Capitol Hill is experiencing a phase of rapid growth. Since the neighborhood design guidelines were adopted in 2005, nearly 50 new building designs have gone through the Design Review program and received development permits. As the neighborhood continues to grow, the City of Seattle is teaming up with Capitol Hill Housing, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and local community members to update the existing Capitol Hill Neighborhood Design Guidelines, which will serve as a guide for future development throughout all areas within the Capitol Hill Urban Center.
Passionate about design or architecture? Mayor Tim Burgess is looking for qualified candidates to fill 15 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. The volunteer positions will start on April 4, 2018, when retiring board members’ terms expire.
With the onset of the rainy season, SDCI is reminding builders working in Seattle to inspect and maintain any temporary storm drain inserts they have installed as part of construction projects. The inserts, also known as storm drain socks, are used on many construction projects to catch sediment not captured by other required construction-related erosion control measures.
SDCI receives many multifamily and commercial short plat and lot boundary adjustment applications proposing ten-foot-wide vehicle access easements for lots with no street frontage. These proposals base the width of the vehicle access on the number of parking spaces. However, Seattle’s Code (SMC 23.53.025) requires vehicle access widths to be based on the number of dwelling units being served, not the number of parking spaces being provided. (Under the code, the access requirements are distinct from driveway standards, which are based in part on the number of parking spaces served.)
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.
Landslide season is upon us, so the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.
City Council approved the new Seattle Electrical Code on September 18, 2017. The new code became effective on October 21, 2017. All projects submitted to SDCI on or after October 21, must meet the new Electrical Code standards. If your electrical permit is associated with a building permit, you must follow the electrical code that was effective when you applied for the building permit.
We are updating our Stormwater Code. The proposed amendments to the Stormwater Code include several changes, including: modifying on-site list requirements; making technical corrections; and clarifying submittal requirements for projects.
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. 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 we sent you shortly after your permit was issued.
View permit turnaround times for September 2017.
SDCI updated three Tips and released two draft Director’s Rules.