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March Publication Updates

We pulled Tip 340 on townhouse and duplex construction and published a draft director's rule about SEPA review thresholds.

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City Council to Review Small Lot Development Regulations

Last year, the City established interim standards limiting lot area exceptions and the height of homes on some undersized lots that qualify for separate development. This decision was made in response to residents of single-family neighborhoods who were concerned that certain developments on undersized lots in single-family zones were incompatible with their surroundings. The interim regulations extend until September 2014 or until they are replaced by permanent regulations.

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Council to Review Proposed Micro-Housing Regulations

Mayor Ed Murray delivered proposed new regulations for micro-housing to the City Council in late March. The regulations would clarify how zoning rules apply to micro-housing and congregate residences. Regulations would also require design review of new projects. The City Council will review the proposed new rules, beginning with the first briefing of the Council’s Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee, tentatively scheduled for April 18, 2014.

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Landslide Dos & Don’ts

The weather outside is unpredictable and this March has been one of the wettest ever for Seattle. Check out our Landslide Dos & Don’ts to help prevent landslides from damaging your home and property.

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Rules for Helipads in Seattle

At 7:51 a.m. this morning, Seattle Firefighters responded to a helicopter crash near the Space Needle. When firefighters arrived at Broad Street and 4th Avenue they found a helicopter that had crashed into the ground causing three car fires. Medics transported a male driver to Harborview Medical Center with severe burns and discovered two deceased patients inside the helicopter cockpit. Police officers made contact with the drivers of the other two vehicles and they were uninjured.

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New Commissioners Sought

The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission beginning in April 2014.

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Landslide Dos & Don’ts

The weather outside is frightful! Check out our Landslide Dos & Don’ts to help prevent landslides from damaging your home and property.

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Urban Design Framework Will Shape Northgate’s Future

DPD is publishing a final Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Northgate Urban Center, wrapping up more than two years work to develop ideas and recommendations that will shape future growth and provision of public amenities.

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Seattle 2035: Guiding Principles Workshop

On March 3, join us for a workshop on the nine guiding principles behind the Comprehensive Plan update. The guiding principles are statements about our city’s challenges and opportunities–economic opportunity, growth, climate change, community health, transit, strategic investment and innovation. They emerged from public engagement conducted in 2011, and were adopted by City Council in 2012. DPD wants your perspective about how these principles can shape the plan.

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Training for New Seattle Design Guidelines

Curious about the changes made to the Seattle Design Guidelines? On Tuesday, March 25, DPD will host a public informational training session on the City’s new design guideline format and language.

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