Council Adopts Rezone Legislation for Bitter Lake Village

On July 25 Seattle City Council adopted legislation to amend the Land Use Code to rezones sites in the Bitter Lake Village Hub Urban Village and to amend development standards. The zoning proposals are based on an inclusive planning process that led to the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan update and the Bitter Lake Urban Design Framework (UDF) that document the community’s development vision for the Bitter Lake Village Center. The UDF defines the land use regulations, streetscape design, and open space recommendations that will guide future development while ensuring Bitter Lake Village becomes a lively center for the community. In particular, it will encourage the development of a walkable business district along Linden Ave. N between N 130th and N 135th streets. The legislation will:

  • Rezone some Commercial 2 (C2) to Commercial 1 (C1) along Linden Ave. N.
  • Add a Pedestrian designation (P) to sites on the east side of Linden Ave. N, between N 135th St. and N 130th St.
  • Rezone sites on N 130th St. Between Linden Ave. N and Aurora Ave. N from C1 to Neighborhood Commercial 3 (NC3)
  • Rezone 2 sites on Aurora Ave. N from C1 to C2

 

The Mayor is expected to sign the legislation in early August.

Questions?

David W. Goldberg
(206) 684-8414
davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov

You’re Invited to an Uptown Planning Open House

Please join City staff and members of the Uptown community on the evening of October 8 for an open house about several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.  At the open house, DPD will share information and request feedback on:

  • A Draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center.
  • Scoping for an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study possible rezones.
  • A parking study for the entire Uptown Urban Center.

 

Join us: 

Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Seattle Center, McCaw Hall
Allen Foundation for the Arts Room
Please enter off Mercer Street

The Urban Design Framework (UDF)

Community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center have been working together to develop UDF (framework plan) for the neighborhood.  The UDF communicates a vision for the physical development of the neighborhood as it grows, addresses emerging issues and opportunities, and presents possible implementation steps including:

  • Establishing an Arts and Culture District.
  • Increasing the diversity of housing opportunities, housing types and affordability.
  • Supporting development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities.
  • Addressing a complex parking situation.
  • Using zoning to integrate important neighborhood amenities such as open space, affordable housing, and cultural spaces.
  • Advocating for a school and community center.

In addition to discussing the Urban Design Framework, this meeting is the kickoff to two implementation actions recommended in the Urban Design Framework:  an EIS and a parking study.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

DPD is preparing an EIS to evaluate increases in building height in the neighborhood.  The UDF recommended increases in height in some locations to improve the urban form of the neighborhood and incentivize public benefits through zoning. Our October 8 meeting will serve as the scoping meeting for the rezone EIS. However, written comments may also be submitted through November 8.

Strategic Parking Study

The October 8 event is also the kickoff for the Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study. The study will address how to adequately provide parking for Seattle Center while still allowing potential redevelopment of parking structures and lots in the neighborhood.

For additional information:

Jim Holmes, Senior Planner
(206) 684-8372
jim.holmes@seattle.gov

You’re Invited to an Uptown Planning Open House

Please join City staff and members of the Uptown community on the evening of October 8 for an open house about several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.  At the open house, DPD will share information and request feedback on:

  • A Draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center.
  • Scoping for an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study possible rezones.
  • A parking study for the entire Uptown Urban Center.

 

Join us: 

Thursday, October 8
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Seattle Center, McCaw Hall
Allen Foundation for the Arts Room
Please enter off Mercer Street

The Urban Design Framework (UDF)

Community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center have been working together to develop UDF (framework plan) for the neighborhood.  The UDF communicates a vision for the physical development of the neighborhood as it grows, addresses emerging issues and opportunities, and presents possible implementation steps including:

  • Establishing an Arts and Culture District.
  • Increasing the diversity of housing opportunities, housing types and affordability.
  • Supporting development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities.
  • Addressing a complex parking situation.
  • Using zoning to integrate important neighborhood amenities such as open space, affordable housing, and cultural spaces.
  • Advocating for a school and community center.

