Lots of zoning talk this morning.
The city’s Incentive Zoning program has its roots in the 1970’s and has grown and changed much in the decades since then. Today it’s co-managed by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and the Office of Housing (OH). Last year, Council member O’Brien asked the City Auditor to verify whether the city was accurately applying the IZ land use code to projects that opted into the program. They found a long list of issues and made 22 recommendations for improvements to the program. This morning, the City Council was briefed on the findings.
This morning the City Council had its first discussion of the two proposals submitted last week for redevelopment of Key Arena. That was fairly straightforward. The bigger issue for them was how little involvement they would have in the decision-making process until the very end.
This afternoon the City Council voted unanimously to rezone the downtown and South Lake Union areas of the city, granting additional zoning capacity in exchange for affordable housing. Most of the discussion was around one controversial amendment.
This afternoon the Council will likely wrap up its work on the MHA-enabling upzone for the Downtown and South Lake Union areas of the city.
Monday morning the Council’s Select Committee on Civic Arenas held its first meeting, which entailed a high-level overview of the committee’s purview, as well as the issues related to the SODO Arena and Key Arena proposals that are likely to come before it.
This morning the proposed upzone to downtown and South Lake Union moved one big step closer to a final vote by the Council.
A few items of note happened at the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings today.
This morning, the Council continued wading through the details of the proposed rezone of the downtown and South Lake Union areas in order to implement the Mandatory Housing Affordability program.
With the MHA rezone for the University District now behind them, the City Council has turned its attention to the next candidate in line: the Downtown/SLU area.