The City of Seattle is pleased to announce the selection of Central Waterfront Partners as the project management/engineering team for Seattle’s Central Waterfront project. This project management/ engineering team will now combine with our recently selected design team, headed by james corner field operations, to jointly design and build the new waterfront.
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.
The Emerald City is living up to its name, according to a new study which found that half of all new commercial structures here are designed with planted rooftops.
Selecting from a field of four internationally renowned firms, the City of Seattle today announced that the award-winning james corner field operations will serve as the lead designer for Seattle’s new Central Waterfront. Known for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, james corner field operations will help Seattle take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Last night over 1,200 members of the community attended the Central Waterfront Presentations at Benaroya Hall. City project staff would like to extend a deep thanks to the many who attended or viewed the event via Seattle Channel live-streaming.
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.
Due to decreased permit activity, DPD has experienced significant layoffs as well as cuts to non-personnel costs. We are committed to providing good service to our customers, but we need to adjust our service hours due to the layoffs and limited amount of resources.
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.