Changes to Design Review Now in Effect

On July 1, many of the Design Review program changes that were adopted in Ordinance 125429, in October 2017, went into effect. The changes included:

  • New requirements for early community outreach for all projects going through Design Review
  • Changes to the thresholds that determine which projects are required to go through Design Review
  • The type of Design Review that would be required


SDCI and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) also published a final joint Director’s Rule that expands on the new community outreach requirement.

Information Sessions

We will 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.

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


For questions about how the new requirements may impact a specific development project, please contact:

Lisa Rutzick, SDCI
(206) 386-9049


For questions about the requirements for early community outreach, please contact:

Danielle Friedman, DON