Home Zone: Aurora-Licton Urban Village

Updated: March 2024

Draft Home Zone

Aurora-Liction draft home zone

project timeline


The home zone process in the Aurora-Licton Urban Village was started in the summer of 2022. A steering committee made up of community members has been established and is meeting monthly. Community representatives led four Walking Tours of the home zone area in August and September. Seventy-two participants shared over 200 comments about their concerns and ideas throughout the neighborhood, which were recorded on an Interactive Map

Seattle Blocks

Over 11,000 blocks citywide currently have no sidewalks. This is nearly 25% of the city’s blocks. Each new sidewalk is a major undertaking, requiring significant time and funds.  Completing the pedestrian network with traditional sidewalks will take hundreds of years. 

 Existing Walkway SectionTypical Residential Street Without Sidewalk

What are alternative walkways? 

Alternative walkways respond to the high cost of a traditional raised concrete sidewalk. Alternative walkways are about ¼ the cost of a traditional sidewalk. These walkways are typically constructed with asphalt and are separated from vehicles with a planting strip and pre-cast concrete curbs. Parking is generally included on at least one side of the street and this results in a narrower roadway, which slows traffic and increases pedestrian comfort.  

Alternative Walkways SectionTypical alternative walkway

What are pedestrian lanes? 

Pedestrian lanes are another alternative to traditional sidewalks.  Pedestrian lanes are about 1/10th the cost of a traditional sidewalk. Pedestrian lanes involve installation of precast concrete curbs on the existing roadway. Parking is restricted to only one side of the street and access to driveways is maintained. Where feasible, planting and trees are included to improve the neighborhood and pedestrian experience. This treatment does not preclude future improvements of an alternative walkway or a traditional sidewalk.

Dedicated Pedestrian Space SectionTypical pedestrian lane

Prior Home Zone Drafts

Explore this interactive map of the comments that were compiled during the community walks in Summer of  2022. This map serves as the foundation for all future Draft Home Zones

Additional Resources

Curious about what a Home Zone means for your neighborhood? Take a look at the Home Zone Toolkit to see the kinds of projects that may be possible

SDOT is currently working on a larger, corridor-wide project to increase safety and accessiblity on Aurora Avenue. This project will also bring improvements to the Aurora-Licton Urban Village, to learn more about it click here


Greg Spotts, Director
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Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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