DPD is proposing to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23) to allow building identification wall signs above sixty-five feet in certain downtown zones.
An Urban Forestry Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21st at City Hall. The open house will provide an opportunity for people to hear about the many City efforts underway to expand and enhance Seattle’s urban forest, including proposals that would revise regulations for cutting and planting trees on private property.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping meeting was held by DPD on July 21, 2010 for the proposed development being reviewed under project 3010100 (Roosevelt Development Group contract rezone and EIS). Due to the high level of interest in the proposal, DPD wants to make sure everyone has a chance to provide their comment to DPD regarding Scoping for the EIS. DPD has therefore extended the public comment for Scoping to September 1, 2010.
The Planning Commission and the Department of Planning and Development have released an updated version of their popular comprehensive A Guide to Building a Backyard Cottage which helps a homeowner successfully design and build a backyard cottage. The Guide now reflects the December 2009 legislation allowing backyard cottages citywide.
The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider proposed design guidelines for the Fort Lawton Landmark District at a public hearing on Wednesday, September 1. The Fort Lawton Historic District is historically significant for its association with the history of the City of Seattle and for its planned site and expression of military interpretations of American architectural styles of the 1890s and early 1900s.
Check out the relaunch of City Green Building’s website, www.seattle.gov/dpd/greenbuilding. It’s got the same great information with a new, improved look and updated features.
Legislation adopting the 2009 Seattle building, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, and existing building codes has been submitted to the City Council. Our most current estimate is that the codes will take effect in early September, followed by a 60 day “grace period” when applicants can choose to use the 2006 or 2009 codes.
After deciding on June 11, 2010 to delay the effective date of the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC), the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC) met again on June 30, 2010 and endorsed January 1, 2011 as a preferred effective date.
As you’ve probably heard, many in the City will be taking unpaid furlough days due to the City’s current financial situation.
DPD is committed to providing good customer service to its applicants. You can see our progress with the June 2010 Turnaround Times.