Economic development advocates, business organizations,
and community groups have frequently suggested that the goals
of achieving desired development objectives and revitalizating
neighborhood business areas are often hampered by a commercial
zoning code in need of overhaul.
DPD was directed by the Mayor to investigate
these contentions and make recommendations to amend zoning
requirements in commercial areas that would remove unnecessary
obstacles to achieving City policy and enhancing economic
development initiatives in Seattle.
Over the past several months, DPD has conducted
a review of Seattles Commercial land use policies and
zoning requirements. DPD has formed an advisory committee
that represents the diversity of stakeholders in commercial
areas and the neighborhoods that surround them.
The goals of the project are to:
1. Simplify the Land Use Code and improve its
legibility and ease of use.
2. Revitalize existing neighborhood business
districts and support the needs of small business through
innovation and reason in regulatory requirements.
3. Reduce unnecessary costs of development,
particularly housing, due to excessive or redundant code and
4. Support the Comprehensive Plans urban
village strategy and promote higher levels of pedestrian and
5. Maintain compatibility with surrounding neighborhoods.
Upcoming Advisory Committee Meetings
Upcoming meetings of the Commercial Areas Advisory
Committee are scheduled for October 29, 2003,
and November 19, 2003 on the 40th floor of Key
Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue.
If you have any questions about the commercial
policy and code review process, or the upcoming
meetings, view the website,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,