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Record No: CB 120155    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120155
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/4/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126456
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending the Comprehensive Plan to change the name of Single Family areas to Neighborhood Residential areas as part of the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Plan amendment process.
Sponsors: Teresa Mosqueda, Dan Strauss
Attachments: 1. Att 1 - Amendments to the Land Use Element, 2. Att 2 - Amendments to the Housing Element, 3. Att 3 - Amendments to the Parks and Open Space Element, 4. Att 4 - Amendments to Neighborhood Plans v2, 5. Att 5 - Amendments to the Housing Appendix, 6. Att 6 - Amendments to the Future Land Use Map, 7. Att 4 - Amendments to Neighborhood Plans
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Amendment 1, 4. Inf. 1855 - Proposed Amendment for "Neighborhood Residential Areas"
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to land use and zoning; amending the Comprehensive Plan to change the name of Single Family areas to Neighborhood Residential areas as part of the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Plan amendment process.
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WHEREAS, before 1923, The City of Seattle allowed a mix of housing types and scattered businesses in Seattle's neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, in 1923, The City of Seattle adopted its first land use code, which prohibited multifamily structures and boarding houses in areas where they had previously been permitted; and
WHEREAS, since 1923, The City of Seattle zoned some areas with existing multifamily buildings and commercial uses to single-family zoning; and
WHEREAS, as a result, Seattle's Single Family zones frequently include a mix of land uses, a condition that is not reflected in the term Single Family; and
WHEREAS, 54 percent of Seattle parcel area is zoned Single Family; and
WHEREAS, a similar portion of the City is designated as "Single Family Areas" on the Future Land Use Map; and
WHEREAS, in 2018, the Seattle Planning Commission (SPC) published "Neighborhoods for All," which recommended changing the name of Single Family zones to Neighborhood Residential because "[t]he label of 'Single Family Zone' is a misnomer, as individuals and roommates can live in a house together without being a family"; and
WHEREAS, the SPC found that "[c]hanging the name of the zone to Neighborhood Residential would more accurately reflect the character of the zone, while not suggesting only families can live there"; and
WHEREAS, in 2019, in Resolution 31870, the City Council first called for the name of "Single Family" areas to be changed to "Neighborhood Residential"; and
WHEREAS, in 2019 and 2020, Resolutions 31896 and 31970, repeated the call to change the name of single-family areas; and
WHEREAS, changing the name of Single Family areas in the Comprehensive Plan is a step towa...

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