The Mayor’s Office transmitted to City Council most of the rezones identified in our Neighborhood Plan update and Urban Design Framework, with the exception of proposed height increases. The rezones will:
We will implement height increases through the application of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda's Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation.
City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle's land use and zoning that would affect property in the Bitter Lake area. You can read the public hearing notice on our Project Documents page.
The zoning proposals are based on the Bitter Lake Urban Design Framework (UDF), documenting the highlights of the development vision for the Bitter Lake Village Center as identified in the 2012 neighborhood plan update. Our UDF defines the land use and urban design recommendations, including land use regulations, streetscape design, and open space recommendations that will guide future development while ensuring Bitter Lake Village becomes a thriving center for the community. Our UDF illustrates the basis for City legislation (described below) to amend the Land Use Code.
In 2012 we partnered with the Broadview, Bitter Lake, and Haller Lake communities to update their neighborhood plan. In July 2015 we released draft legislation and issued a State Environmental Policy Act determination for proposed rezones and Land Use Code amendments to implement the plan’s recommendations. We received no comments or appeals, and are proceeding with finalizing legislation for the Mayor and Council’s review. Our proposed legislation will help carry out key actions identified by the community in their neighborhood plan.
Our legislation is intended to:
Our Director’s Report contains analysis of the proposed rezones, provides an assessment of the proposal’s effect on estimated growth, and the ability of local infrastructure and services to support development. We have conducted an environmental analysis and made a determination of non-significance. We are recommending adoption of the entire package of rezone proposals. To review these documents, go to our Project Documents page.
The neighborhood plan update identifies specific steps the City and community can take to create vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that include:
An updated plan that reflects the community's values.