Changes to Design Review Coming Soon

On July 1, many of the changes to the Design Review program that were adopted as part of Ordinance No. 125429 in October 2017 will go into effect. The changes include:

  • New requirements for early community outreach for all projects going through Design Review
  • Updates to the thresholds that determine which projects are required to go through Design Review


Read a summary of the changes.

Updates on Director’s Rule

We are currently working on updating and finalizing the joint Director’s Rule for Early Community Outreach, which we developed with Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and published for public review and comment from May 4 to May 21. We hope to have the final version of the rule published within the next week.

Information Sessions

On June 20, SDCI and DON will be hosting an information session for developers interested in learning more about the new requirements for early community outreach.

Wednesday, June 20
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, 19th Floor

Join us for a presentation and Q&A with staff to learn about:

  • The requirements for your early community outreach plan
  • How to document your outreach so you can move on to early design guidance (EDG)
  • How the early community outreach timing lines up with the design review process
  • Resources we’ve been developing to prepare for the July 1 rollout


No need to RSVP, just show up!

Can’t make it? We will also be hosting two Reddit “Ask Me Anything” sessions online:

  • July 10
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • August 14
    8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


Save the date! Find us on Reddit’s AMA board day-of, or under DON’s username SEA_Neighborhoods.


For more information, please visit SDCI’s project webpage, read Ordinance No. 125429, or visit the City Clerk’s webpage for Council Bill 119057.



For questions about how the new early outreach requirements or thresholds changes may impact a specific development project, please contact:

Lisa Rutzick, SDCI
(206) 386-9049

For questions about the information sessions or general questions about the new early outreach requirements, you may also contact:

Christina Ghan, SDCI
(206) 233-3749

Susie Philipsen, DON
(206) 733-9283