The City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) to make changes to the Living Building Pilot Program to:
· Link the pilot program directly to the International Living Futures Institute’s (ILFI) Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification program;
· Allow Land Use Code incentives/bonuses for additional height and floor area as-of-right;
· Modify the minimum program requirements to require that all pilot programs, at minimum, achieve LBC Petal Recognition and specific energy and water requirements;
· Modify the minimum water requirements to provide clear direction to applicants and reduce the staff time needed for reviews and determination of baselines for individual projects;
· Reduce the maximum penalty to 5% of a project’s construction value; and
· Extend the enrollment period until 2025.
Additionally, a new SMC Chapter 23.58D will be created in order to consolidate green building requirements from various sections of the Land Use Code to accomplish the following:
· Consolidate green building performance standard permit conditions for all zones into a single chapter; and
· Develop a Director’s rule to establish requirements for the minimum green building standards required for participation in the incentive zoning program in all zones.
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposal during their meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, starting at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will be held in the:
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue
For more information on the time of the hearing, please check the Committee agenda a few days prior to the meeting at http://www.seattle.gov/council/committees.
The entrances to City Hall are located on the west side of Fifth Avenue and the east side of Fourth Avenue, between James and Cherry Streets. For those who wish to testify, a sign-up sheet will be available fifteen minutes before the public hearing.
Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Amy Gore in Councilmember Johnson’s office at 206.684.8808 or email@example.com.
Council Chambers are accessible. Directions to City Hall, and information about transit access and parking are available at http://www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/services-and-programs/visiting-city-hall. Print and communications access is provided on prior request. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Amy Gore as soon as possible at 206.684.8808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to:
Councilmember Rob Johnson
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
or by email to email@example.com
Written comments should be received by September 20, 2016, at 8 a.m.
The proposed changes are available online at: http://www.seattle.gov/council/committees/planning-land-use-and-zoning. Copies of the proposal are available from the City Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is located at 600 4th Avenue, Floor 3, in downtown Seattle and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to Ryan Moore of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) at (206) 233-2537 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Aly Pennucci of the Legislative Department at (206) 684-8148 or via email at email@example.com.
Additional information about the Living Building Pilot Program is available on SDCI’s webpage at: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/permits/greenbuildingincentives/livingbuildingpilot/default.htm.