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Seattle City Council considering extending by six months the one-year moratorium on new permits for some auto-oriented and other commercial uses in Aurora-Licton Residential Urban Village

Last October, the Seattle City Council enacted a one-year moratorium on new development permits for some auto-oriented and other commercial uses in the Aurora-Licton Residential Urban Village.

The council is now considering extending that by another six months as it studies the issue.

The council will discuss it at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in City Council Chambers, on the second floor of Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave. Sign-up sheets for anyone who wants to testify will be available starting at 9 a.m.

You also can send written comments on the proposal through 8 a.m. that day by email to Noah An in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office at noah.an@seattle.gov.

The Council passed Ordinance 125425 on Oct. 10, 2017, because it found that “recent development activity is inconsistent with adopted Comprehensive Plan goals and policies for the Aurora-Licton Residential Urban Village.”

Projects with existing applications are not affected. New projects under the moratorium include:

  • Drive-in businesses;
  • Dry boat storage;
  • General manufacturing;
  • Heavy commercial services, except laundry facilities existing as of April 1, 2001;
  • Sales and rental of large boats;
  • Vessel repair (major or minor);
  • Mini-warehouse;
  • Principal use, nonresidential long-term parking;
  • Outdoor storage;
  • Heavy commercial sales;
  • Sales and rental of motorized vehicles, except within an enclosed structure;
  • Solid waste management;
  • Recycling uses;
  • Towing services;
  • Principal use vehicle repair (major or minor);
  • Wholesale showroom; and
  • Warehouse

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