional details: Responsible party: Facilities, Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Parks Maintenance Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$ Timeframe: Ongoing 3.1.2. Work with the community to seek solutions for providing youth and community programming. Additional details: Continue the existing community programs and the coordination with the YMCA at Teasdale and Tiffany Park facilities. Establish community partnerships and prioritize funding to re- open Tiffany, Teasdale, and Philip Arnold Park community buildings for ongoing community use and neighborhood rentals. Seek additional opportunities as needed. Responsible party: Recreation, Facilities Public involvement: Neighborhood Associations, community clubs Resources: $ Timeframe: On-going Benson Hill Community Plan 59 Plan Elements 3.1.3. Redesign the Cascade Park entry to allow parking adjacent to the park and to increase “eyes on the park.” Additional details: In the short-term, consider relocating the southeast entrance fence farther from 126th Ave SE to allow parking. Also, consider allowing parking near the western entry at SE 162nd Street. Open lines of sight by removing some trees where possible. Purchase houses adjacent to the entrances, consistent with the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas Plan, to provide more flexibility in designing inviting park entries. Provide safe and fun spaces for all ages at the Park. Responsible party: Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Parks Maintenance Public involvement: Cascade neighborhood Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term 3.2. seek opportunities to increase parks and recreational spaces in Benson Hill, especially to serve the neighborhoods south of Petrovitsky Road. As discussed in Implementation Strategy 1.1.3., the greatest recreational opportunity and need is for a large park that serves central and southern Benson Hill. The most likely location for this is at Cascade Village. Other opportunities might include northern Kent, which could be a biking distance recreational amenity for Benson Hill residents; vacant or underutilized school district properties; or acquisition of a group of private properties to create a 20 acre area for a park. Figure 4-18. Fences prevent parking and trees and fences block views, making the park feel less safe City of Renton 60 Chapter 4 3.2.1. Work with Kent to continue the 116th Avenue se improvements to Panther lake and provide a recreational setting there. Additional details: Improve 116th Avenue SE up to the Renton boundary at 192nd Street (Strategy 2.1.1) and encourage Kent to continue the improvements to Panther Lake and Hopkins Open Space. Kent’s Park and Open Space Plan (2010) calls for improved linkages to Panther Lake and public waterfront access on the lake. Kent has also received Conservation Futures funds to acquire property around Panther Lake. When public access is provided, sign the 116th Avenue SE route to Panther Lake, especially for bicycles. Work with Kent to secure funding for future improvements as Panther Lake would provide recreational opportunities to underserved areas in both Renton and Kent. Responsible party: City of Kent, King County, Parks Planning and Natural Resources Public involvement: TBD Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term Figure 4-19. 116th Ave SE connection to Panther Lake in Kent 116th Ave SESE 192nd St PantherLake KENT RENTON CascadeVillage Benson Hill Community Plan 61 Plan Elements Strong, Livable, and Safe Community 4. Improve the sense of safety in Benson Hill. 4.1. Continue partnering with Police to decrease and prevent crime in Benson Hill. Renton saw a drastic increase in burglaries in late 2011, and Renton Police have worked hard to reduce burglaries with the help of block watch programs.2 Continuing on this path is integral to keeping Benson Hill safe from crime. 4.1.1. support block watch efforts to reduce burglaries and improve the perception of the neighborhoods. Additional details: Continue Police representation at neighborhood picnics and other local events to provide information on block watch programs. Responsible party: Police; Neighborhood, Resources and Events Public involvement: Neighborhood Associations, new Community Council, block watch groups Resources: $ Timeframe: Short- and ongoing-terms 4.1.2. Continue forging personal connections between Renton Police and neighborhood residents to discourage crime. Additional details: Increase personal interactions between on-duty officers and neighbors to build mutual rapport. If possible, locate a small, temporary police office in Cascade Village while