Seattle 2035: Preserving Industrial Land

-Seeking feedback on our proposal at upcoming community meetings

City staff are hosting a series of meetings in March to discuss specific land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. This policy work is aimed at strengthening our industrial business sectors as a part of Seattle 2035– the City’s major comprehensive plan update.

The purpose of our outreach meetings is to receive community input on the proposed policies. We will share your input with the City Council in early 2016, when they consider the policies as part of the major comprehensive plan update.

The recommended land use policy amendments shall:

  • Strengthen the long-term viability of the M/IC
  • Protect industry and port operations
  • Reinforce the M/IC as a place designated for industry
  • Inform the Seattle Industrial Areas Freight Access Project being conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation

For additional information:


March 3, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ballard High School – Commons
1418 NW 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

March 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Q Café
3223 15th Avenue W (just north of Dravus Street)
Seattle, WA 98119

March 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
South Seattle Community College, Georgetown  Campus
Georgetown Campus
RM C-122
6737 Corson Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Questions? Comments?
Tom Hauger, Planning Manager
(206) 684-8380

Seeking Representatives for the Construction Codes Advisory Board

Mayor Ed Murray announced that he is seeking candidates for two vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board.  The current open positions are for an electrical engineer representative and a general public representative.

The board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, DPD on the technical codes affecting buildings in Seattle. The board plays an important role in shaping the codes Seattle adopts and how these codes are interpreted. In addition to the board’s advisory role to City officials, the board hears appeals of DPD’s building code decisions. The work requires considered attention to details of highly technical codes. The City relies on the board members’ professional experience and opinions in determining which codes to adopt and to amend.

Board members will be asked to prepare for and attend meetings on the first and third Thursdays at noon in downtown Seattle. The actual frequency of meetings depends on the board’s workload; there may be some months with no or only one meeting a month.

Strong candidates will be civic-minded, critical thinkers interested in the design and construction of Seattle’s built environment. Selected individuals must have perspective, experience, and talents that will enhance the board. Successful candidates will have a willingness to devote two to six hours a month to board meetings and other board duties.

These positions are voluntary and are appointed by Mayor Murray and confirmed by the City Council. Applicants must live, work, or do business in Seattle. City employees are not eligible to be board members.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

The application period opens on Monday, February 2 and closes on Tuesday, March 17.

To apply, complete a New Member Application. The application is posted on the Construction Code Advisory Board’s webpage at

For a paper application or to ask a question, please contact:

Julie A. Hines, DPD Staff Liaison and Code Development Analyst
(206) 233-2766

Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit Policy Update

DPD continues to evaluate policy and program development for an unreinforced masonry (URM) seismic retrofit program. The URM Policy Committee asked DPD to validate the inventory list of URMs identified by DPD before the committee finalizes its policy recommendations. DPD is in the process of hiring a structural engineer to do the validation to confirm that the buildings on the list are URMs and to add any additional URM buildings that may be identified. As part of the validation, the structural engineer will research whether URM buildings have been demolished or retrofitted, and evaluate whether the retrofits meet the proposed seismic upgrade standard. DPD will use the validation results to create an updated map and list of URMs. Once the list is updated, DPD will reconvene the Policy Committee to discuss final recommendations for the program.

DPD will continue to provide periodic updates on the website and email list. Sign up for our listserv on our URM Policy webpage.  You can also send us comments via email , or contact Sandy Howard, the Project Manager for the URM Retrofit Policy development.

Sandy Howard
(206) 233-7194

Improved Process for Land Use Inspections

In February, DPD will start integrating land use inspections on construction permits into the current construction permit inspection system. We require land use inspections for development projects that required Design Review (including Streamlined Design Review and Administrative Design Review), or that has specific land use conditions that must be satisfied after we issue the permit and before the final Certificate of Occupancy. The improved process will help both contractors and DPD by:

  • Simplifying the land use inspection process for contractors by incorporating these inspections into our existing inspection structure
  • Identifying the requirement for a land use inspection earlier in the process
  • Improving communication between the contractor and land use planner
  • Improving DPD’s tracking and performance of land use inspections

For more information, contact:

Lisa Rutzick
(206) 386-9049

Stephanie Haines
(206) 684-5014

December Permit Turnaround Times

DPD is committed to providing good customer service to its applicants. The permit turnaround data is updated monthly online and can be viewed at (go to “Turnaround / Approval Times 2014”).

Type of Permit Goal Dec. 2014 Performance
Simple Building IP* 80% in 48 Hours 97.7%
Medium Construction IP 80% in 2 Weeks 66.7%
Complex Construction IP 80% in 8 Weeks 74.3%
Construction Issuance 90% in 120 Days  90.1%
Master Use Permit Decisions 80% in 120 Days  74.0%

*IP: Initial Plan Review by DPD staff