Belltown Small Lot Development

We considered minor changes to development standards in the Downtown Mixed Residential (DMR) zones of Belltown to accommodate modular and panelized construction on smaller lots. Current zoning requires complicated massing which is very challenging for these types of construction. We are considering changes that would allow more consistent floor plates within the existing height limits for projects meeting certain standards. The goal is to accommodate more modular and panelized construction that can increase the supply of moderately-priced rental housing.

An updated proposal with SEPA analysis was published in February of 2020. Legislation was transmitted to Council in June 2021.

Project Documents

Legislation Transmitted to Council (June 2021)

Updated SEPA Draft Proposal (February 2020)

Original Proposal (June 2019)

  • Modeling Examples (August 2019)
    This document shows modeling of likely building massing under existing and proposed development standards for six sample sites. 
  • Original Belltown Small Lot Development Proposal Summary

Planning and Community Development

Rico Quirindongo, Director
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 386-1010

The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) develops policies and plans for an equitable and sustainable future. We partner with neighborhoods, businesses, agencies and others to bring about positive change and coordinate investments for our Seattle communities.