New zoning plan closer to reality, Crown Hill could see most change

Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess and Councilmember Rob Johnson released the city’s “preferred alternative” today for upzoning several neighborhoods as part of the proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) plan.

It’s an interactive map that you can browse right here. (To close the splash page once it launches, click the OK button in the lower right).


(From the new “preferred alternative” map.)

As you can see — and as the Seattle Times previewed a few days ago — Crown Hill would be one of the most impacted areas in the city.

“Crown Hill in Northwest Seattle is one of the leading laboratories for the grand-bargain experiment,” explain reporters Justin Mayor and Bob Young in the Times. “In one scenario proposed by the city, Crown Hill faces the greatest encroachment into single-family areas of any of the ‘urban villages’ where the city aims to steer growth.”

The mayor held a press conference today in Capitol Hill. “With this plan, we will extend our requirement that new developments contribute to Seattle’s affordable housing supply,” Burgess explained. “We’ve already implemented this requirement in the University District, downtown, and elsewhere. Now it’s time to bring this requirement to other high-opportunity neighborhoods so that we can hasten our progress in building a more inclusive and equitable city.”

In the “high-opportunity” neighborhood just to the north of Ballard, the Crown Hill Committee for Smart Growth has argued for less upzoning, more support for small businesses, better infrastructure and a neighborhood plan. As we reported last week, one of the area’s oldest businesses, Crown Hill Hardware, is closing at the end of the month.

While the plan is one step closer to reality, the full council vote isn’t scheduled until summer of next year. In the meantime, there are several community meetings scheduled to receive more community feedback. We’ll keep you updated.

Public Hearing set for possible Urban Village re-zoning

The Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee will be hosting a Public Hearing regarding the possibility of zoning changes to the Ballard Hub Urban Village area.

The meeting will be held next Wednesday, August 3, from 6 p.m. at Ballard Library (614 22nd Ave NW)

The following changes will be considered:

1. CB 118693

AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending Sections 23.47A.005 and 23.47A.009 of the Seattle Municipal Code to adopt development standards for certain properties in the Ballard Hub Urban Village; and amending the Official Land Use Map at pages 53, 54, and 55 to rezone land in the Ballard Hub Urban Village.

The areas being considered for re-zoning can be seen on the shaded map below:

ballard zone

All are welcome to attend the meeting and give their feedback. Click here to view further documentation regarding the proposed changes.