DPD release two draft Director’s Rules and two final rules.
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will hold five community meetings this fall to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Entitled Seattle 2035, the Draft Plan was released for public comment on July 8, 2015. The updated Comprehensive Plan will be our roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years.
The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, highlight major changes and get feedback on proposed village expansion areas, especially areas near meeting locations. Since some of Seattle 2035’s policies about affordable housing will be implemented as part of the City’s proposed Housing and Affordability and Livability Agenda, there will be information and opportunity for feedback at the meetings.
The City of Seattle is collaborating with the North Delridge community to produce a shared vision and action plan to continue improving the health and equity of the Delridge neighborhood. The City and community advisory committee have responded to community direction and produced a draft “Action Plan” for the North Delridge area.
Four agencies from the City of Seattle present a workshop on visioning an equitable city.
After thoughtful consideration this morning, the Seattle Design Commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the proposed arena at 1700 1st Avenue South. This comes on the heels of a recommended approval by the Design Review Board earlier this week.
Want to let us know what you think about the 2016 Stormwater Manual? Then don’t miss our public meeting on September 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., in Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave.), room 2240. The final draft of the 2016 Stormwater Manual will be available on our website before the meeting. The Stormwater Manual is a Director’s Rule that interprets the Stormwater Code requirements. Director’s Rules are binding rules adopted according to the administration section in the Seattle Municipal Code.
Have you weighed in on the City’s plan for how Seattle should grow over the next 20 years? If not, you’ll have several opportunities over the next couple of months to provide feedback on our Draft Comprehensive Plan. Your input will help DPD evaluate strategies to build a safe, vibrant, affordable, interconnected, and innovative city for all. Your feedback will help shape the Mayor’s recommended plan.
Last spring, DPD started working on the Design Review Program Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, structural, and procedural changes to revamp and refresh our Design Review Program. This study builds on several past evaluations of the program, with the goal of arriving at specific program improvement recommendations by the end of 2015. The program improvements will be ready for implementation in 2016, after review by the Mayor and City Council.
City Council recently developed and approved two separate Land Use Code amendments that will trigger Design Review for some development proposals that were previously exempt from Design Review or Streamlined Design Review.
The City Attorney has settled lawsuits against Total Outdoor, a national outdoor advertising company headquartered in Seattle, and several Seattle building owners and tenant businesses that alleged violations of the City’s on-premises sign code. The City alleged in four suits filed in 2014 that Total Outdoor and the owners of the properties where the signs were displayed earned monetary benefits by violating the sign code. The City Council previously enacted ordinances banning new billboards while continuing to allow businesses to attract customers to their establishments through on-premises signs.