DPD is currently considering amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan that would impact future proposals to make changes to industrial lands in the Manufacturing and Industrial Center (MI/C), which would include areas in Georgetown. We are holding a community-wide meeting on November 5 at the Seattle Central College-Georgetown Campus (6:00 p.m., Room C122).
The 2012 Seattle Energy Code, together with the entire suite of 2012 Seattle construction codes, has been approved by the City Council and Mayor, and will become mandatory for all permit applications on December 26, 2013. The Washington State and Seattle energy codes are amended versions of the 2012 IECC – the International Energy Conservation Code.
Two dozen errors and inconsistencies in the text of the draft 2012 Seattle Energy Code were identified and corrected this summer. These proposed technical and editorial changes provide coordination, clarifications and correction of typographical errors.
Washington State has amended the 2012 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code). With each new edition of the energy code, Seattle enacts additional rules to reduce the amount of energy consumed by non-residential buildings. A limited set of new Seattle amendments will be proposed for the 2012 Seattle code, based on the 2012 IECC.
The Mayor’s recommendations to update the City’s Shoreline Master Program were delivered to City Council on September 4, 2012. The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee has scheduled a public hearing for October 15, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
The West Seattle Triangle Planning Project has concluded a year-long planning process covering the area near the junctions of Fauntleroy Way SW, SW Alaska Street, and 35th Avenue SW. Over 35 public meetings were held bringing together residents, property owners, business interests and others interested in the future of this gateway to West Seattle. The culmination of this planning process is expected to result in two key outcomes: 1) proposed zoning changes and amendments to the Land Use Code governing development in the Triangle; and 2) a streetscape concept plan that will guide street improvements in the area.
On April 25, 2011, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to approve a bill to increase density in South Downtown neighborhoods through amendments to Seattle’s Land Use Code. The bill also includes provisions addressing historic preservation, new open spaces, building form, street designs, and small businesses.
On December 20, 2010 the Mayor signed the ordinance adopted by the City Council earlier in the month. The ordinance establishes new lowrise zoning and a streamlined administrative design review process for townhouse development. In addition, some of the new standards apply across zones, such as applying the existing shoreline code height measurement technique (a major code simplification accomplishment).
The 2009 Seattle Energy Code is now in effect for nonresidential spaces. The revised requirements for residential spaces will take effect on January 1, 2011. For determining the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle ordinance.
DPD has created an internal staff committee to develop the 2011 Seattle Electrical Code. The 2011 Seattle Electrical Code will be a combination of the 2011 National Electrical Code and Seattle amendments. The committee is preparing a list of discussion items, code issues, and possible modifications to update the electrical code.