Rental Housing Inspections Begin in Seattle This Spring

Purpose is to help ensure all housing meets basic safety standards A selection of rental housing properties will receive safety inspections starting this month. These inspections are taking place under the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO), which was established by the Seattle City Council to help ensure that rental housing properties in Seattle are […]

Lake City Community Conversation

Please join Lake City Future First and Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development for a community conversation about Lake City. You will have the opportunity to learn about the Lake City Urban Design Framework Draft that DPD has spearheaded and also take the opportunity to celebrate Lake City Future First’s Strategic Plan.

City Sends Parking Recommendations to City Council

DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has sent a report to City Council containing preliminary staff recommendations to address residential parking issues related to new development. Last year, the Mayor and City Council directed DPD and SDOT to work together in preparing the recommendations for Council consideration this spring.

Roosevelt Design Guidelines for Public Review

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association in partnership with DPD has drafted new design guidelines to guide the character of development near the future Roosevelt Light Rail Station. The new design guidelines are available for review along with a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) analysis. Comments are due to DPD by April 27.

Design Review Program Improvements

The City of Seattle began the Design Review Program in 1994. The program has improved the design of over a thousand development projects in the two decades since. The program has evolved to some degree over time. However, the basic structure and organization has not significantly changed. Given changed conditions and strong interest from numerous stakeholders, DPD will explore improvements and updates to the program.

Where are We Going? Seattle’s Transportation Future

What is the future of transportation in Seattle? What can Seattle learn from other cities?

The Seattle Department of Transportation is bringing the expertise of national and international leaders who transformed cities through transportation to help Seattle see our streets and sidewalks in a new light. Join these leaders as they challenge us to develop a transportation system than can meet current demands while also looking ahead to future needs.

Looking Toward the Future & Listening for New Voices in Shaping Policy in Seattle

The City of Seattle is one of seven finalists for City Accelerator competition focused on civic engagement. City Accelerator is an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation. Seattle’s engagement proposal focuses on the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. The City Accelerator would help Seattle design and implement its approach and structures that would sustain it over time. Visit the City Accelerator site, rate our video, and tell us what you think by April 3!

Seattle Priority Green—Program Updates & Open House

The Priority Green program is a voluntary green building permit incentive that was established by DPD in 2009-10. The incentive program encourages project teams to reach for a higher level of sustainability in exchange for an expedited permit process. We’ve made some recent requirement changes, and we’re proposing some new requirements. We’re hosting a Priority Green open house to get your feedback.

Three Stormwater Code and Manual Update Meetings this Month

We invite you to attend the special Stormwater Code informational meeting for the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods (SPUN) Committee. It is on Friday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the City Hall’s Council Chambers, 600 4th Avenue. Essentially we are presenting “Stormwater Code 101” to the SPUN Committee.

New Phased Permit Webpage and Forms

DPD has created a new Phased Permit webpage to describe phased permits, and a new application form to make it easier for you to request that your project be phased. A phased permit allows you to submit your construction plans for a new building in multiple pieces.