Design Review

To Meet Housing and Sustainability Goals, Seattle Must Streamline Land Use Code

Few things perfectly encapsulate the problems of planning like a city’s land use code. Unlike the building code, which dictates the life safety requirements...

Housing Notes: Woodland Park Camp Removal, Northgate TOD, 45-Story Towers, and Data Dashboard Confessionals

On Thursday, Mayor Bruce Harrell promised the imminent release of housing data dashboard that will show his administration is on course to meet a...
A photo of West Seattle near the bridge and Harbor Island with a rendering of an apartment building superimposed on top.

Housing Notes: 16-Story Tower Proposed in Kirkland and 114 Middle-Income Homes in West Seattle

The Puget Sound Regional Council adopted a Regional Housing Strategy which could have a big impact on housing growth -- if cities and counties...
A rendering of the people walking into a courtyard in a modern apartment building.

Housing Notes: Capitol Hill Safeway Mixed-Use Design Review, TOD in Lynnwood and Northgate

First a quick factoid to kick off this installment of housing notes. U.S. Census data shows that housing construction is on the rise across...

Seattle Budget Amendments Advance Design Review Reform and Comp Plan Outreach

The Seattle City Council has prepared more than 200 amendments to Mayor Jenny Durkan's 2022 budget proposal. Among them are amendments that would initiate...
A series of photos of buildings near the proposed site of the Yesler Family Housing project.

Fixing Seattle’s Design Review Process

A working group has spent a year analyzing Seattle's design review process. Here are their suggestions for improvement. When most new mixed-use, multifamily, and...
A rendering of the 19-story proposal with Belltown and Downtown skyline in the background.

19-Story Deep Green Tower Nearing Approval, Belltown Livability Coalition Plotting Appeal

Tonight the West Design Review Board will take another look at a proposal for a 19-story residential tower near the waterfront in Belltown. The...

It’s Time to Overhaul Design Review

Fifteen housing advocates applied for 15 open seats on Seattle's design review boards this winter. A public records request revealed that all 15 were...