Rezone much of The Triangle? Open house, happening now

As of halfway through the city open house for the West Seattle Triangle draft proposals – which would rezone much of the area, including sites to the west, and put “streetscape” concepts on the record – about 40 people had stopped by. The lead planners on the project, Susan McLain and Robert Scully, are here, as are other city reps including Brian Hawksford from Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s office. It’s informal, with refreshments, and easels put up on two sides of the room for you to review, and to comment on if you choose – which some are doing with Post-It notes:

The open house continues until 8 pm. Your comments here count – as do comments sent by e-mail, postal mail, and phone; this Friday is the first deadline for comments on the proposals, and then, we’re told, there will be a second round. In the months ahead, the proposed Triangle plans will go to the City Council for review and votes, so if there’s something for which you want to express support or opposition, now’s the time. You can look at the plan online; major points include zoning changes that would allow higher buildings (85 feet) along the western side of the “planning area” and that would rezone what’s now “commercial” in much of the Triangle itself to “neighborhood commercial,” which means a future – if current businesses closed – that would look very different as it does now.

11 Replies to "Rezone much of The Triangle? Open house, happening now"

  • Foy boy June 29, 2011 (8:03 pm)

    Could not make the meeting tonight. But I wonder if they are considering a park and ride in the new design?

  • out for a walk June 29, 2011 (9:08 pm)

    Did I miss something? Was this advertised?

    • WSB June 29, 2011 (9:57 pm)

      Yes, we wrote about it when it was announced, it’s been in the events calendar, and we mentioned it again this morning (plus an afternoon reminder on Facebook) … TR

  • dsa June 29, 2011 (10:43 pm)

    The triangle is a very successful commercial area in WS. A rezone to mixed with residential will eventually drive those businesses out of town. I am against the rezone. And no, I have no business interest, own no property there, but I am concerned about the effect of that growth of the number of residential units in WS as we have limited transportation corridors.

  • Diane June 30, 2011 (12:35 am)

    plus, Susan reminded me they sent out thousands of postcard mailers; I got one
    she said they had big crowd when doors opened at 6

    • WSB June 30, 2011 (12:46 am)

      Yes, we counted the names on the sign-in sheet, and of course some people won’t sign in, but because of the various outreach expectations they have, I know they try hard! There were going on 50 when we arrived at 6:50, on the signup sheet – TR

  • wsjeep June 30, 2011 (6:17 am)

    Seattle, stop with all the voting and rounds after rounds of comments. Just do it already. There is a reason why we elected you as officials.

  • Susan McLain June 30, 2011 (11:12 am)

    Hi. Planners sent 5,000 postcards to neighbors, and notices were in the Blog and other publications. If you are interested in receiving more info, you can sign-up for future email updates on the project web site that is linked in Tracy’s article.
    I wanted to note that the existing and proposed zoning are both mixed-use zones. They allow the same density for commercial and residential use.
    However, the proposal is to integrate design standards in new development that are neighborhood-friendly. There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” page on the project web site that addresses some of the concerns raised by businesses in the area.
    Thank you to everyone who attended last night and to everyone who has offered commentary thus far. ‘And thank you to the Blog for continuing to cover this issue!

  • dsa June 30, 2011 (12:15 pm)

    A zoning change is a zoning change. The only reason I see here to change the designation is profit and greed.

  • Kristi June 30, 2011 (10:55 pm)

    I am not in favor of the rezoning due to potential to block existing building’s views. I live at 41st & Edmunds and am not in favor of any proposal to increase building height.

  • judy sweeney July 1, 2011 (10:10 am)

    Our beloved city decision makers will not consider park and ride lots as they are committed to getting cars out of the city. You will ride a bike or take the bus. The new housing developments are not required to put in any parking – that’s 0 required.

    At many a meeting we have begged for parking being provided and the request is ignored or we are simply told “no”

    Nice walking spaces will be provided, however, at your expense and ours.

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