Seattle Councilmember Wants a Temporary Development Moratorium While Rezoning Proceeds

The vision for Aurora-Licton Springs includes more pedestrian-friendly housing developments—not the drive-in businesses, recycling and solid waste, vehicle sales, and mini-storage business that currently get permitted and built.
October 3, 2017, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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A Seattle City Councilmember is looking for ways to encourage "more housing and pedestrian-oriented urban development in the Aurora-Licton Springs Urban Village," reports Stephen Fesler, but first the city must curb a popular form of commercial development.

 Councilmember Debora Juarez is pushing a temporary moratorium on "heavy commercial, manufacturing, and warehouse uses in the Commercial 1 (C1), Commercial 2 (C2), and Neighborhood Commercial 3 zones that line much of the urban village," reports Fesler. While the moratorium is in place, the city could move forward with the rezoning of the neighborhood under the citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) process.

"The draft MHA rezones for the Aurora-Licton Springs Urban Village would generally change C1 and C2 to a Neighborhood Commercial zoning type," according to Fesler. "Some of this would be paired with Pedestrian zone designation placing further controls on the types of activities allowed to encourage denser pedestrian-oriented development."

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Published on Monday, September 25, 2017 in The Urbanist
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