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Are YOU Prepared for a Landslide? City to host Twitter event to take questions about landslides

With 20,000 Seattle properties, most of which are residential, in landslide-prone areas, DPD encourages property owners to protect themselves from landslides. Learn how by participating in our Twitter Landslide Q&A event and speaking with our landslide expert.   [More]

Housing Affordability and Livablity Agenda Community Open Houses

This month Mayor Murray and members of City Council launched work on a new Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. The Mayor and Council have called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city. The agenda will chart a course for the next 10 years to ensure the development and preservation of a diversity of housing for people across the income spectrum. The Housing Affordability & Livability Advisory Committee will review every piece of the housing puzzle, including innovative ideas to pilot new types of housing, accessory dwelling unit regulations, new efforts to preserve existing affordable housing, opportunities to stretch our valuable Housing Levy dollars, and more.  [More]

Georgetown Community Meeting Summary (November 5, 2014)

On November 5, 2014, DPD held a Georgetown community meeting. At least 64 people from the Georgetown neighborhood joined 16 City staff.   [More]

Design Review Program Seeks New Board Members

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2015. Applications are now available on the Design Review website. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement. Applications are due December 12.  [More]

Seeking Architect for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Murray is looking for a new Architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin in March 2015. Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to 2 two‐year terms. The 10‐member Commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.  [More]

Help Shape Growth in Ballard

In response to ongoing development, the community’s desire to retain Ballard’s character, and Sound Transit’s planning for light rail to Ballard, Seattle DPD, Department of Transportation (SDOT), and neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, have been working to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF is a collaborative vision of urban design, land use, transportation, and other strategies that will guide future development while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive.  [More]

Are YOU Prepared for Landslides?

Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of October and April? And that 86 percent of landslides are caused to some extent by human activity? Landslide season is upon us and the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.  [More]

Grading Season Restrictions Began November 1

The rainy season is here. This means that grading activities are restricted between November 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. If your project includes Geotechnical Special Inspections AND if your project is in an environmentally critical area or involves a large quantity of earth-moving, check the Geotechnical Special Inspection assignment letter DPD sent you shortly after your permit was issued. If you see an item called “Monitor Grading Season Restriction” on the assignment letter, this means that grading between November 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 is prohibited unless you apply for and receive a Grading Season Extension.  [More]

Seattle Electrical Code Effective on November 12, 2014

The Mayor and City Council approved the Electrical Code amendments and the new code is effective November 12, 2014.  [More]

Construction Code Advisory Board Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for new board members on the Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) has been extended to Wednesday, December 3. The CCAB board members represent professions and the general public. We are currently seeking board members to represent electrical contractors, developers / contractors of residential properties, and the general public.  [More]