Michael Harthorne
Both sides of Market Street between 26th Avenue Northwest and 30th Avenue Northwest will be rezoned under a Department of Planning and Development proposal. CLICK IMAGE FOR MAPS OF ALL THREE REZONE AREAS COURTESY OF DPD.

Ballard to undergo industrial rezone

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has proposed a rezone of three industrial areas within the Ballard Hub Urban Village.

The proposal stems from a policy approved by the Seattle City Council in 2007 that states that certain industrial zones should not be located in urban villages.

The rezone will not impact areas within the Ballard-Interbay Manufacturing and Industrial Center.

Bryan Stevens, spokesperson for the Department of Planing and Development, said zoning changes are an attempt to cut down on the conflict between industrial areas and areas of residential use and to provide a more sensitive transition between the two.

"It's an opportunity to create and increase the job growth we'd like to see in our urban villages," he said.

The first area of the rezone is on the north side of Market Street, below Northwest 56th Street, between 25th Avenue Northwest and 30th Avenue Northwest.

The bulk of this area will be changed from an Industrial Buffer zone, which has a residential orientation, to a neighborhood commercial zone, which typically means retail, housing and office space.

The second rezone area is the south side of Market Street, above the Ballard Terminal Railroad, between 26th Avenue Northwest and 30th Avenue Northwest.

This area will move from a General Industrial zone to an Industrial Commercial Zone, which mixes industrial and commercial activities.

The final area is along both sides of Leary Avenue between 15th Avenue Northwest and 20th Avenue Northwest.

This area will be transitioning to an Industrial Commercial zone from a mix of Industrial Buffer, General Industrial and Commercial zones.

Stevens said it does not appear there are any uses in the three areas that do not conform with the zoning changes.

Department of Planning and Development Senior Planner Andrea Petzel will be at the Oct. 14 Ballard District Council meeting to present on the rezoning. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Library.

There will be an open house on the rezone from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the cafeteria auditorium of Swedish Hospital at 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.

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