DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) have been working with neighborhood groups and non-profits to develop a coordinated Urban Design and Transportation Framework (UDTF) in anticipation of possible light rail to Ballard. The groups are organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth. The study, called Move Ballard, responds to the neighborhood’s growth and development and Sound Transit’s planning for a possible light rail extension to Ballard.
DPD released an updated Tip, a draft Director’s Rule, and two new Director’s Rules.
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.
Landslide season is upon us. Although the Seattle rainfall is currently slightly below the landslide threshold, the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.
Environmental review thresholds (under the State Environmental Policy Act – SEPA) will change on Monday, November 16, 2015, affecting the following Urban Centers and Villages: Northgate, South Lake Union, North Rainier, Rainier Beach and North Beacon Hill.
Mayor Ed Murray is looking for two new members for the Seattle Design Commission – an Urban Designer and Fine Artist, with terms beginning March 2016.
Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council for up to two 2‐year terms. The 10‐member commission is comprised of architects, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.
Please join City staff and members of the Uptown community on the evening of October 8 for an open house about several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center. At the open house, DPD will share information and request feedback on: A Draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center; Scoping for an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study possible rezones; and A parking study for the entire Uptown Urban Center.
DPD is planning five meetings in October and November to gather community feedback before finalizing the Mayor’s Final Recommended Seattle Comprehensive Plan. DPD is extending comments on the Draft Plan through Friday, November 20. The Plan will be finalized and transmitted to the City Council in early 2016.
If you are planning a demolition project, you need to coordinate with all utilities providing service to the property. All utilities must be shut off before you start any actual demolition. Shutting off the utilities before demolition helps prevent accident and injury to you, your contractors, or the inspectors. This is particularly important for natural gas, because demolition before a service is capped could lead to a natural gas leak or an explosion.
The Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Program is working on a complete re-write of the Seattle Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Code. Text and content will remain pretty much the same as the current edition. However, the new edition will be rearranged.
The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. If your project includes Geotechnical Special Inspections AND if your project is in an environmentally critical area or involves a large quantity of earth-moving, check the Geotechnical Special Inspection assignment letter DPD sent you shortly after your permit was issued.