MIMP Primer/FAQs

What is a Major Institution Master Plan?
A Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) is a comprehensive land use plan for major institutions, such as hospitals and universities, established by the City of Seattle's Land Use Code. The City of Seattle recognizes its hospitals, universities and colleges as important assets of the region. It acknowledges their particular development needs, allowing them to exceed some zoning standards that would apply to other developments. In order to create unique, customized zoning rules, each major institution must go through a public process to adopt a MIMP that:

  1. Identifies a boundary (Major Institution Overlay District) within which the revised rules apply; and
  2. Identifies the specific rules that will apply to development within this boundary.

A MIMP usually guides campus developments over many years, even multiple decades. The objectives of the MIMP are to balance the needs of major institution development with the needs of adjacent neighborhoods. 

Why does Virginia Mason need a Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP)?
Virginia Mason's last MIMP was created in 1994 and has now expired. The last project to be implemented under the prior MIMP is the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion, which completed exterior construction in the fall 2010 and continues to be built out internally.

In 2005, Virginia Mason acquired the 1000 Madison block (bounded by Boren and Terry Avenues, and Madison and Spring Streets), as a means of replacing aging facilities without displacing critical functions and services. The new MIMP is intended to integrate the 1000 Madison block into Virginia Mason's campus.

What is the process?
To create the new MIMP, Virginia Mason will engage in regular public meetings and dialogue with its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), multiple city departments and the community.

Once the final MIMP and the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were prepared and reviewed, the CAC and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) director prepared their respective reports and recommendations. Each reviewed and provided comments to the other's report, prior to its being finalized and submitted to the City Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner found the MIMP to be adequate, made a recommendation to the Seattle City Council, which will ultimately made the decision to adopt the MIMP Dec. 16, 2013. 

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How were CAC members selected?
Once Virginia Mason filed its letter of intent to prepare a MIMP with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) posted a news release to its website and mailed a printed version to neighbors within 600 feet of Virginia Mason, soliciting applicants for the CAC. Virginia Mason, in consultation with DON, reviewed applicant names and developed a list of potential members to serve on the CAC. The City sought out interested parties from among First Hill's community groups, residential communities and business communities, as well as individuals with relevant knowledge and experience in such areas as neighborhood organization and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development and educational or medical services.

The CAC is an all-volunteer committee comprised of 12 members and four alternates, most of whom are Virginia Mason's neighbors. One CAC member is a general community or citywide organization representative. Another member is a non-management representative of Virginia Mason.

What is the role of the CAC?
The CAC serves as an advisory board to Virginia Mason and the City regarding the MIMP. The CAC reviewed, responded and made recommendations on the Concept Plan, the draft MIMP, the Transportation Management Plan and the Environmental Impact Statement. The CAC made its recommendation to the City's Hearing Examiner, who made her recommendation to the City Council.

How can I stay informed of the MIMP process over the next two years?
Virginia Mason's MIMP website contains the latest information, meeting notices, minutes, public comments, materials and more. All public meetings will include time for public comment. Additionally, written comments can also be made and sent to DPD throughout the process.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Steve Sheppard, City of Seattle, DON, (206) 684-0302

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