Curious about the changes made to the Seattle Design Guidelines? On Tuesday, March 25, DPD will host a public informational training session on the City’s new design guideline format and language.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave., Seattle
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In 2008, we launched an effort to update the design guidelines that are used to evaluate multifamily and commercial projects under the Design Review Program. On December 16, 2013, the City Council approved new citywide design guidelines and 18 sets of revised neighborhood-specific design guidelines, replacing the guidelines originally drafted in 1993.
The revised guidelines:
- Bring the original citywide design guidelines forward to the present day, incorporating lessons learned from the development of neighborhood-specific guidelines and almost 17 years of projects reviewed under the Seattle Design Review Program.
- Update the format and clarify language in the neighborhood-specific design guidelines to make it easier to seamlessly apply both sets of guidelines—citywide and neighborhood—to evaluate future development projects.
- Maximize the effectiveness of the guidelines as a tool in encouraging better design while keeping the guidelines clear and easy to use by applicants, Board members, and the public.
- Incorporate current best practices in design guidelines and address issues not contemplated during the drafting of the original design guidelines in 1993.
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