New Pedestrian Zones are Mapped

On May 15, 2015, the City Council adopted Ordinance 124770:

  • Amending the Land Use Code
  • Rezoning to add or expand a Pedestrian designation in 42 neighborhoods
  • Modifying the development standards that apply in Pedestrian zones to meet the changing needs of these neighborhood business districts

The legislation will be effective on June 15, 2015.

The pedestrian designation, also referred to as Pedestrian Retail Areas, is intended to “preserve or encourage intensely retail and pedestrian-oriented shopping districts where non-auto modes of transportation to and within the district are strongly favored.” Pedestrian designations are typically applied in areas already zoned Neighborhood Commercial (NC). The designation does not impact the development capacity of the area (it does not increase or decrease the permitted height or density for new development).

For more information see the DPD Pedestrian Retail Areas website.

Making a Vibrant 35th Ave

DPD is considering zoning changes to the neighborhood business districts along 35th Ave NE (at 65th, 75th, 85th, and 95th Streets) to provide more opportunities for retail goods and services.  This rezone could involve changing some areas currently zoned for low rise development to neighborhood commercial, increasing the height allowed in existing neighborhood commercial zones from 30 feet to 40 feet, and designating the business districts at 65th and 95th Streets as pedestrian zones. The pedestrian zone designation has recently been applied to the 75th and 85th business districts. The pedestrian zone provides for minimum ceiling heights on the ground floor (13 feet), prevents live/work units, and requires that ground-floor retail spaces have tenants that attract and encourage pedestrian activity, such as restaurants, shops, and gyms. The pedestrian zone also requires ground-floor retail to have amenities such as overhead weather protection.

We are holding a community-wide meeting, on June 24 at Congregation Beth Shalom, that will allow DPD to hear from the community. This meeting will help the City evaluate whether the community is supportive of the proposed zoning changes and their effect on the way 35th Ave functions. Come and share your thoughts about how to make 35th a more vibrant commercial experience.

Meeting Details

Congregation Beth Shalom
6800 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. — Open house
6:00 – 6:20 p.m.  — Presentation and general questions
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Open house, recommendation-specific questions, and comments

Your input will be shared with the Mayor and City Council. We will report back to the community on what we heard.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Moore
(206) 233-2537
ryan.moore@seattle.gov