2016 Stormwater Code and Manual Update Public Meeting and Public Hearing

Want to let us know what you think about the 2016 Stormwater Manual? Then don’t miss our public meeting on September 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., in Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave.), room 2240. The final draft of the 2016 Stormwater Manual will be available on our website before the meeting. The Stormwater Manual is a Director’s Rule that interprets the Stormwater Code requirements. Director’s Rules are binding rules adopted according to the administration section in the Seattle Municipal Code.

Want to comment on the 2016 Stormwater Code Update? Then don’t miss the City Council’s public hearing on September 11, at 2:00 p.m. in Seattle City Hall Council Chambers. The draft documents of the 2016 Stormwater Code and other code changes regarding the applicability of code revisions to development projects are available for your review on our website. Stormwater Code is legislation that will be passed by Council and must be approved by the Mayor.

You can also provide written comments on the draft 2016 Stormwater Code update by sending them to StormwaterCode@Seattle.gov or to:

Sherell Ehlers
Seattle Public Utilities
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 4900
PO Box 34018
Seattle, WA  98124-4018

Our official public comment period on the draft 2016 Stormwater Code ended on June 30, 2015. However, we will continue to take written comments until we send final recommendations to the Mayor for transmittal to the City Council. Email correspondence is preferred.

If you’re suggesting a code change, include as much of the following information as you can:

  • Number and title of the code section (for example:  22.805.070.D.a)
  • Specific code language you’re suggesting
  • Explanation of why the code should be changed

Community Input: Take a Survey on Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability

The Housing Affordability and Livability Committee hosted three Community Open Houses during the months of November and December to receive community feedback early in their process. They will continue to collect community input via a survey and community feedback. To share your thoughts visit the survey on the Mayor’s website. http://murray.seattle.gov/housing/housing-comments/

Seattle Comprehensive Plan Major Update EIS Scoping

DPD is scoping an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate the City’s Comprehensive Plan update.  The EIS will examine the possible impacts under three different growth scenarios.

Consistent with regional growth projections, all three scenarios assume the city will grow by 70,000 households and 115,000 jobs over the next 20 years.  All the scenarios follow the Comprehensive Plan’s urban growth strategy that aims to concentrate most of the growth in the city’s designated urban centers and urban villages.  The alternatives differ in how the projected growth would be distributed:

Alternative 1 would evaluate most of the growth in the six urban centers, in keeping with the regional plan of concentrating development in centers.

Alternative 2 would still project a lot of growth in the centers, but would shift some growth to the urban villages in order to strengthen those neighborhood business districts.

Alternative 3 would evaluate more growth in the urban villages that contain existing or planned light rail stations.

The Comprehensive Plan the City ultimately adopts could combine aspects of each of these alternatives.

DPD is taking comments on these alternatives and the topics to be covered in the EIS until April 21.  See more about the alternatives and the EIS topics at http://2035.seattle.gov.

On March 24, we held a public meeting to discuss the three alternatives and to get public feedback on whether we’re looking at the right alternatives. The meeting was well attended. Along with the planning alternatives, staff talked about the history and purpose of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the overall environmental impact statement process. Meeting attendees provided good input about the alternatives and the issues the EIS should address. We’ll transcribe and post the comments we heard at that meeting.

Did you miss the meeting? DPD is holding five more meetings about the EIS planning alternatives in April. We’ll be in several communities throughout Seattle. If you couldn’t make the March 24 meeting, join us at one of the following meetings:

April 7
5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St

April 8
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Northgate Branch Library
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

April 9
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW

April 14
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E

April 15
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rainier Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
4600 38th Ave S