Central Area Design Review Board

SDCI is in the process of creating a new Design Review Board to serve the Central Area. We are currently finalizing our selection of candidates to fill board positions representing local residential, community, development, business/landscape design, and design profession interests.

Design Review Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines; the new Central Area neighborhood-specific design guidelines were recently adopted and are in effect. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. Board meetings are held twice monthly in the evenings. The first Central Area Board meeting is expected to be held at the end of July.

For questions about the new Central Area Design Review Board, please contact:

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

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.

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 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.

Contact

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:

Changes to Design Review Coming Soon

On July 1, many of the changes to the Design Review program that were adopted as part of Ordinance No. 125429 in October 2017 will go into effect. The changes include:

  • New requirements for early community outreach for all projects going through Design Review
  • Updates to the thresholds that determine which projects are required to go through Design Review

 

Read a summary of the changes.

Updates on Director’s Rule

We are currently working on updating and finalizing the joint Director’s Rule for Early Community Outreach, which we developed with Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and published for public review and comment from May 4 to May 21. We hope to have the final version of the rule published within the next week.

Information Sessions

On June 20, SDCI and DON will be hosting 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 Avenue, 19th Floor

Join us for a presentation and Q&A with staff to learn about:

  • The requirements for your early community outreach plan
  • How to document your outreach so you can move on to early design guidance (EDG)
  • How the early community outreach timing lines up with the design review process
  • Resources we’ve been developing to prepare for the July 1 rollout

 

No need to RSVP, just show up!

Can’t make it? 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.

 

Save the date! Find us on Reddit’s AMA board day-of, or under DON’s username SEA_Neighborhoods.

Background

For more information, please visit SDCI’s project webpage, read Ordinance No. 125429, or visit the City Clerk’s webpage for Council Bill 119057.

 

Contact

For questions about how the new early outreach requirements or thresholds changes may impact a specific development project, please contact:

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

For questions about the information sessions or general questions about the new early outreach requirements, you may also contact:

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

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

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

Members Sought for Pending Central Area Design Review Board

–Shape new buildings in your community

Passionate about design or architecture? The Mayor is looking for qualified candidates to fill five potential openings on the City of Seattle’s Central Area Design Review Board. In anticipation of pending legislation proposing an eighth Design Review Board for the Central Area, we are accepting applications for new board members. Design review board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. The volunteer positions will start on July 1, 2018, pending a vote by City Council on legislation to establish the new Design Review Board district. If legislation is revised or delayed, we will contact applicants regarding their application status or next steps.

Ideal candidates are professionals in the design and development fields who have proven skills and established careers. We are also seeking community and business leaders interested in civic engagement and shaping new development in their neighborhoods. The City of Seattle encourages applicants from all backgrounds and those with diverse life experiences. Applications will be accepted for the following board positions:

  • Local residential/community representative (two positions)
  • Development profession representative
  • Business/landscape design profession representative
  • Design profession representative

 

To be considered for an appointment, please send an application, cover letter, and resume by April 25, 2018 to Lisa Rutzick at lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

You may download an application or email lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov to receive a copy.

Emailed applications are preferred, as electronic documents facilitate file sharing among the selection committee. If emailing is not an option, applicants can send their applications via U.S. mail to:

Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager
City of Seattle
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
700 5th Ave, Suite 1900
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, Washington 98124-4019

Applicants should have:

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, architecture, urban design, and the development process
  • The ability to evaluate projects based on the city’s design guidelines
  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively at public meetings
  • A passion for design and community development
  • The ability to work well with others under pressure (prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus)

 

Board members should expect to work approximately 15 hours a month attending and preparing for board meetings, which are held twice a month in the evenings. Board members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings. For more information on the Design Review Board and the City’s Design Review Program, visit SDCI’s Design Review website.

For other information, please contact:
Lisa Rutzick
Design Review Program Manager
(206) 386-9049
lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov