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November Permit Turnaround Times

View permit turnaround times for November 2014.


Reorganizing the Seattle Mixed Zone

DPD has amended the Seattle Mixed zone (Land Use Code Chapter 23.48) several times, most recently to apply the zone in South Lake Union. Currently, provisions related to specific neighborhoods are interspersed throughout the zone’s main chapter, which has made the zone difficult to understand and use. We are proposing to reorganize the chapter into subchapters consisting of general standards that apply in all Seattle Mixed zones and neighborhood- and location-specific standards that apply unique provisions to the neighborhoods.


December Publication Updates

DPD released three draft Director’s Rules in December. The rule implementing the fee subtitle will be effective Jan 1, 2015.


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.


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.


Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Update

Mayor Murray and members of the City 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 Housing Affordability and Livability 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.


SEPA Checklist – Updated Format

Starting January 1, 2015 we will require that you submit the updated State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist in order for your Master Use Permit Application to be considered a complete application. The Washington Department of Ecology updated the SEPA rules and the SEPA Environmental Checklist.


Restaurant Success Makes it Easier to Open a Seattle Restaurant

Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Mayor Ed Murray joined the Washington Restaurant Association and restaurant entrepreneurs in Capitol Hill to announce the launch of Restaurant Success, a new initiative to provide better service and support for prospective restaurateurs.