We updated our Tip for marijuana-related businesses and released a new Director’s Rule on signs.
The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission beginning in April 2016. Planning Commission members are appointed by the Mayor or the City Council and may serve up to two consecutive, three-year terms. This year, three positions will be open in total; all appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the full City Council.
As of April 4, 2016, all master use permit and construction permit applications that require plan review must be submitted for review online using the Seattle DCI Project Portal. Projects that meet the criteria for STFI (Subject-to-Field-Inspection) may still be submitted on paper and in person at the Applicant Services Center.
The City of Seattle has approved Ordinance 124969. The ordinance included updated rules for minimum distance between marijuana-related businesses and public uses and amenities. It also changes rules for how many marijuana retail businesses may locate near each other. State licensing has also recently allowed the opportunity for some medical marijuana establishments to obtain licenses and convert to retail businesses.
Seattle DCI will hold a couple of public meetings during in February to review proposed changes to the “Commercial Buildings” provisions of the 2015 Seattle Energy Code. If you’re interested in attending one of these meetings, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
The world of signs is surprisingly complex. Basically, there are two types of signs – on-premises and off-premises – and they have different functions. Seattle DCI regulates signs per the land use and building codes, and the electrical and energy codes if the signs are illuminated.
View permit turnaround times for December 2015.
On January 19, the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) co-hosted the first of two community meetings with Councilmember Mike O’Brien on ways to encourage more backyard cottages and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Seattle. Cottages are a housing option suitable for a wide range of households and can provide a reliable source of income for homeowners. They have been allowed citywide since 2010, with 220 of them built since then.
On Wednesday, January 27, Mayor Murray and Councilmember Juarez joined community members, service providers, and City staff in a community conversation hosted by Lake City Future First (LCFF). More than 100 people participated in the lively event at the Lake City Community Center. Office of Planning and Community Development staff presented information about proposed rezones along Lake City Way and a draft festival street concept plan for 28th Ave NE next to the library and community center.
Since Seattle DCI started the electronic plan pilot (the Seattle DCI Project Portal), we have instructed applicants to provide a dedicated space for approval stamps, preferably in the lower right hand corner of each plan sheet. Beginning January 4, 2016 we will reject all plan sets for Construction and Land Use that do not include this dedicated space (excluding surveys).