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Mayor Murray’s Neighborhood Summit on April 5

Mayor Murray is hosting a Neighborhood Summit event on April 5 to connect people around neighborhood issues. According to Mayor Murray, “Engaging residents to determine community values and priorities is a continuing process, and the Seattle Neighborhood Summit is the first step for my administration.”

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Changes to Priority Green Expedited Adopted

DPD has implemented new requirements for Priority Green Expedited, a green building permitting incentive. The program information and details can be found on our Priority Green Expedited web page.

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Seattle Comprehensive Plan Major Update EIS Scoping

DPD is scoping an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. The EIS will examine the possible impacts under three different growth scenarios. On March 24, we held a public meeting to discuss the three alternatives and to get public feedback on whether we’re looking at the right alternatives. Did you miss the meeting? DPD is holding five more meetings about the EIS planning alternatives in April. We’ll be in several communities throughout Seattle.

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Noise Compliance Workshop

DPD’s Noise Abatement program is holding a workshop on April 23 to explain the Seattle Noise Code’s effect on mechanical equipment and the associated permitting requirements to Seattle area mechanical contractors.

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Electrical Alert – Seattle Energy Code Changes!

The 2012 Seattle Energy Code went into effect December 27, 2013. The date of your project’s associated building permit application will determine which version of the energy code applies to your project. If your building permit application is dated before December 27, 2013, we will review your electrical plans under the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. All other electrical plan review submissions must comply with the 2012 Energy Code.

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Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit Policy Development Update

DPD has reconvened the URM Policy Committee to review the Benefits Cost Analysis (BCA) and to confirm or amend draft recommendations for a mandatory retrofit policy. The committee held two meetings in March to hear a presentation on the BCA and to start a discussion on how the results may trigger changes to the draft recommendations.

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How Should the City Spend Your Money on Hazard Reduction?

The City of Seattle is looking for your input on what hazards worry you most. Earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, snow and ice storms, terrorism are just a few of the hazards that the City can experience. How should the City use limited financial resources to reduce the impacts from the City’s natural and man-made hazards? There are many ways to reduce the impacts, such as regulations, slope stabilization, and public education. The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is updating the existing 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. We want to know what you think.

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New Paper Size Limits for Preliminary Application Material

As of May 1, 2014, DPD will no longer accept paper copies of preliminary application materials that are larger than 11 x 17 inches.

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February Permit Turnaround Times

View the permit turnaround times for February, 2014.

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March Publication Updates

We pulled Tip 340 on townhouse and duplex construction and published a draft director's rule about SEPA review thresholds.

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