MAKING IT WORK
Editor's note: This edition of MAKING IT WORK has been revised to correct faulty links and text duplication.
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SOUND TRANSIT STARTS PLANNING FOR 3RD BALLOT MEASURE
The Sound Transit Board has unanimously approved moving forward with the first stages of planning for a third ballot measure, possibly as early as 2016. Sound Transit's first ballot measure, approved in 1996 after failing in 1995, funded light rail from downtown to the airport. ST2, approved in 2008 after failing as part of a Roads and Transit package in 2007, is funding light rail from downtown through the UW to Northgate and Lynnwood, from downtown through Bellevue to Redmond, and from the airport south to Angle Lake.
SMALL LOT LEGISLATION UPDATE
In September 2012, the Council adopted an ordinance creating interim standards preventing new small single family lots from being created using old property lines that the City does not currently believe should be used to define buildable lots. These interim standards will be replaced by new permanent land use code provisions now being prepared by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Council. DPD has published their initial proposal for the permanent legislation, and we are looking for comments and suggestions prior to beginning the formal legislative process.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SOUTH LAKE UNION: CAREFUL WORK NEEDED
Councilmembers are talking about modifying the bonus/incentive zoning program in the proposed South Lake Union (SLU) rezone legislation to capture more value from development and increase the amount of affordable housing. To be clear, the rezone legislation is ALREADY an increase on the status quo because there is essentially no incentive zoning program in SLU now. I think there are strong policy reasons to be very cautious about further changes in the affordable housing parameters in the context of this legislation, as well as legal risks that in my opinion are significant.
PARK LAND AND SR 520: FIRST STEP TAKEN
On Monday, March 11, the Council unanimously approved an ordinance approving a Memorandum of Agreement between the Washington State Department of Transportation, the University of Washington and the City of Seattle that is the first step towards providing full mitigation of the impacts of the SR 520 project on parks and open space. The agreement sets up a process for committing property known as the "Bryant Building Site", on Boat Street to open space uses.
ENVISIONING BALLARD TO INTERBAY
Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has initiated a significant planning effort that brings together issues of land use and transportation. The study covers the corridor that stretches approximately three miles along Elliot Avenue W and 15th Avenue NW from Interbay to Ballard. The purpose of this planning activity is to develop a vision for the lands close to this heavily travelled, multi-functional route. [read more...]
RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ANALYSIS OF THE SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE
Social justice is one of the four core values of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. To ensure that we carry out our commitment to social justice, as well as our long standing commitment to ending racism, the City has developed a Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). The Council's RSJI Change Team, a group of staff volunteers, chose the South Lake Union (SLU) Rezone for one of its first reviews, and I had the team formally report to the South Lake Union Committee on Monday, February 25. After hearing their report, I announced that I would prepare a Resolution reflecting their recommendations.
"In a healthy society... the prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just, and generous, and prosperous system which opens the way to all -- gives hope to all, and consequent energy, and progress, and improvement of condition to all. No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty."
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