Category Archives: Land Use

Design Review Meeting for Dunn Lumber Project, Monday January 25

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Date: Monday January 25

Dunn Lumber is redeveloping the property east of their main building as “Latona Station”, a 6-story office, retail, and warehouse building. This project at 3800 Latona Ave NE is between NE Pacific Street and NE Northlake Way, and between Latona Ave NE and 4th Ave NE.

The Design Review Early Design Guidance virtual meeting (using Webex) will discuss the project. See the meeting information including the Design Proposal (29MB), and how to submit comments. Submit written comments to PRC@seattle.gov prior to the meeting. Sign up to speak for up to 2 minutes during the meeting. The sign-up form will be available 2 hours before the start of the meeting and will close 30 minutes after the meeting starts.

View of project looking towards Lake Union.

Dunn Lumber has been working on this project for several years. The Wallingford Community Council thanks Dunn Lumber for their community outreach and engagement, and for their commitment to maintain their business in the neighborhood.

Vote on subdivision with no minimum lot size, Wednesday August 12

The Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council is considering Omnibus bill CB 119835 this Wednesday August 12 at 9:30 AM. This omnibus bill is supposed to be for minor editorial corrections, but several provisions will change all Single-Family lots into Multi-Family lots with no minimum lot size. We urge you to contact your Councilmembers and ask them to remove these provisions.

  • The Legislative Analysis of these provisions states: “However, the proposed omnibus language introduces ambiguity into the Code that could lead to unintended consequences for future development of vacant lots that are created through a unit lot subdivision process.”
  • The City Council should not be passing bills with ambiguous language.
  • Any single-family parent lot could be redeveloped with a house and an ADU and a DADU then subdivided in three unit lots that could be sold separately (as multi-family housing).
  • Unit lots have no minimum lot size requirement.
  • More trees would be cut to make way for these redevelopments.
  • The price of single-family lots would increase further reducing the affordability of housing.
  • The City Council should use a separate bill with a full public engagement to consider this major change in land use code.
Example of 4960 SF parent lot redeveloped into 2000 SF, 1150 SF, & 1800 SF multi-family unit lots.

Call to Action: Public to be removed from Design Review

Tomorrow Monday April 13 at 2 PM, the Seattle City Council will vote on CB119769, an emergency ordinance to expedite affordable housing during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill curtails public Design Review meetings for the next six to eight months to accelerate project approvals. Instead the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will conduct only internal administrative reviews.

Administrative Design Review is where the developer can promote variances to set backs and allowances for roof-top structures for their projects. See the Downtown Residents Alliance post for further discussion of the bill.

Express your concerns to the City Council or your Councilmembers. We emphasize these concerns:

  • A better option is to eliminate Design Review for the crisis period. All developers would have to follow the land use code without exception.
  • Only projects with significant affordable housing units on-site should be given this exemption. Market-rate and commercial projects can wait.
  • Six to eight months is an excessive time period for a crisis that may ease in one to two months.

43rd District Town Hall, Saturday February 22

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave

Join Senator Jamie Pedersen, Representative Frank Chopp, and Representative Nicole Macri for a town hall meeting.

  • Get an update on the 2020 Legislative Session.
  • Share your comments, concerns, and questions.

More information is available from the Representative Macri.

Seattle Tree Ordinance, Wednesday February 12

Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee
Wednesday February 12, 9:30 AM

The Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council will meet to hear a Tree Protections Update from the Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). The Coalition for a Stronger Tree Ordinance is concerned at the loss of tree canopy in Seattle and urges public comments at the Committee meeting or by contacting Council members.

To contact City Council:
Don’t Clearcut Seattle.
Contacting City Officials page on the Wallingford Community Council website.

For more information:
Seattle’s Tree Protection Ordinance.
TreePAC.
Friends of Urban Forests.