economic activity remains relatively low to more easily connect locals to Police and discourage crime in the area. With redevelopment, the police office will likely no longer be necessary. Manage the office in a way that fosters relationships between community members and police. Another strategy may be bicycle patrols instead of car patrols. Responsible party: Police Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner Resources: $$ Timeframe: Short-term 2 98% of burglaries take place in non-block watch neighborhoods (Renton Police). City of Renton 62 Chapter 4 4.2. encourage development types that hinder criminal activities. Cascade Village’s current layout is not ideal for preventing crime. Lack of usable connecting streets, activity, and lines of sight make it feel empty and unsafe. Any redevelopment there or in other commercial areas should include more people and design that is not conducive to crime. 4.2.1. incorporate Crime Prevention through environmental Design (CPteD) principles in commercial and mixed use design guidelines, particularly for Cascade Village. Additional details: To discourage crime and create an attractive place for businesses, apply CPTED design guidelines and carefully review redevelopment proposals for Cascade Village and Benson Plaza commercial areas. Similarly, adjust zoning if necessary to increase residential “eyes” on commercial and open areas by locating decks, porches, and/or windows to provide views into those areas. Ensure that redevelopment has streets that connect through so that there is a healthy level of activity on them. Responsible party: Planning, Police Public involvement: affected property owners, business owners Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term Figure 4-20. Example surveillance and lighting CPTED principles Benson Hill Community Plan 63 Plan Elements 5. Support a strong and vibrant Benson Hill Community. 5.1. Foster a sense of community. Benson Hill has the start of strong neighborhoods where local activities bring people together. Creating a focus at Cascade Village (Goal 1) and improving recreational facilities (Goal 3) will help to foster a sense of community. The actions below will also create opportunities to build community. 5.1.1. Create a Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board to take ownership of this plan, advocate for its implementation, and adjust actions and priorities as needed over time. Additional details: See the Advisory Council section in the Action Strategy on page X. Responsible party: Planning Public involvement: Neighborhood Associations Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term 5.1.2. encourage removal of the fence between Cascade Village and emerald Heights Apartments. Additional details: The fence physically and symbolically divides the community, but exists because of concerns over shop-lifting at Cascade Village. However, as Cascade Village becomes safer, it may no longer be needed for its original purpose. Coordinate with Renton Police and Cascade Village to ensure continued safety (Goal 4). See Goal 1’s strategies for other opportunities to increase activity and a sense of safety at the shopping center. Responsible party: (located on private property) Public involvement: Cascade Village property owner, Emerald Heights Apartments owner Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term Figure 4-21. Fence between Cascade Village and apartments divides community; closed street also deters higher levels of street use Figure 4-22. Schools in Benson Hill already contribute to the sense of community City of Renton 64 Chapter 4 5.2. Build capacity of local residents. A skilled, healthy, and happy population makes a strong workforce and good neighbors. The following strategies address ways to build the capacity and access to opportunity of Benson Hill permanent and transient residents. 5.2.1. Provide skills training and support for immigrants at schools or a community center to welcome new residents and foster a sense of community across diverse neighbors. Additional details: If Cascade Village redevelops with a community center (Strategy 1.1.3), ensure that the community center is designed to support skills training. Responsible party: Human Services, Renton Schools, Economic Development, Planning, Renton Technical College Public involvement: Local immigrant services organizations (e.g., Somali Youth and Family Club) Resources: $$ Timeframe: Ongoing 5.2.2. Provide services and strategize a long-term solution for panhandlers at the se Carr Road/se 176th street and 108th Avenue se intersection and Fred meyer parking lot entrances. Additional details: Providing