Morgan Junction and Harbor Ave. rezones, citywide policy changes all part of Comprehensive Plan amendment proposal

June 30, 2014 at 10:03 am | In Development, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

A public notice published today lists 11 potential changes to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, with at least four of interest to West Seattle. All 11 will be lumped together in one public hearing set for the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee on July 15th. The four are:

*Rezoning to allow a six-townhouse project on land owned by the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene south of its 42nd/Juneau sanctuary and parsonage in north Morgan Junction. (Here’s our most recent report on the project, from a meeting in which the Morgan Community Association endorsed it; see the proposed amendment here.)

*Rezoning to “remove an area waterward of Harbor Avenue Southwest and south of Southwest Bronson Way known as Pier One from the Duwamish Manufacturing/Industrial Center and change the designation of that area from industrial to commercial/mixed-use.” We first wrote about this proposal two years ago; see the proposed amendment here.

*An amendment to “limit live-work units along arterials.” See the text here.

*An amendment to “add policy language regarding the monitoring and reporting of growth and to require action when an area exceeds its growth targets.” This comes up often in development discussions regarding the West Seattle Junction area, already well past its current “growth target” and is in fact proposed by a West Seattleite, Cindi Barker. See the text here.

You can read the full text of all the proposed amendments by going here. The meeting on July 15th is at City Hall, 2 pm; if you can’t be there, the notice points out other ways to comment.

DEVELOPMENT P.S. We covered Saturday morning’s well-attended “West Seattle: Let’s Talk” meeting and expect to publish the report by tonight.

3 Comments

  1. That church at 42nd and Juneau is a pretty old building. Will it be safe to do a building project right next to it in that lot? Also I believe that parking lot right behind that lot [in the alley] belongs to a business [or used to [at least I remember them chasing people off when I used to live next to that alley] It will be interesting to see how this works out. I guess no more outdoor movies on their big wood board in the vacant lot until all ours of the night during the summer lol.

    Comment by cj — 12:19 pm June 30, 2014 #

  2. Love the live-work amendment, as well as the growth-related amendments. Thank you, Greg and Cindi, for your thoughtful efforts!

    Comment by Yes, please! — 2:52 pm June 30, 2014 #

  3. Growth targets in the comprehensive plan are not intended to indicate maximum growth or a limit on growth. Considering we live in one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and have a housing vacancy rate below 4% (and falling), the fourth amendment will force housing costs even higher. Bad idea. I strongly support growth in the Junction and Triangle, as do most people I know. Also, down with live/work units! Hypothetically a nice idea, but in reality they mostly end up being opaque windows with tiny “by appointment only” signs and just create dead space in what could be lively business districts.

    Comment by gotb — 4:24 pm June 30, 2014 #

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