Appeal filed to stop U District rezone allowing 34-story buildings, story by Joel Moreno

U District Up Zone

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The U District Advocates decided to appeal the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a number of key points. We were joined by another appeal filed by a handful of neighborhood groups.

To be clear, we support greater density and the up zone, but challenge the city to keep our neighborhood livable with reasonable guarantees of public open space, affordable housing, and an elementary school.

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Up Zone DRAFT Proposal Presentation to UDP

August 7, 2015 - The City presented their preliminary draft proposal for the up zone of the U District to the U District Partnership's Urban Design Committee, including a new zoning map, affordable housing programs, development standards, and public open space requirements and incentives. Those files can be downloaded from the margin.


Loss of Our Appeal of the EIS for the Up Zone of the U District

June 23, 2015 - View the blog post here.


Appeal Overruled

June 19, 2015 - Decision: "The Determination of Adequacy of the EIS for the U District Urban Design Alternatives is hereby affirmed."

View Findings & Decision of the Hearing Examiner for the City of Seattle.


Proposed 340 Foot Towers Give Some Citizens Vertigo - U District Daily

February 17, 2015 - Appeal of U District upzone to 340' towers filed by local housing and community groups.

View the U District Daily story here.


KOMO TV News Report

February 9, 2015 - Watch a video segment on the appeal filed to stop U District rezone allowing 34-story buildings, filed by Joel Moreno.


Appeal Filed

February 9, 2015 - We successfully filed our appeal of the Final EIS for the U District with the Office of the Hearings Examiner.


Final Environmental Impact Statement

To find more information on the entire up zone process from DPD's website, click here. Or, to review a copy of the Final EIS, click here to download the PDF version (141 Mb). The release statement of the FEIS can be found here.