Design Review Program Improvements

The City of Seattle began the Design Review Program in 1994. The program has improved the design of over a thousand development projects in the two decades since. The program has evolved to some degree over time. However, the basic structure and organization has not significantly changed. Given changed conditions and strong interest from numerous stakeholders, DPD will explore improvements and updates to the program.

Design Review Program Seeks New Board Members

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2015. Applications are now available on the Design Review website. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement. Applications are due December 12.

Design Review Program Seeks New Board Members

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2015. Applications are now available on the Design Review website. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement. Applications are due December 12.

Superior Court Decision on Micro-Housing

In a project-specific Superior Court decision issued August 13, 2014, a judge ruled that individual bedrooms having private bathrooms and food preparation areas within them were configured for use as separate dwelling units, and must be regulated accordingly. In light of the court’s reasoning, the DPD has re-examined other similar projects currently under review. DPD has concluded that the individual rooms within any proposed development having an identical or substantially similar arrangement also must be regulated as separate dwelling units. Environmental (SEPA) and Design Review thresholds will be calculated based on the number of rooms so configured.

Upcoming Design Review Board Openings

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking new volunteer board members to join the program in April 2015. Applications are available on the Design Review website. We are seeking people who are passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.

Upcoming Design Review Board Opening

Seattle’s Design Review Program is seeking a new volunteer board member to join the Southwest Design Review Board in the Development Representative position in August 2014. Applications are available on the Design Review website and due by July 18. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about our built environment and civic engagement.