The Seattle Basin is a 6 to 7 km deep basin, formed by geologic processes and earthquake faults, filled with soil and soft rock. These sediments within the basin amplify earthquake motions, as we saw from earthquake ground motion recordings and damage patterns during the Nisqually earthquake. These amplified motions primarily affect taller buildings.
We updated our Tip on small business use permits with the new permitting application steps and published two draft Director’s Rules on the 2019 Fee Subtitle.
On July 1, updates to Design Review went into effect that changed the residential thresholds from being based on number of units to total gross floor area on a site. While we work on updating our electronic submittal process and the information we collect from you, we need your help to make sure we have the most accurate information about your proposed project. For all projects, please include the total gross floor area – including floor area below grade – on the site plan, along with the unit count for residential projects, so we can identify whether Design Review is required for your project during our interdepartmental preliminary assessment of your project. The requirements we identify in your report are based on the information you provide, so the more you give us will help us respond with the best information.
We released a draft Director’s Rule about major marijuana activities dispersion and a final Director’s rule about the basin amplification workshop results.
SDCI allows applicants to schedule intake appointments before they receive a Preliminary Assessment Report (PAR) for projects that require one. However, please remember that you must submit an up-to-date PAR with your application materials at intake. If you do not, we will reject your application, adding additional time to your permit process.
This morning, a public notice was issued regarding the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the Seattle Center Arena (Key Arena) renovation project. This project was required to prepare a draft and final EIS to describe likely significant construction and operational environmental impacts and to identify potential measures to mitigate those impacts. The Final EIS includes updated traffic and transportation information, additional details on transportation mitigation, more information on construction-related impacts to Seattle Center tenants and neighbors, and potential mitigation. The Final EIS also updates potential mitigation measures for the identified impacts and includes responses to comments received on the Draft EIS.
As many of our customers know, our April 30 launch of the Seattle Services Portal, SDCI’s new permitting, complaint, and inspection system, was more challenging that we had expected. Since we’ve launched, SDCI has successfully corrected or improved almost 200 issues. Many of these make the system easier to use and address our customers’ concerns.
Seattle’s buildings produce about one-third of our greenhouse gases. Reducing these emissions are critical in achieving our goal to become a carbon-neutral community by 2050. To help achieve that goal, SDCI’s updated Living Building Pilot and new 2030 Challenge Pilot go into effect on August 1. The Living Building Pilot can be used for new and existing buildings. The 2030 Challenge Pilot is focused on development that includes existing buildings.
Last year SDCI, the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD), and others collaborated with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) on the creation of The CAP Report: 30 Ideas for the Creation, Activation, and Preservation of Cultural Space. One of those “30 Ideas” was to create an Arts Permit Liaison position at SDCI. This new role is designed to help shepherd cultural space projects through the permitting process.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) plans to update charges for development-related services on Oct. 1, 2018, pending the adoption of a director’s rule. SPU sets separate charges for specific services the utility performs for individual customers.