Design Review - Virtual Board Meetings

Under the Washington State Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28.5, in-person meetings are currently prohibited while physical distancing measures remain in place. Therefore, we will continue to restrict in-person meetings for the Design Review program until King County is approved to move to Phase 4 of the "Safe Start" reopening plan. Until then, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will use the Webex meeting platform to host virtual Design Review Board meetings.

Attend a Virtual Meeting

There are two ways you can participate in a remote Design Review Board meeting.  

Attend the Meeting Online

  1. Go to the Design Review calendar and locate the project meeting which you would like to attend.
  2. You can register for the meeting any time. You will receive a two-hour reminder email before the meeting. If you are registering just before the meeting, please give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes to make sure you are able to access the site, complete the registration, and get the cofirmation email before the meeting starts.
  3. When it's time for the meeting, click on the join button in the confirmation or reminder emails. 
  4. We recommend using the Chrome web browser for best results. For any technical difficulties, please visit the Webex Help site.
  5. If you would like to provide public comment during the meeting, click on the Public Comment Sign Up link located on the event page or in the reminder email. The link will also be displayed at the beginning of the meeting.

For information about locations providing free WiFi internet access, go to https://bit.ly/Freewifispots.

Call In to the Virtual Meeting

If you do not have access to a computer during the meeting, you can call the number listed on the Design Review calendar, under the specific project address to hear the meeting in session.  

Submit Public Comment

There are two ways to provide public comment about a Design Review project.

Written Public Comment

You may submit written public comment any time by sending an email to PRC@seattle.gov. Staff will summarize for the Board all design related comments received prior to the meeting.

Verbal Public Comment at the Virtual Meeting

Members of the public may sign up online to provide comments on the proposed design. Speakers will have up to 2 minutes on matters on this agenda; the total time allotted to public comment at the meeting is 20 minutes. Online registration to speak at the Design Review Board meeting begins two hours before the meeting start time, and registration will end 30 minutes after the meeting starts. Members of the public who wish to speak can either use the Webex link or the call-in number provided in the Design Review calendar, under the specific project address. Speakers must be registered using the online form (provided under the specific project listed in the Design Review calendar) in order to be recognized by the Chair/SDCI staff.

Please visit our Comment on a Project webpage for tips on how to provide the most effective Design Review comments.

Tips for Providing Verbal Comments During Design Review Board Meetings

To provide verbal public comment during the virtual meeting, please keep the following in mind:

  • You must sign up using the online Public Comment Sign Up form by clicking on the link on the event page or in the two-hour reminder email. The link will also be displayed at the beginning of the meeting.
  • The Public Comment Sign Up form will be available 2 hours before the start of the Board meeting and will close 30 minutes after the meeting starts.
  • When joining the Board meeting, each attendee will be muted by default.
  • During remote Board meetings, verbal public comment will occur following the Board clarifying questions section of the agenda. The amount of time allotted will be 1-2 minutes depending on the number of people who would like to offer comments. Speakers will be asked to provide their comment in the order of registration. The Chair or SDCI staff will call on each speaker by name, at which point you will be unmuted for up to two minutes to give public comment. You will be muted again when the time is up.
  • While giving public comment:
    • Use only one device to watch the Board meeting to avoid audio feedback.
    • State your name for the record.
    • Using speaking points can be helpful.