How do you want South Federal Way to look in the future?

We need to think ahead and plan for smart ways to manage our changing city. We want to work with you to frame South Federal Way, or simply "City South," in ways that support and welcome current and future residents and visitors.

What is Framing City South?

Framing City South is our way of asking you what you think about this area. We want you to help us understand what you like about this part of town today and help us envision what it could be in the future.

When we talk about City South, we're generally referring to the area around the future South Federal Way Link light rail station. Sound Transit is still evaluating locations for the station, but in general the station area is framed by S 344th St to the north, I-5 to the east, S 359th to the south, and SR 99 to the west. Today, you’re probably most familiar with the shopping and restaurants in the area.

Click to enlarge the project area map.

Fall 2019

Share information

Begin developing guiding principles for vision framework

Winter 2019/2020

Share draft guiding principles with the community for review

Host a second online open house

Prepare draft vision statements

Spring 2020

Prepare final vision report

Share outcomes

Determine next steps

We need to hear from you!

We can’t do this work alone, and we need your help today! Use this site to learn more about how we can adapt to new investments in City South and share your vision for what this unique neighborhood should be in the future.

Want to stay up to date on this project?

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1. Sign up for email updates

Visit us in-person at our upcoming events!

Community Open House and Planning Commission Meeting
Council Chambers
Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave S.
Dec. 4, 2019
Open House begins at 5:30 p.m. and Planning Commission Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

2019-12-04 17:30:00 2019-12-04 20:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Federal Way Public Reception and Planning Commission Meeting We want to work with you to frame City South in ways that welcome current and future residents and visitors. Help us understand how this part of Federal Way works today and help us envision what it could be in the future. How can we make this area the best it can be for our community? Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S City of Federal Way Ryan.Medlen@cityoffederalway.com

Sound Transit's Tacoma Dome Link Extension is also providing a project update now. Visit the Online Open House between now and 12/6 to learn more. 

Visit the City's project webpage for additional information on Framing City South.

Past, present, and future

City South has changed over time!

Cities and towns change constantly based on community values and market trends. City South has already seen significant changes over the past 30 years. Today, we have the opportunity to evaluate what we like about this area and discuss the type of future City South we would like to see.

Use the slider on the map below to see how City South has developed over the last 30 years. 

project area aerial view 2018
project area aerial view 1990

City South in 1990

City South today

How should City South continue to change?

Since Federal Way became a city in 1990, new development has made this area into a major hub of business and activity. We can expect growth and future investments, including light rail, to continue changing this area. At this early stage, we need your help to make sure we're planning for the best possible future!

We have described several types of places below to help you think about the future of City South. Think about what elements of these places might fit into your vision for City South.

Share your ideas 

What do you want to see in City South?

Think BIG! Reflect on the character of City South today and think about the images you viewed above as you start to think about the questions below.

Next steps

Thank you for your ideas and opinions!

  • Over the next month, we’ll work to summarize the feedback you and your neighbors provided and identify the big themes.
  • Early next year, we'll come back to share what we think we heard and make sure that we got it right. Be on the lookout for our second online open house in January 2020.
  • In spring 2020, we'll develop and share the final vision report with the community.

In the meantime, keep in touch by signing up for email updates!