Design Review Program Improvements

The City of Seattle began the Design Review Program in 1994. The program has improved the design of over a thousand development projects in the two decades since. The program has evolved to some degree over time. However, the basic structure and organization has not significantly changed. Given changed conditions and strong interest from numerous stakeholders, DPD will explore improvements and updates to the program.

DPD is leading a process to identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, structural, and procedural changes to revamp and refresh the Design Review Program. The process will build off previous reviews and feedback about the Design Review Program.

Project Goals

  • Identify options to make the design review process more efficient and accessible
  • Improve community dialogue on design review
  • Identify new and emerging technologies for more effective community engagement

DPD’s planning process will include, at minimum, working with an advisory group, interviews with community stakeholders, a focus group, online surveys, and community-wide events to gather feedback from a variety of people.

We Want to Hear From You!

Take our Design Review Program Survey. This survey focuses on what people like about the Design Review Program, where there are opportunities for improvement, and how people are currently, and would prefer, to provide feedback and receive information about the Design Review Program.  A second survey later this year will have additional questions about the program and potential opportunities for improvement.

Visit the Design Review Program Improvements webpage for additional information and to sign up for email updates.