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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Members sought for Seattle's Design Review Boards

11/15/2005  10:30:00 AM

Members sought for Seattle's Design Review Boards

Seattle - Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for qualified candidates to fill upcoming openings on the city of Seattle’s design review boards. The positions will be available in April 2006 when retiring board members’ terms expire:

"We are looking for professionals in the design and development fields, who have proven skills and established careers. We also need applicants with an interest in shaping new development in their neighborhoods, and a passion for keeping Seattle a great place to live, work and play," said Mayor Nickels.

Applications will be accepted for the following boards. The deadline for applications is Dec. 16, 2005.

Northwest Design Review Board
-- development representative (at-large)
-- residential representative (local)
Northeast Design Review Board
-- development representative (at-large)
-- design professional/architect (at-large)
Queen Anne/Magnolia Design Review Board
-- development representative (at-large)
Southeast Design Review Board
-- development representative (at-large)
-- community representative (at-large)
Southwest Design Review Board
-- community representative (at-large)
Downtown Design Review Board
-- design professional/architect (at-large)
-- community representative (at-large)

Board members are appointed by the mayor and City Council and serve two-year terms which may be renewed once. There are seven review boards to cover the city’s major geographic districts. Each board has five members. Boards hold evening public meetings twice a month.

Applications will be accepted for positions other than those listed above and kept on file for consideration for future openings.

The Design Review Program was established in 1994 to provide an alternative to prescriptive zoning requirements and foster new development that better responds to the character of its surroundings. Boards evaluate the design of development projects based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects above a certain size threshold.

Each board is composed of three at-large positions -- design professional/architect, development representative, and a community representative; and two local positions -- business community representative and a residential representative.

At-large members can live anywhere in the city. Local representatives must live within the board district. The residential representative must be nominated by a community organization that operates within the board district. The business community representative must be nominated by a chamber of commerce or other business association that operates within the board district.

Desired qualifications: knowledge of, or interest in, architecture, urban design and the development process; the ability to listen, communicate effectively and run public meetings; and the ability to work well with others under pressure. Prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus.

Board members should expect to work 12-14 hours a month attending and preparing for biweekly board meetings. Board members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings. Preference will be given to interested applicants who reside within the city of Seattle.

To be considered for appointment to one of the design review boards, please send an application, a cover letter and resume by Dec. 16 addressed to:

Tom Iurino
Design Review Board
Department of Planning and Development
City of Seattle
700 - 5th Ave Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, Washington 98124-4019

You may download an application at or email E-mailed submissions are preferred.

For more information on the design review boards and the city’s Design Review Program, visit

For other information, please contact Tom Iurino, Design Review Program Specialist, at 206-615-1457 or via e-mail at, or Alan Justad, 233-3891, or via email at

The Nickels Administration is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information on mayor initiatives, please visit the mayor’s web site at Get the mayor’s inside view on initiatives to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at

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