SMC 25.05.675.G makes it clear that DCI has regulatory power, and in fact, the responsibility, to modify the height, bulk and scale of a proposal beyond the limits set forth in the residential development standards. The City does not have to allow full build out per the prescriptive requirements of the development regulations. The Seattle Code says, in black and white, that the City's land use regulations cannot anticipate or address all substantial adverse impacts resulting from incongruous height, bulk and scale. SMC 25.05.675.G. Similarly, it says that the mapping of the City's zoning designations cannot always provide a reasonable transition in height, bulk and scale between development in adjacent zones. As a result, DCI has express regulatory authority to condition or deny a project to mitigate the adverse impacts of substantially incompatible height, bulk and scale. Mitigating measures may include but are not limited to limiting the height of the development, modifying the bulk of the development, re-positioning the development on the site; and requiring setbacks above and beyond what the code allows to offset the appearance of incompatible height, bulk and scale. For example, it is already obvious that the 5th and Virginia project will have significant adverse impacts to its immediate neighbor and the surrounding area associated with the height, bulk, and scale of the building. Fairness and justice demands that those impacts should be mitigated as the code allows be done.
Affordable Housing: YES; Ruining Downtown Livability: NO
We are completely in support of the goals of affordable housing. However the legislation being proposed will have significant adverse impacts to downtown residents....
DOCK MANAGEMENT PLAN…that dog won’t hunt!
The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) commonly uses the term Dock Management Plan as a “cure-all” for inadequate loading and waste facilities in proposed downtown high-rise projects, but the City of Seattle has no practical experience with their operation ,due either to the newness or incompleteness of the projects involved.
5th & Virginia project delayed after Hearing Examiner rules on Escala Appeal
A ruling by City of Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil to remand the 5th & Virginia project on daylight and health and require additional work on their dock management plan will further delay the start of construction.
Please amend CB119398 and bring reality to City policy.
City Council is scheduled to vote on CB119398 this coming Monday, January 14, at 2 PM. Exempting downtown towers from transportation mitigations required for smaller developments outside the city core is the biggest adverse impact and mystery in CB119398. While we understand and applaud the goal of bringing alternative transportation options to the SOV into greater usage, Transportation Performance [i.e. travel time] should be our primary measure of success or failure, not just a fuzzy feel good SOV reduction standard.
Mismatch Between Intended Land-Use and Development Standards
We believe that everyone, no matter where they reside, is entitled to a livable environment that includes access to daylight, open space and privacy....