The City of Seattle and regional partners are identifying long-term green priorities and developing new code to address climate change.The public can comment on the draft code language at the Green Code Provisions Open House. Staff will be available to answer questions and give feedback to those who want to comment.
On April 25, 2011, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to approve a bill to increase density in South Downtown neighborhoods through amendments to Seattle’s Land Use Code. The bill also includes provisions addressing historic preservation, new open spaces, building form, street designs, and small businesses.
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.
Last revised in 2006, the Side Sewer Code and its associated joint SPU/DPD Director’s Rule are being revised in order to clarify existing requirements, address past comments and concerns from stakeholders, and improve City regulatory policies and actions.
The City Council began its review of multifamily zoning in March 2009. In August, 2009, the Planning, Land Use, and Neighborhoods Committee (PLUNC) decided to split the proposal into two parts, beginning with changes to the Midrise and Highrise zones. The Council adopted amendments to those two zones in December 2009.
Phase two of the multifamily code update addresses the Lowrise zones and other issues remaining from last year. The City Council’s Committee on the Built Environment, formerly PLUNC, identified a list of issues to be examined and a schedule in February 2010.
DPD is developing a revised public review draft of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code with consideration of the comments received and the direction in Resolution 30280. DPD will release that revised draft in April. DPD will then hold additional public review meetings in April to discuss the revised draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code.
DPD is on schedule for new editions of 6 codes to take effect next summer or fall 2010, close to the effective date of the State codes. Public review of the 2009 Seattle Building, Residential, Existing Building, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Energy codes is almost complete. We expect the ordinances adopting these codes to take effect in August, followed by a 60-day period during which applicants will have the choice of using the 2006 or 2009 codes.
DPD is beginning to review the draft 2009 Seattle Mechanical Code. A committee of the Construction Codes Advisory Board (CCAB) will be formed this fall to review the draft.
On June 29, 2009 the City Council adopted amendments to the City’s Land Use Code affecting the Pike/Pine neighborhood on Capitol Hill. The intent of the changes are to promote neighborhood conservation of arts and cultural uses that are characteristic of Pike/Pine, retain structures that contribute to the built character of the neighborhood, and encourage a higher degree of compatibility between new and old development.