In October of 2011, the Urban Design Framework for the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station Sites was finalized. The Framework articulated a vision of the community for the redevelopment of the station sites, offering development guidance and design guidance to the future developers of the station sites. Shortly after the Framework was finalized, City and […]
DPD generally supports and encourages infill development when consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan goals and policies. DPD recently reviewed the Land Use Code provisions that regulate undersized lots and minimum lot area exceptions. DPD determined that development approved under current standards is often out of character with the surrounding neighborhood and inconsistent with policy. Interim measures were put in place to prevent additional permits on these small lots while this issue is being studied.
The City Council recently adopted legislation to establish a transfer of development potential (TDP) program for the Pike/Pine neighborhood, providing an additional tool for maintaining existing, older buildings that contribute to the neighborhood’s special character and are considered key to the area’s success as a growing business, arts and residential community.
There are some common misconceptions about working in the Shoreline District and how a project may be exempted from the Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SSDP) process.
DPD staff is assisting Councilmember Tom Rasmussen with legislation that would establish a Transfer of Development Potential (TDP) program for the Pike/Pine neighborhood. The goal is to provide additional incentives for new development to maintain the neighborhood’s existing “character structures” (buildings that are at least 75 years old) while continuing to protect the area’s special […]