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New Interactive Map for Neighborhood Data

DPD has added a new Neighborhoods page to the Population & Demographics web site. The new page includes census data, land use zoning and permitting information, and employment data by neighborhood. [More]

Reminder: New Requirements for Construction and Demolition Waste

Starting July 1, 2014, all construction and demolition projects will need to comply with new construction and demolition waste requirements before we issue a permit. Why this is happening? Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and DPD are working together to increase recycling and salvage rates in an effort to achieve the city’s landfill [More]

Revised SEPA Checklist

Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) has updated the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) rules. The new rules took effect on May 10. DOE has updated the SEPA Environmental Checklist and made some changes to SEPA exemptions. [More]

Seattle Energy Code Bests National Standard

A strong energy code is one of Seattle’s key tools for achieving significant reductions in energy use in the building sector and reaching the city’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality. Seattle has consistently had one of the most advanced codes in the country and the new 2012 Seattle Energy Code is no exception. That’s the finding of a recently released study comparing Seattle’s Energy Code (SEC) to a national energy standard. [More]

Design Excellence Award Winners Announced

The Seattle Design Commission has announced the winners of the Commission’s Design Excellence Awards. Four winning projects were selected from the many public buildings, parks, open spaces, infrastructure projects and vision plans that were reviewed by the Seattle Design Commission between 2011 and 2013. The winning projects were chosen because they promote the mission and exemplify the values of the Design Commission: inspired design, contextual integration, innovative environmental sensitivity, social inclusion, exemplary partnerships, effective investment, and impeccable execution. In addition to the four award winners, three honorable mentions were also presented. The three projects singled out for an honorable mention were executed at a high level, providing important lessons and tools for future public projects to consider. Winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on June 26, 2014. [More]

Update to Seattle Shoreline Program Nears Final Stages

DPD and Washington Department of Ecology will co-host a community meeting on June 30, 2014 to provide information and answer questions about proposed updates to the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP). [More]

West Seattle: Let’s talk

The City of Seattle will host an event to provide information on current programs and proposals related to a growing city. The event will feature open house-style information to allow dialogue and education around major policy efforts in Seattle. Neighbors can speak with City staff from the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle’s Department of Transportation and the Department of Planning and Development. We are exploring a proactive and conversational model of community engagement to hear directly from the community and share ideas. This is the first of several discussions we’ll have throughout Seattle. [More]

Seattle 2035: Key Directions & Chow Down

On Tuesday, June 24, DPD is holding the “Seattle 2035: Key Directions & Chow Down.” DPD is inviting people to come join the conversation about Key Directions for Seattle over the next 20 years, grab a bite and possibly win a prize. [More]

Minimum Density Requirements

On May 29, 2014 we published a full draft of our proposed code adjustments for Minimum Density. We also published a notice of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on the proposed rules, as part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. The SEPA comment period runs through June 12, 2014. [More]

Help Shape the Key Directions for Seattle 2035

By 2035, Seattle will add 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs. On June 24 you can weigh in on key directions for Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to guide this growth. You've spoken up about what you want to see in Seattle. Much of the Comprehensive Plan is already headed in the right direction, but some changes are needed. These changes are part of Seattle 2035, DPD’s effort to update the Comprehensive Plan. We want to know what you think is the best way forward. [More]