Share your thoughts on Early Community Outreach for Design Review

We’ve heard from communities that earlier outreach around development for new multifamily homes and other buildings would improve how Seattle handles new growth. To that end, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) have partnered on developing SDCI Director’s Rule 4-2018/DON 1-2018, Early Community Outreach for Design Review.

The proposed rule expands on a new requirement that all projects going through Design Review must conduct community outreach before beginning the early design guidance (EDG) process. It establishes:

  • what constitutes a community outreach plan, and
  • how to document compliance with the community outreach requirements.

The proposed rule builds on a staff draft that was shared in August 2017, to coincide with Seattle City Council’s deliberation on the Design Review legislation.

Background

The new requirement for early community outreach was adopted by City Council as part of Ordinance No. 125429 in October 2017. It will go into effect on July 1, 2018.

Other changes to the Design Review program that will go into effect on July 1 include changes to the thresholds that determine which projects are required to go through Design Review and what type of Design Review would be required. Read a summary of the changes here.

With this Rule, we expect to see early engagement between neighbors and developers, but before it moves forward, we’d like to hear your thoughts.

Information Available

For more information about the changes to the Design Review program that were adopted in October 2017, please visit SDCI’s project webpage and the City Clerk’s webpage for Council Bill 119057.

We’ve also put together some Examples of Community Outreach Plans for Design Review as a resource to help applicants understand the requirements in the proposed Rule.

For more information about the Design Review program, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/aboutus/whoweare/designreview/program

How to Comment

If you want to provide feedback on the proposed Director’s Rule, please submit your comments in writing by Friday, May 21st via email at SCI_DRulesComments@seattle.gov or postal mail at:

Director
Department of Construction and Inspections
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Contact

For general questions about the proposed Director’s Rule, you may also contact:

For questions about how the new requirements in the proposed Director’s Rule may impact a specific development project, contact:

  • Lisa Rutzick, SDCI, at 206-386-9049 or lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov

 

Once the Director’s Rule is finalized, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will host a publicly accessible web page with resources and will provide staff support to developers around Early Community Outreach for Design Review.

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Your Voice, Your Choice: Vote is Coming!

We can’t wait for the Your Voice, Your Choice vote coming up from June 16 to July 16! While we work to get everything ready for YOU to decide how $3 million will be spent on park and street improvements, here are some updates: on how to get involved, the distribution of funding across the city, and the project ideas that will appear on the ballot.

Spread the word about Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) – become a Vote Champion!

YVYC is all about community decision-making, which means the power is in YOUR hands to decide what park and street improvements will receive funding. To spread the word, we work closely with volunteer “Vote Champions” who encourage their neighbors and fellow community members to get out the vote. As a Vote Champion, you can choose what works best to spread the word, and we’ll make sure you have the resources you need to be successful! Sign up to be a YVYC Vote Champion today!

Additional funding to support communities of color impacted by environmental and socio-economic challenges

With an additional $1 million allocated to YVYC in 2018, our Steering Committee considered a number of options to determine how this funding is distributed, with a focus on centering equity, inclusive democracy and environmental justice. This analysis was done in partnership with the City of Seattle’s Equity and Environment Initiative (EEI), which is shifting the City’s approach so those most affected by environmental challenges and racial-socio economic conditions will lead on designing solutions and directly benefit from City programs and policies. The Steering Committee unanimously decided to designate this $1 million in funding for projects in EEI Focus Areas: geographic areas where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, Native peoples and limited-English proficiency individuals tend to live. These areas are highly impacted by socio-economic and environmental challenges.

Projects will be voted on through district-based ballots, and the top vote-getting projects in EEI Focus Areas citywide will be funded up to $1 million overall. The original $2 million in YVYC funding will continue to be divided equally among all City Council Districts, with each district receiving approximately $285,000 in funding.

Top priority projects under review by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) in preparation for Vote

The projects below were identified by community members as top priorities during the YVYC Project Development phase. They are undergoing final feasibility review, scoping, and design by SDOT and SPR. Please note that these projects may be modified, changed or removed from consideration before the Vote phase due to SDOT & SPR feasibility determinations.

View a map of these projects.

