Although many case studies of sustainable buildings have been produced, few are grounded in a true understanding of the field performance of their sustainable features. Acknowledging this, the City of Seattle commissioned a post occupancy performance evaluation of two of its key sustainable buildings in the downtown Civic Core – Seattle City Hall and the Seattle Justice Center.
October publication updates include DPD/SDOT DR 12-2010/4-2010, Maynard Ave. S. and South Lane St. Streetscape Concept Plan.
Today the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) announced changes in services for applicants and the public. The changes are in response to the continued slow down in the development sector, which has significantly reduced permit related revenue for the department and resulted in a series of layoffs since the beginning of 2009. The latest round of layoffs takes effect October 1. The service changes are scheduled to go into effect October 18.
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.