Here are city planning items of interest and the Dept. of Construction & Inspections Land Use notices within the last three weeks for communities from 21st Ave east to Lake Washington and E Union St north to SR-520.
Backyard Cottages and Accessory Dwelling Units
The City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is proposing to amend the Land Use Code, to modify development standards related to accessory dwelling units (ADU) and detached accessory dwelling units (DADU), also known as backyard cottages.
Mandatory Housing Affordability Program
The Seattle City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would add a new chapter to the Land Use Code and make other amendments. This would establish a framework for a Mandatory Housing Affordability program for residential development (MHA-R). Under the MHA-R program new residential development, including development with live-work units and congregate residence sleeping rooms, would be required to provide affordable units (performance) or make an in-lieu payment. The MHA-R program will be implemented as increases in residential development capacity are approved.
Comprehensive Plan Final EIS
The City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Comprehensive Plan update. The proposed action is programmatic in nature and involves amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. In particular, the City is considering text and map amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan (see 2035.seattle.gov) that may affect the distribution of 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs expected in Seattle by the year 2035, and that would influence various City operations. The EIS evaluates five alternatives, the No Action Alternative and four action alternatives with different possible distributions of future residential and employment growth among Urban Centers, Urban Villages and other areas.
2220 E Union St
The City of Seattle Hearing Examiner is conducting a public hearing on the recommendation of the Director of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (Seattle DCI) to rezone a property from NC2-40 to NC2-65 and from NC2P- 40 to NC2P-65. Project includes construction of a six story, 144 unit apartment building with 20,207 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space. Parking for 148 vehicles will be provided below grade. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40' Pedestrian, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40'
111 26th Ave E
The proposal is to allow two, 2 unit, townhouse and one, 4 unit, townhouse (total 8 units) on a 9,600 sqft. lot. Parking for 8 vehicles to be provided. Zone: Lowrise-2, steep slope (greater than=40%), potential slide area
224 27th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one 4,800 sqft. development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, potential slide area
1617 38th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow a one-story 5,103 sq. ft. addition (kitchen, lunchroom, restrooms, storage) to an existing institution (McGilvra Elementary School), remove two portable classrooms and covered play area. Determination of Non Significance prepared by Seattle Public Schools. Zone: Single Family 5000, landmark
2609 E Thomas St
Land Use Application to subdivide one 4,798 sqft. development site into five unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2
2812 E Union St
Land Use application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: A) 3,953 sq. ft. and B) 1,843 sq. ft. Zone: Lowrise 1, areterial within 100 ft.
112 27th Ave E
Land Use Application to subdivide one 4,780 sqft. development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise 1, potential slide area, liquefaction prone soils