On Monday, December 8, Seattle City Council, Mayor Greg Nickels,
and neighborhood representatives ended months of controversy,
negotiation, and planning by adopting legislation that amends
Seattle's Land Use Code and accepts an agreement between the
City and the owners of the Northgate Mall that paves the way
for its redevelopment.
The new plan for Northgate includes:
- A land use code ordinance eliminating the General Development
Plan (GDP), making Northgate open space requirements more
flexible, adopting considerations for any future Development
Agreements and designating NE 100th and NE 103rd streets
as Special Landscaped Arterials.
- The city would have a one-year option to purchase 2.7
acres on the south lot of the mall for a price of $375,000.
This will give the city the option to provide open space
and natural drainage solutions.
- A revised Development Agreement with Northgate Mall owner
Simon Properties that allows the mall to develop 230,000
square feet of retail space, including 63,000 square feet
of newly added street-front development along 5th Avenue
NE, which is the site of major pedestrian improvements.
- Establishment of a Coordinated Transportation Investment
Plan for the Northgate area and groundwork for a possible
SEPA Planned Action.
A Council resolution was also approved setting the framework
for future Northgate planning activities that includes developing
strategies to stimulate housing growth, economic development,
and public art; and provide for natural drainage, sustainable
building, and a pedestrian improvements. The resolution also
sets forth details for public involvement with broad-based
representation to advise the city on all of these issues.
Read more about the Northgate code amendments
in the May 23, 2003 news
If you have questions about this legislation,
DPD Land Use Planner