Incentive zoning is a voluntary provision available in certain areas of the city that provides additional development potential in exchange for certain public benefits specific by zone, which may include affordable housing, on-site public amenities, open space, green streets, or historic preservation. Within mid-rise and high-rise zones and within areas of South Downtown and South Lake Union, the construction of a certified green building as measured through Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED), Built Green or Washington Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards can result in additional development potential under these provisions.
For specific information about these provisions in multi-family zones, please refer to Seattle Municipal Code sections:
- 23.45.510, Floor Area Ratio (FAR) Limits
- 23.45.526, LEED, Built Green and Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards
Last Updated: Dec. 2, 2011