On December 19, 2011, the Seattle City Council approved new land use standards and maximum building heights for the West Seattle Triangle neighborhood. DPD planners have been working with members of the community since spring 2010 to ensure that new development in the area is transit- and pedestrian-oriented.
The zoning changes allow additional height (up to 85 feet) on certain blocks. The changes also ensure more landscaping and a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape environment.
Located at the western end of the West Seattle Bridge, the West Seattle Triangle serves as a gateway to West Seattle and the Alaska Junction shopping district. In 2007, the Huling Brothers car dealership closed, leaving behind several acres of vacant lots and buildings. Since then, King County and the City of Seattle have been making plans for new RapidRide bus service. RapidRide Line “C” will begin service in 2012 with two stations in the Triangle planning area.
In addition to the recent legislation, DPD has developed a streetscape concept plan that includes provisions for new green streets and public spaces, along with access for trucks, cars, bicycles and pedestrians. The concept plan will be appended to the City’s Right-of-Way Improvements Manual early next year by the directors of DPD and Seattle Department of Transportation.
“This is a good example of City and community planning together to integrate transportation and land use,” said Diane Sugimura, DPD Director. “The effort will benefit the neighborhood in very tangible ways as the area evolves in the coming years.”
For more information about the legislation passed by City Council, read their press release (www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?id=12379&dept=28).
Background information about the West Seattle Triangle project is available on DPD’s website at www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/WestSeattleTriangle/