Following an extensive four-year public process in the U District, we have released draft zoning recommendations on May 31.
The proposal would allow greater height and density in the blocks surrounding light rail at NE 43rd St. and Brooklyn Ave NE. It would apply design standards to help new buildings fit into the U District neighborhood context. The proposal would also implement new affordable housing and open space requirements, as well as incentives for childcare, historic preservation, and street improvements. (See Project Documents for proposal documents.)
We held an open house meeting in May (download the open house presentation) and held "office hours" to get feedback on the proposal. The comment period for the rezone proposal closed on July 15. (See comment summary.) We are currently finalizing the proposal and will send to City Council for consideration in early September.
Zoning is one of several policy changes aimed at shaping new growth in the U District. We completed streetscape concept plans for Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St, and NE 42nd St in the spring of 2015. In September 2015 City Council approved our recommended amendments to the U District goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan. For background, the U District Urban Design Framework discusses neighborhood concerns and goals in detail and lays out many of the ideas that would be implemented by the proposed rezone.
Working with the neighborhood, we’ve identified the following guiding principles to inform all of our projects in the U District: