The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to change Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in Central Area near the intersections of 23rd Avenue and S Jackson, Cherry and Union streets. The proposed changes would rezone land in the Central Area in order to implement a community vision for 23rd Avenue and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements.
The legislation would require new commercial or multi-family development in the affected zones to contribute to affordable housing. This contribution would be met by including affordable housing within the development or paying into a fund that will support development of affordable housing. The legislation would also add development capacity in the form of an increase in the amount of allowed height or floor area for buildings in zones where the MHA requirements would apply.
The legislation is intended to increase commercial and residential development capacity near these intersections to achieve the community’s vision to strengthen the Central Area’s unique identity and community character, help create vibrant and resilient commercial districts with pedestrian friendly mixed-use development, support existing and new businesses and development, provide opportunities for a variety of shops, services and affordable housing, and support community ownership and equitable development that serves the diverse Central Area community. This legislation is accompanied by a resolution which recognizes the extensive efforts of the Central Area community to create the 23rd Avenue Action Plan and Urban Design Framework.
Three bills are proposed:
A bill (Council Bill 118981) to rezone property near the intersection of 23rd Avenue and E Cherry Street, and amending the land use code to adopt new height, floor area ratio and density standards for LR2 zones with mandatory housing affordability requirements.
A bill (Council Bill 118982) to rezone property near the intersection of 23rd Avenue and E Union Street and amending the land use code to adopt new setback requirements and requirements for residential uses at street level along certain streets within the rezone area.
A bill (Council Bill 118983) to rezone property near the intersection of 23rd Avenue S and S Jackson Street, and amending the land use code to apply new setback requirements, limits on structure width and requirements for pedestrian connections within the area to be rezoned.
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on all three proposed bills to change the land use and zoning regulations affecting property in the Central Area on Monday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to testify may testify on any or all of the three proposed bills.
The hearing will be held in the:
Garfield High School
400 23rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Garfield High School is accessible. The school is located on the 3, 4 and 48 bus lines, transit directions can be found at: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/. Directions to Garfield can be found at: http://garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=7367&pageId=65506
City staff will be available to answer questions starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be a short presentation on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. or after the completion of a public hearing on proposed design guidelines for the Pike/Pine and Mount Baker neighborhoods, whichever is later. For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.
Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Spencer Williams at 684-8808 or via e-mail at: email@example.com as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.
Childcare will be provided if requested by June 19. To request childcare during the public hearing, contact Spencer Williams (see contact information above).
Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on June 26. Please send comments to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: email@example.com or by mail to:
Councilmember Rob Johnson
Seattle City Council
600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
Copies of the proposals and supporting documents may be found on-line at seattle.legistar.com/Legislation.aspx:
For the 23rd and Cherry proposal search for Record No. 118981
For the 23rd and Union proposal search for Record No. 118982
For the 23rd and Jackson proposal search for Record No. 118983
Information regarding the proposed amendments regarding land use and zoning in the Central Area are available at http://www.seattle.gov/opcd/ongoing-initiatives/central-area.
Copies of the proposals may be obtained at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The Public Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Questions regarding the proposals may be directed to Quanlin Hu of the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) at (206) 386-1598 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Eric McConaghy of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 615-1071 or via email at email@example.com.