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Lowrise Multifamily Code Corrections

An example of a building allowed under our lowrise multifamily zoning.
Making sure new lowrise multifamily development is a good fit in neighborhoods.
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Background

In October of 2013, City Council President Sally Clark asked us to review building height standards in lowrise multifamily zoned areas, particularly noting concerns in the lowrise 3 (LR3) zones. In response to this request, we are studying recent buildings constructed in lowrise multifamily zoned areas, and will be considering code changes to help ensure the new buildings fit into the neighborhoods. Per the October memo, our project is a focused effort to review height and development capacity (known as FAR (floor area ratio), which is the ratio of the floor area of the building to the lot size). We presented Preliminary Staff Draft Recommendations to the Seattle Planning Commission in February 2014. We released a complete draft of our code corrections and an environmental analysis in May 2014.

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