On April 3, 2017, the City of Seattle published the Master Use Permit (MUP) Analysis and Decision with Conditions for the Terminal 5 Improvements Project proposed by the Port of Seattle and the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

  • The Port and NWSA are moving forward with the Terminal 5 project to enhance and maintain the competitiveness of our trade gateway and provide economic benefits including jobs, market access for exports grown and made in the region, and imports beneficial to the regional and national economy.
  • Publication of the MUP Analysis and Decision is an important but routine step for large, public capital projects like Terminal 5 located in the City of Seattle.
  • NWSA and the Port have worked with the City to utilize best practices to mitigate and track air quality and noise issues related to renewed operations at Terminal 5.
  • NWSA is committed to provision and usage of shorepower for ships calling Terminal 5.
  • Utilizing best practices around gate management, truck parking and signal optimization on Spokane Street will manage and reduce congestion, air and noise concerns.
  • The commitment to a "quiet zone" is evidence of the Port and NWSA’s commitment to being a good neighbor through minimizing train horn noise.
  • NWSA staff is working to identify potential tenants and customers for Terminal 5.
  • Next steps include issuance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit pending concurrence by Muckleshoot and Suquamish tribes.

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis, including review of pertinent and available information, has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Terminal 5 Improvements project (Project), and announces the issuance of the FEIS for the Project.

SEPA Compliance: This notice of the issuance of the FEIS for the Project complies with Resolution 3650, as amended. The Port of Seattle SEPA Responsible Official, has determined that the FEIS is adequate, and that it complies with the requirements of the SEPA, Chapter 43.21C, Chapter 197-11, WAC, and Resolution 3650, as amended, Port of Seattle SEPA Policies and Procedures. The FEIS has been prepared for use by the public, agencies, groups, and decision-makers in reviewing the Project.

Future Actions: The Port of Seattle Commission has not yet decided whether to approve final design and construction of the Project. The Port of Seattle has already applied for certain regulatory approvals for the Project from other government agencies, including an application for a shoreline master use permit from the City of Seattle.

Appeal of the Adequacy of FEIS: Port of Seattle Resolution 3650, as amended, provides for appeal of the adequacy of a FEIS to be filed with the Port pursuant to the provisions of Section 21. Port of Seattle Resolution 3650, as amended, can be accessed here: www.portseattle.org/Environmental/Environmental-Documents/SEPA-NEPA/Pages/default.aspx. Any appeal of the adequacy of an FEIS must be filed by 5:00 pm on November 1, 2016, the 14th calendar day following the date that the Port provided public notice of the issuance of the FEIS (October 18). In addition, any appeal of the adequacy of the FEIS must comply with the other requirements for filing appeals in Resolution 3650, as amended, including the specific requirements of Section 21.5.