May 25, 2017
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
Land Use Information Bulletin
A Twice-Weekly Bulletin Announcing Land Use Applications, Decisions, Hearings, and Appeals

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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:



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:

                                       Commons/Lunch Room
                                                 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: Directions to Garfield can be found at:

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: 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:



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: 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

Information regarding the proposed amendments regarding land use and zoning in the Central Area are available at

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 or to Eric McConaghy of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 615-1071 or via email at