| Seattle's Department of Planning and Development
is hosting a hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(DEIS) for Downtown
Height and Density Changes to the Seattle Land Use Code.
The public is invited to attend and comment on the document
at the hearing:
Monday, December 15, 2003
Plymouth Congregational Church
1217 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA
The Downtown DEIS is part of a broad effort
by Mayor Greg Nickels and City departments to ensure high-quality
neighborhoods that meet citizens' needs. Strategies for better
housing, transportation, public services, parks and other
amenities are under consideration that will create positive
change in the center of the city, including the Waterfront,
Downtown, South Lake Union, First Hill, and Capitol Hill.
The Downtown DEIS evaluates potential impacts
of four alternatives for maximum height and density limits
over 20 years in the Denny Triangle, Commercial Core, and
a portion of the Belltown neighborhood (Downtown Office Core
1 and 2, and Downtown Mixed Commercial zones). The alternatives
range from no action with no zoning changes to a high-end
with substantial increases in height and density.
Environmental elements such as population, employment,
housing, land use, urban design, views, aesthetics, climate,
transportation, parking, energy, and water, sewer, and stormwater
utilities are studied.
A transcript of public comments made at this
hearing will be included in a Final Environmental Impact Statement
to be issued in 2004. Following issuance of the Final EIS,
decisionmakers will determine what changes are appropriate
to consider for action.
Getting Copies of DEIS
An electronic copy of the DEIS and its appendix are available
on the Downtown
Development website. Printed
copies of the DEIS and appendix are available for $10 each
from the DPD Public Resource
Center, located on the 20th floor of Key Tower at 700
Fifth Avenue, (206) 684-8467.
As the DEIS is quite lengthy, an Impact Summary
and Description of Alternatives (Chapters 1 and 2) is available
free of charge. Chapter 1 includes a summary of the impacts
discussed in the DEIS and Chapter 2 describes the four alternatives.
Public Comment Welcome
The DEIS will be available for public review and
comment until at least January 31, 2004.
Following completion of a Final EIS in 2004, DPD
will work with the Mayors Office on proposed
legislation based on the information in the EIS
and public input. The City Council is anticipated
to begin its consideration of the Mayors
proposal in 2004.
For more information on the DEIS, the review process,
and the Final EIS, please contact:
DPD Land Use Planner