Industrial Lands Policy Discussion

DPD is hosting a series of meetings in March to discuss proposed industrial lands policies that are part of Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update. DPD is considering specific land use policies for designated Manufacturing and Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use. The proposed policies would limit the potential for converting property to non-industrial uses unless specific criteria are met.

“The meetings are an opportunity to discuss how well the policies serve regional and citywide job centers along with local neighborhood objectives.” said Nathan Torgelson, deputy director of DPD.  “It’s a careful balance in some areas of the city.”

The meetings are intended to explore proposed M/IC land use policy amendments that emerged from a 2013 study of the Greater Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center. While the draft policies were developed while working with a stakeholder group focusing on the Greater Duwamish M/IC, they are currently being considered for all designated M/ICs on a citywide basis as part of Seattle 2035.

The purpose of the outreach meetings is to discuss the application of the proposed policies to all designated M/ICs. These meetings are an opportunity for you to share with City staff any issues or concerns related to how these policies will work in specific areas. City staff will share public input received during City Council deliberations on the policies as part of the major comprehensive plan update early in 2016.

In addition to the land use policy discussion, draft findings from the Local Production Study and information on the Freight Master Plan will be available at each meeting.

Attend one of our Community Meetings:

BALLARD:
Tuesday, March 3
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ballard High School
1418 NW 65th St

INTERBAY:
Wednesday, March 11
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Q Café
3223 15th Ave. W

GEORGETOWN:
Thursday, March 12
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus
Rm C-122
6737 Corson Avenue South

What is the effect of the proposed Industrial Land Use Policies?

If implemented, the proposed land use policies would apply to all designated M/IC lands and would mean:

  1. No new Industrial Commercial (IC) zoning would be allowed in a designated M/IC
  2. Land could not be removed from a designated Manufacturing / Industrial Center unless:
    • The proposed use for the land is identified
    • There is insufficient appropriately zoned land elsewhere in the city for the proposed use
    • The proposed use would not displace an existing industrial use
    • The proposed use would not adversely affect nearby industrial operations

 

The City Council will consider specific recommendations for industrial lands policies in 2016 as part of the major Comprehensive Plan update.

For more information, visit DPD’s website at www.seattle.gov/dpd/industriallands/ or contact:

Tom Hauger
(206) 684-8380
tom.hauger@seattle.gov

Reminder: 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, and 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 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 www.seattle.gov/dpd/CCAB.

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

Julie A. Hines, DPD Staff Liaison and Code Development Analyst
(206) 233-2766
julie.hines@seattle.gov

New Seattle Public Utilities Development Services Office

On January 26, Seattle Public Utilities’ Development Services Office (DSO) officially opened its doors on the 27th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (5th and Columbia), 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.

The DSO provides the following services:

  • Assist and coach developers and homeowners looking to obtain new water services and related appurtenances in the Seattle area
  • Issue water availability certificates (WACs)
  • Ensure that new development in the public right-of-way conforms with applicable code requirements
  • Partner with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to review and approve street use permits associated with drainage, wastewater, and water main extensions

DSO office hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Arrive before 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the SPU Development Services Office at SPU_DSO@seattle.gov or (206) 684-3333.

Stormwater Code and Stormwater Manual Update

In May 2014, DPD published the Draft 2015 City of Seattle Stormwater Code and Stormwater Manual, Volumes 1 through 5, and the appendices. They are available for review on our Stormwater Codes & Rules Update website.

Originally, we anticipated making all the code changes at one time in 2015, as we had stated in handouts and at various public meetings throughout 2014. However, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) was delayed in sending their comments to us on our draft proposal. We received over 150 separate comments from Ecology in February 2015 that we are still addressing. Therefore, we are postponing most of our proposed Stormwater Code changes until January 2016.

In the meantime, we are proposing legislation to revise three sections of the 2009 Stormwater Code (SMC 22.800-22.808) proposed to be effective by May 25, 2015. These changes are not the focus of Ecology’s review and are also available on our website’s project documents page. The changes are:

  • Changing water quality thresholds for roadway projects
  • Exempting Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) water utility projects from flow control, water quality treatment, and green stormwater requirements
  • Granting the Director of SPU discretion to not require flow control requirements for certain combined sewer basins through Director’s Rule.

SEPA and legislative package documents related to this legislation will be posted on our website in early March.

We will incorporate all other changes into our proposed 2016 Stormwater Code and Manual update, which will be effective in January 2016. Those changes are based on the feedback we received during our informal comment period that ended August 15, 2014 and comments we received from Ecology. Our new rules will replace the current Stormwater code and Directors’ Rules, which are administered jointly by DPD and Seattle Pubic Utilities. Visit our website for more information and to see an updated timeline.

You can submit comments about the proposed changes, and join the Stormwater Code listserv, by sending an email to stormwatercode@seattle.gov. Please reference the volume number, section number, and page number when providing comments.

Updated Tree and Vegetation Protection Details

DPD has updated the Construction Stormwater Control Plan and Post Construction Soil Management Plan, with a new tree and vegetation protection detail. The detail now includes the standard requirements to protect code-defined exceptional trees or any tree requiring protection during construction. It includes directions on who to contact when you may need to make field-identified modifications to the required tree protection zone. The plan now includes a QR code link to a handy guidebook of construction best practices for working around and protecting trees during excavation and construction. Paper copies of the plan are available in the Applicant Service Center. You can download PDF and CAD versions from DPD’s forms webpage.