Posts for 'Planning and Land Use'

SMALL LOT LEGISLATION UPDATE

March 20th, 2013

In September 2012, the Council adopted an ordinance (Council Bill 117572)creating interim standards preventing new small single family lots from being created using old property lines that the City does not currently believe should be used to define buildable lots. The legislation also limited the size of houses that can be built on lots that […]

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ENVISIONING BALLARD TO INTERBAY

March 15th, 2013

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has initiated a significant planning effort that brings together issues of land use and transportation. The study covers the corridor that stretches approximately three miles along Elliot Avenue W and 15th Avenue NW from Interbay to Ballard. The purpose of this planning activity is to develop a vision […]

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SOUTH LAKE UNION: CAREFUL WORK NEEDED

March 1st, 2013

  Some Councilmembers are talking about modifying the bonus/incentive zoning program in the proposed South Lake Union (SLU) rezone legislation to capture more value from development and increase the amount of money for affordable housing. To be clear, the rezone legislation is ALREADY an increase on the status quo because there is essentially no incentive […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE SCHEDULE AND ISSUES

February 22nd, 2013

After months of review and work, the Council is now moving towards decisions on the South Lake Union rezone. The rezone has been in development since 2004, when the Council adopted a revised neighborhood plan and designated South Lake Union as an Urban Center. Since then, South Lake Union has become one of the most […]

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Sound Transit 2012 Accomplishments 2013 Plans

February 20th, 2013

Sound Transit has entered an extraordinarily busy time, with new light rail construction entering a whole new phase of activity. The connection from downtown to the University of Washington is moving towards completion; the extension to Northgate and Lynnwood is actively proceeding; light rail to Bellevue and Redmond is in design; and light rail south […]

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PLANNING AND LAND USE 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PRIORITIES FOR 2013

January 30th, 2013

In 2012 I announced a set of priorities for my Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee. Here’s a review of how we did, and the top ten priorities for 2013: Accomplishments for 2012: Goal: to develop Transit Communities Policies and advance neighborhood plans. Accomplishment: Major progress in getting Sound Transit (ST) to commit to […]

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SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM UPDATE APPROVED

January 22nd, 2013

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the Council unanimously adopted a 378 page Council Bill 117585 comprising the first comprehensive update of Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) since 1987. Department of Planning and Development (DPD) staff began working on this update in 2007, and my Committee began our review last August. The SMP is an important […]

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MICROUNIT DEVELOPMENTS AKA “APODMENTS”

January 17th, 2013

The first “micro-unit” development, sometimes known as “aPodments” (which is actually one developer’s trademarked term) was constructed several years ago. In the last few months there have been a number of others built, many on Capitol Hill, but in a few other areas of the City as well, such as the University District.  “Micro-unit” developments […]

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MY TOP TEN LIST FOR 2012

January 11th, 2013

2012 was my first year as Chair of the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee.  I also Chaired the Council’s Special Committees on the SR 520 Project and the Library Levy, and was Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Yesler Terrace.  I continued to serve as the Council representative on the Sound Transit Board […]

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SEATTLE UNIVERSITY TO ADD 2500 STUDENTS AND 1500 FACULTY AND STAFF

December 13th, 2012

On Monday, December 10, the Council unanimously adopted a new Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) for Seattle University.  The MIMP replaces the current plan, which was approved by Council in 1997 and expires this year.  Under the new Master Plan, Seattle University is authorized to double in size, expanding from the 2.2 million square feet […]

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