- The legislation that helped galvanize the Capitol Hill Coalition group seeking to throttle the neighborhood’s rapid development was finally passed by the Seattle City Council Monday. The Regulatory Reform package of changes to zoning requirements and processes designed to reduce the amount of developmental red-tape in the city survived a many-month path to Monday’s vote — but not without some significant changes:
Sadly, one of the most exciting proposals in this package—a kickass proposal that would’ve allowed for small commercial businesses—like neighborhood corner stores—in dense, residential urban areas and near light rail stations (ahem: Capitol Hill) was killed awhile ago thanks to excessive public frothing.
- The Council’s planning and land-use committee will continue discussion of expanding the scope of Seattle’s Living Building pilot program later this week. CHS reported on another push-back effort with Capitol Hill roots being mounted against this legislation. The Seattle Times looked at criticism of the program — and poster project E Madison’s Bulllitt Center — here: When is green not green enough? Dispute swirls around 2 Seattle projects
- That same committee holds a public hearing Tuesday night on the planned increases in zoning heights in South Lake Union.
- City Hall made a PR press to get word out on “the boot” – $2.2 million collected since last July’s start of booting cars of drivers with unpaid tickets.
- Seattle Times says an internal memo documents SPD’s bungled response to the May Day protests and the rash decisions of assistant police chief Mike Sanford:
When vandalism began, a command van moved into place to begin deploying supervisors and officers, according to the sources.
But Sanford, in a white shirt, dark pants and dress shoes and without visible police identification, sprinted past the van and into the crowd, with officers running behind, the sources said.
May Day: assistant chief Mike Sanford rushes in (Image: Alex Garland Photography — Contact for Usage Requests)