The Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee will hold a briefing to consider potential amendments to the U District legislation on January 19 (2:00 p.m.). The briefing will take place in Council chambers at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue). Draft amendments may be reviewed here.
In September, Mayor Murray presented his priorities for the U District. He addressed recommendations for zoning, affordable housing, and City investments in the neighborhood. A summary brochure covers many of the projects and programs that the Mayor highlighted. Also in September, we presented to City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee:
In October, we sent final zoning recommendations to Council for their consideration.
We have been working with the U District community since 2012 to plan for growth and change in the neighborhood. The U District Urban Design Framework discusses neighborhood concerns and goals in detail, laying out many of the ideas that would be implemented by the proposed rezone. Zoning is one of several policy changes aimed at shaping new growth in the U District. We also completed streetscape concept plans for Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St, and NE 42nd St. In September 2015, City Council amended the U District goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan.
We released a draft version of the zoning proposal in May 2016. Public response included a mix of support, concerns, and suggestions for improvement. A compilation of public comments is available here, and a summary and discussion of the themes is available here. This input helped shape the final recommendations that we sent to City Council.
Watch our "A Shared Vision for the U District" video here.
Working with the neighborhood, we’ve identified the following guiding principles to inform all of our projects in the U District: