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.
The City adopted South Lake Union legislation on May 6, 2013. Read the adopted bill, and blogs entries from the Mayor and City Council.
On Monday, June 25, DPD held an open house to presents the Mayor’s rezone recommendation for South Lake Union. This proposal is the culmination of a 5-year process that included participation by a diverse and engaged community working with the City to define a clear vision for the future of South Lake Union. This proposal includes proposed development regulations that incorporate an incentive for increases in height and floor area that will provide important neighborhood amenities to ensure that as growth continues, it contributes to the areas livability and sustainability. The proposed rezoning will allow for 12,000 new housing units and 22,000 new jobs by the year 2031.
On June 25 DPD will host an open house to present its recommendation for changes in zoning, including permitted height and other development standards, for the South Lake Union Neighborhood. This event marks the culmination in a multi-year planning process that began with designation of the neighborhood as an Urban Center in 2004, the update of the Neighborhood Plan in 2007, completion of the South Lake Union Urban Design Framework in 2010, and release of a Final Environmental Impact Statement earlier this year.
The Department of Planning and Development will not be holding the South Lake Union Open House on June 14 as previously announced. The meeting has been postponed.
Review copies of the South Lake Union Final Environmental Impact Statement will be available at the Public Resource Center on the 20th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Avenue), and the Central, Capitol Hill, and Queen Anne branches of the Seattle Public Library.
On Monday, March 28, approximately 160 community members attended a public hearing on the South Lake Union Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The goal of the hearing was to hear from the community, interested governmental agencies, and tribes regarding any areas where additional analysis is needed, if there is missing information, or any concerns over some of the conclusions reached in the DEIS. The DEIS was issued on February 24. The public hearing was part of the 45-day comment period that concludes on April 11. The full Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for public review on the DPD website.
The South Lake Union Height and Density Alternatives Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available on DPD’s website. The formal publication date for this document was Thursday, Feb. 24, which marked the beginning of a 45-day comment period that closes on April 11.
On February 8, from 5:30 to 7:00, the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development will host a community celebration marking completion of the South Lake Union Urban Design Framework (UDF). Created in collaboration with a cross section of community stakeholders, the UDF sets out a community vision for the physical development of the South Lake Union neighborhood. UDF recommendations range from specific actions, such as creating a new community center at Denny Park, to broader strategies, like using building form and land use controls to make an active and inviting lakefront.