Greenwood Town Center Rezone

Project Outcomes

Following Greenwood residents’ and City Council’s request, we worked with the residents to recommend zoning changes that would encourage future growth of residences and businesses in the Greenwood Urban Village. This work will support the Greenwood / Phinney Ridge neighborhood plan’s vision.

The City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee approved our rezone recommendations for the Greenwood town center in March 2013. The full City Council voted 9-0 to approve the rezone on April 1, 2013.

Key Milestones

  • April 2011
    Released Director’s Report and SEPA Determination
  • May 2011
    SEPA Determination Appealed
  • October 2011
    Hearing Examiner’s Decision (Case W-11-003)
  • March 2012
    Revised Director’s Report and SEPA Determination
  • June 24, 2012
    Briefing for City Council PLUS Committee
  • July 25, 2012
    Public hearing
    City Council PLUS Committee meeting
  • March 2013
    Second Public Hearing
  • April 2013
    Full Council vote on proposal
  • March 14, 2013
    Public meeting
    City Council Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee meeting

Project Purpose

The Greenwood Neighborhood Plan encourages the development of a denser, more walkable and lively town center. We worked with community members to evaluate changes to zoning that would support this vision.

Specifically, we proposed to rezone a 13-acre part of Greenwood’s urban village core, from General Commercial 1 and Lowrise 2 Residential-Commercial, to Neighborhood Commercial 3, with an increased height limit from 40 to 65 feet between NW 85th Street and 87th Street, east of 3rd Avenue NW. This will provide the following benefits:

  • Encourage future development of both homes and businesses
  • Include zoning incentives that fund or provide affordable housing as part of future development
  • Encourage street-facing businesses along 85th Street at the sidewalk edge to make the street safer and more attractive to pedestrians