Rainier/Grady Junction TOD Subarea Planned Action EIS

Contact Information
Paul Hintz, Principal Planner
Community & Economic Development
Renton, WA 98057

Thank you for visiting the Rainier/Grady Junction TOD Planned Action and Environmental Impact Statement webpage.

In 2021, the City of Renton adopted the Rainier/Grady Junction Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Subarea Plan to create a vibrant commercial and residential district oriented around near-term bus rapid transit at the corner of Rainier Ave and Grady Way.

Not long after, the city was awarded a competitive grant by the Washington State Department of Commerce for $250,000 to complete a planned action environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Rainier/Grady Junction TOD Subarea Plan. This work will allow for a more streamlined and predictable environmental review process for project proposals within the Planned Action area.

What is an EIS?

An EIS is an informational document for a predefined geographic area that provides the City, public, agencies, and developers with environmental information to be considered when deciding on a preferred alternative. An EIS also allows the public, tribes, and government agencies to comment on proposals and alternatives. An EIS describes:

  • proposed actions & alternatives

  • existing conditions

  • impacts that may occur if an alternative were implemented

  • mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate adverse impacts

  • potential significant, unavoidable, and adverse impacts.

Environmental topics proposed for review in the EIS include:

  • natural environment (streams, wetlands, floodplain)

  • land use (land use patterns, growth and socioeconomics, noise and air quality, compatibility)

  • transportation

  • stormwater

  • public services (schools, parks, police, fire/emergency services), utilities (water and wastewater)

The EIS will also identify potential beneficial outcomes, where alternatives improve environmental characteristics (e.g., stormwater quality), and emphasize improved access and multimodal travel by transit, foot, and bike.

What is a Planned Action?

The city is proposing that the core area of Rainier/ Grady Junction be designated as a Planned Action, pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”; see RCW 43.21c.440 and WAC 197-11-164 to 172). A planned action provides more detailed environmental analysis during an areawide planning stage, before individual projects are proposed, rather than at the project permit review stage. Designating a planned action streamlines environmental review for development proposals. Planned actions would be allowed if they meet or exceed proposed land use and environmental performance standards in the planned action ordinance.

The city has developed planned actions for Southport, Renton Landing, and Sunset Area in the past, and will work to provide a planned action with specific mitigation measures that apply to the Rainier/Grady Junction to facilitate growth that fits the subarea plan vision and goals.

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