Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2017. Applications will be available in early November 2016 on both the Design Review website, as well as on the Building Connections blog. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.
The City Council approved and the Mayor signed legislation that continues the Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) until 2025. The law will become effective on November 6, 2016. The updated Living Building program legislation expands on a pilot program started in 2009 and increases the number of buildings that can participate to 20. To date, two projects have met the Living Building Pilot Program requirements, the Stone 34 project in Wallingford and the Bullitt Center building on Capitol Hill.
On October 20, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections updated our Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) webpage. The update includes a list of over 40 public plazas, atriums, hillclimbs, and other types of indoor and outdoor spaces that were provided for public use as part of a development approval. We updated the list to include projects that were recently built, and to ensure that the public knows about each POPS space.
Seattle DCI has been holding several training sessions this year to explain the new Stormwater Code and to answer specific questions. There’s still space in the January 9, 2017 Stormwater Code Training session. These trainings are very popular so we suggest that you sign up soon.
Housing affordability continues to be on many people’s minds as we see headline after headline about rising home prices, rising rents, and an increase in our homeless population. While we see many things in our community changing, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to each other and to rolling up our sleeves and solving these big issues.
That is why in August of this year we voted overwhelmingly to renew the Seattle Housing Levy. Sustaining programs that provide home ownership opportunities and creating more housing for those most in need is a top priority. What we also know is that the Seattle Housing Levy, while a great tool, cannot do all that is needed to address the growing need for more affordable housing.
View Seattle DCI permit turnaround times for September 2016.
Mayor Edward Murray is looking for two new Seattle Design Commission (SDC) members to fill two upcoming vacancies. One position is for a person with a professional background in urban planning, urban design, or landscape architecture. The second position is the at-large, or lay, position. This position has been held by a person in the real estate or development community. We are also interested in people working in the community development field.
Seattle DCI released two updated Tips, a draft Director’s Rule on green building standards, and a final Director’s Rule on an updated steep slope map.
Seattle DCI will post the updated advisory map for steep slope environmentally critical areas on October 24, 2016. The updated map will replace the steep slope layer shown on our GIS application.
Are you concerned about whether your permit application will be accepted before the change to the 2015 Seattle codes? Here are some FAQs to help you understand the steps you need to take.