DPD to discuss building height limits in Lowrise Multifamily Zones at meeting tomorrow night

One word has been stirring up mixed emotions in the hearts of Ballardites throughout the past year: development. Tomorrow night the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting a meeting to discuss an aspect of development that is highly relevant to Ballard, the issue of building height limits in Lowrise Multifamily Zones.

The DPD want to hear from local communities about how recently constructed buildings in lowrise zones are fitting into neighborhoods. The meeting will be held at Lowell Elementary School (1058 E Mercer St Seattle) on Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

“Ballard has a sizeable area of lowrise zoning. We’re evaluating possibilities for reductions to allowable building height,” writes Geoffrey Wentlandt from the DPD.

There is no doubt that over the past year development has been on the increase in Ballard, especially with the approval of subdivisions of single family land parcels. Locals have expressed anger on many occasions where old Ballard homes, such as the home pictured below in NW 58th St, have been demolished to make way for multiple story developments.


If you have thoughts on the issue you are encouraged to attend the meeting and give your feedback. If you are unable to attend the DPD are also looking for written feedback. Comments can be emailed to geoffrey.wentlandt@seattle.gov before Tuesday, January 28.

For more information about the current lowrise zoning codes click here. To learn more about the meeting click here.

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