Seattle 2035: Weigh in on the Draft Plan

Have you weighed in on the City’s plan for how Seattle should grow over the next 20 years? If not, you’ll have several opportunities over the next couple of months to provide feedback on our Draft Comprehensive Plan. Your input will help DPD evaluate strategies to build a safe, vibrant, affordable, interconnected, and innovative city for all. Your feedback will help shape the Mayor’s recommended plan.

Design Review Program Improvements

Last spring, DPD started working on the Design Review Program Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, structural, and procedural changes to revamp and refresh our Design Review Program. This study builds on several past evaluations of the program, with the goal of arriving at specific program improvement recommendations by the end of 2015. The program improvements will be ready for implementation in 2016, after review by the Mayor and City Council.

Sign Code Lawsuit Settled

The City Attorney has settled lawsuits against Total Outdoor, a national outdoor advertising company headquartered in Seattle, and several Seattle building owners and tenant businesses that alleged violations of the City’s on-premises sign code. The City alleged in four suits filed in 2014 that Total Outdoor and the owners of the properties where the signs were displayed earned monetary benefits by violating the sign code. The City Council previously enacted ordinances banning new billboards while continuing to allow businesses to attract customers to their establishments through on-premises signs.

New Paving Restoration Rules Begin – October 1, 2015

Starting October 1, 2015, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will no longer provide paving restoration for new water service installations and retirements. Applicants will now need a Seattle Department of Transportation Street Use Permit (51M) for pavement restoration OR a Street Improvement Plan (SIP) showing restoration of water-service-related work, or applicable paving permits if you are working in other jurisdictions (new service and retirements of old services).

Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit Policy Update

DPD continues to work on the Unreinforced Masonry (URM) policy to develop final recommendations for a URM seismic retrofit program. The URM Policy Committee prepared draft recommendations in January 2013. The department did community outreach during that year and hired a consultant for a benefits cost analysis. We then reconvened the committee to discuss the results of the outreach and consultant work. At the last meeting in April 2014, the committee asked us to validate DPD’s existing building inventory of URMs in Seattle to provide more information for their final recommendations.

Draft North Delridge Action Plan Workshop

The City of Seattle is collaborating with the North Delridge community to produce a shared vision and action plan to continue the work of improving the health, equity, and vitality of the Delridge community. Join DPD and the Department of Neighborhoods on Tuesday, September 29, for a workshop on the Draft North Delridge Action Plan.

Industrial Lands Policy Discussion Update

DPD has proposed comprehensive plan policies for areas within Seattle that are designated manufacturing/industrial centers (M/ICs). In March, DPD hosted a series of meetings (located in Ballard, Interbay, and Georgetown) to discuss proposed industrial lands policies to be included in Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update. The proposed M/IC land use policy amendments discussed at these meetings emerged from a 2013 study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center.