On September 19, the Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee recommended adoption of proposed legislation to change the City’s design review process. The Committee made several changes to the Mayor’s proposal, which will be incorporated into the bill as it moves forward to Full Council.
The proposal would:
- Require early community outreach by the project applicant before starting the design review process
- Change the thresholds that determine if design review is required based on the total square footage in a building (instead of number of dwelling units), use, and zone
- Establish new thresholds to determine the type of design review required based on site and project characteristics
- Allow affordable housing projects to go through an administrative design review process
There will likely be a discussion and vote on the legislation at the full City Council meeting on Monday, October 2. Find more information about upcoming meetings on the City Council’s webpage. Read the details of the proposal on the City Clerk’s webpage for Council Bill 119057. Also, learn more about the project on our project webpage and be sure to watch the PLUZ Committee meeting video.