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City Partners with Community to Begin Urban Design Framework for Ballard’s Future

For the past year, Department of Planning and Development and Seattle Department of Transportation have been coordinating with the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth as they have identified issues and opportunities to address as Ballard grows. In response to their work, the addition of RapidRide and potential light rail to Ballard, the City has begun work on an Urban Design Framework (UDF). It will be a collaborative vision and recommendation for urban design, land use, transportation and other strategies that will guide future development while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive. We’ll look at a larger area to understand the context, but the focus of work is on where we are likely to see continued development and change in the coming years (see map).

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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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Council to Review Proposed Micro-Housing Regulations

Mayor Ed Murray delivered proposed new regulations for micro-housing to the City Council in late March. The regulations would clarify how zoning rules apply to micro-housing and congregate residences. Regulations would also require design review of new projects. The City Council will review the proposed new rules, beginning with the first briefing of the Council’s Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee, tentatively scheduled for April 18, 2014.

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Landslide Dos & Don’ts

The weather outside is unpredictable and this March has been one of the wettest ever for Seattle. Check out our Landslide Dos & Don’ts to help prevent landslides from damaging your home and property.

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Rules for Helipads in Seattle

At 7:51 a.m. this morning, Seattle Firefighters responded to a helicopter crash near the Space Needle. When firefighters arrived at Broad Street and 4th Avenue they found a helicopter that had crashed into the ground causing three car fires. Medics transported a male driver to Harborview Medical Center with severe burns and discovered two deceased patients inside the helicopter cockpit. Police officers made contact with the drivers of the other two vehicles and they were uninjured.

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New Commissioners Sought

The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission beginning in April 2014.

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Landslide Dos & Don’ts

The weather outside is frightful! Check out our Landslide Dos & Don’ts to help prevent landslides from damaging your home and property.

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Urban Design Framework Will Shape Northgate’s Future

DPD is publishing a final Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Northgate Urban Center, wrapping up more than two years work to develop ideas and recommendations that will shape future growth and provision of public amenities.

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