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August 2014
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Seattle 2035 Key Directions Recap

Seattle 2035’s Key Directions event attracted over 200 people to the Seattle Center last Tuesday evening. The purpose of the event was to help DPD define the important “key directions” for the update to the Comprehensive Plan. The crowd travelled a circuit of stations to learn more and to weigh in on a range of topics, including housing, economic development, environment, land use, and transportation.   [More]

Upcoming Design Review Board Opening

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking a new volunteer board member to join the Southwest Design Review Board in the Development Representative position in August 2014. Applications are available on the Design Review website and due by July 18. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.  [More]

Building Plans for Design Review Projects

Starting August 1, when you submit your building permit plans for design review you must also include color elevations and color landscape plans.   [More]

June Publication Updates

DPD pulled two Tips related to interim parking lots and updated a Tip on backyard cottages and one on weed and vegetation. We released a draft Director's Rule with edits to the RRIO checklist.  [More]

Seattle Energy Code Bests National Standard

A strong energy code is one of Seattle’s key tools for achieving significant reductions in energy use in the building sector and reaching the city’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality. Seattle has consistently had one of the most advanced codes in the country and the new 2012 Seattle Energy Code is no exception. That’s the finding of a recently released study comparing Seattle’s Energy Code (SEC) to a national energy standard.  [More]

Design Excellence Award Winners Announced

The Seattle Design Commission has announced the winners of the Commission’s Design Excellence Awards. Four winning projects were selected from the many public buildings, parks, open spaces, infrastructure projects and vision plans that were reviewed by the Seattle Design Commission between 2011 and 2013. The winning projects were chosen because they promote the mission and exemplify the values of the Design Commission: inspired design, contextual integration, innovative environmental sensitivity, social inclusion, exemplary partnerships, effective investment, and impeccable execution. In addition to the four award winners, three honorable mentions were also presented. The three projects singled out for an honorable mention were executed at a high level, providing important lessons and tools for future public projects to consider. Winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on June 26, 2014.  [More]

Update to Seattle Shoreline Program Nears Final Stages

DPD and Washington Department of Ecology will co-host a community meeting on June 30, 2014 to provide information and answer questions about proposed updates to the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP).  [More]

West Seattle: Let’s talk

The City of Seattle will host an event to provide information on current programs and proposals related to a growing city. The event will feature open house-style information to allow dialogue and education around major policy efforts in Seattle. Neighbors can speak with City staff from the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle’s Department of Transportation and the Department of Planning and Development. We are exploring a proactive and conversational model of community engagement to hear directly from the community and share ideas. This is the first of several discussions we’ll have throughout Seattle.  [More]

Seattle 2035: Key Directions & Chow Down

On Tuesday, June 24, DPD is holding the “Seattle 2035: Key Directions & Chow Down.” DPD is inviting people to come join the conversation about Key Directions for Seattle over the next 20 years, grab a bite and possibly win a prize.  [More]

Minimum Density Requirements

On May 29, 2014 we published a full draft of our proposed code adjustments for Minimum Density. We also published a notice of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on the proposed rules, as part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. The SEPA comment period runs through June 12, 2014.   [More]