We submitted updated Seattle Design Guidelines to the City Council who is expected to take action in December 2013. The City Council’s Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee began its deliberations on the proposed guideline updates in February 2013 and held a public hearing in April 2013. We have revised the guidelines in response to feedback received to date. The most recent revisions are available on the project documents page.
The changes to the guidelines include:
Our changes are not intended to change the spirit and purpose of the neighborhood guidelines. Our goal is to make it easier to use the citywide and neighborhood guidelines to evaluate development projects. Also, we simplified the ordinance that will be presented to adopt the updated citywide and neighborhood guidelines to focus on recognizing the updated documents.
The Citywide Design Guidelines have been the cornerstone of the Design Review Program since 1994. By updating the guidelines, we will bring them in line with current design standards and incorporate lessons learned during 17 years of projects reviewed under the Seattle Design Review Program. The update will:
Our updated guidelines will be easier to use to evaluate development projects.