DPD has kicked off a Major Update of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. This happens but once every seven years. This month we are making a special outreach to you to complete a survey. It can be found on our website, www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/CompPlan, or on our Seattle 2030 and Beyond Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SEA2030. Please take the survey and please pass it on to your friends and neighbors! Please watch the video about this project – (also visible on our webiste and Facebook page ) – this will provide you with helpful background about the comprehensive plan.
The Department of Planning and Development, working together with the Seattle Planning Commission, is inviting the public to weigh in on the important opportunities and challenges Seattle faces over the next twenty years. The City of Seattle is reviewing and updating its Comprehensive Plan and needs input from the public on what the City should focus on. This review is required to take place every seven years by the state Growth Management Act.
The 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements for residential spaces took effect statewide on January 1, 2011. (The 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements for nonresidential spaces took effect on November 23, 2010.) For determining the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and Seattle ordinance 123430.
Do you have a vision for the perfect Seattle in 2030 and beyond? Do you sometimes wonder why the City implements some ideas and not others? Do you want to roll up your sleeves and get into the nitty gritty of planning your city’s future? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then DPD wants to hear from you.
The 2009 Seattle building, residential, mechanical, fuel gas, and existing building codes took effect on September 23, 2010. Applicants may choose to use either the 2006 until November 22, 2010.
In late August, the Mayor forwarded the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance to the Seattle City Council. It is expected that the ordinance will be referred to the Committee on the Built Environment, as this is the committee that considered the ordinances for the other construction codes.
This month the City Council adopted a resolution naming the topics that will be examined for possible inclusion in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, as part of the annual amendment process. The topics include: a new marine container element required by state law; a measurable goal for reducing the amount of vehicle miles traveled in the city; revised shoreline policies as part of the mandated update of the City’s Shoreline Master Program; authorization for a new type of review for very large sites in urban centers; updated neighborhood plans for North Beacon Hill, North Rainier and Othello neighborhoods; expansion of the 23rd/Jackson urban village boundary.
The City Council’s Committee on the Built Environment (COBE) is currently reviewing proposed updates to Northgate’s Urban Center & Overlay District Design Guidelines. Council will hold a public hearing to take comments on June 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Council’s Chamber, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue.
After three months of public review, the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code is moving to the next phase in the process. After several public review meetings, DPD and Seattle City Light staff met to decide on initial staff recommendations for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. These recommendations were subsequently forwarded to DPD’s Construction Code Advisory Board (CCAB).
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.