services to the transient population may increase the sense of safety in Benson Hill. Responsible party: Human Services, Police Public involvement: TBD Resources: $$ Timeframe: Short-term 5.2.3. Consider power and high-speed internet infrastructure improvements. investigate undergrounding powerlines with Puget sound energy. Additional details: Undergrounding powerlines could be possible, but would require residents to create a special district to tax themselves for the cost of undergrounding. Responsible party: Utility Systems Public involvement: Affected Neighborhood Associations Resources: $$$ Timeframe: Long-term Benson Hill Community Plan 65 Plan Elements 5.3. Cultivate a sense of pride in Benson Hill by improving the overall aesthetics. Some of Benson Hill’s places—residential, commercial, and public—reflect a lack of physical maintenance or high- quality design. Remedying this and setting up a system for maintaining a standard of quality is important to cultivating a sense of pride in Benson Hill. This in turn keeps property values high and reinforces the sense of a vibrant community. 5.3.1. Apply design guidelines to Cascade Village and Benson Plaza shopping areas. Additional details: Goal 1, especially Strategy 1.2.4, provides strategies for creating a community focus in Cascade Village, and applying design guidelines to both Cascade Village and Benson Plaza would provide a long-term aesthetic benefit. Include CPTED principles (Strategy 4.2.1). Responsible party: Planning Public involvement: Property owners Resources: $ Timeframe: Short-term 5.3.2. expand support of neighborhood cleanup efforts to maintain property values and spur a sense of community pride. Additional details: Support community groups, businesses, and neighborhood associations in organizing work events and provide resources through department programs such as Public Works, Neighborhood Program, Police, and Code Enforcement. The work events increase community- building opportunities while the cleanup improves the perception and pride in the area. The neighborhood cleanup program should address the following: • Educate neighbors about the City’s Wipe Out Graffiti program, and institute a neighborhood system for graffiti prevention and cleanup. Continue Police enforcement. • Encourage landscaping in front of large expanses of fence that are frequent targets of graffiti. • Institute a yearly spring cleanup. • Work with the owners of the storage containers at 116th Avenue SE and SE 168th Street to change the use or clean up the area and create a more visually pleasant place through enhancements such as Figure 4-23. Benson Plaza Shopping Center (Fred Meyer area) is community members’ favorite place in the Benson Hill (see Figure 2-14 on page 25). Design guidelines would encourage future development to be more walkable, safe-feeling, and aesthetically pleasant. Figure 4-24. Storage area on northwest corner of 116th Ave SE and SE 168th St City of Renton 66 Chapter 4 landscaping, public art, and design that celebrates the Cascades view. Responsible party: Neighborhoods, Resources and Events, Police, Graffiti Abatement Program, Public Works, Code Enforcement Public involvement: neighborhood associations and community members Resources: $ Timeframe: Short and ongoing terms 5.3.3. Beautify the intersection of 108th Ave se and se Carr Road/se 176th street Additional details: Provide landscaping and pedestrian lights to create a welcoming gateway into Benson Hill (coordinate with Strategy 2.3.3). Work with property owners and perhaps assist with funding to update business signs. Support the formation of a Business or Local Improvement District (BID/LID) to fund improvements. Explore the potential for public art. Responsible party: Economic Development, Planning Public involvement: Property owners Resources: $$ Timeframe: Mid-term Figure 4-25. Opportunity to upgrade 108th Ave SE and SE Carr Rd/SE 176th St pedestrian environment and visual appearance to create a more inviting entry into Benson Hill Benson Hill Community Plan 67 5.Action Strategy Benson Hill has the potential to build on its strengths with a series of community improvements identified in Chapter 4: Plan Elements would improve Benson Hill. In particular, Benson Hill needs a central focus with civic facilities, greater cohesion and connectivity between neighborhoods, transportation access for all populations, and community services and improvements tailored to Benson Hill’s unique residents. Implementation Table The following table lists the actions suggested in the Plan Elements section, assigns them a time-frame based on public input and a logical order of