The City of Seattle invites the public to an open house to learn how the City is increasing Seattle’s tree canopy. The City has proposed regulations that will increase tree canopy, provide flexibility for homeowners, and help preserve Seattle’s trees. A tree credit requirement in single-family zones will help preserve existing trees and encourage planting new trees. Expanding Seattle Green Factor landscape standards and simplifying the process for departures to some rules will provide incentives to protect trees during development.
With names of the final lead designers for Seattle’s Central Waterfront announced, including a free public event at Benaroya on the 15th, there is an opportunity for a city-wide discussion. Submit a question to be asked at the presentation, or submit a comment about the finalists.
In May we announced our plan to upgrade DPD’s system for self-issued electrical permits. Those changes are now scheduled to be launched in September. The upgraded system handles additional permit items, is more secure, and is easier to maintain.
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is sponsoring proposed legislation that would help protect the Pike/Pine neighborhood. This proposal will carry out and conclude the second phase of a project, begun in 2008, to develop and implement measures that would protect the character of the rapidly changing and developing Pike/Pine neighborhood.
The 2009 Seattle building, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, and existing building codes will take effect on September 23, 2010. The effective date is followed by a 60-day period during which applicants may choose to use either the 2006 or 2009 codes. The last date on which DPD will accept applications using the 2006 codes will be November 22, 2010.
In late August, the Mayor forwarded the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance to the Seattle City Council. It is expected that the ordinance will be referred to the Committee on the Built Environment, as this is the committee that considered the ordinances for the other construction codes.
As you’ve probably heard, many in the City will be taking unpaid furlough days due to the City’s current financial situation. This includes DPD. In an effort to continue meeting our customer service objectives and recognizing the range of resources needed on any given day, DPD’s offices will be closed ten days in 2010, rather […]
July 2010 Permit Turnaround times.
On August 23, 2010, Mayor Mike McGinn signed Ordinance 123378, legislation that removes Land Use Code barriers to urban agriculture in order to promote local and regional food sustainability and security.
This month the City Council adopted a resolution naming the topics that will be examined for possible inclusion in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, as part of the annual amendment process. The topics include: a new marine container element required by state law; a measurable goal for reducing the amount of vehicle miles traveled in the city; revised shoreline policies as part of the mandated update of the City’s Shoreline Master Program; authorization for a new type of review for very large sites in urban centers; updated neighborhood plans for North Beacon Hill, North Rainier and Othello neighborhoods; expansion of the 23rd/Jackson urban village boundary.