City council member Tim Burgess---echoing concerns expressed by neighborhood residents---wrote a letter to city Department of Planning and Development director Diane Sugimura yesterday asking the department to come up with a higher-density zoning plan for the area around the station. The current proposal would only allow about 350 new housing units near the station, in a 12.5-acre area adjacent to the light-rail station.

"Increasing the permitted building heights and development densities in the vicinity of the station area would help to support the region's significant transit investment in Roosevelt," Burgess wrote. "Therefore, before the rezone proposal for Roosevelt is finalized and submitted to the Council for our consideration, I would like to ask that DPD complete additional analysis to determine where higher-density zoning designations and height limits may be appropriate."

"Diane, I have been very concerned that the City is not adequately addressing density opportunities near our transit station areas or along our major transportation corridors. ... I don't want to wake up in 15 or 20 years and find ourselves asking, 'Why didn't we properly plan for density in these areas?'"

Last week, a group of Roosevelt-area neighborhood residents, transit and bike advocates, and business leaders sent a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn urging him to “take a leadership role” on a proposal to rezone the area around a planned rail station in Roosevelt—a rezone that includes a development Seattle Seattle Land Use Blog blogger Roger Valdez compared to “an airport hangar." McGinn responded by sending a letter to Sugimura asking DPD to consider taller buildings---65 to 85 feet, as opposed to the 40-foot buildings the current plan would allow.

"According to DPD
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