DPD is recommending approval of a package of rezones based on a proposal by the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association (RNA) from 2006 when it undertook an effort to update its neighborhood plan to accommodate a planned light rail station. The rezones are intended to allow future development that respects the context of the neighborhood’s commercial core, achieves appropriate transitions to less intensive zones, and supports the neighborhood’s pedestrian and transit orientation around a planned light rail station.
DPD is recommending a package of 25 rezones that meets the Roosevelt neighborhood’s goals for integrating a light rail station into the heart of the neighborhood. The proposed rezones will help guide current and future development activity in advance of the Roosevelt light rail station scheduled to open in 2020. The rezones are centered on the neighborhood business district around Roosevelt Way NE and NE 65th St. In total the proposed rezones comprise 153 parcels and 12.5 acres of land. Included in the package of rezone proposals is the establishment of a Station Area Overlay district that includes all proposed commercial and multifamily zoned areas within a quarter-mile radius of the future light rail station. The extension of an existing Pedestrian designation is also included in the package of rezone proposals. DPD is recommending the expansion of the incentive zoning program for affordable housing to Roosevelt as a companion action to this rezone proposal.
The Seattle City Council is expected to begin review of the legislative rezone proposal in the spring or summer of 2011. For detailed information on the proposal including maps and a Draft Director’s Report see www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/RooseveltRezone.
For more information about the Roosevelt Legislative Rezone project, contact: