The City of Seattle has approved Ordinance 124969. The ordinance included updated rules for minimum distance between marijuana-related businesses and public uses and amenities. It also changes rules for how many marijuana retail businesses may locate near each other. State licensing has also recently allowed the opportunity for some medical marijuana establishments to obtain licenses and convert to retail businesses.
Seattle DCI will hold a couple of public meetings during in February to review proposed changes to the “Commercial Buildings” provisions of the 2015 Seattle Energy Code. If you’re interested in attending one of these meetings, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
Drafts of the proposed 2015 Seattle codes are available on Seattle DCI’s website. Drafts of the following codes are posted on our 2015 Seattle Codes Adoption website.
The 2016 Stormwater Code became effective on January 1, 2016. The City of Seattle is offering a series of free training sessions to assist builders and designers with implementing the 2016 Stormwater Code. Be sure to register soon because classes are filling up quickly!
Seattle DCI will hold a series of public meetings during January and February to review proposed changes to the “Commercial Buildings” provisions of the 2015 Seattle Energy Code. (The City does not amend the residential portion of the code.) We will post the proposals that are scheduled for discussion in advance of each meeting.
At the Office of Planning and Community Development, we are continuing our work with City Council to explore land use code changes that could encourage greater production of backyard cottages (also known as detached accessory dwelling units or DADUs). Expanding construction of backyard cottages could provide thousands of new housing units throughout Seattle and give homeowners an opportunity to earn stable, extra income that can help them remain in their neighborhoods.
Effective January 1, 2016, DPD will be raising the land use hourly rate 12%, a change from $250/hour to $280/hour. The new hourly rate will be applied to billable review hours or fees that are linked to the land use hourly rate that are incurred on or after January 1, 2016.
The 2016 Stormwater Code becomes effective January 1, 2016! DPD is hosting a series of training sessions to help prepare designers and builders for the 2016 Stormwater Code. Also, the new Stormwater Code and Manual, along with a host of supporting documents, are now available online.
The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Program is working on a complete re-write of the Seattle Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Code. Text and content will remain pretty much the same as the current edition. However, the new edition will be rearranged.
City Council recently developed and approved two separate Land Use Code amendments that will trigger Design Review for some development proposals that were previously exempt from Design Review or Streamlined Design Review.