DISTRICT 1

Project # 18-161: Pedestrian Lighting Improvements at South Seattle College bus stop
Neighborhood: Riverview/Puget Ridge

Project # 18-110: Crossing Improvements on Sylvan Way SW at SW Sylvan Heights Dr.
Neighborhood: High Point (EEI Focus Area)

Project # 17-014: Intersection Improvements at Dallas Ave S, 12th Ave S, and Thistle St
Neighborhood: South Park (EEI Focus Area)

Project # 18-149: Crossing Improvements near Concord Elementary
Neighborhood: South Park (EEI Focus Area)

Project # 17-125: Improvements between 21st Ave SW and 23rd Ave SW at SW Brandon St
Neighborhood: Puget Ridge/North Delridge (EEI Focus Area)

Project # 17-167: Crossing Improvements along Admiral Way SW between 49th & 59th Ave SW
Neighborhood: Alki

Project # 17-174: Crossing Improvements on California Ave SW and SW College St
Neighborhood: North Admiral

Project # 18-167: Improvements on Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Findlay St/SW Brandon St
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park

Project # 17-177: Improvements to basketball courts at Delridge Community Center
Neighborhood: North Delridge

Project # 18-1045: Equipment Refurbishment at Puget Boulevard Commons
Neighborhood: North Delridge

Project # 18-1009: Trash Receptacles at Weather Watch Park
Neighborhood: Alki

Project # 18-1043: Benches in Lincoln Park
Neighborhood: Fauntleroy

Project # 17-006: Improvements at Roxhill Park
Neighborhood: Roxhill/South Delridge (EEI Focus Area)

DISTRICT 2

Project #17-235: Walkway Improvements on 4th Ave S, between E. Marginal Way & Michigan
Neighborhood: Georgetown

Project #18-262: Improvements on Corson Ave S between E Marginal Way S and Airport Way S
Neighborhood: Georgetown

Project #18-231: Crossing Improvements at Lake Washington Blvd S and 45th Ave S
Neighborhood: Lakewood

Project #17-207: Crossing Improvements on Beacon Ave S near the VA Medical Center
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-297: Public Safety Improvements on S Genesee St between Jill Pl S and 29th Ave S
Neighborhood: Rainier Vista (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-240: Pedestrian Lighting in Chinatown/International District
Neighborhood: Chinatown/International District (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-208: Traffic Calming on S. Morgan St. and 33rd Ave. S
Neighborhood: New Holly (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-210: Walkway Improvements on 33rd Ave S between Graham and Holly Drive South
Neighborhood: New Holly (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-207: Crossing Improvements & Traffic Calming at Rainier Ave & S Holly St
Neighborhood: Brighton (EEI Focus Area)

Project #17-260: Crossing Improvements at Seward Park Ave & S. Orcas St
Neighborhood: Lakewood/Seward Park

Project #18-202: Pedestrian Improvements on Rainier Ave from 57th Ave S to Henderson Ave S
Neighborhood: Rainier Beach (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-2024: Lighting Improvements in Oxbow Park
Neighborhood: Georgetown

Project #18-2019: Improvements in Columbia Park
Neighborhood: Columbia City (EEI Focus Area)

Project #17-333: Improvements in Hing Hay Park
Neighborhood: Chinatown/International District (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-2011: Benches in Dr. Jose Rizal Park
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill (EEI Focus Area)

Project #17-322: Improvements to Basketball Courts at Beacon Hill Playfield
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill (EEI Focus Area)

Project #17-344: Trail Improvements in Seward Park
Neighborhood: Seward Park

DISTRICT 3

Project #18-313: Sidewalk Repair on Summit between Madison & Spring
Neighborhood: First Hill

Project #18-314: Pedestrian Improvements at Boren & Seneca St.
Neighborhood: First Hill

Project #18-805: Crossing Improvements on E Aloha St and 14th Ave E
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Project #18-818: Signage at Shoreline Street Ends
Neighborhood: Various

Project #17-347: Corner Improvements at 25th Ave S & Plum St
Neighborhood: North Rainier

Project #17-358: Crossing Improvements on 19th & Cherry
Neighborhood: Squire Park

