DPD is concluding its work to update the design guidelines that serve as the primary resource for the Design Review Program. The final draft of the Seattle Design Guidelines includes several revisions from the first draft published in March of 2010, reflecting public comment and internal City review. Upon adoption by City Council, the Seattle Design Guidelines will replace the original document entitled Design Review: Guidelines for Multifamily and Commercial Buildings. The final draft of the Seattle Design Guidelines includes 11 guidelines within three categories as follows:
Context and Site (CS)
A. Emphasizing Positive Neighborhood Attributes
B. Local History and Culture
Also included in the update work is the reorganization and reformatting of all 19 sets of neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The reorganization and reformatting was completed as a means to facilitate better coordination with the updated Seattle Design Guidelines. None of the language of individual neighborhood-specific design guidelines has been revised; all neighborhood design guidelines remain as originally adopted. Only the numbering system and organization of the neighborhood guidelines has been altered to align with the new numbering system employed in the Seattle Design Guidelines.
DPD has prepared legislation to adopt the Seattle Design Guidelines and the reorganized neighborhood guidelines as well as related changes to the Land Use Code, Chapter 23.41. DPD has issued a Determination of Non-Significance on the updated guidelines and proposed Land Use Code changes.
The Determination of Non-Significance, Seattle Design Guidelines, reorganized neighborhood guidelines, draft legislation, and Director’s Report may all be viewed online at www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/CitywideDesignGuidelinesUpdate/
Comments on the Determination of Non-Significance may be submitted through May 9, 2011, and should be sent to City of Seattle, DPD, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019 to the attention of Bill Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org). Comments on the guidelines may be submitted to the same address to the attention of Cheryl Sizov (email@example.com).
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