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Seattle 2035’s New Schedule Gives More Time to Plan Our Future

Our Seattle 2035 project schedule is changing. The new schedule gives us more time to work with you to develop a new Comprehensive Plan for Seattle. However, we’ll need to make some changes this year to keep our current plan compliant with the State’s Growth Management Act. Over the next two years, Council will take two actions to update the Comprehensive Plan.  [More]

23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) Moving Forward

Thanks to those who came to, and supported, the Central Area Block Party held on Sept 27, 2014. It was a huge step for moving the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) forward! About 1,000-1,500 participants from the Central Area and other areas came together to enjoy amazing music, performances, local food and restaurants, and arts. They also came to meet their neighbors, ACT members, and local organizations, and to learn about, and provide feedback on, the plan recommendations.  [More]

November Publication Updates

We released draft Director's Rules on permit fees and Yesler Terrace Stormwater.  [More]

Housing Affordability and Livablity Agenda Community Open House

Mayor Murray and members of City Council have launched work on a new Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. The Mayor and Council have called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city. The agenda will chart a course for the next 10 years to ensure the development and preservation of a diversity of housing for people across the income spectrum. The Housing Affordability & Livability Advisory Committee will review every piece of the housing puzzle, including innovative ideas to pilot new types of housing, accessory dwelling unit regulations, new efforts to preserve existing affordable housing, opportunities to stretch our valuable Housing Levy dollars, and more.  [More]

Are YOU Prepared for a Landslide? City to host Twitter event to take questions about landslides

With 20,000 Seattle properties, most of which are residential, in landslide-prone areas, DPD encourages property owners to protect themselves from landslides. Learn how by participating in our Twitter Landslide Q&A event and speaking with our landslide expert.   [More]

Housing Affordability and Livablity Agenda Community Open Houses

This month Mayor Murray and members of City Council launched work on a new Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. The Mayor and Council have called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city. The agenda will chart a course for the next 10 years to ensure the development and preservation of a diversity of housing for people across the income spectrum. The Housing Affordability & Livability Advisory Committee will review every piece of the housing puzzle, including innovative ideas to pilot new types of housing, accessory dwelling unit regulations, new efforts to preserve existing affordable housing, opportunities to stretch our valuable Housing Levy dollars, and more.  [More]

Georgetown Community Meeting Summary (November 5, 2014)

On November 5, 2014, DPD held a Georgetown community meeting. At least 64 people from the Georgetown neighborhood joined 16 City staff.   [More]

Design Review Program Seeks New Board Members

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2015. Applications are now available on the Design Review website. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement. Applications are due December 12.  [More]

Seeking Architect for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Murray is looking for a new Architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin in March 2015. Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to 2 two‐year terms. The 10‐member Commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.  [More]

Help Shape Growth in Ballard

In response to ongoing development, the community’s desire to retain Ballard’s character, and Sound Transit’s planning for light rail to Ballard, Seattle DPD, Department of Transportation (SDOT), and neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, have been working to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF is a collaborative vision of urban design, land use, transportation, and other strategies that will guide future development while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive.  [More]