Eleven months ago, the Urban Design Framework for the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station Sites was finalized. The Framework articulated the community’s vision for the redevelopment of the station sites, offering development guidance and design guidance to the future developers of the station sites.
All DPD web applications will be out of service, due to electrical repairs on Aug. 30 at 5:00 p.m. to Sept. 5 at 8:00 a.m. During the outage, you can still schedule inspections at (206) 684-8900 and file a complaint at (206) 615-0808. Permit and other services will be limited during the interruption. For questions about available services, call (206) 684-8850. Visit www.seattle.gov/dpd on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 to learn if DPD is back to regular business operations.
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has released a revised proposal to update regulations governing trees on private property, which is now available at www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/trees. The intent of this update is to better implement the goals of the Urban Forest Management Plan by improving existing tree regulations and adding a number of new measures that would expand or improve development standards to better mitigate the impacts of development.
SEATTLE — Mayor Mike McGinn is looking for an artist to serve on the Seattle Design Commission.
The artist would provide advice, as a member of the commission, on plans for new public projects such as fire stations, parks, and streetscapes, and on major projects that affect the whole city, such as the waterfront and light rail stations. The artist would also serve as the Design Commission’s liaison on the Public Art Advisory Committee
The Seattle Design Commission Chair Julie Bassuk today announced the winners of the Commission’s 2010-2011 Design Excellence Awards. The five winning projects were selected from the many public buildings, parks, open spaces, and vision plans completed in Seattle in the past two years. They were chosen because they promote the mission and exemplify the values of the Design Commission: inspired design, contextual integration, innovative sustainability, social inclusion, exemplary partnerships, effective investment, and impeccable execution. For the first time an “In the Works” award will be given to a project that hasn’t been constructed, but has had an exemplary design process and holds outstanding potential.
The City of Seattle is sending letters to the owners of 8,000 buildings this week informing them of its new building energy-efficiency program. The program aims to help building owners and managers reduce their energy costs through benchmarking – or measuring and rating a building’s energy performance. By benchmarking, owners get insight into how their building uses – and wastes – energy and can begin identifying opportunities to improve energy efficiency and increase savings.
Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of December and March? And that 86 percent of landslides are caused to some extent by human activity? Landslide season is upon us and although the Seattle rainfall is currently below the landslide threshold, the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.
Revisions to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, including ADA Standards for Accessible Design, have been adopted by the federal government. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design will be mandatory on March 15, 2012.
Read our “Seattle’s Shoreline Rules to Change” blog story and go to our Shoreline Master Program website to learn more about proposed new shoreline regulations for Seattle.
The Seattle City Council will be hosting a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at 6 p.m. The hearing will be held at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium.