Because of Metro Everett and proposed ReThink Zoning development standards, changes will happen in the alleys closely behind historic homes. or across narrow streets. A "buffer zone" should be created with lower heights, lower densities and greater setbacks, to create a workable transition between the largely single-family use neighborhood and the now-allowed and proposed increased height, unlimited density developments.
Here are some modeling height studies from the Planning Department with current and proposed heights. The heights look less dramatic because the point-of-view is from above.
The currently-allowed building heights already have the potential to overshadow homes in the Norton Grand Overlay and they should be lowered. New development will create a "canyon" effect that impacts Historic homes dramatically. In some blocks in and surrounding the Norton Grand Overlay, the Planning Department is proposing increasing current heights.
NOTE: The light green roof (on the left) of an Historic Overlay home on Grand is overshadowed by the model of a Rucker development and a development on Grand and 32nd Street.
NOTE: On the east side of Grand Avenue (pictured at 32nd Street), the Planning Department proposes raising the heightof the modeled building to 4 floors, and at Pacific Avenue raising the heights to 5 to 8 stories and allowing unlimited density, live-work and micro-housing across the street from historic homes.
NOTE: The Planning Department is proposing the incentive height of the building to the right (on Pacific between Rucker and the east side of Grand) raised to 8 stories (85 feet) , not the 75 feet shown. Look at the effect on the Grand Avenue historic homes on the hill.
NOTE: The Planning Department is proposing allowing a height to 4 stories on Nassau Street and allowing unlimited density housing with commercial on the ground floor behind these Norton Avenue homes with no lot-line setback from the alley until the building reaches 50 feet.