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Greenwood Town Center Rezone

New zoning will encourage more homes and businesses in the Greenwood urban center.
Working with residents, we recommended zoning changes that will encourage more homes and businesses in the Greenwood urban center.

What’s Happening Now?

Following Greenwood residents’ and City Council’s request, we worked with the residents to recommend zoning changes that would encourage future growth of residences and businesses in the Greenwood Urban Village. This will support the Greenwood / Phinney Ridge neighborhood plan’s vision.

The City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee approved our rezone recommendations for the Greenwood town center in March 2013. The full City Council voted 9-0 to approve the rezone on April 1, 2013.

Project Benefits

The Greenwood Neighborhood Plan encourages the development of a denser, more walkable and lively town center. We worked with community members to evaluate changes to zoning that would support this vision.

Specifically, we proposed to rezone a 13-acre part of Greenwood’s urban village core, from General Commercial 1 and Lowrise 2 Residential-Commercial, to Neighborhood Commercial 3, with an increased height limit from 40 to 65 feet between NW 85th Street and 87th Street, east of 3rd Avenue NW. This will provide the following benefits:

  • Encourage future development of both homes and businesses
  • Include zoning incentives that fund or provide affordable housing as part of future development
  • Encourage street-facing businesses along 85th Street at the sidewalk edge to make the street safer and more attractive to pedestrians

The End Result

The rezone legislation was signed by the Mayor on April 9 and became effective on May 9, 2013.

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