The rezone proposals for Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union (SLU) could be getting a handful of refinements. The Seattle Planning, Land Use, and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will take up discussion on the proposal and possible amendments to it. The PLUZ Committee could also take votes on amendments and the full bill, sending it to the full City Council. The bulk of the proposal is focused on rezoning most parts of Downtown and South Lake Union to unlock affordable housing provisions built into Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. Once passed, new developments in those areas will generally have to contribute toward affordable housing development either through voluntary construction of such units or paying a fee to the City to fund new affordable housing.
A variety of technical amendments to the ordinance are proposed, most which are targeted at bringing it up to date with recently passed land use ordinances. Councilmembers are also considering a handful of other amendments to address technical topics like “combined lots” and “assumed lots” as well incentivizing participation in MHA and construction of family-sized units.