On Monday, the Seattle City Council waded through a very lengthy agenda. Councilmembers voted to extend a heavy industrial moratorium in Aurora-Licton Urban Village (ALUV) in hopes of later attracting denser mixed-use development. They also passed South Lake Union design guidelines, expanded a SoDo Business Improvement Area, approved a Seattle Center Arena development agreement with $700 million in private investment, established a Redevelopment Opportunity Zone in North Rainier, and designated two new landmarks: Anhalt Hall and Colonnade Hotel.
Heavy Industrial Moratorium
Last year, the city council imposed a one-year moratorium in the Aurora-Licton Urban Village on heavy commercial and industrial uses. The purpose of the moratorium was to preempt further development of uses deemed incompatible within a walkable, transit-oriented district while the city worked to rezone the area. With the hold-up of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) rezones, the moratorium needed further extension. The city council authorized an additional six-month moratorium on heavy commercial and industrial uses in hopes that the MHA rezones will be enacted by the time the moratorium lapses.
South Lake Union Design Guidelines
After more than a year of review, the South Lake Union Design Guidelines have been updated to reflect changing community priorities for development and become more consistent with zoning changes that took place in 2013. In short, the changes to the design guidelines include: