Planning, Land Use & Zoning

Committee regular meeting days and time:
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Committee Members

Committee Scope:

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, community development, zoning, design, and land use regulations; incentive zoning, the Affordable Housing Impact Mitigation Program, and equitable transit oriented development; and Major Institution Master Plans and quasi-judicial land use decisions.

Issues

Aurora - Licton Urban Village Moratorium Extension

The Council is considering extending by six months a temporary moratorium on permit applications that include certain commercial uses in the Aurora Licton-Urban Village. The temporary moratorium was first established in October 2017 by Ordinance 125425. The Planning, Land use, and Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed extension on September 5, 2018. Prohibited new uses would continue to include:

  • Drive-in businesses;
  • Dry boat storage;
  • General manufacturing;
  • Heavy commercial services, except laundry facilities existing as of April 1, 2001;
  • Sales and rental of large boats;
  • Vessel repair (major or minor);
  • Mini-warehouse;
  • Principal use, nonresidential long-term parking;
  • Outdoor storage;
  • Heavy commercial sales;
  • Sales and rental of motorized vehicles, except within an enclosed structure;
  • Solid waste management;
  • Recycling uses;
  • Towing services;
  • Principal use vehicle repair (major or minor);
  • Wholesale showroom; and
  • Warehouse.

Proliferation of these uses is inconsistent with adopted Comprehensive Plan goals and policies. The Aurora-Licton RUV was initially established in 1999, and goals and policies from the neighborhood plan were concurrently incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. Generally, adopted goals and policies contemplate a future development pattern informed by transit proximity with, “a core of multifamily housing, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood retail shops and services, and open space clustered immediately east of Aurora Avenue North” (Seattle 2035 – Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans, Goal AL-G1.)

Public Hearing

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed extension on September 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM.

The hearing will be held in the:

  • City Council Chambers
  • 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
  • 600 Fourth Avenue

For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 9:00 a.m.

Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Noah An at (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at noah.an@seattle.gov as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.

Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Noah An in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at noah.an@seattle.gov. Council Chambers are accessible.

Directions to City Hall, and information about transit access and parking are available at http://www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/services-and-programs/visiting-city-hall.

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