Belltown Small Lot Development

What's Happening Now?

We are considering minor changes to development standards in the Downtown Mixed Residential (DMR) zones of Belltown to accommodate modular and panelized construction on smaller lots. Current zoning requires complicated massing which is very challenging for these types of construction. We are considering changes that would allow more consistent floor plates within the existing height limits for projects meeting certain standards. The goal is to accommodate more modular and panelized construction that can increase the supply of moderately-priced rental housing.

The original proposal was published in June of 2019. Feedback was sought on the initial proposal from June through November of 2019. An updated proposal with SEPA analysis was published in February of 2019. We anticipate forwarding legislation to Council for their consideration in Spring of 2020.

Project Documents

Updated SEPA Draft Proposal (February 2020)

Original Proposal (June 2019)

  • Modeling Examples (August 2019)
    This document shows modeling of likely building massing under existing and proposed development standards for six sample sites. 
  • Original Belltown Small Lot Development Proposal Summary