On April 2, the City Council approved legislation with several changes to parking rules in the Land Use Code. The amendments provide more flexible off-street parking options and clarify “frequent transit service” areas where parking is not required. The rules will go into effect Monday, May 14.
The Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) upzones are coming soon! The City Council is considering changes to the zoning designation and development standards for property throughout Seattle. The proposed MHA upzones will allow you to construct larger buildings than what is currently allowed. After an MHA upzone, your property will also be subject to the MHA requirements and you may need to contribute to an affordable housing fund or provide affordable units as part of your development.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) review of solid waste storage and service plans is required for all multifamily, mixed-use, and townhouse projects, as well as projects planning the use of compactors and those without on-site parking or a curb cut.
Beginning June 4, 2018, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will make changes to the multiple meter flow test process to ensure that meters are connected to the correct private water lines in order to improve billing accuracy.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has updated their Core Tap Procedures for Storm and Sewer Mains web page to make it easier to understand. SPU also made updates to match their current practice for installing tees in a variety of pipe materials.
See permit turnaround times for March, 2018.
We updated a Tip about Mandatory Housing Affordability and published four Director’s Rules.
On April 23, notice was posted regarding the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the renovation of KeyArena and the beginning of a 45-day comment period. This includes the required 30-day comment period plus a 15-day extension. The public notice also includes the date for the required public hearing to take formal comment on the Draft EIS.
On Thursday, March 22, SDCI and the US Geological Survey (USGS) hosted a workshop to determine how to account for higher earthquake motions due to the Seattle Basin and the Cascadia Subduction Zone when designing tall buildings (over 240 feet).
In December 2017, the City Council adopted new rules for the operation of short-term rentals in Seattle. The new rules address regulatory licensing, taxation, and land use requirements for short-term rentals, a type of lodging sometimes called vacation rentals.