In order to carry out the Mayors vision to create a
biotech hub in the South Lake Union neighborhood, DCLU proposes
to amend the Land Use Code to encourage the development of
biotech uses and remove unnecessary obstacles to their development.
DCLU is sponsoring a public
meeting to hear comment on the proposed amendments at
6 p.m., Tuesday, September 2, at the Naval Reserve
Building at South Lake Union Park (the Armory),
located at 860 Terry Ave. N.
The code amendments address the unusual characteristics of
biotech development, e.g., research laboratories, which require
taller floor-to-floor heights to accommodate needed mechanical
equipment and duct work for laboratory activities. Under current
zoning in the South Lake Union area, floor-to-floor height
requirements place biotech uses at a disadvantage, as they
cannot achieve a similar number of floors as other permitted
The proposed amendments for supporting biotech development
are limited to the South Lake Union Urban Village and address
the following issues:
1. Maximum building height and how building height is measured.
2. FAR (Floor Area Ratio) exemptions for mechanical equipment.
(Allowed development density, achievable through FAR, or Floor
Area Ratio, is a ratio that limits floor area as a proportion
of lot area).
3. Roof top enclosures and screening
4. Amount of required parking and number of loading bays.
5. Clarification of the definition of research and development
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