Roosevelt, Seattle

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

Land Use

Land Use Academy – HALA: Saturday Dec. 10th 10am-noon @ Calvary Christian Assembly 6800 Roosevelt Way NE

As these zoning changes and Urban Village expansion affect the entire community, the RNA will be hosting a public session to help educate and provide some understanding of the importance of this proposal in regard to the Light Rail station area, the focus on affordable housing, and how we can guide the character of our evolving neighborhood.

Seattle 2035 Comp Plan & HALA proposal for Urban Village boundary & zoning changes

The City of Seattle has been a focus of growth over the past decade leading to many, many more people moving here. The number of projected new jobs is over 100,000 over the next three years (after growing 120,000 jobs over the past 3 years), the UW will be enlarging 30-50% over the next twenty years, and Roosevelt will get a Light Rail station in less than 5 years. The existing amenities, quality schools and parks, make Roosevelt and the surrounding neighborhoods enticing for new residents.

How this area, and major neighborhoods throughout Seattle, will increase density in order to accommodate these new residents along with our own growing families, without exasperating the affordability crises and causing major displacement is the impetus for the proposed HALA zoning changes throughout the City.

See: https://hala.consider.it

As these zoning changes and Urban Village expansion affect the entire community, the RNA will be hosting a public session to help educate and provide some understanding of the importance of this proposal in regard to the Light Rail station area, the focus on affordable housing, and how we can guide the character of our evolving neighborhood.

Current proposed plan-changes include:

Urban Village boundary: there is an expansion proposed to the east of 15th Ave NE, to NE 16th, between NE 68th & NE 70th, and to 17th Ave NE, south of NE 68th to Ravenna Park. This is the basis for zoning changes in those areas.

Zoning changes: Many Single-Family blocks are being proposed to be reclassified to Residential Small Lot (RSL) or Lowrise-Multifamily (LR1, LR2, and LR3) and the Neighborhood Commercial zones are allowed a 10’ increase in height. The Mid-rise Multifamily (MR) does not have a density increase proposed. A note on the height increase is that standard wood construction over two levels of concrete base is allowed only up to 75’ height, so increasing some of the central NC zones from 85’ to 95’ may not make any difference as we are not seeing structures proposed over the 75’ height in any of these zones currently.

The change to RSL is not a big step, though many currently zoned Single-family areas could see changes to Low-rise zoning, in order to encourage more housing, potential affordability, and a mix of larger units in these developments. The map also shows a designation of M, M1, & M2 which correspond to the MHA (mandatory housing affordability) requirements to provide some “affordable” units or payment in-lieu as a percentage of the total density. The goal is to encourage a mix of housing units, and requiring one larger (2-Bedrm or 3-Bedrm) for every 7 small units.

Residential Small Lot (RSL): There can be one unit for each 2000sf, which is not a big change from current code that allows for an attached Accessory unit (ADU) or a detached unit (DADU). The front & rear setbacks are reduced to 10’ each.

Low-rise: The setbacks are the same each zone; the front setback is 5’ min, and 10’ rear setback w/ alley (15’ w/out). The method to determine density (FAR) is similar for the LR zones, though the factor (floor-area-ratio) increases for each zone type, and the heights also increase.

floor-area-ratio (FAR)                                    Height

LR1                  1.2 (currently 1.2)                  30’ (no change)

LR2                  1.5 (currently 1.3)                  40’ (currently 30’)

LR3                  2.2 (currently 2.0)                 50’ (currently 40’)