Frequently Asked Questions
What is DON’s role?
The Department of Neighborhoods:
- Coordinates the outreach for solicitation of member to the School Departures Advisory Committee.
- Provides all staff support to the School Departures Advisory Committee, schedules meetings, prepares agendas and meeting summaries, chairs and facilitates the committee meetings.
- Assists the committee in preparing its final report and recommendations to DPD, and forwards that report to the Director of the Department of Planning and Development.
What is DPD’s role?
The Department of Planning and Development:
- Provides technical advice to the School Departures Advisory Committee on code related issues.
- Based upon the committee’s report prepares the DPD report and recommendations, which may be appealed to the City Hearing Examiner.
What is the role of Seattle Public Schools?
Seattle Public Schools:
- Determines which school departures will be requested.
- Presents both the building design and any departures being requested to the committee.
How is an advisory committee selected?
Once Seattle Public Schools has informed the City of its need for departures and it has formally requested that a committee be formed:
- The Department of Neighborhoods advertises for volunteers to the School Departures Advisory Committee. Advertisements are mailed to the areas surrounding the school, and are placed in local newspapers and the DPD Land Use Information Bulletin.
- Volunteer applications are reviewed by staff from the Department of Neighborhoods and a list of recommended members is forwarded to the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods.
- The Director of the Department of Neighborhoods has the sole responsibility for appointing members to the committee.
Can the director’s decision be appealed?
Yes. Any person substantially affected by or interested in the development standard departure may appeal the decision to the Hearing Examiner within a period of fifteen calendar days following the date of publication of the decision by the Department of Planning and Development.
The answers to the questions above are summaries only. For more complete information on these issues, please reference the Seattle Municipal Code.