events, and identifies responsible parties and partners. Figure 5-1. View to Cascade Mountains from Cascade Village (top left); cyclist on street to Philip Arnold Park (top right); walking routes to schools (bottom left); Fred Meyer area (bottom right) City of Renton 68 Chapter 5 strategy Who $Key stakeholders time-Frame Community and economic Development 1.1.1. Support residents in creating recreational opportunities in the short term. Neighborhoods (Resources and Events) may be able to support through their Neighborhood Grant program, Public Works, Recreation, Planning $Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Neighborhood Association, R.U.F.F., community volunteers, Sustainable Renton, local churches Short-term 1.1.2. Create recreational opportunities in the long term. Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Parks Maintenance, Recreation, Facilities, Economic Development, Planning $$$Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Vista Athletic Club, Cascade Neighborhood Association Long-term 1.2.1. Landscape the corner of SE 168th Street and 116th Avenue SE to create a more inviting entry to the Cascade Village area. Neighborhoods, Resources and Events could potentially supply funds for this through a Neighborhood Matching Grant. $Cascade Vista Athletic Club, Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Neighborhood Association, community volunteers Short-term 1.2.2. Continue supporting renovations and physical improvements efforts at Cascade Village to ensure a high-quality environment that attracts businesses and customers. Economic Development, Planning $Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Village business owners, financial institutions Short-term 1.2.3. Support existing businesses and attract new ones to Cascade Village, especially grocery-related businesses. Economic Development $$Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Village business owners, Renton Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center Short-term and on-going 1.2.4. Require some ground-floor commercial space in any redevelopment of Cascade Village and ensure a high- quality pedestrian environment through design guidelines and incentives for redevelopment. Planning, Economic Development $Cascade Village property owner, Cascade Village businesses Set zoning and design guidelines in the short term, but redevelopment is likely long term. 1.2.5. Support existing business owners during construction and assist with relocation in Cascade Village when redevelopment occurs. Economic Development, Planning $$Cascade Village property owner, business owners Long-term, depends on redevelopment timeframe multi-modal transportation 2.1.1. Improve 116th Avenue SE to provide a walkable, bikable, and environmentally- friendly way to connect to destinations. Transportation Systems, Utility Systems, Parks Planning and Natural Resources $$$Land owners along 116th Avenue SE, (possible LID funded) Mid-term to Long– term dependent on grant funding or LID funding 2.1.2. Require a high-quality pedestrian realm along 116th Avenue SE through design guidelines with any redevelopment of Cascade Village (also see Strategy 1.2.4). Planning $Cascade Village property owner Short-term (although development would likely happen in the long term) Benson Hill Community Plan 69 Action Strategy strategy Who $Key stakeholders time-Frame 2.2.1. Complete the Soos Creek Trail and connect to existing paths. King County Parks, Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Transportation Systems $$$TBD On-going 2.2.2. When possible, acquire property or establish agreements to extend pipelines, power lines, and other utility corridor trails as consistent with the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan and/ or the Bicycles and Trails Master Plan. Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Planning, Community and Economic Development $$$Property owners on or adjacent to pipelines and power lines corridors On-going 2.2.3. Work with the utility companies who own Beacon Way S between Puget Drive S and Philip Arnold Park to explore the feasibility of paving and landscaping a path to the park from Benson Hill to amply accommodate bicycles, pedestrians, and motorists. Transportation Systems, Parks Planning and Natural Resources $$TBD Short-term 2.2.4. Connect paths to the existing trails on Puget Sound Energy Property under the power lines near Phillip Arnold Park. Seattle Public Utilities, Parks Planning and Natural Resources $TBD Mid-term 2.2.5. Study the feasibility for a topographically level bicycle and pedestrian connection between the Grant Avenue S/S Puget Dr area to