We are happy to announce that on December 16, 2013, the City Council approved new citywide design guidelines and 18 sets of revised neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The new citywide guidelines replace the guidelines originally drafted in 1993 and entitled Design Review: Guidelines for Multifamily and Commercial Buildings, with the updated version entitled Seattle Design Guidelines.
The City’s neighborhood-specific design guidelines are proposed to be reformatted to match the organization and structure of the updated citywide guidelines in order to make it easier to use both sets of guidelines—citywide and neighborhood—for any given project. Changes to the neighborhood guidelines are limited to formatting changes; none of the original content of the neighborhood-specific guidelines has been changed.
Several documents have been updated to reflect changes in the Seattle Energy Code. These documents will all be available for download the first week of May. They may be accessed from the right hand navigation tab on the Seattle Energy Code homepage: www.seattle.gov/dpd/energy.
Several Client Assistance Memos (CAMs) have been updated to reflect changes in the 2009 technical codes.
Four new Director’s Rules went into effect in April 2011.
DPD has update pages available for people who have paper copies of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Toward a Sustainable Seattle. These pages include the amendments City Council adopted earlier this year.
Check out the relaunch of City Green Building’s website, www.seattle.gov/dpd/greenbuilding. It’s got the same great information with a new, improved look and updated features.