New Rule & Resources for Design Review Early Community Outreach

Final Director’s Rule Available

On June 12, we published a final joint Director’s Rule with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON).

The Rule expands on the new requirement that all projects going through Design Review must conduct community outreach before beginning the early design guidance (EDG) process. The final Rule builds on a public review draft that was shared in May 2018 and a staff draft that was shared in August 2017.

New Webpage & Resources

Check out DON’s new Early Community Outreach for Design Review webpage! This webpage provides guidance about the process, along with the resources and tools to help you implement it.

Information Sessions

We will host an information session for developers interested in learning more about the new requirements for early community outreach.

Wednesday, June 20
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave), 19th Floor

Can’t make it to the meeting? We will also 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.


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 Coming July 1

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 and view the detailed thresholds rules.


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

For general questions about the requirements for early community outreach, you may also contact:

List Your Community Organization on DON’s Community Connector

Do you work with or lead a community organization? Add your group to the Department of Neighborhoods’ (DON’s) Community Connector to promote your organization and reach new people in your community.


DON recently launched the Community Connector, their new online portal where you can easily learn about and connect with community-based groups throughout the City. Whether you have a specific interest or just want to connect with your neighborhood, you can easily find an organization that fits your needs. Read our article about Community Connector for more information.

The Community Connector is part of the new Community Resource Hub. Learn more about the Community Resource Hub.

List Your Organization

If you would like to have your group listed in the Community Connector, follow these steps:

  1. Follow this link to the Community Connector portal.
  2. Search to make sure your group is not already in the Community Connector by entering a keyword or group name in the search box.
  3. Click on the blue “Add Your Group” button.
  4. Input your organization’s information into the simple online form. This information includes group name, meeting location, mission, social media links, etc.
  5. Submit the form by clicking the blue Submit button at the bottom of the page.
    The information you submit will be reviewed by DON staff for content and relevance. If something needs to be updated before your group is added to the database, DON will contact you with questions.


Spread the word to other community-based groups that you think may benefit from being listed on the Community Connector.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Announces HALA Outreach Events

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites you to join them, and other folks from the City, for food and conversation. This will be an opportunity for you to talk with city representatives, learn about proposals that may effect your neighborhood, and more.

The Department of Neighborhoods will be hosting five inclusive events in the next few months to talk with you about proposed neighborhood changes to create more affordable housing. Each gathering will also feature a handful of other City efforts ranging from parks and trees to transportation and democracy vouchers. The events will be a great one-stop shop for you to learn about a range of topics and share your feedback with the City. All are welcome!

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 11-13

We’re thankful for our Seattle neighbors every day, but in February, we dedicate a holiday just to them. Neighbor Appreciation Day is Friday, Feb. 13. Join the celebration at an event listed below!


Magnolia Community Center
What: Cookies, punch and coffee served
When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: Free

Ballard Pool
What: Public swim, free slide
When: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: $2


Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
What: Free play space and light refreshments
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: Free


Garfield Community Center
What: Indoor tot gym, cookies and juice
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12
Cost: Free

Miller Community Center
What:  Mighty Mights indoor playground with cookies and hot cocoa
When: 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Feb. 11
Cost: Free


Southwest Pool
What: Public swim with snacks, games and prizes
When: 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: Free

For more citywide events, visit the Department of Neighborhoods’ events calendar.

Community invited to review design of Troll’s Knoll Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods and Harrison Design invite the community to the second meeting on Troll’s Knoll Park on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N.

At this public meeting, participants can learn about the new community-initiated park project at the Fremont Troll and see how public input guided the schematic design. It is an opportunity to review the design and provide additional input. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project is located in the right-of-way at the north end of the Aurora Avenue Bridge between 808 N 36th St and 916 N 36th St.

The goal of the park project is to utilize existing public land to create a new park in the heart of Fremont. The park will be a model design of a sustainable park space. It will include a P-Patch community garden and provide a critical pedestrian link to the developing neighborhood business district in northern Fremont.

For community members interested in learning more about the P-Patch program, please contact Rich MacDonald 206-386-0088 or

For more information about the project including notes from the first meeting please visit: For special meeting accommodations or for questions concerning the project please contact Jeron Gates at 206-684-0998 or