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Shoreline Master Program Update

City Council will vote on Seattle’s Shoreline Master Program update in April. The program protects water-dependent activities and shoreline habitat, and provides for public access. The last comprehensive update of the Shoreline Master Program was in 1987. The anticipated effective date of the new regulations will be in May 2015. One of the changes to the Shoreline Master Program requires owners of floating residences to record their residence with the City.

Youth Opportunity Summit

Mayor Murray is convening an all-day Youth Opportunity Summit, with a particular focus on improving outcomes for young men of color. This Summit is intended to launch a new conversation about how we can build on the good work of our community partners through better alignment of resources, better coordination across systems and agencies, and through lifting up the voices of young people to address longstanding disparities.

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.

DPD Rated as One of Region’s Best Internships

The City of Seattle is proud to be ranked among the top 18 internship sites in our region by NerdScholar, a financial literacy website for empowering students. These 18 internship sites were selected based on the unique and high-quality opportunities they provide for young professionals to grow and develop. NerdScholar reviewed the employee satisfaction ratings […]

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.

Reminder: Seeking Representatives for the Construction Codes Advisory Board

Mayor Ed Murray announced that he is seeking candidates for two vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open positions are for an electrical engineer representative and a general public representative.

The board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and DPD on the technical codes affecting buildings in Seattle.