the Benson Shopping Center. Transportation Systems, Parks Planning and Natural Resources $$$Affected property owners, bicycle groups (e.g., Cascade Bicycle Alliance) Long-term 2.2.6. Add and improve existing pedestrian crossings over Interstate 405 and Highway 167. Transportation Systems, Planning, Parks Planning and Natural Resources $$$TBD Long-term 2.3.1. Complete missing links in sidewalks and add pedestrian-scaled street lighting and calm traffic on routes to schools, parks, and commercial areas. Transportation Systems $$Affected property owners, bicycle groups (e.g., Cascade Bicycle Alliance) Mid-term 2.3.2. Identify and prioritize high accident locations for people walking and cycling, especially near bus stops. Transportation Systems, Police $$TBD Short- to Long- term dependent upon scope and funding of projects 2.3.3. Continue improving the pedestrian environment around the Benson Shopping Center. Planning $$$Property and business owners Ongoing-terms 2.3.4. Repair and maintain SE 164th Street sidewalks. Maintenance Services, Parks $$$Property owners along SE 164th Street Short-term 2.4.1. Work with King County Metro to identify appropriate bus shelter locations and install when feasible. Transportation Systems, King County Metro $Benson Hill bus riders Short-term 2.4.2. Improve transit time for bus routes to Seattle from Benson Hill. King County Metro, Transportation Systems $$Benson Hill bus riders Long-term 2.5.1. Simplify SE Carr Road/SE 176th Street/ SE Petrovitsky Road to a single name. Community and Economic Development $$$TBD Short-term City of Renton 70 Chapter 5 strategy Who $Key stakeholders time-Frame Parks, Recreation, and natural spaces 3.1.1. Continue parks maintenance of existing facilities. Facilities, Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Parks Maintenance $$TBD Ongoing 3.1.2. Work with the community to seek solutions for providing youth and community programming. Recreation, Facilities $Neighborhood Associations, community clubs On-going 3.1.3. Redesign the Cascade Park entry to allow parking adjacent to the park and to increase “eyes on the park.” Parks Planning and Natural Resources, Parks Maintenance $Cascade neighborhood Short-term 3.2.1. Work with Kent to continue the 116th Avenue SE improvements to Panther Lake and provide a recreational setting there. City of Kent, King County, Parks Planning and Natural Resources $TBD Short-term strong, livable, and safe neighborhoods 4.1.1. Support block watch efforts to reduce burglaries and improve the perception of the neighborhoods. Police; Neighborhoods, Resources and Events $Neighborhood Associations, new Community Council, block watch groups Short- and ongoing-terms 4.1.2. Continue forging personal connections between Renton Police and neighborhood residents to discourage crime. Police $$Cascade Village property owner Short-term 4.2.1. Incorporate Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in commercial and mixed use design guidelines, particularly for Cascade Village. Planning, Police $affected property owners, business owners Short-term 5.1.1. Create a Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board to take ownership of this plan, advocate for its implementation, and adjust actions and priorities as needed over time. Planning $Neighborhood Associations Short-term 5.1.2. Encourage removal of the fence between Cascade Village and Emerald Heights Apartments. (located on private property) $Cascade Village property owner, Emerald Heights Apartments owner Short-term 5.2.1. Provide skills training and support for immigrants at schools or a community center to welcome new residents and foster a sense of community across diverse neighbors. Human Services, Renton Schools, Economic Development, Planning, Renton Technical College $$Local immigrant services organizations (e.g., Somali Youth and Family Club) Ongoing 5.2.2. Provide services and strategize a long- term solution for panhandlers at the SE Carr Road/SE 176th Street and 108th Avenue SE intersection and Fred Meyer parking lot entrances. Human Services, Police $$TBD Short-term 5.2.3. Consider power and high-speed internet infrastructure improvements. Investigate undergrounding powerlines with Puget Sound Energy. Utility Systems $$$Affected Neighborhood Associations Long-term Benson Hill Community Plan 71 Action Strategy strategy Who $Key stakeholders time-Frame 5.3.1. Apply design guidelines to Cascade Village and Benson Plaza shopping areas. Planning $Property owners Short-term 5.3.2. Expand support of neighborhood cleanup efforts to maintain property values and spur a sense of community pride. Neighborhoods, Resources and Events, Graffiti