Iconic Views


Will the Space Needle Views Disappear?  

Will Lake Union still be in view?

Changes to building zoning that could allow 300ft towers

to be built between Denny Way & Lake Union

are being considered by the City of Seattle.

What can you do?

1. Learn about building height options being considered by viewing the Seattle Department of Planning & Development (DPD) website, South Lake Union page @ http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Planning/South_Lake_Union/Overview

2. Attend the DPD Public Meeting on the alternatives to be studied for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on

Tuesday, Jan 26th, 2010 5:30 – 7:30pm

@ Seattle Unity Church/ 200 8th Avenue N.

3. Join the Lake Union Opportunity Alliance (LUOA) mailing list to find out about important meetings and announcements @ http://www.LUOA.org

4. Voice your opinion by sending an email to each Seattle City

Council Member. Email addresses can be found @

cityofseattle.net/council/councilcontact.htm


Lake Union Opportunity Alliance
Working together to ensure our neighborhood is a wonderful place to live and work Questions? Please contact: John Pehrson (206.254.1570) or Diane Masson (206.254.1444)

LUOA Advocacy Position Is:

1. Do a comprehensive Urban Plan and Design on what kind of community we want and what public amenities will be included and how they will be funded, before setting the zoning.  The current city planning seems to be doing it backwards, define the zoning and then maybe we’ll add the public amenities.  That backwards approach hasn’t worked in Belltown, why would we believe it would work in SLU.

2. Eliminate the City’s Alternatives #1 and #2 – they would rezone all of South Lake Union (SLU) outside of Cascade to either 300’ or 400’ and even upzone Cascade to 160’.  This would create a ‘mountain of concrete’, 3/4 mile long and 1/2 mile wide, that  would be up to 100’ taller than the top of Capitol Hill and Queen Anne.  They would potentially add up to 130 towers of 300’ or 400’ height. These alternatives are inconsistent with the Seattle Comprehensive Plan, the SLU Neighborhood Plan and the comments of 80 to 90% of the public.  These alternatives have been criticized in writing by the Space Needle Corporation, Washington State Department of Transportation – Aviation Divison, the Floating Home Association, and about 30 individuals.

3. Include the LUOA Alternative that has 240’ height only along Denny Way, steeply steps down to 40’ at Lake Union, and includes provisions for public amenities, view corridors, green streets and a active center  for the neighborhood.

Here is our proposed zoning map (click to make it bigger):

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