Land Use & Neighborhoods

Committee regular meeting days and time:

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Committee Members:

Committee Scope:

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to:

  • planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, community development, zoning, design, and land use regulations, including the Office of Planning and Community Development, and the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, except for issues related to rental regulations;
  • Major Institution Master Plans and quasi-judicial land use decisions; and
  • the Department of Neighborhoods, including neighborhood planning, engagement and outreach, funding opportunities, and historic preservation.

Extension of Temporary Administrative Review of Certain Land Use and Historic Preservation Projects

In April 2020, the Seattle City Council adopted, and the Mayor signed, Ordinance 126072 to facilitate virtual meetings and virtual public outreach, allow projects to elect to be processed through administrative design review while SDCI set up a system for virtual public meetings, and allow various processes related to historic preservation and public school departures to be handled administratively.

Ordinance 126072 will expire on October 25, 2020. In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing need for these measures, several of the provisions included in Ordinance 126072 are proposed to extend until six months after the termination of the civil emergency proclaimed by the Mayor on March 3, 2020. The proposal includes the following:

Design Review

  • Allow virtual meetings to continue.
  • Allow applicants meeting certain milestones to elect administrative review until December 31, 2020.
  • Exempt affordable housing projects from Design Review and allows the SDCI Director to permit modifications to certain development standards.
  • Allow electronic and other methods to substitute for in-person early community outreach.
  • Allow administrative review of certain permit applications at Yesler Terrace.

Historic Preservation

Allow administrative review of certain applications within the Pioneer Square, Ballard Avenue, Columbia City, Ft. Lawton, Harvard-Belmont, Pike Place Market, Sand Pt. Naval Air Station, and International Special Review Districts.

Public School Departures

Allow administrative review of applications for development standard departures for public school structures.

Planned Community Developments

Allow developers of proposals for Planned Community Developments (a downtown master planning process that allows development potential to be move across blocks when public benefits are provided) to conduct other types of public outreach instead of having in-person public meetings.

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