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Tag: zoning

Update on Marijuana Zoning in Seattle

June 28th, 2013

In the wake of the passage of I-502, the City Council is considering setting limits on where marijuana-related activity can take place in Seattle. Legislation to set zoning limits was discussed on June 24 at the Full Council, and eventually held under July 22. Four committee meetings were held to review the legislation, beginning on […]


Update on Marijuana in Seattle and Washington

May 24th, 2013

It’s been an eventful week or so for marijuana news in Seattle. On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee voted to move a marijuana zoning ordinance to the Full Council meeting on Monday, June 3. In addition, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has released a first draft of rules […]


Urban Politics #336 Council Vote on South Lake Union Rezone

May 17th, 2013

The City Council approved a rezone of the South Lake neighborhood on Monday, May 6 by a 9-0 vote. The rezone increases maximum building heights to 400 feet adjacent to Denny, and 240 feet in much of SLU to Mercer, aside from the Cascade neighborhood. Previous zoning was 65 to 85 feet in most of […]


Affordable Housing in South Lake Union – Part 2

March 29th, 2013

After you read this Urban Politics, consider sending a message to the Councilmembers asking them to dramatically increase the City’s plans for providing for more affordable housing in South Lake Union.


Urban Politics #216: Downtown Public Spaces

June 21st, 2006

A lot of attention has been given to the Council’s recent passage of the Downtown rezone legislation which encourages the development of taller denser buildings in the city’s core, additional affordable housing units and a more livable downtown. There is another, more obscure but important, part of this legislation that I’ll tell you about here.


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.