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.

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.

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 2035: Civic Planning, Past, Present and Future

Reflecting on history is an important aspect of Seattle 2035, the update to Seattle’s comprehensive plan. Over 100 people gathered on March 19 at MOHAI to do just that at “Seattle 2035: Civic Planning, Past, Present and Future,” the latest edition of MOHAI’s History Café. Historian Jennifer Ott offered a brief overview of post-war planning and moderated a panel that included Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development; Greg Nickels, former City of Seattle Mayor; and Rebecca Saldaña, the Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage.

Industrial Lands Policy Discussion Recap

In March, DPD hosted a series of three meetings (located in Ballard, Interbay, and Georgetown) to discuss proposed industrial lands policies that are part of Seattle 2035, the City’s major comprehensive plan update. The proposed manufacturing/industrial center (M/IC) land use policy amendments emerged from a 2013 study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center.

A Strong Stewardship for the 23rd Ave Action Plan

Since the Central Area Block Party September 2014, the project team has been updating the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) and Urban Design Framework based on community feedback. At the meantime, the 23rd Ave ACT, now called the 23rd Ave Action Community Team has evolved into a strong stewardship to implement the Action Plan.

Industrial Lands Policy Discussion

DPD is hosting a series of meetings in March to discuss proposed industrial lands policies that are part of Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update. DPD is considering specific land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. The proposed policies would limit the potential for converting property to non-industrial uses unless specific criteria are met.

Environmental Critical Areas Open House Wrap Up

On Wednesday, February 25, DPD hosted an open house at City Hall for the 2015 update to our environmentally critical areas (ECAs) regulations. We presented an overview of what ECAs are, how we regulate them, and what changes we are considering in this update. We also had large maps of each ECA type on display.