The Wallingford Community Council warns that the City is planning to allow huge buildings to go up in Urban Village zones with no public input by changing the rules for the design review process.
The City is conducting a “survey” about the rules change. Wallingford CC recommends this response:
I oppose the proposal by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections to eliminate design review for developments under 10,000 square feet inside urban villages. I live in Wallingford and I believe this, combined with the proposed HALA upzone from single-family to low-rise multifamily zoning, will lead to an unchecked and un-reviewed redevelopment frenzy in my neighborhood.
When combined with the HALA upzone, this rule change will allow 40+ foot tall, zero-lot-line developments to appear next to single-family homes without any kind of notice, review, or public hearing. This type of development will negatively impact the livability of the area, along with the value of our homes. The community has a right to participate in the approval process. I ask that you prevent these rule changes from occurring.
See the Wallingford post for how to respond to the survey:
Seattle Design Review Survey due April 8: Your Input Matters!
–by Frank Fay at Wallingford Community Council – April 3, 2016