Shoreline Planning Commission continues public hearing about incentives for Green developers

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Shoreline Planning Commission meeting Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7pm, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


The City of Shoreline has goals to reduce greenhouses gasses and air pollution. Since buildings produce a large share of that pollution, the City embarked on the Deep Green Incentive Program to encourage developers to build to Green standards.

The planning staff worked with developers and created incentives attractive to developers so they would work to green standards.

On December 1, 2016, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on draft Ordinance No. 760 and implementing regulations for the DGIP. The staff report from that meeting is available here.

During this public hearing, Commissioners raised several questions and concerns about draft regulations, specifically with regard to potential unintended consequences of allowing density and height bonuses in single-family zones. Commissioners requested additional information, offered several options for staff analysis, and voted to continue the public hearing

The proposed concessions include a "height bonus" and a greatly reduced number of parking spaces, as well as waiver of fees, and no requirement for neighborhood meeting for larger projects.

Link to full Agenda
Link to full Packet

Comment on Agenda items


Janet Way December 29, 2016 at 10:04 AM  

Thanks to the Commissioners who expressed concern about even more density being proposed in Single-family zones. The Light Rail Rezones were supposed to protect other R6 zones from density incursions? So we were told.

Guess what Shoreline residents. Nothing is safe here from developers, unless we are constantly vigilant. Developers see no boundary they will not challenge. No Critical area is safe. No Park or Buffer.

Be very, very vigilant.

Dave Lange, Ridgecrest,  December 29, 2016 at 11:03 AM  

As a city initiative this should be considered an experiment until we have more on the ground information. During the experiment phase we don't need to change single family zoning. We have at least 2 MUR areas set up with enough MUR35 space to experiment. We don't have price controls on single house prices, so if a builder wants to add 25% to the materials cost per square foot, the house will sell with a higher price if it is a good investment. Just like a marble bathroom, dream kitchen or solar system can add to the resale, we don't need 2fers to attract this segment of construction or its followers.

Anonymous,  December 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM  

"...and no requirement for neighborhood meeting for larger projects." Say what? If they put some sedum on the roof they can build 200 apartments next door to my house without notification in advance??

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