Early Community Outreach for Design Review

This Rule requires developers to begin conversation with community members before building project designs are complete. Here we provide guidance about the process along with resources to implement it.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a staff member, email DREarlyOutreach@seattle.gov or call 206.256.5973.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Seattle City Council passed emergency legislation (Ordinance 126072) which addresses the need for alternatives to in-person meetings. For the Early Outreach process, the temporary rule states that developers need to substitute an additional high impact digital method in lieu of in-person outreach. This emergency legislation expires on October 25, 2020. From October 25 until the replacement legislation goes into effect on November 4, 2020, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods cannot approve outreach documentation. We will begin approving outreach documentation again on November 5, 2020. Please contact Drearlyoutreach@seattle.gov for more information.