September 17

Uptown Urban Center Rezone & Single Family Upzone QACC meeting is Monday

Community Group, Local News, Planning & Construction


If you read this blog, you’ve likely seen posts on the proposed zoning changes to Uptown that can take one of three paths:

1) “No Action” which maintains current zoning and building heights for the dozens of parcels in the neighborhood that are expected to be redeveloped, but does not include new neighborhood-specific design and development standards to guide that growth.

2) “Mid-rise” with 5-7 story buildings that would include mandatory housing affordability requirements, along with new Uptown design standards.

3) “High-rise” featuring taller, thinner, more widely spaced 16-story buildings in areas of the Uptown Urban Center, also including mandatory contributions to housing affordability and the neighborhood design standards.

The City hosted both a public meeting and open house in early August, and now the Queen Anne Community Council is hosting a Land Use Review Committee meeting this Monday, September 19th, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The meeting starts at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

In addition to the Uptown Urban Center Rezone, the QACC meeting will also cover the Single Family Upzone and Queen Anne’s Appeal of SEPA/DNS.

Agenda Item: Uptown Urban Center Rezone, 7pm-8:30pm

Jim Holmes, Senior Planner at City Hall and principal in charge of the Uptown Planning process will answer questions regarding all elements of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), including outlining the next steps for public reviews and comments, clearing up misinformation, offering a clear understanding of what has informed the years of analysis, and delineate the issues and opportunities reflected in the DEIS.

Marty Kaplan, Uptown Urban Design Framework Committee member and Rick Hooper, Co-Chair of the Uptown Alliance and Uptown Urban Design Framework Committee member, will offer a community perspective and address questions.   

If you cannot make the meeting, you can send comments to Jim Holmes via email at

Agenda Item: Single Family Upzone – Queen Anne Appeal of SEPA/DNS, 8:30pm-9pm

QACC has appealed the ruling by City Hall that there are no environmental impacts created from Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s proposed legislation converting all Seattle city-wide single family neighborhoods with properties over 3,200 sq ft to multi-family; allowing triplexes to replace any single family home.

This is the largest rezone in the history of Seattle and we submit that such an action deserves nothing less than a full, transparent, neighborhood inclusive, professional and unbiased environmental analysis including neighborhood outreach to all 37 Seattle neighborhoods to gather public input concerning all environmental impacts like parking, traffic, utilities, ownership, height and density limits, tree canopy and open space, and many significant others.

The City has not completed one professional study of environmental impacts, nor have they conducted a committed public outreach effort to ask you or 127,000 single family property owners throughout Seattle.

The meeting will discuss the appeal and the first two days of the hearing held on 30 August and 1 September 2016. It will complete on 30 September 2016 at 9am at the Hearing Room in the Hearing Examiners office. All Appeal documents are available online.

If you are interested in the future of Uptown, increased building heights, or impacts to single family homes on Queen Anne, plan to attend Monday’s meeting.


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