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NOTICE OF LAND USE CODE TEXT AMENDMENTS RELATED TO NEIGHBORHOOD PARKING REFORMS AND DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE

Attachments: Director's Rule FreqTr   SEPA Checklist   SEPA Determination   Neighborhood Parking ORD   Neighborhood Parking RPT
Conditions:

Pursuant to SMC 25.05.340 and WAC 197-11-340

 The City of Seattle is proposing to modify parking requirements by amending the Land Use Code (Title 23 SMC), and parking-related environmental policies in Chapter 25.05 of the Environmental Protection and Historic Preservation Code (Title 25 SMC).  

The legislation would:

 

EXPAND ACCESS TO OFF-STREET PARKING

  • Create a new use category, “flexible-use parking,” to allow for greater sharing of parking in certain zones, including in: Lowrise 3, Midrise, Highrise, most commercial, and industrial zones; and in mixed-use development garages in light rail station areas.

  • Allow park-and-ride facilities within garages as a permitted use in certain zones, including in Lowrise 3, Midrise, Highrise, most commercial, and industrial zones.

  • Clarify and update parking provisions by allowing off-site parking to be within one-quarter mile (1,320 feet) of the uses served, up from 800 feet.

OTHER CHANGES IN PARKING REQUIREMENTS

  • Clarify and reduce the parking requirements for income-restricted housing, including for the disabled.

  • Add a new maximum parking limit for flexible-use parking.

  • Delete a special exception allowing more parking than the maximum parking limit in Downtown zones.

  • Change the Northgate overlay zone parking provisions to be consistent with the city-wide approach.

  • Provide for reduced parking minimum requirements for public uses/institutions (non-Major) in frequent transit service areas.

  • Allow required parking amounts to be reduced in any zone, except Downtown zones, to a level needed to serve the parking demand for proposed uses as demonstrated by a parking demand study performed by a licensed professional engineer.

  • Apply parking stall size requirements to parking for residential and live-work uses whether parking is required or not.  

     

CLARIFY HOW FREQUENT TRANSIT SERVICE IS MEASURED

  • Allow for more flexibility in route timing and total length of daily service by updating transit measurement criteria to be more consistent with King County Metro’s and the City’s transit planning, and by simplifying provisions. The proposal includes Land Use Code amendments and a Director’s Rule that describes scheduled transit service measurement criteria and other details about physical measurement and mapping.

BICYCLES

  • Update bicycle parking requirements and performance standards, and consolidate the Downtown bicycle parking requirements with requirements for the rest of the city.

CHANGES TO PARKING-RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES IN CHAPTER 25.05 

  • Update SEPA parking policies to better align with Comprehensive Plan and City transportation policies.

OTHER SUPPORTING CHANGES

  • Require unbundling of parking space rental from multi-family dwelling unit rental and lease agreements in new structures 10 dwelling units or greater in size, new commercial lease agreements in existing structures 10,000 square feet or greater in size, and leases in new structures 10,000 square feet or greater in size.

  • Allow surface parking for up to three car share vehicles in building setbacks in commercial, Midrise, and Highrise zones.

  • For new structures with a garage in zones where flexible-use parking may occur, require a pedestrian access door and route between the garage and a public right-of-way to accommodate non-resident garage access and use.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION

After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has determined that the amendments described above will not have a probable significant adverse environmental impact, and has issued a Determination of Non-Significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (no Environmental Impact Statement required).

HOW TO COMMENT

Comments regarding this DNS or potential environmental impacts may be submitted through September 28, 2017. Comments may be sent to:  

City of Seattle, SDCI
Attn: Gordon Clowers
P.O. Box 94788

Seattle, WA 98124-7088

gordon.clowers@seattle.gov

 

HOW TO APPEAL

Appeals of the decision to issue a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) must be submitted to the Office of the Hearing Examiner by 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2017. Appeals should be addressed to the Hearing Examiner and must be accompanied by an $85.00 filing fee in a check payable to the City of Seattle. The appeal must be sent to:

 

City of Seattle
Hearing Examiner
PO Box 94729
Seattle WA 98124-4729

 

INFORMATION AVAILABLE

Copies of the DNS and the proposal may be obtained online at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/parkingrecommendations/projectdocuments/default.htm or at the SDCI Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower.

The Public Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Questions regarding the environmental determination or the proposed amendments can be directed to Gordon Clowers, senior planner, at (206) 684-8375, or gordon.clowers@seattle.gov.