We are conducting an environmental review of three potential rezone scenarios in the Uptown Urban Center. We identified these rezone alternatives as part of the Uptown Urban Design Framework process and are studying the potential impacts of potential height increases through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
You may now view and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS considers three alternatives that evaluate a range of building heights developed in collaboration with the community:
These alternatives are not zoning proposals, and any actual proposal could be a composite of the three recommendations.
We co-hosted an open house and public hearing on August 4 at the Seattle Center Armory. Attendees had an opportunity to learn more about the alternatives, ask questions, and provide public comment. The upcoming Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking Study, the emerging Uptown Arts & Cultural District, citywide housing affordability policies, and proposed transit improvements were among the other topics.
Written public comment can be submitted until September 1 by writing to Jim Holmes.
We will prepare a final EIS once the DEIS comment period ends on September 1. Any legislation that increases height limits in the Uptown Urban Center will be the result of conversations with the community. There will be more opportunities for public participation. We expect that any legislation will not be acted on before 2017.
As Uptown grows, we want to encourage:
We will develop a collaborative vision of Uptown that describes how the physical development of the area can positively affect quality of life, recognizing the role that place-making and urban design play in creating a walkable, livable, healthy, and vibrant neighborhood.