Project #18-360: Crossing Improvements on E Jefferson & 15th/16th Ave
Neighborhood: Squire Park (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-357: Traffic Calming on 29th Avenue between Yesler and Alder
Neighborhood: Leschi

Project #18-363: Traffic Calming at 33rd Avenue and Columbia Street
Neighborhood: Madrona

Project #18-346: Pathway Improvements on Rainier & I-90
Neighborhood: Atlantic (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-3013: Improvements at Lakeview Park
Neighborhood: Denny-Blaine

Project #18-3006: Improvements at Judkins Park
Neighborhood: Judkins Park (EEI Focus Area)

DISTRICT 4

Project #18-412: Crossing Improvements at NE 45th St & 8th Ave NE
Neighborhood: U District

Project #18-449: Improvements at NE 54th St, NE 55th St, Ravenna Ave NE and 22nd Ave NE
Neighborhood: Ravenna

Project #18-418/18-470: Traffic Calming & Crossing Improvements on NE 20th Ave between 65th and Lake City Way
Neighborhood: Ravenna

Project #18-481: Crossing Improvements at NE 77th St and 25 Ave NE
Neighborhood: Wedgwood

Project #18-402: Bike Signal Improvements on Burke Gilman Trail crossing Stone Way N at N 34th St
Neighborhood: Wallingford

Project #18-413: Crossing Improvements at Woodland Park Avenue North and N. 46th/N 45th Streets
Neighborhood: Wallingford

Project #18-451: Crossing Improvements at 15th Avenue NE and NE 55th Street
Neighborhood: Ravenna

Project #18-477: Traffic Calming at 21st Ave NE & NE 77th St
Neighborhood: Ravenna

Project #18-425: Crossing Improvements at 15th Ave NE and NE 85th St
Neighborhood: Maple Leaf

Project #18-4012: Equipment Refurbishment at Terry Pettus Park
Neighborhood: Eastlake

Project #17-464: Improvements at Cowen Park
Neighborhood: Ravenna

DISTRICT 5

Project #17-558: Walkway Improvements on 33rd Ave NE, between 125th & NE 130th
Neighborhood: Lake City (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-580: Traffic Calming and Crossing Improvements on 33rd Ave NE between NE 125 Street and NE 130 Street
Neighborhood: Lake City (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-566: Walkway Improvements on 26th Ave NE and NE 125th St
Neighborhood: Lake City

Project #18-521: Traffic Calming & Crossing Improvements on 32nd Ave NE
Neighborhood: Little Brook (EEI Focus Area)

Project #17-532: Crossing Improvements near Northgate Elementary
Neighborhood: Haller Lake

Project #18-540: Walkway Improvements on NE 104th Way between Lake City Way and 23rd Ave NE
Neighborhood: Victory Heights

Project #18-543: Traffic Calming & Crossing Improvements at NE 105 ST and NE 104th PL
Neighborhood: Meadowbrook

Project #18-586: Traffic Calming on N 143rd St between Greenwood Ave N and Aurora Ave N
Neighborhood: Bitter Lake

Project #18-520: Traffic Calming at 1st Ave NW & N 137th St
Neighborhood: Broadview

Project #18-592: Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Improvements on NE 145th St & 30th Ave NE
Neighborhood: Little Brook (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-5001: Signage Improvements at Licton Springs Park
Neighborhood: Licton Springs

DISTRICT 6

Project #17-687: Improvements on 8th Ave NW, north of 85th St.
Neighborhood: Crown Hill

Project #17-696: Crossing Improvements near NW 97th St & 8th Ave NW
Neighborhood: Crown Hill

Project #17-682: Crossing Improvements at NW 80th St & 13th Ave NW
Neighborhood: Whittier Heights

Project #18-695: Crossing Improvements at 15th Ave NW & NW Market St
Neighborhood: Ballard

Project #18-682: Improvements on 8th and Leary
Neighborhood: Ballard

Project #18-671/18-672/18-675: Crossing Improvements on 39th and Phinney/Linden/Dayton
Neighborhood: Fremont

Project #18-604: Crossing Improvements at Leary & 41st
Neighborhood: Fremont

Project #18-661: Traffic Calming on Ashworth Avenue North between 85th and 80th
Neighborhood: Green Lake

