After neighborhood complaints about out-of-scale new construction in low-rise, multifamily neighborhoods, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development will hold a public meeting to review building-height standards Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lowell Elementary School on Capitol Hill, 1058 E. Mercer St.
The rules for development in these neighborhoods were revised in 2010 and meant to encourage a variety of new housing, including apartments, town houses and row houses. The zones are often between commercial areas and single-family neighborhoods, making them important transition areas and places where the city wants to encourage the construction of new housing.
But residents of some of these neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, Ballard, West Seattle and Wallingford, said the housing built under the new rules, formerly limited to 30 feet plus a 5-foot pitched roof, resulted in buildings up to five stories tall that blocked light and reduced green space.
The Seattle City Council has asked the Planning Department to submit revisions to the low-rise zoning code within the next three months.