School district requests waiver on zoning regs for Arbor Heights Elementary; Public meeting set for Feb. 18

information from the City of Seattle

The Seattle School District is requesting a waiver (departure) from some City zoning regulations for the construction of a new Arbor Heights Elementary School for 490 to 660 students. The District plans to demolish the existing school and construct a new building. The School District is requesting modifications for greater than allowed height, less than required parking and an on-site bus loading. The process for considering this request includes hearings before an advisory committee composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives.

The Committee will gather and evaluate public comment on the departure request for the sign. The Committee can recommend waiver (departure) from some signing regulations and any relevant conditions to be applied to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, or recommend denial. The Committee may make its recommendation following this meeting, or hold up to two additional meetings prior to making its recommendation.

The Committee has been formed and will hold its first public meeting:

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Arbor Heights Elementary School
3701 SW 104th St. Seattle, WA 98146
The meeting will be in the library

The meeting will include a brief presentation on the requested modifications to development standards (zoning) that have been requested. Following this presentation, the Committee will consider its recommendations. An additional meeting may be held if the Committee concludes that more information is needed.

The public is invited to make comments at the meeting. Written comments may also be submitted to:

Steve Sheppard
Department of Neighborhoods
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, call:
Steve Sheppard at 684-0302, or e-mail

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