In addition to discussing the Urban Design Framework, this meeting is the kickoff to two implementation actions recommended in the Urban Design Framework:  an EIS and a parking study.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

DPD is preparing an EIS to evaluate increases in building height in the neighborhood.  The UDF recommended increases in height in some locations to improve the urban form of the neighborhood and incentivize public benefits through zoning. Our October 8 meeting will serve as the scoping meeting for the rezone EIS. However, written comments may also be submitted through November 8.

Strategic Parking Study

The October 8 event is also the kickoff for the Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study. The study will address how to adequately provide parking for Seattle Center while still allowing potential redevelopment of parking structures and lots in the neighborhood.

For additional information:

Jim Holmes, Senior Planner
(206) 684-8372
jim.holmes@seattle.gov

Lake City’s Community Conversation

On the evening of April 29, more than 100 members of the Lake City community gathered at the community center to learn about numerous projects underway, enjoy delicious food, and see a preview of the Celebrate Africa! event that will take place on Saturday, June 9.

DPD staff answered questions about the draft Lake City Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF was developed over the past year and a half with guidance from an advisory group of Lake City residents and business owners. It provides a vision for the future of Lake City and the North District. The draft UDF includes recommendations about:

  • Rezones from Commercial to Neighborhood Commercial that would encourage a more pedestrian-oriented built environment
  • Parks and open space
  • Building form and development standards
  • Transportation
  • Sustainable strategies for an equitable Lake City

DPD will accept comments on the draft UDF through the end of May. There will be several opportunities to talk with DPD staff and advisory group members about the draft during this time. Materials presented at the April 29 Community Conversation will remain in the community center so that people who missed the event can review them and add their comments. We will also attend the following meetings to discuss the draft UDF.

  • North District Council on May 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lake City Library
  • LCNA on May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church
  • Thornton Creek Alliance on May 28, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Community Center

If you want to schedule a presentation to your group, contact Katie Sheehy at Katie.sheehy@seattle.gov or (206) 684-5345.

Lake City residents, businesses, and services providers are working together to reaffirm the community vision, establish guidelines for future development, and implement projects that strengthen the neighborhood. A lot of exciting work is underway!

Lake City Future First sponsored the April Community Conversation with support from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, Department of Neighborhoods, DPD, and SDOT. Numerous community groups also helped make the event possible, including the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and many members of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.

City to Discuss Ballard Transportation and Urban Design Improvements

Seeking feedback during May 7 open house

In response to ongoing development, the community’s desire to retain Ballard’s character, and Sound Transit’s planning for light rail to Ballard, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Department of Transportation (SDOT) are working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth. This meeting is an opportunity to review recommendations for shaping growth in the Ballard Business District and to explore transportation issues.

The collaboration will develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF) and a multimodal transportation plan called Move Ballard that will articulate a shared vision to guide future development and transportation investment while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive. Through Move Ballard, we will engage community members to recommend innovative solutions for enhancing the transportation environment for all, regardless of how they travel to and through the area. The City and Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth are holding an open house on May 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Leif Erikson Lodge to:

  • Receive comments on the draft recommendations to better guide development
  • Identify and prioritize near-term improvements for all forms of transportation in the Ballard Hub Urban Village
  • Evaluate and prioritize potential future high capacity transit (e.g. light rail, streetcar) station locations while preserving and supporting industrial and commercial employment in Ballard.

Tell us what you think about the future of transportation and growth in Ballard. Here’s how you can provide your feedback:

  • Attend the Community Meeting
    May 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Large Hall (2nd floor), Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th Street
    (Light snacks will be provided)

At the first meeting held a year ago, we heard that the community loves Ballard’s historic qualities and its tradition of industry. Many appreciate the growth of shops and restaurants in a beautiful, walkable neighborhood. However, they are also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contributing to Ballard’s character. There are also worries about affordability and that transportation improvements have not kept pace with growth.

The City then worked with the Ballard Partnership to define responses to the community input on the character of growth in Ballard’s core business areas. At the second public meeting last November, we received strong support for preliminary recommendations to shape new development, streetscapes and open space in downtown Ballard.

Review the background information here

Questions? Comments?

Department of Planning and Development Seattle Department of Transportation
David Goldberg,Planner
(206) 615-1447
Davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov
Chris Yake, Transportation Planner
(206) 727-8719
Christopher.Yake@seattle.gov