Chinatown-ID Rezone Testimony

Chinatown-ID Rezone Testimony


Chinatown-ID Rezone Testimony

Seattle City Council

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 17:30


Event Details


A public hearing will take place in City Council Chambers on June 1st at 6 PM.

City staff will be available to answer questions at 5:30 and there will be a short presentation on the proposal at 6:00 p.m. followed by public comment.

>>>>> For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. <<<<<<<

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on June 1. Please send comments to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: spencer.williams@seattle.gov


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The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in the Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon. The proposed changes would rezone land in the Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon in order to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements.

The legislation would require new commercial or multi-family development in the affected zones to contribute to affordable housing. This contribution would be met by including affordable housing within the development or paying into a fund that will support development of affordable housing. The legislation would also add development capacity in the form of an increase in the amount of allowed height or floor area for buildings in zones where the MHA requirements would apply.

The legislation includes provisions for modifying development standards and MHA payment and performance amounts to address potential instances in which development standards in the Land Use Code would prevent a development from being able to use the additional development capacity.

The Council may consider the following amendments to the legislation, and is also seeking public comment on these potential changes:

Including all property in the Chinatown-International District/Little Saigon in the International Special Review District, extending the boundary of the Special Review District east of Interstate 5 to include the blocks between 12th Avenue S and Rainier Avenue S and the blocks between S Jackson Street and S Main Street.
Amending the boundaries of the Design Review Boards to include all of the rezone area in the Downtown Design Review Board.
Exempting projects containing significant amounts of affordable housing from requirements of the incentive zoning program to gain more floor area and height. Such projects could achieve the maximum floor area and height permitted under the zoning without providing Downtown amenities or purchasing Transfer of Development Rights from South Downtown historic buildings or public open space.

PUBLIC HEARING

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to land use and zoning regulations affecting property in Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon on June 1, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the:
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue


City staff will be available to answer questions at 5:30 and there will be a short presentation on the proposal at 6:00 p.m. followed by public comment. For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.


Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Spencer Williams at 684-8808 or via e-mail at: spencer.williams@seattle.gov as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.


Childcare will be provided if requested by May 25, 2017. To request childcare during the public hearing, contact Spencer Williams (see contact information above).

Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at: spencer.williams@seattle.gov.

Seattle City Council Chambers is accessible. Directions to the City Council Chambers, and information about transit access and parking are available at http://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/visiting-city-hall


INFORMATION AVAILABLE

Information regarding the proposed amendments regarding land use and zoning in the Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon are available at https://www.seattle.gov/hala/about/growth-with-affordability under “MHA Implementation in Downtown and South Lake Union.”

Copies of the proposals may be obtained at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The Public Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Brennon Staley of the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) at 206-684-4625 or via email at brennon.staley@seattle.gov or to Lish Whitson of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at lish.whitson@seattle.gov.

WRITTEN COMMENTS

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on June 1. Please send comments to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: spencer.williams@seattle.gov or by mail to:

Councilmember Rob Johnson
Seattle City Council
600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025



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