Proposed Director’s Rule for Community Outreach for Design Review

On May 4, SDCI published a proposed joint Director’s Rule with Department of Neighborhoods, for review and for public comment until May 21, 2018:

The proposed 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. It establishes:

  • What constitutes a community outreach plan
  • 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 Council 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.

Comment on the Rule

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

Information Available

For more information on the official publication of the Director’s Rule, please view the May 4 Public Notice. 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 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.

For more information about the Design Review program, please visit our Design Review website.

Contact

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

Lisa Rutzick, SDCI
(206) 386-9049
lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov

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

Christina Ghan, SDCI
(206) 233-3749
christina.ghan@seattle.gov

Susie Philipsen, DON
(206) 733-9283
susie.philipsen@seattle.gov

Design Review Program Improvements

Last spring, DPD started working on the Design Review Program Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, structural, and procedural changes to revamp and refresh our Design Review Program. This study builds on several past evaluations of the program.  Our goal is to arrive at specific program improvement recommendations by the end of 2015. The program improvements will be ready for implementation in 2016, after review by the Mayor and City Council.

A 16-member advisory group consisting of design professionals, design review board members, community residents, and development professionals have met regularly and had its final meeting in September. The group served as a sounding board for recommendations to DPD. DPD’s final program improvements will be based on their guidance and from broader community feedback.  An online survey received over 400 responses last spring.  An online open house ran from June until August 21, 2015.

Fall Open Houses

This fall we will are holding two community open houses to share draft recommendations and hear other ideas directly from community members.  The first open house was held on September 29 in Columbia City.  We invite you to the final open house:

  • October 14
    University Heights Community Center
    5031 University Way NE
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Goals for this project are to:

  1. Cultivate the program’s purpose of encouraging better design.
  2. Improve the consistency, efficiency, and predictability of how the City administers the program.
  3. Increase accessibility to encourage better dialogue between the boards, applicant, and community.
  4. Use communication strategies and tools (both traditional and digital) to improve how information is presented, shared, and reviewed throughout the entire design review process.

 

Key ideas for specific improvements include:

  • Allowing for more dialogue between applicants and design review boards at meetings.
  • Encouraging dialogue directly between communities and development applicants very early in the design process.
  • Restructuring thresholds so that the projects with the most challenging design issues receive the most thorough review by boards.
  • Allowing a greater number of administrative reviews for developments that are likely to have fewer design challenges.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Rutzick
(206) 386-9049
Lisa.Rutzick@Seattle.Gov

Design Review Program Improvements

Last spring, DPD started working on the Design Review Program Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, structural, and procedural changes to revamp and refresh our Design Review Program. This study builds on several past evaluations of the program.  Our goal is to arrive at specific program improvement recommendations by the end of 2015. The program improvements will be ready for implementation in 2016, after review by the Mayor and City Council.

A 16-member advisory group consisting of design professionals, design review board members, community residents, and development professionals have met regularly and had its final meeting in September. The group served as a sounding board for recommendations to DPD. DPD’s final program improvements will be based on their guidance and from broader community feedback.  An online survey received over 400 responses last spring.  An online open house ran from June until August 21, 2015.

Fall Open Houses

This fall we will are holding two community open houses to share draft recommendations and hear other ideas directly from community members.  The first open house was held on September 29 in Columbia City.  We invite you to the final open house:

  • October 14
    University Heights Community Center
    5031 University Way NE
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Goals for this project are to:

  1. Cultivate the program’s purpose of encouraging better design.
  2. Improve the consistency, efficiency, and predictability of how the City administers the program.
  3. Increase accessibility to encourage better dialogue between the boards, applicant, and community.
  4. Use communication strategies and tools (both traditional and digital) to improve how information is presented, shared, and reviewed throughout the entire design review process.

 

Key ideas for specific improvements include:

  • Allowing for more dialogue between applicants and design review boards at meetings.
  • Encouraging dialogue directly between communities and development applicants very early in the design process.
  • Restructuring thresholds so that the projects with the most challenging design issues receive the most thorough review by boards.
  • Allowing a greater number of administrative reviews for developments that are likely to have fewer design challenges.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Rutzick
(206) 386-9049
Lisa.Rutzick@Seattle.Gov

Design Review Program Improvements

Last spring, DPD started working on the Design Review Program Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, structural, and procedural changes to revamp and refresh our Design Review Program. This study builds on several past evaluations of the program, with the goal of arriving at specific program improvement recommendations by the end of 2015. The program improvements will be ready for implementation in 2016, after review by the Mayor and City Council.

A 16-member advisory group consisting of design professionals, design review board members, community residents, and development professionals have met regularly and will have its final meeting in September. The group is a sounding board for making recommendations and giving feedback to DPD. DPD’s final program improvements will be based substantially on their guidance. DPD also got feedback from an online survey that received over 400 responses last spring, and from an online open house that ran from June until August 21, 2015.

Fall Open Houses

This fall we will be holding two community open houses to share draft recommendations and hear other ideas directly from community members.  The meetings are:

  • September 29
    Columbia City Library
    4721 Rainier Ave. S.
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 14
    University Heights Community Center
    5031 University Way NE
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Goals for this project are to:

  1. Cultivate the program’s purpose of encouraging better design.
  2. Improve the consistency, efficiency, and predictability of how the City administers the program.
  3. Increase accessibility to encourage better dialogue between the boards, applicant, and community.
  4. Use communication strategies and tools (both traditional and digital) to improve how information is presented, shared, and reviewed throughout the entire design review process.

Key ideas for specific improvements include:

  • Allowing for more dialogue between applicants and design review boards at meetings.
  • Encouraging dialogue directly between communities and development applicants very early in the design process.
  • Restructuring thresholds so that the projects with the most challenging design issues receive the most thorough review by boards.
  • Allowing a greater number of administrative reviews for developments that are likely to have fewer design challenges.

We hope you can join us for at one of the fall open houses to discuss these and other ideas with City staff.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Rutzick
(206) 386-9049
Lisa.Rutzick@Seattle.Gov