Frequently Asked Questions
What is DON’s role?
The Department of Neighborhoods:
- Coordinates the outreach for solicitation of members to the School Use Advisory Committee.
- Provides all staff support to the School Use 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.
- Prepares the final report and recommendations of the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods.
What is DPD’s role?
The Department of Planning and Development:
- Provides technical advice to the School Use Advisory Committee on code related issues.
What is the role of Seattle Public Schools?
Seattle Public Schools:
- Formally requests the convening of the School Use Advisory Committee.
- Provides a member to the committee.
How is an advisory committee selected?
Once Seattle Public Schools has informed the City of its need to close a school building, and it formally requests that a committee be formed:
- The Department of Neighborhoods advertises for volunteers to the School Use 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 or interested can appeal the decision to the Hearing Examiner for the City of Seattle within a period of fifteen calendar days following the date of publication of the use criteria decision by the Department of Neighborhoods.
The answers to the questions above are summaries only. For more complete information on these issues, please reference the Seattle Municipal Code.