On November 9, the City released its Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that includes proposed changes to zoning in four areas of the Ravenna-Bryant neighborhood. A previous post provided an overview of proposed changes in the part of the neighborhood closest to the Roosevelt light rail station. This post will provide information about proposed changes to NE 55th Street and future posts will cover proposed changes to the Ravenna NE 65th Street business district and to 35th Avenue NE.
What is being proposed on NE 55th Street?
Currently, from 25th Avenue NE to 30th Avenue NE, both sides of the street are zoned for Neighborhood Commercial 2, Pedestrian, 40 feet (NC2P-40). Right now, none of the buildings on this stretch of NE 55th Street are built as tall as they could be and many do not include commercial space. As part of the MHA program, the City is proposing that these properties be zoned NC2P-55, increasing the allowable height by 15 feet.
Typical land uses in NC2 zones include medium-sized grocery stores, drug stores, coffee shops, customer service offices, medical facilities, and apartments. Non-residential uses typically occupy the street front.
Between 30th Ave NE and 33rd Ave NE, the land is currently zoned Lowrise 1 (LR1) and no changes are proposed.
From 33rd Ave NE to the alley next to La Villa, properties are currently zone NC1-30 and could be changed to NC1-40, adding 10 feet.
The corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 55th Street is currently zoned NC1-40 and could be changed to NC1-55.
In addition to NE 55th Street changes, the map above shows proposed changes along NE Blakeley Street. Land that is now Commercial 1, 40 feet (C1-40) would become C1-55. Commercial areas are not only meant for businesses serving the surrounding neighborhood (like NC zones) but also those serving the wider city and regional clients.
The MHA EIS is now in the hands of the City Council. After considering the EIS and holding public hearings, they will take action in 2018. Amendments to the official zoning map, amendments to the text of the Land Use Code, and changes to maps and policies of the Comprehensive Plan will need to be made.