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South Lake Union

Artist rendering of possible development in South Lake Union.
South Lake Union zoning changes will help the neighborhood develop as an Urban Center and a dynamic economic hub.

What’s Happening Now?

In 2013, the City Council approved South Lake Union Urban Center zone changes that allow for increased density and greater building heights through an incentive zoning program. Our legislation is an important step for the South Lake Union neighborhood as it continues to develop as an Urban Center and a dynamic hub of economic development for Seattle and the region. The zoning changes:

  • Advance the City’s growth management strategy as set out in the Comprehensive Plan and South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan
  • Promote a neighborhood that will provide a more diverse mix of housing and employment
  • Support the continued growth of the city’s economy
  • Encourage a safe and active pedestrian environment
  • Create new infrastructure financing tools that, together with affordable housing incentives and direct City investments, will:
    • Provide the critical public infrastructure needed to support the area’s dramatic growth
    • Ensure South Lake Union remains an attractive and livable neighborhood for all who live and work there

Project Benefits

Our incentive zoning program will provide affordable housing and new infrastructure investment (investment in roads, sidewalks, and other neighborhood amenities). This will support growth of 12,000 households and 22,000 jobs over the next 20 years.

The End Result

Our proposed legislation was adopted by Council on May 6, 2013.

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