Posts for 'Planning and Land Use'

SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE– SEVEN REALITIES

December 12th, 2012

December 13, 2012 marks the six month anniversary of the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee’s first discussion of the South Lake Union rezone proposal.  As we enter our seventh month of analysis, it is useful to keep in mind several facts that informed the legislation and that should frame our consideration going forward. […]

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GOLF, JEFFERSON PARK, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

November 13th, 2012

The City Council has unanimously approved a proposed modernization of the Jefferson Park golf clubhouse and expansion of the driving range.  The proposal will replace the existing clubhouse with a new and expanded facility, and will also expand the driving range by adding a second deck and corresponding netting, along with revamping the lighting system […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE PUBLIC HEARING

November 8th, 2012

My Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will hold our second public hearing on the proposed South Lake Union Rezone on Wednesday, November 14, at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers.  We held an initial hearing in August, and have discussed the proposed rezone several times in Committee.  The legislation is now in final […]

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A LIGHT RAIL COMMUNITY AT THE CAPITOL HILL STATION

October 18th, 2012

Linking transportation choices and land use decisions is the best way to make our communities work and our investments in transportation infrastructure pay off.  And it is how we make growth management effective and protect our farms, forests, and wilderness areas.  The Capitol Hill light rail station offers an extraordinary opportunity to realize that vision, […]

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ARENA VOTE

September 27th, 2012

On Monday, September 24, the City Council voted 6 to 2 in favor of an agreement that would ultimately result in public financing to support constructing a new arena south of Safeco Field.  Councilmember Nick Licata and I voted against the legislation (Councilmember Rasmussen was absent). We have often been told that this was one […]

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SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM UPDATE BEGINS

September 18th, 2012

My Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee has begun work on the first comprehensive update of Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) since 1987.  We received our first briefing in August and discussed aspects of it at our September 12 and September 13 meetings and we’ll discuss it again at our October 26 meeting.  A public […]

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SMALL LOT DEVELOPMENT LOOPHOLE CLOSED

September 10th, 2012

On Monday, September 10, the Council unanimously approved Council Bill 117572, an emergency ordinance to close a loophole in the City’s Land Use Code that allowed developers to build large houses on very small lots by manipulating lot lines intended for tax purposes.  These lots are not platted or identified in property records, and do […]

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YESLER TERRACE NEW URBAN COMMUNITY APPROVED

September 4th, 2012

On Tuesday, September 4, the Council unanimously adopted five pieces of legislation to implement the redevelopment plan for the Yesler Terrace community.  This vote is the culmination of many months of work by Councilmembers and our Central Staff.  Council considered this project so important that we conducted all of our meetings in a Special Committee […]

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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS ADVANCED FOR ANALYSIS

August 28th, 2012

On August 13 the Council unanimously approved a resolution that advances possible Comprehensive Plan amendments for analysis and review by the Seattle Planning Commission and the Department of Planning and Development.  These amendments will be considered for adoption in the spring of 2013 (state law limits the City to making general amendments to the Comprehensive […]

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MORE TREES FOR SEATTLE

August 16th, 2012

Seattle has accepted a big challenge:  to turn around the loss of tree cover from developing a City on this formerly forested land, and to restore and regrow as much of the urban forest as we can.  Trees not only because they make the City more beautiful and our neighborhoods more livable, but also help […]

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