Comment on Updates to Design Review Program Through July 10

On June 8, 2017, we posted draft legislation to modify the design review program for public review. In order to allow more time for public review of our draft legislation to modify the Design Review program, we are accepting public comments through Monday, July 10.  The deadline to file an appeal of our SEPA decision was June 29.

Our proposed amendments to the Land Use Code (Title 23) are intended to improve the overall function of the program to enhance the efficiency and predictability of project reviews, improve dialogue among project stakeholders, and make the program more transparent and accessible to the public and project applicants. In addition, the changes would focus Design Review on the development projects most likely to influence the character of a neighborhood, and reduce the costs of building housing. They build upon the recommendations in a report we released in March 2016. This update is also a recommendation from the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

Find more information on the proposal on our Design Review Program Improvements webpage.

Please submit comments on the proposal to:

City of Seattle, SDCI
Attn: William Mills
P.O. Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124-7088

If you have questions regarding the proposed code amendments please contact:

Christina Ghan
(206) 233-3749

Lisa Rutzick
(206) 386-9049

Update – Proposed Code Amendments for Vacant Buildings Are Now Available

Draft legislation is available to review on our Vacant Building Code Updates website. The legislation would update provisions for the maintenance and demolition of vacant buildings. The proposed amendments to the Housing and Building Maintenance Code (Title 22) and the Land Use Code (Title 23) respond to an increase in the problems associated with vacant buildings in the city.

We anticipate making final recommendations to the Mayor by the end of the year.  Proposed legislation for City Council consideration would likely follow early next year. For more information, please contact:

City of Seattle, Seattle DCI
Attn: Christina Ghan
P.O. Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124-7088

Proposed Code Correction Amendments Are Now Available

On August 4, we released a staff draft of the 2016 omnibus legislation along with our environmental (SEPA) decision. The comment and appeal period runs until August 25.


The legislation includes amendments to the Land Use Code (Title 23) and related land use regulations in Chapters 3.58, 22.202, and 25.11 to clarify and improve various regulations.  Our proposed amendments generally include “clean-up” amendments that correct inadvertent clerical errors and incorrect cross-references, and clarifies existing code language.  Residents, elected officials, and City staff helped identify the necessary amendments.

Next Steps

  • Seattle DCI will review the public comments and make recommendations to the Mayor this fall
  • The Mayor will likely send legislation to the City Council, for their consideration, by the end of the year.


Project Benefits

Our proposed amendments will:

  • 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


Contact Information

Questions about the draft legislation may be directed to:

William Mills
(206) 684-8738

Questions regarding the SEPA determination may be directed to:

David Graves
(206) 615-1492

Youth Service Center Amendments

DPD is proposing amendments to the Land Use Code to define a new land use for Youth Service Centers (YSC) and allow the use in Neighborhood Commercial 3 (NC3) and Lowrise (LR3) zones in existing public facilities operated by King County. The amendments would also authorize the DPD Director to waive or modify standards for structure setbacks and maximum width limits for YSCs in LR3 zones.

Public Hearing

The City Council’s Planning Land Use and Sustainability Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposal on Friday, September 5th at 2:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the:

City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

More Information

DPD Youth Service Centers Director’s Report
DPD’s Youth Service Centers Proposed Ordinance
Youth Service Centers Public Hearing Notice