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An updated version of the High Point Community Landscape Maintenance Guidelines is now available. Click the cover image at right to open (1.5 Mb PDF).

High Point ROW Maintenance Guidelines

The High Point Neighborhood is Seattle’s first green community, and represents a model for future urban and neighborhood developments. Started in 2000, the project is among the first in the United States to integrate new urbanism, eco-friendly homes, and new technologies in drainage design. The project replaces a 716-unit low-income housing project built in 1942 with approximately 1,600 new dwelling units in a wide variety of building types. The units consist of low income, senior, and market-rate housing.

As High Point’s principal infrastructure planner and designer, SvR provided the civil engineering and landscape architecture for the new street grid, undergrounding of utilities, site utility infrastructure system, and the natural drainage system and right of way plantings for the 120-acre, 34-block area.

The natural drainage system includes: amended soils, raingardens, grassy and vegetated infiltration swales, conveyance swales, two miles of pervious sidewalks, and the first public porous pavement street in Washington State, 32nd Ave SW. This system helps to improve water quality in the nearby Longfellow Creek by reverting the site, 10% of the Longfellow Creek basin, to pasture conditions.


2007 Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence
2007 Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence
2007 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence – Silver Award
2007 Vision 2020 award, Puget Sound Regional Council
2007 Outstanding Major Project Award – Site Development ASCE Region 8
2007 Outstanding Project Award – Site Development ASCE Seattle Section
2007 Sustainable Merit Award for Excellence in Concrete Construction, WACA

High Point pond during 100-year storm event.

Additional High Point Resources:

High Point Natural Drainage Technical Standards

High Point Community Natural Drainage and Landscape Maintenance Guidelines (rev. 6/2010) + Included Maps (separate link)

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ Case Study of the High Point Redevelopment

How High Point Works (English JPG)(Espanol JPG/PDF)


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