On March 18, City Council voted unanimously to adopt zoning changes and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in urban villages and commercial and multifamily zones around the city. The legislation expanded ten urban villages within a 10-minute walking distance from transit stops such as light rail stations. The Council also passed a companion resolution requesting several work items including design guidelines, updates to historic inventories, and historic review protections. The Mayor signed the legislation on March 20. It becomes effective on April 19.
On July 25 Seattle City Council adopted legislation to amend the Land Use Code to rezones sites in the Bitter Lake Village Hub Urban Village and to amend development standards. The zoning proposals are based on an inclusive planning process that led to the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan update and the Bitter Lake Urban Design Framework that document the community’s development vision for the Bitter Lake Village Center.
DPD’s Community Development team is preparing an urban design and development framework, and rezone legislation, to submit to City Council by the end of the year. Our rezone legislation is based on land use recommendations by the Rainier Beach community in their 2012 neighborhood plan update.
New zoning and land use changes are now in place around the Mount Baker light rail station. To create a more vital, walkable town center, much of the land around the station is now designated Seattle Mixed.
Seattle City Council and King County Council passed legislation in September that will implement a Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP) in South Lake Union and Downtown. This program will generate funding for infrastructure improvements by capturing a portion of the increased King County property tax resulting from the increased assessed value of new development, in exchange for implementing a regional Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program.
The City Council recently adopted legislation, that will take effect on June 13, increasing height and density through incentive zoning in the South Lake Union Urban Center. This legislation concludes a multi-year collaboration between the City of Seattle and neighborhood stakeholders to plan the future of the South Lake Union Urban Center.
On December 28 Mayor McGinn signed Ordinance 123790, West Seattle Triangle rezone. This ordinance becomes effective on January 27, 2012.
Seattle City Council approved today C.B. 117294 and Resolution 31342, enacting new land use rules and maximum building heights for the “West Seattle Triangle”neighborhood. Community advocates and city planners framed the new rules in hopes of encouraging new development in the area to be more mixed-use and pedestrian-oriented.
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.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping meeting was held by DPD on July 21, 2010 for the proposed development being reviewed under project 3010100 (Roosevelt Development Group contract rezone and EIS). Due to the high level of interest in the proposal, DPD wants to make sure everyone has a chance to provide their comment to DPD regarding Scoping for the EIS. DPD has therefore extended the public comment for Scoping to September 1, 2010.