Abatement Program, Public Works, Code Enforcement $neighborhood associations and community members Short and ongoing terms 5.3.3. Beautify the intersection of 108th Ave SE and SE Carr Road/SE 176th Street Economic Development, Planning $$Property owners Mid-term Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board As the City adopts this plan and begins implementation, it will be important for Benson Hill community members to remain involved and advocate for strategic items. Ownership of the plan will be placed with a new Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board (Advisory Board) to represent the interests of Benson Hill’s diverse residents and businesses. The Advisory Board can track and advocate for individual projects using the Implementation Table above. The Advisory Board establishes a formal conduit for communication between Benson Hill neighbors and the City. Although individual Neighborhood Associations have a connection to the City through the Neighborhood Program, there is not currently one group who can speak for the entire Benson Hill area and directly connect with City decision-makers. With the creation of an Advisory Board, existing Neighborhood Associations and non-associated neighborhoods can bring their concerns and endorsements to the Advisory Board to be represented at the City. As with other City boards and commissions, members will be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. City of Renton 72 Chapter 5 Conclusion The implementation table above provides a condensed list of actions for the City and community members to track over time. While many of the strategies laid out in this plan may take 20 years or longer to implement, and require resources that do not currently exist, the plan lays the framework for City and community actions to create a vibrant, safe, livable, and healthy Benson Hill. This plan calls for a number of improvements, and a clear and prioritized action strategy with the backing of community members will make them doable. Key components to realizing Benson Hill’s vision are: • Formally recognize a Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board to harbor and advocate for plan elements, • Enhance Cascade Village with small actions (including a review of its zoning), • Seek funding for design of the 116th Avenue SE improvements, and • Develop a program to expand the trail and sidewalk network. These should be prioritized in the City’s funding strategies. Other smaller improvements may be done over time as funding is available. In the long term, maintaining Benson Hill as a great neighborhood for families is highly dependent on obtaining a community center and a large recreational facility in the area. This is included in the long- term approach for Cascade Village as it requires more funds than the City can currently offer. As soon as this becomes feasible, it should become a top priority for Renton to match the level of service in Benson Hill with that in other neighborhoods. With a new Benson Hill Community Plan Advisory Board acting as a unifying and representative body for the various neighborhoods, Benson Hill residents and businesses can expect a clearer communication channel with government decision-making. This coalition of neighborhoods can address inequities in resources available to Benson Hill as a whole and within its geographic regions by advocating for this plan. Over time, the Advisory Board may need to update the plan to address changing conditions and neighborhood goals. In the meantime, the collaborative effort that created this plan will continue through the Advisory Council-City connection, and as Benson Hill grows and changes, this plan clarifies a community- supported route forward. SE 168th St 128th Ave SESE 164th St SE 31st St 116th Ave SEBenson Rd S S Puget Dr Benson D r S108th Ave SESE Petrovitsky Rd SE Carr RdTalbot Rd SSE 176th St SE 192nd St SOOS CREEKPARK AND TRAIL CEDAR RIVER NATURAL ZONE RENTONPARK BOULEVARDLANE PARK CASCADEPARK PHILLIPARNOLDPARK TIFFANYPARK CASCADE VILLAGEENHANCEMENTS BUILD ONTRAIL NETWORK 116TH “JEWEL”PATHWAY SMALL-SCALEIMPROVEMENTS(throughout) BENSONSHOPPINGCENTER T515 T515 405 City of Renton Commercial areas Parks ¯0 1,200 2,400600 Feet Connect neighborhoods, especially along 116th Ave SE Build on existing trail network to connect neighborhoods and provide recreational opportunities Improve sidewalks, bike routes, existing parks, and other small-scale amenities throughout the planning area Create focus in the heart of Benson HillBenson Hill Planning Area Figure 5-2. Major improvements recommended in this plan (see Chapter 3: Vision for a full description)