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.

Public hearing is scheduled for November 16th at 5:30pm at Hotel Deca.

Project Documents

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.

Rezone ordinance. Draft bill to amend the Seattle Municipal Code and zoning map, consistent with the report above.

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.

For the most up to date legislation, amendments and supporting materials, see Council Bill 118853 at the website for the Office of the City Clerk.

Public hearing is scheduled for December 6th at 9:30am in Council Chambers.

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.

Public hearing is scheduled for November 29th at 9:30am in Council Chambers.

For the most up to date legislation, amendments and supporting materials, see Council Bill 118854 at the website for the Office of the City Clerk.

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.

Committee regular meeting days and time:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Committee Members