Pedestrian Zone Legislation

A public hearing on this proposed legislation will be held in late March.  The Mayor’s proposal includes the following:

  • Rezone 39 neighborhood commercial areas around the city to add or expand a pedestrian zone designation
  • Expand the list of allowed active street-level uses
  • Modify design review departures available in pedestrian zones for ceiling height, transparency requirements, and residential uses at street level
  • Clarify the transparency requirements to specify that transparent areas must allow views into and out of the structure at eye level
  • Add a standard to require overhead weather protection along 60 percent of the building facade for new development along a principal pedestrian street
  • Eliminate waivers to minimum parking standards specific to pedestrian zones
  • Add standards for live-work units

For more information, visit DPD’s website at, or contact Aly Pennucci at 206-386-9132 or or go to



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