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Central Area Neighborhood Plan (CANP) Updating

By Kathryn Keller and Marty Liebowitz

The Madrona neighborhood is included in the CANP. That plan is being updated by the Central Area Neighborhood Plan Stewardship of the Central Area Neighborhood District Council. The Land-Use committee concerns itself with properly representing the goals and aspirations of the Central Area community in updating several sections of the Neighborhood Plan which deal with Comprehensive Planning, Land Use and Zoning codes, Sustainability, and design guideline overlays for the different neighborhoods of the Central Area Community. The Land-Use, Open Space and Housing Committee is attempting to have as broad a participation of neighborhood views in our discussions as possible so that other committeeâ??s work is transparent, open, and inclusive.

Items on the draft 2008 Action Agenda include:
1. Response and outreach to citizens regarding the Multi-Family land use code update proposal now under review by the Seattle City Council.

2. Review the 2008 Comprehensive Plan amendments, one of which is titled Affordable Housing Strategies.

3. Develop any desired Central Area 2009 Comp Plan Amendments.

4. Update and take steps to enact Central Area Design Review policies, and include a Central Area Overlay District in the Seattle Land Use Code.

Neighborhood Plan Update Preparation Activities Include:
1. Understand current 2008 zoning and land use realities, and identify gaps with the CANP
2. Collaborate with the Economic Development and Transportation and Arterial efforts/committees.
3. Determine updates that are required immediately that may be handled as separate City Council actions.
4. Determine the agenda for the Land Use, Open Space, and Housing updates, that will be done within the framework of the CANP update process.

Please contact Kathryn Keller ([email protected]) or Marty Liebowitz ([email protected]) for dates and times of the Committee meetings.

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