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.
- DPD Director’s Report
- Ordinance attachment (Wallingford Design Review Guidelines)
- SEPA determination
- SEPA checklist
Questions regarding the proposed amendments may be directed to:
Bill Mills, DPD