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DPD to Present Initial Recommendations for Ballard in November

DPD has been working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.   [More]

Upcoming Design Review Board Openings

Seattle’s Design Review Program will be seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2015. Applications will be available in early November 2014 on both the Design Review website, and the DPD blog, BuildingConnections.  [More]

September Publication Updates

DPD published four updated Tips and one new Tip, four draft Director's Rules, and two new Director's Rules, and superseded one Director's Rule.  [More]

Seeking Three Representatives to Serve on Construction Codes Advisory Board

Mayor Edward Murray is seeking candidates for three vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open positions are for representatives of the following professions or categories: Electrical Contractors; Developers or Contractors of Residential Properties; General Public.  [More]

Superior Court Decision on Micro-Housing

In a project-specific Superior Court decision issued August 13, 2014, a judge ruled that individual bedrooms having private bathrooms and food preparation areas within them were configured for use as separate dwelling units, and must be regulated accordingly. In light of the court’s reasoning, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has re-examined other similar projects currently under review. DPD has concluded that the individual rooms within any proposed development having an identical or substantially similar arrangement also must be regulated as separate dwelling units. Environmental (SEPA) and Design Review thresholds will be calculated based on the number of rooms so configured.  [More]

Pedestrian Retail Areas Comment Period and Project Update

We have updated our preliminary staff recommendations for proposed pedestrian retail areas. We have also published notice of a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) on the proposed changes, as a part of the required State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. A DNS means that we don't think there will be any negative environmental impacts caused by our proposal. The official SEPA comment period runs from September 18 through October 2 of 2014.   [More]

Can Seattle Add More Housing Units and Jobs?

State and regional agencies estimate that Seattle will add 70,000 housing units (120,000 people) and 115,000 jobs between now and 2035 – an increase of 20% population and 23% in jobs. In response, the City is updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to shape that growth in a way that builds on our strengths and character as a city. The City uses a variety of data to study trends and evaluate policies to plan for future growth as part of the update process.   [More]

Seattle Hazard Mitigation Plan Comment Period

The City wants to hear from you about how they are planning to mitigate hazards! The draft update to the Seattle All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is available for public review. This plan will serve as a ‘blue print’ and help guide future mitigation planning in the city. Your feedback is critical to ensuring that the updated plan reflects the needs and priorities of those who work, live, and play in Seattle.   [More]

Come Join Us at the Central Area Block Party

The City of Seattle will be partnering with the community to host the Central Area Block Party on Saturday, September 27 at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Cherry Street (2323 E. Cherry Street) from 10:00am to 6:00pm. You won't want to miss out on a great time with your neighbors enjoying live music, food trucks, art activities and more. In addition to the other fun activities, this block party is an opportunity for the Central Area to learn about and provide feedback on the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson), the urban design framework and possible zoning changes in these key community nodes.  [More]

DPD at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival

The Seattle Design Festival (SDF) brings together citizens, city leaders, and designers through workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas. This year, SDF’s theme “Design in Motion” focuses the spotlight on how design impacts movement and change. The festival starts with a kickoff event on Friday, September 5 and goes on until September 19.   [More]