City staff are hosting a series of meetings in March to discuss specific land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. This policy work is aimed at strengthening our industrial business sectors as a part of Seattle 2035– the City’s major comprehensive plan update.
Seattle has five environmentally critical areas such as wetlands and wildlife habitat areas. How do we protect these environmentally critical areas (ECAs)?
Mayor Ed Murray announced that he is seeking candidates for two vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open positions are for an electrical engineer representative and a general public representative.
DPD continues to evaluate policy and program development for an unreinforced masonry (URM) seismic retrofit program. The URM Policy Committee asked DPD to validate the inventory list of URMs identified by DPD before the committee finalizes its policy recommendations. DPD is in the process of hiring a structural engineer to do the validation to confirm that the buildings on the list are URMs and to add any additional URM buildings that may be identified.
In February, DPD will start integrating land use inspections on construction permits into the current construction permit inspection system. We require land use inspections for development projects that required Design Review (including Streamlined Design Review and Administrative Design Review), or that has specific land use conditions that must be satisfied after we issue the permit and before the final Certificate of Occupancy.
View DPD permit turnaround approval times for December 2014.
In 1994 the city adopted a new Comprehensive Plan centered on the innovative “urban village strategy.” Rather than scatter growth throughout the city, or squeeze growth along corridors, this plan called for guiding growth and City investment to mixed-use, walkable villages. So 20 years later, how successful how this strategy been?
On January 13, 2015, Mayor Murray sent proposed changes to the City Council to encourage new and protect existing compact, walkable neighborhood business districts. The proposal includes 39 new or expanded areas to protect and promote pedestrian retail areas. The proposal also include modifications to current regulations that would apply to existing and new pedestrian zones to better meet the changing needs of our neighborhood business districts.
Last fall, Mayor Murray and City Council called together a twenty-eight member stakeholder committee to help develop a bold agenda for increasing housing affordability and livability in our city. The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee is now up and running, and will deliver a set of recommended actions to the Mayor and Council by the end of May, 2015.
We updated a Tip on code interpretation appeals and developed a draft Directors Rule on RRIO inspection selection methods.