Planning, Land Use & Zoning
University Community Urban Center (U District) Land Use and Zoning
As one of Seattle’s six designated Urban Centers and with the coming light rail station, the University District will continue to be a highly sought after location for new homes and jobs. The Office of Planning and Community Development (formerly Department of Planning and Development) has been working with the U District community for several years to create a vision for the area as well as create a long-term strategy to help guide growth and change. Council is currently considering land use and zoning changes for the area that will increase zoning capacity, institute new design standards, create incentives for open space, childcare, social services and historic preservation. The zoning changes will also allow implementation of the new Mandatory Housing Affordability program so that all new development will result in new affordable homes. For more information, see the project website here.
Director’s Report. A detailed description of the zoning changes. This proposal would allow greater height and density in the core of the neighborhood, apply new affordable housing requirements, and new design standards for buildings.
- Appendix A – Summary of public meetings
- Appendix B – Buildings eligible for TDR
- Appendix C – Housing displacement analysis
- Appendix D – Overview of public investments
- Appendix E – Rezone analysis
- Appendix F – MHA payment to performance conversion
- Appendix G – Selected Comprehensive Plan excerpts
Rezone ordinance. Draft bill to amend the Seattle Municipal Code and zoning map, consistent with the report above.
- Rezone Exhibit A. Map of the zoning changes.
- Rezone Exhibit B. Map of the station area overlay district, which will be removed to avoid redundancy with the new zoning.
Summary and fiscal note. A summary of the bill, and analysis of impacts to the City budget.
Environmentally Critical Areas Update
The Environmentally Critical Areas code designates and protects our most vulnerable environmental areas, including wetlands, habitats and steep slopes. Updating the Environmentally Critical Areas code includes a review of the Best Available Science and updates to comply with State’s Growth Management Act. For more information, see the project website here.
Mandatory Housing Affordability – Commercial Update
Adopted by City Council in 2015, the Mandatory Housing Affordability – Commercial (MHA-C) framework legislation (Council Bill 118498) established the guidance for the program that will require all new commercial development to contribute to the creation of new affordable homes in Seattle. This legislation updates the MHA-C framework to be consistent with Mandatory Housing Affordability – Residential program, clarifies regulatory requirements, adds new standards for performance and makes technical edits. The zoning changes needed to implement the program will be considered in 2017. For more information, see the project website here.
Mandatory Housing Affordability Implementation
City Council has now adopted the Commercial and Residential framework legislation for Mandatory Housing Affordability program, which will require new development to contribute to building affordable homes in Seattle. The zoning changes needed to implement the program will be considered by City Council in 2017. For more information, see the project website here. To learn more about potential zoning changes and to provide feedback about those changes, check out Hala.Consider.It.
Comprehensive Plan Update
According to Washington State law, the City may generally consider amendments to Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan only once a year. In the spring, the City Council invites the public and City departments to propose amendments to Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan. In the summer, the Council chooses which of those amendments it will consider for further study and possible adoption the next year, a process called the policy docket. If in 2017 Council chooses for consideration a proposal to amend the Comprehensive Plan, then that proposal could potentially be adopted in 2018.
You must use this application provided below to propose an amendment to the goals, policies, Future Land Use Map, appendices, or other components of the adopted City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Applications are due to the Seattle City Council (sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th for consideration in the 2017-2018 review cycle.
If you have any questions, then please contact Eric McConaghy, Council Central Staff by telephone at (206) 615-1071 or by email at email@example.com.