DPD is meeting the changing technical environment of social media head on. DPD’s new social media portal conveniently consolidates the department’s Facebook sites, Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds, and listservs in one location at www.seattle.gov/dpd/About/GotaQuestion/DPDS017632.asp.
July 2010 publication updates include CAM 415, Applicant Responsibilities and Plan Requirements for Mechanical Permits, and DPD/SDOT DR 12-2010/4/2010, Maynard Ave. S. and South Lane St. Streetscape Concept Plan.
On July 21, King County Public Health officially announced its Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant awards to community based organizations, school districts and local governments throughout King County. Under the Healthy Eating/Active Living (HEAL) CPPW grant, DPD was awarded $108,000 for their Integrated Food Systems and Healthy Communities proposal.
Seattle residents can get free trees for their neighborhood through two City-sponsored programs offered this summer. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Sustainability and Environment are working together to help residents beautify their neighborhood and help the environment.
The Department of Planning and Development’s proposal to revise Seattle’s Tree Regulations is now available. These revisions are intended to advance the goals of the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP), established in April 2007 to maintain and enhance a thriving and diverse urban forest. The UFMP established a goal of increasing Seattle’s tree canopy to 30% by 2037 and established general strategies for accomplishing this goal. Canopy cover analysis commissioned by the City found that Seattle’s tree canopy was approximately 23% in 2007. While canopy cover appeared to increase slightly between 2003 and 2007 across all zones, this analysis also demonstrated that canopy cover is not increasing at a rate sufficient to meet our overall goals. This proposal is a key element of the City’s overall strategy to implement the UFMP through a comprehensive strategy of regulations, education, incentives, and proper management of City-maintained trees.
Mayor Mike McGinn is pleased to announce Seattle Public Utilities Operations Control Center (SPU OCC) achieved the city of Seattle’s first LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certified project. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Vacant and underused lots and those awaiting development in and around light rail stations in Southeast Seattle may pose a safety hazard as well as create an unsightly condition. In addition to the issues raised by the recession, concerns have been raised that ridership of the new Sound Transit Link light rail system has been lower than projected.
DPD is proposing legislation to establish a pilot program to promote more active use of vacant and underused lots.
On June 11, 2010, the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC) voted to delay the effective date of the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) until at least October 29, 2010. There was no change in the text of the 2009 WSEC that the WSBCC had previously adopted on November 20, 2009.
The Environmental Protection Agency will delay enforcing a new rule that requires contractors to take extra precaution when making renovations that could expose children to dust from old lead paint.