Capitol Hill is experiencing a phase of rapid growth. Since the neighborhood design guidelines were adopted in 2005, nearly 50 new building designs have gone through the Design Review program and received development permits. As the neighborhood continues to grow, the City of Seattle is teaming up with Capitol Hill Housing, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and local community members to update the existing Capitol Hill Neighborhood Design Guidelines, which will serve as a guide for future development throughout all areas within the Capitol Hill Urban Center.
Please join City staff and members of the Uptown community on the evening of October 8 for an open house about several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center. At the open house, DPD will share information and request feedback on: A Draft Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center; Scoping for an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study possible rezones; and A parking study for the entire Uptown Urban Center.
DPD is planning five meetings in October and November to gather community feedback before finalizing the Mayor’s Final Recommended Seattle Comprehensive Plan. DPD is extending comments on the Draft Plan through Friday, November 20. The Plan will be finalized and transmitted to the City Council in early 2016.
On October 8, DPD will hold an open house and scoping meeting for several important initiatives in the Uptown Urban Center.
We are hosting an online open house through July 24th for our Design Review Program Improvements project. Please visit the online open house for background about the Design Review program, updates on our efforts to improve the program, and to give your feedback on our initial ideas.
DPD is considering zoning changes to the neighborhood business districts along 35th Ave NE (at 65th, 75th, 85th, and 95th Streets) to provide more opportunities for retail goods and services. This rezone could involve changing some areas currently zoned for low rise development to neighborhood commercial, increasing the height allowed in existing neighborhood commercial zones from 30 feet to 40 feet, and designating the business districts at 65th and 95th Streets as pedestrian zones.
On the evening of April 29, more than 100 members of the Lake City community gathered at the community center to learn about numerous projects underway, enjoy delicious food, and see a preview of the Celebrate Africa! event that will take place on Saturday, June 9.
DPD staff answered questions about the draft Lake City Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF was developed over the past year and a half with guidance from an advisory group of Lake City residents and business owners. It provides a vision for the future of Lake City and the North District.
The Priority Green program is a voluntary green building permit incentive that was established by DPD in 2009-10. The incentive program encourages project teams to reach for a higher level of sustainability in exchange for an expedited permit process. We’ve made some recent requirement changes, and we’re proposing some new requirements. We’re hosting a Priority Green open house to get your feedback.
DPD is currently considering amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan that would impact future proposals to make changes to industrial lands in the Manufacturing and Industrial Center (MI/C), which would include areas in Georgetown. We are holding a community-wide meeting on November 5 at the Seattle Central College-Georgetown Campus (6:00 p.m., Room C122).
By 2035, Seattle will add 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs. On June 24 you can weigh in on key directions for Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to guide this growth. You’ve spoken up about what you want to see in Seattle. Much of the Comprehensive Plan is already headed in the right direction, but some changes are needed. These changes are part of Seattle 2035, DPD’s effort to update the Comprehensive Plan. We want to know what you think is the best way forward.