Tag: Land Use Code

Urban Politics #298: Social Equity and Urban Growth

September 13th, 2010

On Monday evening, Monday September 20, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., I will host an event called Can We Achieve Social Equity Using Smart Growth? It will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers located on the Second floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, in downtown Seattle.

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Urban Politics #165: The Lure Of Biotech Industry Jobs

September 17th, 2003

The City, under the Mayor’s guidance, has set upon a course of attracting biotech industries to Seattle and to the South Lake Union neighborhood in particular. With Seattle’s unemployment rate being one of the highest in the nation for a major urban area, pursuing this industry appears to be a “no-brainer”.

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Urban Politics #161: Monorail and City Codes

July 6th, 2003

The Department of Design, Construction and Land Use (DCLU) has proposed amendments to the Seattle Municipal Code to establish the permit approval process for monorail transit facilities that will be necessary to support the establishment and operation of a monorail transit system. The proposal allows heights of monorail stations to be up to 65 feet.

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Urban Politics #155: Live-Work Legislation Description

May 25th, 2003

Since being on the City Council I have taken an active interest in trying to get the city to promote more opportunities for Seattle’s artists to remain in the city and not be pushed out by higher housing costs. There are a number of different strategies to accomplish that goal. Aside from direct funding for low-income housing that is available for artists who need live/work space, there is also the strategy of changing our Land Use Code to better accommodate these opportunities.

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Urban Politics #116: Council Bill 113697 – Space Needle Views

November 5th, 2001

Today the City Council took two important votes that will impact the future landscape of our city. The first was a vote on Council Bill 113697 that would amend our SEPA ordinance to narrow view protections of the Seattle Space Needle to ten parks. The other Council Bill 113818 amended the land use and zoning sections of the Municipal Code to allow developers to provide off-site parking (that is, parking provided on a different lot than the lot containing the use for which the parking is required) by a permit process.

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Urban Politics #101: School Playfield Legislation

February 26th, 2001

Last week the City Council passed (7 – 0) Council Bill 113156 amending the Land Use Code to allow lighting standards up to 100 feet for public school playfield lighting. The actual placement of the standards would still be subject to SEPA review or subject to special conditions imposed upon their use in the four high school athletic complexes improved through the February 1988 Levy. Current laws limit lighting in existing public school sites to 30 or 35 feet in residential zones.

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Urban Politics #67: Arboretum-Lakeside Trail

July 6th, 1999

The Culture, Arts and Parks Committee (CAP) will hold a public hearing on the Arboretum-Lakeside Trail on Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located in the Municipal Building at 600 4th Avenue.

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Urban Politics #63: Announcing UP Index On The Web

May 13th, 1999

For those of you who want to track issues that I have been writing about in Urban Politics, we now have a UP subject index posted on the web. There’s a link to it here. All of the past issues of UP are listed with the exception of UP #1, which probably less than 200 people received. This was my first attempt (in September 1996) at communicating with citizens through the internet and it may not even labeled as UP Issue #1. It dealt the City’s transfer of the Freeway Park Garage to the Washington State Convention Center. If anyone has a copy of it, please let me know. I’d like to add it to our index. Thank you.

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Urban Politics #53: Doubling Tenant Relocation Assistance

November 30th, 1998

The State of Washington authorizes local jurisdictions to require the payment of relocation assistance of up to $2,000 adjusted annually to low-income tenants who are displaced from dwelling units by housing demolition, change of use, substantial rehabilitation or removal of use restrictions from assisted housing.

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