Friday, 23 October, 2020
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has adopted two new Director's Rules. One regulates the application of interior dimensional requirements for Small Efficiency Dwelling Units and another prescribes a new design for large notice signs required by...
Yesterday Seattle Deputy Hearing Examiner Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman dismissed Queen Anne Community Council's appeal of the City's backyard cottage reform. The same appellant had already forced the City to do an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) after challenging...
The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) has launched an interactive map to see where each draft Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) rezone is proposed. The MHA rezones would increase development capacity across commercial, mixed-use, multi-family residential, and some...
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is engaging with stakeholders and residents to develop improvements for the City's Design Review Program. In 1994, the City of Seattle adopted a Design Review Program for new development projects of significant...
On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved several actions related to land use and public space. These included revisions to the Seattle Building Code to allow taller wood-frame structures, reform of the right-of-way vacation process, and moving the establishment...
A new research product from the Sightline Institute, a local sustainability think-tank, reveals the rich variety of housing that already exists in Seattle's restrictive single-family residential zones. The map comes amid neighborhood opposition to rezones that will unlock new...
Yesterday, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced executive action ending the use of fracked gas infrastructure in City buildings. It represents a small step toward decoupling our government from fossil fuels and achieving the vision of the Seattle Green...
Like a phoenix rising from an ashy war zone, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone ("CHAZ") emerged after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) abandoned the East Precinct. To many Capitol Hill residents, it's a big improvement over the nightly...