Project #17-675: Crossing Improvements at Linden & N 77th
Neighborhood: Greenwood

Project #18-6003: Improvements at Salmon Bay Park
Neighborhood: Ballard

DISTRICT 7

Project #18-714: Crossing Improvements on Queen Anne Dr. and 4th Ave North
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Project #18-749: Crossing Improvements & Traffic Calming on 10th Avenue West and Olympic Way West
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Project #18-749: Curb Ramp at 9th & University Pavement Park
Neighborhood: First Hill

Project #17-338: Crossing Improvements to 2nd Ave Ext S and S Jackson intersection
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square (EEI Focus Area)

Project #18-725: Crossing Improvements on Western Ave & Lenora/Blanchard
Neighborhood: Belltown

Project #17-715: Crossing Improvements at Denny Way & 5th Ave
Neighborhood: Belltown

Project #17-761: Crossing Improvements at 3rd Ave W, near Fulton St.
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Project #18-717: Pathway Improvements on Jesse Ave W
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Project #18-7002: Improvements at Cascade Playfield
Neighborhood: Cascade

Project #18-7008: Improvements at Cottages/P-Patch Park
Neighborhood: Belltown

Please reach out at YVYC@seattle.gov if you have any questions or want to get involved!

 

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Join Us for Community Conversations on Affordable Housing

In order to get feedback on proposed zoning changes and other citywide efforts, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is collaborating with a handful of city departments to host some fun community gatherings over the next few months.

We heard from many of you that City Scoop was a great model for engaging in and sharing information, so we are injecting some food and fun into this next round of meetups as well! We’ll be highlighting maps that show draft neighborhood affordable housing proposals. Read more about those here.

Starting December 3rd, we have five events planned at spaces around the city and we’d love to see you there.

December 3, 10am-12pm
NW Neighborhoods at Bitter Lake Community Center

December 7, 5:30-7:30pm
SW Neighborhoods at Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery

December 13, 6-8pm
NE Neighborhoods at Ravenna Community Center

January 10, 6-8pm
Central Neighborhoods at Optimism Brewing

January 21, 10am-12pm
SE Neighborhoods at The Royal Room

Click on the above links for more details about each event.

We hope to see you there!

Share Your Thoughts on Housing Affordability Proposals

Housing affordability continues to be on many people’s minds as we see headline after headline about rising home prices, rising rents, and an increase in our homeless population.  While we see many things in our community changing, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to each other and to rolling up our sleeves and solving these big issues.

That is why in August of this year we voted overwhelmingly to renew the Seattle Housing Levy.  Sustaining programs that provide home ownership opportunities and creating more housing for those most in need is a top priority.  What we also know is that the Seattle Housing Levy, while a great tool, cannot do all that is needed to address the growing need for more affordable housing.

We have been hard at work passing tenant protections, removing barriers to housing for vulnerable populations, and working in coalitions in Olympia to change state law and provide more funding.  You can check all that out at Seattle.gov/HALA.

What we want to talk about today is our Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program, which we have spent much of the year drafting for City Council’s review and passage.  This new program will, for the first time in our City’s history, require new development in Seattle’s most dense areas to contribute to affordable housing.  This contribution is based on the City providing more capacity (allowing buildings to be taller or wider) in exchange for a developer to either build new affordable units or pay a fee to the Office of Housing (the same stewards of our Housing Levy dollars).

We are about halfway through the process of putting this program to work.  We recently passed legislation that allows this program to exist in any area of the city where we make zoning changes.  The next step is to actually make the zoning changes, and the City recently released a set of proposed zoning maps that targets these changes in our most dense areas of the city. These mapped proposals have been shaped by a nearly year-long community engagement process in which residents were asked how they would like to see their neighborhoods change. From that process, we developed a set of principles to guide the design of zoning changes.

We understand that zoning is one of the more complex tools used to harness the growth in Seattle, so we created this video to help guide you through using the maps.

Review the proposed zoning maps and tell us what’s working and what isn’t.

Your feedback will help the City find appropriate ways to increase the amount of both affordable AND market rate housing in our growth areas.

 


 

Want to dig deeper? Here are a few more resources to help you make sense of affordable housing: