Land Use Code Omnibus Amendments

SDCI is responsible for normal maintenance of the Land Use Code and related regulations.  The State Department of Commerce recommends such maintenance as good government practice in furthering Growth Management Act implementation.

We package a collection of amendments that are relatively small in scale, and have a limited scope of impact, into an “omnibus” bill. These amendments primarily correct typographical errors, fix section references, and clarify or update existing code language. Our proposed omnibus legislation addresses amendments collected from June 2015 to present.

SDCI will brief the City Council’s Planning Land Use and Zoning Committee on the omnibus on April 4.  A public hearing, where the committee will take comments on the proposed bill, will be held:

Wednesday, April 18
9:30 a.m. (committee start time)
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

For more information on the time of the hearing, please check the committee agenda a few days prior to the meeting. For those who wish to testify, a sign-up sheet will be available fifteen minutes before the public hearing.

The current draft of the proposed legislation, Council Bill (CB) 119217, as transmitted to the City Council is available through the Seattle City Clerk’s website.

Questions regarding the proposal or requests for electronic copies may be directed:

Eric McConaghy
Council Central Staff
(206) 615-1071
eric.mcconaghy@seattle.gov

For more information about the proposed legislation, you can contact:

Bill Mills
(206) 684-8738
william.mills@seattle.gov

Proposed Code Correction Amendments Are Now Available

On August 4, we released a staff draft of the 2016 omnibus legislation along with our environmental (SEPA) decision. The comment and appeal period runs until August 25.

 

The legislation includes amendments to the Land Use Code (Title 23) and related land use regulations in Chapters 3.58, 22.202, and 25.11 to clarify and improve various regulations.  Our proposed amendments generally include “clean-up” amendments that correct inadvertent clerical errors and incorrect cross-references, and clarifies existing code language.  Residents, elected officials, and City staff helped identify the necessary amendments.

Next Steps

  • Seattle DCI will review the public comments and make recommendations to the Mayor this fall
  • The Mayor will likely send legislation to the City Council, for their consideration, by the end of the year.

 

Project Benefits

Our proposed amendments will:

  • Clarify regulations to be consistent with the City Council’s original intent
  • Provide consistency and predictability for neighbors and permit applicants
  • Correct inadvertent clerical errors and incorrect cross-references, and clarify existing Code language

 

Contact Information

Questions about the draft legislation may be directed to:

William Mills
(206) 684-8738
william.mills@seattle.gov

Questions regarding the SEPA determination may be directed to:

David Graves
(206) 615-1492
David.Graves3@Seattle.gov

Code Correction Amendments for Public Review

DPD is responsible for the development and routine maintenance of the Land Use Code and related regulations. We periodically propose legislation to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23) and related land use regulations in the Seattle Municipal Code (in this case, Chapters 3.58, 25.05, 25.06, and 25.08) to clarify and improve the function of various provisions. Our proposed amendments are called “omnibus” amendments because we package a collection of amendments that are small scale, with a limited scope of impact.

On January 12 we released a public review draft of proposed omnibus legislation and a Director’s Report to make corrections to the Seattle Municipal Code.  We also completed an environment review of the proposed legislation per the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) on the same day. The amendments have been requested by community members, elected officials, and City staff.

The proposed legislation would:

  • Clarify regulations to be consistent with the City Council’s original intent
  • Provide consistency and predictability for neighbors and permit applicants
  • Correct inadvertent clerical errors and incorrect cross-references, and clarify existing Code language

We are taking public comments on our draft legislation until January 29.  After that we will continue to take comments until we send final recommendations to the Mayor for transmittal to the City Council.  We anticipate that the legislation will be ready for City Council’s consideration this spring or summer.

Project Documents

More Information

Questions regarding the proposed amendments may be directed to:

Bill Mills, DPD
(206) 684-8738
william.mills@seattle.gov