The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation (Council Bill 119173) to amend Seattle’s land use code (Seattle Municipal Code Title 23) regulations related to off-street parking for motor vehicles and bicycles. Key changes include:
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 VEHICULAR PARKING REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS
Clarify and reduce the parking requirements for rent and 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 citywide 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.
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.
Allow surface parking for up to three car share vehicles in building setbacks in commercial, Midrise, and Highrise zones.
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 describe scheduled transit service measurement criteria and other details about physical measurement and mapping.
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.
CHANGES TO THE RENTAL AGREEMENT REGULATION ORDINANCE, CHAPTER 7.24
Require unbundling of parking space rental from multi-family dwelling unit rental and lease agreements in new and existing structures 10 dwelling units or greater in size, and new commercial lease agreements in new and existing structures 10,000 square feet or greater in size.
The City Council may consider amendments to the proposed parking regulations, including but not limited to:
Adopting a definition of Frequent Transit Service consistent with City and County policies;
Instituting a maximum parking limit for multifamily uses;
Allowing off-site parking to be located up to one half mile from the principal use;
Removing the parking requirement from affordable housing units; and
Further increasing bicycle parking requirements to support bicycle commuting.
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: email@example.com.
Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 9:00 a.m. on February 21, 2018. Please send comments to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 proposed amendments is available at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/parkingrecommendations/whatwhy/
Copies of the proposal are available from the City Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is located at 600 4th Avenue, Floor 3, in downtown Seattle and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Lish Whitson of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at email@example.com, or to Gordon Clowers of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) at 206-684-8375 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.