Posts for 'Planning and Land Use'

LAND USE LEGISLATIVE FESTIVAL

December 12th, 2013

On Wednesday, December 11, the last meeting of my Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee voted out four pieces of important land use legislation. Unlike many land use actions, these bills generated relatively low levels of controversy. However, approval of the Virginia Mason Major Institution Master Plan, the 2013 Omnibus Land Use Code revision, […]

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MINIMUM DENSITY REQUIREMENTS EMERGENCY LEGISLATION

September 4th, 2013

On Tuesday, September 3, I introduced emergency legislation to impose interim minimum density requirements in rapidly growing urban centers, urban villages, and station areas designated as pedestrian zones. The purpose of the legislation is to prevent valuable property in these areas from being developed with projects like stand-alone stores with large areas of surface parking. […]

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CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2050: CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE APPROVED

June 20th, 2013

On Monday, June 17, the Council unanimously adopted an update to Seattle’s Climate Action Plan that sets Seattle on a course towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. I proposed adopting the ambitious ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ goal as a Council priority in 2010, and legislation accepting the goal was approved by the […]

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SOUND TRANSIT STATION ACCESS POLICY REVISED

June 4th, 2013

The Sound Transit Board has adopted a new “System Access Policy” which broadens the measures that Sound Transit will include in planning for ways to get riders to stations. While in the past, most of the emphasis has been on making station design convenient for transfers from buses and providing free parking for other potential […]

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TRANSIT COMMUNITIES POLICIES ADDED TO COMP PLAN

May 14th, 2013

  On Monday, May 13th, the Council unanimously adopted the 2012-2013 Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Under State law, the Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) can only be amended once a year (with a few specific exceptions), and the process involves a lengthy and thorough review of proposed amendments. The Comp Plan is not taken lightly by the […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE APPROVED BY COUNCIL COMMITTEE

April 25th, 2013

On Monday, April 22, the City Council celebrated Earth Day with a unanimous Committee of the Whole vote approving a far-reaching rezone of South Lake Union (Council Bill 117603). The land use changes will allow for more jobs and housing close to downtown, reducing sprawl and the environmental degradation that accompanies it. The Council modified […]

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MICROUNIT (AKA APODMENTS) UNIT COUNT PROBLEM RESOLVED

April 16th, 2013

“Micro-unit” apartment buildings, sometimes known as “aPodments” (which is actually one developer’s trademarked term) consist of very small dwellings, similar in size to a hotel room, which usually have private bathrooms and perhaps a mini-refrigerator and microwave. Seven or eight of these small efficiencies are grouped around a full kitchen/dining area. While these units are […]

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GREENWOOD/PHINNEY RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN REZONE APPROVED

April 8th, 2013

On Monday, April 1, the City Council unanimously approved Council Bill 117723, a rezone of the area west of Greenwood as recommended by the neighborhood plan stewardship group. The rezone applies Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning to the area between Greenwood and NW 3rd Avenue south of NW 87th Street and north of the alley between […]

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COUNCIL MAKES KEY SOUTH LAKE UNION LAND USE DECISIONS

April 2nd, 2013

On Monday, April 1, the Special Committee on South Lake Union made key land use decisions in this major rezone, giving direction to staff on amendments to land use maps and development standards. The Council’s final work session will be held on Monday, April 15, to be followed by a formal Committee vote on amendment […]

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RACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ANALYSIS OF THE SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE

March 21st, 2013

Social justice is one of the four core values of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. These values (the others are economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, and community) were developed through a community process in the 1990’s, and are intended to guide decision making in City government. To ensure that we carry out our commitment to social justice, […]

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