Uptown Rezone recommendation announced by Mayor

Posted on July 15th, 2017 by Laura Fonda


This week, Mayor Ed Murray announced the Uptown Rezone recommendation. The plan allows building heights to increase across Uptown, with some buildings allowed to go up to 160 feet.

The plan also calls for 600 new affordable housing units near Seattle Center as part of the Mandatory Housing Affordability program –  it requires developers to include rent-restricted units or pay a fee to construct affordable housing somewhere else in the Seattle city limits.

Here’s the plan map – old heights are listed first, new heights are second:

The plan also includes development recommendations as follows:

– The ground level of buildings in pedestrian areas have restaurants, retail, theaters and other uses that drive pedestrian activity.

– Storefronts must be transparent at the street level. Windows and openings add visual interest to the pedestrian environment.

– Parking at the street level must be separated from the right of way with buildings and uses that hide the parking. At least half of all new parking must be underground.

– 15% of the lot area for large projects be usable open space.

– New development must include upper level setbacks to maintain pedestrian scale and provide light at the street level.

You can read the full plan here.


4 responses to “Uptown Rezone recommendation announced by Mayor”

  1. Andrew Gemkow says:

    …remember when Seattle was for Seattlites and not the wealthy cronies of the sociopaths we didn’t have much choice but to elect?

  2. Urban Guy says:

    Looks good!

  3. Beverly Harrington says:

    This adds so much new height levels that our neighborhood willl look like those dreadful boxes in the canyons on Debby and Wedtlake and Brown. The Mandatory Affirdabke House mandate doesn’t create affirdabke housing. Developers simply add that fee into their construction costs and pass on to buyers, raising housing prices even higher.

  4. Albert says:

    Make it happen

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