Pursuant to SMC 25.05.340 and WAC 197-11-340
The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to make the following changes to the Land Use Code:
Establish a new 2030 Challenge Pilot
Establish a new pilot program to promote the construction and operation of buildings that meet the highest green standards and promote environmental quality.
Allow 20 projects to be built prior to the pilot expiring in 2025.
Require the buildings to meet standards for energy, water and transportation efficiency.
Allow additional development capacity (floor area and structure height) for buildings that meet the pilot program standards.
Update the existing Living Building Pilot Program
In order to participate in the 2030 Pilot, a project would be required to:
Participate in the Design Review Program;
Be located in an Urban Center, outside the Chinatown/International District and shoreline areas;
Include renovation of an existing building meeting the proposed size thresholds;
Meet the energy, water and transportation standards; and
Maintain these requirements for the life of the building.
The proposal includes the following incentives for both pilot programs:
25 percent more FAR than the maximum allowed in the zone*;
30 percent more FAR than the maximum allowed in the zone is proposed for development that includes renovation of an unreinforced masonry (URM) building*;
For Residential buildings - 12.5 feet more height above the maximum allowed in the zone for zones with height limits 85 feet or less, and 25 feet for zones with a height limit greater than 85 feet;
For Commercial buildings - 15 feet more height above the maximum allowed in the zone for zones with height limits of 85 feet or less, and 30 feet for zones with a height limit greater than 85 feet.
* Any infrastructure and equipment required to meet the performance standard would be exempt from chargeable FAR.
These increases would be additive to any additional floor area or height gained by other programs such as incentive zoning or MHA. If additional height and/or floor area is gained through the pilot Program, that additional height and/or floor area would not be subject to incentive zoning or MHA requirements.
Allow the Design Review Board to consider additional departures from development standards for both pilot programs:
The proposal would add the following additional standards that may be considered for Design Review departures for both pilot programs:
Tower spacing requirements as provided in subsection 23.49.058.D in Downtown Mixed Commercial zones;
Tower floor area limits and tower width limits for portions of structures in residential use in Downtown Mixed Commercial zones;
Structure height limits in Downtown zones and Seattle Mixed-South Lake Union zones.
In addition, the proposal updates provisions, corrects errors and improves the clarity and readability of the code. There is no specific site or development proposal.
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 March 15, 2018. Comments may be sent to:
City of Seattle, SDCI
Attn: Gordon Clowers
P.O. Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124-7088
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. March 22, 2018. 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
PO Box 94729
Seattle WA 98124-4729
Copies of the DNS and the proposal may be obtained online at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/2030challengepilot/whatwhy/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 proposed amendments can be directed to Mike Podowski, SDCI Code Development Manager, at (206) 386-1988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.