Zoning

A Seattle City Council committee approved legislation to update the city's 38 neighborhood plans created a decade ago, and neighborhoods gaining more mass transit service will likely go first.

In 1999 the Seattle City Council approved 38 neighborhood plans in many of the city's neighborhoods designed to support anticipated population growth around the city over the next 20 years.

09/15/2008

retirement home

It was one of the stupidest ideas I've seen to date to put a retirement home on Ballard Ave. in the first place.

"I'm hoping they aren't the golf-course retirees," she said. "I'm hoping they're more the Manhattan martini-type people" (Sept. 3 issue).

WHAT?!?! You think the majority of tenants who are over 65 are going to be up and partying at 2 a.m.?

Frankly, if the Ballard zoning committee had any influence regarding this project they should have told the place to relocate.

09/09/2008

The Seattle City Council's proposed "Megahouse Legislation" will be debated in a public hearing on Sept. 22 and could take effect as early as November of this year.

In response to community outcry against new, massive homes that tower over their neighbors, the bill was introduced on July 28. It would modify the land use and zoning standards of single family neighborhoods for the first time since 1982.

"The building design profession has dramatically changed since then," said Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council president.

08/25/2008

The Seattle City Council's proposed "Megahouse Legislation" will be debated in a public hearing on Sept. 22 and could take effect as early as November.

In response to community outcry against new, massive homes that tower over their neighbors the bill was introduced on July 28. It would modify the land use and zoning standards of single-family neighborhoods for the first time since 1982.

"The building design profession has changed dramatically since then," said Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council president.

08/25/2008

Dogs are people, too.

No one knows this better than Terri Benish. Let's just say her clients are furry, playful and full of energy.

She wouldn't have it any other way, for she is living her passion--working with animals.

Benish is a new business owner in Burien, operating Wag The Dog Daycare at 15227 Ambaum Boulevard Southwest.

A big advantage for a pet owner is the daycare's Doggie Cams.

Benish believes the four-camera surveillance is one of the major reasons people bring their pets.

08/25/2008
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Photo by Tony Miller

Jason DeLeo points out his dog, Winnie, on the "Winnie Cam" at his office in downtown Seattle.

As condominium and apartment projects continue their upward sweep from West Seattle's commercial corridors, business owners along California Avenue already weathered in change are making the best of a situation some think might eventually hurt their bottom line.

Thousands of potential new residents - along with their cars - and a years-long construction boom could mean parking chaos for business owners in the West Seattle Junction, but some are already looking forward to the influx of expected retail spending.

"Any business owner would welcome the opportunity to sell merc

08/25/2008

The Seattle Planning Commission says it approves, with caveats, a proposal to increase the building height in an Interbay commercial area from the current 40-foot limit, but it was unable to come up with a specific height limit.

The original proposal sought an increase in some areas to 125 feet. The mayor had proposed a limit of 85 feet.

08/11/2008
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IF HEIGHT IS RAISED TO 125 FEET. The diagram shows the effect of buildings in the Dravus Street and 15th Avenue corridor at the maximum increased height of 125 feet originally requested.

Art courtesy of Seattle Department of Planning and Development

SeaTac lawmakers voted July 22 to allow citizen advisory committees equal footing with city departments in presenting information during council meetings.

Deputy Mayor Gene Fisher offered a revision enabling the planning commission members to present their opinions on pending legislation at the same time as the planning department.

Some lawmakers voiced concern about adding a rule that might prolong already lengthy council meetings.

Fisher countered that he didn't understand a reluctance to allow more citizen input.

Mayor Ralph Shape proposed an amen

08/02/2008

Mayor Greg Nickels has announced new proposed regulations for building townhomes, spurring concern from builders worried about the impact on future developments.

Covering 10 percent of the city, newer townhomes have been an ongoing sore spot for single-family homeowners who oppose what they call cookie-cutter designs.

Nickels' proposal aims to ease these concerns by creating policies for townhome construction that increase community bonds and accessibility to more affordable housing.

07/28/2008
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NEW DESIGN STANDARDS. These townhomes are on Northwest 59th Street. Mayor Greg Nickels is proposing new design standards to combat what many see as "cookie cutter" developments that don't fit into neighborhoods.

Photo by Steve Shay

As the King County Council and King County Metro Transit are once again proposing fare increases in 2008, the need to adjust the boundary lines between peak hours zones is still warranted.

For some 20-plus years Metro has unfairly charged residents of the south end bus areas for two zone peak hour rates while residents of the north end, riding a farther distance, are only charged with a one zone peak hour fare.

With the upcoming second bus fare increase legislation in 2008, said legislation should address the unbalance in peak hours zoning areas and correct the traveled d

07/14/2008
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