Last year, Livable Phinney won a great victory before the Hearing Examiner.
Seattle City Code allowsefficiency unitdevelopments with no parking in neighborhoods with “frequent transit.” The flawed rationale is that if transit is frequent, cars aren’t needed: Frequent transit is defined as one bus every 15 minutes.
Livable Phinney was able to show for a project in their neighborhood that, though the bus schedule shows buses arriving every 15 minutes, in actuality, 40% of the time, buses were not “frequent.” The Hearing Examiner agreed that an efficiency unit development without parking was illegal and couldn’t be built.
In a classic work-around, the Seattle City Council majority refuses to address parking overcrowding and is prepared to change the definition of “frequent transit” from one bus every 15 minutes to one bus every 20 minutes and continues to avoid addressing parking.
The Herbold Amendment: Councilmember Lisa Herbold has proposed an amendment to CB119221(previously CB119173) to address parking overcrowding in some neighborhoods.
Under current City Code, even if a parking study shows a development will aggravate parking overcrowding, staff cannot add mitigating conditions to address parking.
Under the Herbold Amendment, if on-street parking occupancy in the surrounding neighborhood is at or above 85%, staff can add mitigating conditions, such as requiring additional off-street parking, denying RPZ passes to buildings shown to aggravate parking overcrowding, or other measures.
ACTION REQUESTED! below
Councilmember Lisa Herbold Amendment - SEPA mitigation of off-street parking impacts
READ: updated Council Bill 119173: Potential amendments for vote - Attachment 9. Amendment Fa: SEPA mitigation authority
This amendment would change the City’s policies under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to allow the city to condition approval of development on parking for projects within an area with frequent transit service in an urban village and to allow mitigation of parking impacts through limits on RPZ permits.
The City’s SEPA policies, pursuant to Washington State law, require analysis of impacts of development on parking. If impacts are identified, the City’s SEPA policies provide a range of methods to mitigate those impacts, including:
Transportation management programs;
Parking management and allocation plans;
Incentives for use of alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles;
Increasing the amount of parking required for the development; or
Reducing non-residential development densities.
However, the SEPA policies remove the authority to mitigate parking impacts from individual projects in areas where parking requirements have been removed. This includes the following areas:
Most Urban Centers, such as Capitol Hill/First Hill, Downtown, South Lake Union, Uptown and parts of the University Community;
Station Area Overlay districts (around light rail stations);
Parts of urban villages within a frequent transit service area; and
Areas where on-street parking is not at capacity and would not be at capacity after the development.
The proposed amendment would allow parking mitigation in frequent transit service areas in urban villages when parking is at or over 85% capacity and would allow restrictions on RPZ permits as a potential mitigation measure.
ACTION REQUESTED! Today! Before Monday, April 2. Support Councilmember Herbold's amendment and tell the full City Council that parking is a critical neighborhood concern. Template below
Call!City Counciland theMayor Email!Councilmembers and Mayor urging them to support the Herbold Amendment to CB119221. CB 119221 will probably be considered at thefull City Council meeting: Monday, April 2, 2018 2 PM City Hall Attend and speak about your concerns!
Check the calendar and agenda for changes before you go. Please use this template email to send to the Councilmembers and Mayor. Please add your own words and sign your name. Or simply click the Councilmembers' links below, add your own words to the template and send.
Either send as a group or as individual emails to each Councilmember and the Mayor, which is considered most effective.
Subject line: CB 119221: Please support the Herbold Amendment
Dear Councilmembers and Mayor:
Please support Councilmember Herbold’s amendment to Council Bill 119221, off-street parking regulations, currently scheduled for consideration by the full City Council on April 2, 2018. The amendment allows, but doesn’t require, parking mitigation for an individual project, when on-street parking occupancy in the surrounding neighborhood is at or above 85%.