Final EIS for South Lake Union Released Today

The DPD officially released the Final Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) today, April 5, 2012.

Availability of FEIS:
The Final EIS may be viewed at DPD’s South Lake Union website. (Yes, all 1,200 pages are there!)
Copies of the FEIS are available for public review at the Central, Capitol Hill, and Queen Anne branches of the Seattle Public Library. Interested parties may obtain copies of the Draft EIS on a CD free of charge (while supplies last) at DPD, 20th floor Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue.

Appeal of FEIS:
Any person wishing to appeal the Director’s determination that the FEIS is adequate may appeal that decision by filing a written notice of appeal with the Office of the Hearing Examiner no later than five (5) p.m. on April 19, 2012.

Lake Union Opportunity Alliance will be officially requesting that the comment period for the Final EIS for SLU be extended to the full, customary 30 day period. City staff has had a year to work on the EIS.  To give the interested citizens such a short time period seems inappropriate and unreasonable. Two weeks is insufficient time for average citizens to read and digest 1200 pages, much less analyze and compare the new content to the Draft EIS.

Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement
South Lake Union Height and Density Alternatives

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing several alternatives that could result in a potential rezone that would allow for increased height and density in the South Lake Union Neighborhood through an incentive zoning process. The affected area includes the South Lake Union Urban Center.

The DEIS is a programmatic-level analysis of environmental impacts of three sets of rezone alternatives and one “no action” alternative. The alternatives evaluate a range of possible land use and zoning actions for the study area. This programmatic FEIS studies four alternatives and is intended to advance the neighborhood plan objectives of the South Lake Union Urban Center.

The FEIS also includes verbal and written comments submitted following the February 2011 issuance of the Draft EIS. A Determination of Significance was previously published for this proposal in October 2008, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement was issued on May 29, 2008.

The Mayor anticipates submitting his recommendations for City Council consideration in 2012.

Responsible Official:
Diane Sugimura
Contact Person:
Jim Holmes
(206) 684-8372
City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019


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