On June 12, we published a final joint Director’s Rule with Department of Neighborhoods (DON). The Rule expands on the new requirement that all projects going through Design Review must conduct community outreach before beginning the early design guidance (EDG) process.
The City of Seattle is updating the Land Use Code to allow for Bus Hub facilities and Metro is identifying locations in north downtown to build them. The first “bus hub” will be located on Eastlake Ave E. This surface facility will accommodate approximately 12 buses and provide a comfort station and an operations office for operators. Please visit the online open house, which will be open to the public on Wednesday, January 17 through January 31. There, you can give feedback on land use changes and the design features of the Eastlake hub.
On October 2, the City Council adopted legislation to change the City’s Design Review program. The changes will improve the overall function of the program by enhancing the efficiency and predictability of project reviews, improving dialogue among project stakeholders, and making the program more transparent and accessible to the public and project applicants.
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.
On September 8, the Mayor signed Ordinance 125399, which updates provisions for the maintenance and demolition of vacant buildings. The ordinance becomes effective on October 9, 2017.
The City Council approved an amendment to the 2015 Seattle Building Code allowing Art Gallery spaces less than 3000 square feet in size to remain or be classified as an Mercantile occupancy from an Assembly-3 occupancy. They also approved legislation for Seattle’s Technical Codes and Electrical Code.
We’re piloting some permit application types in our new permitting system. We’re starting small and limiting participation in this early phase – the pilots are by invitation only at this point. We plan to fully launch the system later this year.
Please don’t use the SEPA exemption levels information in Director’s Rule 29-2015 to plan your project. Recent code updates have modified the exemption levels in SMC 25.05 to align with growth estimates for infill development within Urban Centers.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
The Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Development Review Program has been providing comprehensive early design guidance over the last year. Our goal is to better integrate private development and the city’s right-of-way priorities. We want to improve service through consistent direction, a single SDOT contact throughout the Master Use Permit (MUP) process, and relevant, up-to-date information on SDOT rules, plans, and policies.