The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to amend Seattle’s land use and zoning code to apply Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements in existing multifamily and commercial zones in Seattle, areas currently zoned Single Family in existing urban villages, and areas zoned Single Family in potential urban village expansion areas identified in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Planning process. See the map below illustrating the areas that would be affected by this proposal.
The legislation would:
make area-wide revisions to the official zoning map in the areas shown on the map;
apply MHA requirements in the rezoned areas, requiring new commercial or multi-family development in the affected zones to contribute to affordable housing;
add development capacity in the form of an increase in the amount of allowed height and/or floor area for buildings in zones where the MHA requirements would apply;
modify or introduce new development standards to address design issues with current development and accommodate new building types;
modify or introduce new requirements to apply MHA to contract rezones;
modify certain rezone criteria in the Land Use Code;
modify certain land use definitions; and
modify or introduce new requirements for certain measurements, such as floor area ratio and green factor.
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a series of public hearings during the first half of 2018 to take comments on the proposed changes to land use and zoning regulations. The first hearing will focus on changes affecting property in District 4 (District 4 includes all or portions of the Bryant, Eastlake, Laurelhurst, Fremont, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Sand Point, University District, View Ridge, Wallingford, Wedgewood and Windermere neighborhoods). The hearing will be held on February 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at:
Eckstein Middle School (Auditorium)
3003 NE 75th St
Seattle, WA 98104
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 during the public hearing.
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.
Directions to Eckstein Middle School are available at https://ecksteinms.seattleschools.org/about/directions_and_map.
Written comments on the proposal will be accepted until the Full Council takes final action on the proposal, which is not anticipated to occur before July 2018. 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
Information regarding the proposal, including a draft of the proposed legislation, is available at www.seattle.gov/council/committees/citywidemha.
Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Aly Pennucci of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Geoff Wentlandt of the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) at 206-684-3586 or via email at email@example.com.