VPC given compliance due date: July 1st, 2010.

1 Jun

Today, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) issued a warning to Volunteer Park Cafe, as a result of their failed  zoning inspection. On May 27, 2010, VPC was found in violation of their ‘Grocery Use’ zoning. They were given until July 1st, 2010, to come into compliance with their zoning. (Functionally, this is interpreted to mean they must show proof that they intend to come into compliance.)

Alternatively, VPC could file an application to change their zoning from ‘non-conforming use: Grocery’ to ‘nonconforming use: An Eating and Drinking Establishment.’ (VPC operates in a residential neighborhood zoned SF5000: single family homes, 5000 square foot minimum.)

The application must include a development plan as well as their plans to address neighborhood impacts caused by change of use.

Part of the zoning change process includes the posting of a “Land Use Proposal” at the identified site, and a two-week period during for public comment about the proposed project. DPD solicits responses from residence within a 300-foot radius of the proposed site, but the public comment process is open to any resident.

The public process generally takes up to six months from the date the application is filed. VPC is allowed by law to continue operating as it is currently doing. VPC is prohibited to progress the proposed project.

Whether VPC choses to apply for change of use or to come into compliance with existing use, the filing date given by DPD is July 1st, 2010.

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