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Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District


For the past six years, I have been working with Capitol Hill's 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)

In 2013, I sponsored new legislation along with Councilmember Sally Clark that amended the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District regulations to address what the community and City have learned from the recent development boom in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. The environmental review of the draft proposal was appealed in July 2013, and since then I have been working with community members and the appellants to address their concerns. Now that the appeals have been withdrawn, and updated version of the bill is ready for public review. The proposal addresses several issues:

  • Require that all character structures on a lot be retained, either partially or fully, if zoning incentives are used. The Design Review Board would be able to grant departures from this requirement, with guidance from criteria in the code;
  • Reduce the bulk of new buildings on larger lots by further limiting the amount of floor area allowed on upper level floors;
  • Remove the current 2.0 floor area ratio (FAR) limit on commercial structures, if all character structures are retained as defined in the Code;
  • Remove regulatory barriers that make it difficult to retain character structures;
  • Provide clearer standards for retaining character structures and for the limited circumstances in which the Design Review Board may allow demolition of a character structure if an zoning incentive is used; and
  • Make technical corrections and clarifications.


I encourage you to review the linked documents and to send your comments to Brian Hawksford in Councilmember Tom Rasmussen's office via e-mail at:

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

If you have questions regarding the proposed amendments direct them 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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