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
william.mills@seattle.gov

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

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

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

Public Hearing to Discuss City Light’s 800 Aloha Street Property

Seattle City Light is hosting a public hearing on the disposition plan for the utility’s 800 Aloha Street property on May 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The public hearing will be located at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at 860 Terry Ave N. in Seattle.

City representatives will be collecting public comments on City Light’s plans to dispose of the property at 800 Aloha Street, per requirements by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35.94.040.

Aerial view of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street

Seattle residents can comment on the proposal or indicate interest in the sale by:

  • attending the public hearing on May 1, 2017 to offer testimony and/or to sign up on the interest/notification list;
  • e-mailing comments or indicate an interest in being notified of updates to the 800 Aloha Street surplus/disposition process by contacting SCL_RealProperty@seattle.gov;
  • sharing comments or requesting updates to the 800 Aloha Street surplus/disposition process via US Mail by contacting:

Timothy Croll
Seattle City Light
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 3316
Seattle WA, 98104

All comments must be received by May 5, 2017 to be included in the record developed for the Seattle City Council.

For more information on the 800 Aloha Street property, please visit www.seattle.gov/light/surplus.

Reminder: Electrical Code Update

SDCI is updating the Seattle Electrical Code to reflect the changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code. If you are interested in submitting input to amend the Seattle Electrical Code, please send your submission to seattleelectricalcode2017@seattle.gov. We will accept public input through March 31, 2017.

When you submit your comment, include:

  • The section of the code you want to modify
  • Approximate code language as you would like it to read
  • Substantiation of why this change is necessary

 

We are always seeking industry input into the code-making process. The City of Seattle anticipates adopting the 2017 code in the fall of 2017.

If you have specific questions you may contact:

Rich Meell
(206) 684-8434
richard.meell@seattle.gov

Electrical Code Update

SDCI is updating the Seattle Electrical Code to reflect the changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code. If you are interested in submitting input to amend the Seattle Electrical Code, please send your submission to seattleelectricalcode2017@seattle.gov. We will accept public input through March 31, 2017.

When you submit your comment, include:

  • The section of the code you want to modify
  • Approximate code language as you would like it to read
  • Substantiation of why this change is necessary

 

We are always seeking industry input into the code-making process. The City of Seattle anticipates adopting the 2017 code in the fall of 2017.

If you have specific questions you may contact:
Rich Meell
206 684 8434
richard.meell@seattle.gov

Draft 2015 Seattle Codes Available for Review

Drafts of the proposed 2015 Seattle codes are available on Seattle DCI’s website.  Drafts of the following codes are posted on our 2015 Seattle Codes Adoption website.

  • Building
  • Existing Building
  • Residential
  • Mechanical
  • Fuel Gas
  • Plumbing

 

The proposed 2015 Seattle Energy Code will be available in January 2016.

Seattle DCI is planning to submit the codes to the Mayor and City Council in the second quarter of 2016, and expects them to take effect about January 1, 2017.

If you have questions or comments about any of these codes, please contact:

Maureen Traxler
(206) 233-3892
maureen.traxler@seattle.gov

Kathleen Petrie
(206) 615-0541
kathleen.petrie@seattle.gov