These documents were released in draft form on May 27, 2016, and the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is inviting community feedback before finalizing the drafts and sending them on to the City Council and Mayor for formal adoption.
Director’s Report - This document gives background on the planning process and explains the draft proposal in detail.
Draft rezone map - This map shows where zoning would change under this proposal.
Draft ordinance - Proposed code language contains the technical details about development standards, affordable housing requirements, historic preservation incentives, and other policy issues.
Rezone analysis (Appendix C to the Director’s Report) - This provides a detailed, area-by-area discussion of how the rezone fits the City’s rezone criteria.
Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Dave LaClergue, Office of Planning and Community Development, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1800, Seattle, WA 98124.
Summary of Actions to Take re: U District Upzone Proposal
More on the problems caused by U District upzones see: Impacts of Upzoning on Housing Affordability in the University District
Even though city planning staffers are inviting comments on their draft documents, it is very important to let your elected officials know what you think.
Feel free to send a version of this sample comment or craft your own.
I am opposed to the proposed upzones in the University District. The University District is a historic and unique neighborhood that deserves to be protected.
The city should require a Displacement Risk Analysis and Affordable Housing Inventory to be done for the U District and for each neighborhood prior to considering upzoning.
I support Livable U District’s call to immediately suspend plans to upzone the University District until the following measures are adopted: require developers to pay impact fees, develop a traffic and parking mitigation plan, develop a meaningful anti-displacement strategy that includes one-for-one replacement of low cost housing, develop a historic preservation plan for landmark buildings, increase public open spaces, increase protections for trees and the natural environment, and improve homeless services.
Councilmembers on the Planning, Land Use & Zoning (PLUZ) Committee
Rob Johnson, Chair 206-684-8808
Mike O’Brien, Vice Chair 206-884-8800
Lisa Herbold, Member
Lorena González, Alternate
Other Seattle City Councilmembers:
Bruce Harrell 206-684-8804
Kshama Sawant 206-684-8016
Debora Juarez 206-684-8805
Sally Bagshaw 206-684-8801
Tim Burgess 206-684-8806
Mayor Ed Murray