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January 2015
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Transitional Encampments

In February the City Council will consider Mayor Murray’s proposed legislation that would allow up to three transitional encampments for homeless individuals on non-residential City or private property if certain conditions are met. This legislation helps carry out key recommendations from the Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness. The legislation is part of a three-pronged approach the City is pursing to address homelessness and affordable housing in the City.


Code Correction Amendments for Public Review

On January 12 we released a public review draft of proposed omnibus legislation and a Director’s Report to make corrections to the Seattle Municipal Code. We also completed an environment review of the proposed legislation per the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) on the same day. Our proposed amendments are called “omnibus” amendments because we package a collection of amendments that are small scale, with a limited scope of impact.


New Commissioners Sought For Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for a new landscape architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin following the appointment in April 2015; the appointment ends in March 2017.


New Commissioners Sought for Seattle Planning Commission

The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission beginning in April 2015. This year, four positions will be open in total; one position will be appointed by the Mayor, two will be appointed by the City Council, and one by the Commission itself.


18th Annual Phinney Home Design and Remodel Fair

Are you looking to remodel your home, but don’t know where to start or what to do? Then head out to the 18th Annual Phinney Home Design and Remodel Fair to learn from experienced and trained professionals, including representatives from DPD, about remodeling and home improvement project ideas.


Development Fee Changes for 2015

On January 1, 2015, DPD will adjust its service fees. There are no changes to development fees this year other than the adoption by rule of the latest building valuation data (BVD) table.


Reminder: Plans Submitted for Electronic Review Must Include Space for Approval Stamp

Since DPD started the electronic plan pilot (the DPD Project Portal), we have instructed applicants to a dedicated space for approval stamps, preferably in the lower right hand corner of each plan sheet. Beginning January 5, we will reject all plan sets that do not include this dedicated space.


West Seattle ‘Let’s Talk’ Follow-Up

Last summer, we hosted a meeting in West Seattle to provide information about development in the neighborhood and give West Seattleites an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. About 40 people joined 26 staff from the City’s Departments of Transportation, Planning and Development, Neighborhoods, and the Mayor’s office. You can read more about the meeting, and view the presentation materials, at The West Seattle Blog. This article summarizes what we heard about some of the major issues and identifies how you can get involved in related ongoing planning efforts.


Community Input: Take a Survey on Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability

The Housing Affordability and Livability Committee hosted three Community Open Houses during the months of November and December to receive community feedback early in their process. They will continue to collect community input via a survey and community feedback.


Seattle Electrical Code in Effect

The 2014 Seattle Electrical Code is now in effect. We have insert pages for your 5-ring 2014 NEC binder, a Quick Reference containing only Seattle amendments, and a summary of key changes available on the Electrical Code page.