April 2018: Mayor Durkan Signs the Council Approved Neighborhood Parking Ordinance
On April 13, 2018, Mayor Jenny Durkan approved and signed Ordinance 125558 addressing neighborhood parking. The ordinance is effective as of May 14, 2018. We've also published a summary of the ordinance.
A draft Director’s Rule with an updated frequent transit service area map will be available for a 14-day public comment period, beginning on May 3, 2018. See the Land Use Information Bulletin on May 3 for the announcement.
During the City Council’s review at the Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee, the council approved several amendments adjusting the measurement of frequent transit service, bicycle parking requirements, parking for income-restricted housing, and separation (“unbundling”) of parking rent from housing rent.
2017 Executive Proposal
On November 15, 2017, Mayor Burgess sent his recommended proposal for Neighborhood Parking to City Council. See the Project Documents page for his recommendations. The Council began its discussions of the Executive proposal in January 2018.
On September 14, 2017, we released draft legislation to improve parking availability in neighborhoods. The legislation allows building owners to make parking available for public use when the facilities have excess capacity. The draft legislation also clarifies regulations that allow applicants flexibility in deciding how much parking to include in development projects in areas with frequent transit. Such areas include Urban Centers, light rail station areas, and Urban Villages.
We also released an environmental (SEPA) analysis of the draft legislation in September 2017. A public comment and SEPA appeal period ran until October 5, 2017.
Information about the SEPA analysis and appeals is available from the Notice of Decision on the Project Documents page of this website.
The highlights of the draft legislation included:
The amended parking rules will:
SDCI’s recommendations were discussed at the City Council’s PLUZ Committee in the first quarter of 2018, and advanced to a vote of the full Council on April 2. The Council approved amended bill CB 119221 on April 2, 2018, which Mayor Jenny Durkan signed on April 13, 2018. The amendments are effective as of May 14, 2018.