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Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District

For the past five years, I have been working with the Pike/Pine community to amend land use regulations and design guidelines in order to:

  • Promote mixed-use development;
  • Keep new development compatible and in scale with the neighborhood;
  • Encourage small, diverse local businesses;
  • Preserve pre-1940 buildings (“character structures”) that contribute to the character of the neighborhood; and
  • Retain and attract arts and cultural uses.

The City Council adopted legislation to further these goals in 2009, 2010, and 2011. (Which are listed here)

I am now sponsoring new legislation along with Council President Sally Clark which is comprised of a set of amendments to the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District that address what the community and City have learned from the recent development boom in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. The draft proposal addresses several issues:

  • Demolition of character structures;
  • Floor size limits above a height of 35 feet;
  • Limits on the floor area ratio (FAR) for nonresidential uses;
  • Regulatory barriers that make it difficult to retain character structures;
  • Standards for retaining and demolishing character structures; and
  • Technical corrections.


Based on work with community representatives, a draft proposal was published for public review on May 23, 2013. After making revisions to the draft proposal in response to public comments, Council President Clark and I are sponsoring legislation for City Council review starting in July 2013.

There will be further opportunity for public input during the Council review process, including a public hearing before the Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations Committee, chaired by Council President Sally Clark.

The schedule for committee consideration of this legislation will be posted here:

The four documents that are part of this legislative proposal are linked here:

Requires Adobe Reader June 20 Proposed Legislation

Requires Adobe Reader June 20 Staff Report

Requires Adobe Reader Pike/Pine Enviromental Review Decision

Requires Adobe Reader Pike/Pine Environmental Checklist

I encourage you to review this proposed legislation and let me know what you think.

Comments may be sent to:
Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Council
P.O. Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124
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Links to the earlier drafts from May 2013 are below.

Requires Adobe Reader May 2013 Staff Report
Requires Adobe Reader May 2013 Draft Legislation


Technical questions regarding the proposed amendments may be directed to Rebecca Herzfeld of City Council central staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at, or to Dennis Meier at (206) 684-8270 or via email at


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