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SeaTac Further Reduces Parking Requirements

Posted on Mar 26, 2021 in:
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In an attempt to further spur homebuilding, City Council approved amendments to Chapter 15 of the SeaTac Municipal Code (SMC), allowing residential developments located within the City Center Overlay District to reduce the number of required parking spaces by up to 35%. Currently, the maximum reduction is 10%. The change is proposed to align the City Center Overlay District parking regulations with the South 154th Street Station Area and Angle Lake Station Area Overlay districts which have seen increased interest from multi-family developers due, in part, to residential parking reduction.

The City Center, meanwhile, has not seen much interest from multi-family developers and only has one development in the pipeline for approximately 182 units. All three of the overlay districts are served by a Sound Transit light rail station and the City Center and Angle Lake Station Area are served by King County Metro’s RapidRide and thus meet the City’s requirements for parking reductions. Expanding the residential parking reduction to the City Center Overlay District aligns with the Comprehensive Plan’s Policy 3.4B to promote a variety of housing types near transit and Policy 3.6G to review and revise regulatory barriers to development.

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