Pursuant to SMC 25.05.340 and WAC 197-11-340
The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23 SMC) to modify the design review process.
The legislation would simplify and raise the thresholds for projects subject to design review, switching from a variety of thresholds based on use, units, and zoning to simple square footage thresholds that respond to the complexity of a site and type of project. The legislation would also create a new “hybrid” process that allows one phase of design review to be handled administratively and the remainder by the design review board.
The legislation adds a requirement that all applicants for projects going through design review conduct outreach to the communities near their projects before they begin design review. The legislation also modifies the composition of design review board members, eliminates the streamlined administrative design review process, modifies the review process for exceptional trees in Title 25, and updates and clarifies other provisions related to design review.
After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has determined that the amendments described above will not have a probable significant adverse environmental impact, and has issued a Determination of Non-Significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (no Environmental Impact Statement required).
HOW TO COMMENT
Comments regarding this DNS or potential environmental impacts may be submitted through June 22, 2017. Comments may be sent to:
City of Seattle, SDCI
Attn: William Mills
P.O. Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124-7088
HOW TO APPEAL
Appeals of the decision to issue a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) must be submitted to the Office of the Hearing Examiner by 5:00 p.m. on June 29, 2017. Appeals should be addressed to the Hearing Examiner and must be accompanied by an $85.00 filing fee in a check payable to the City of Seattle. The appeal must be sent to:
City of Seattle
PO Box 94729
Seattle WA 98124-4729
Copies of the DNS and the proposal may be obtained online at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/designreviewprogramimprovements/whatwhy/default.htm or at the SDCI Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower.
The Public Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Questions regarding the environmental determination can be directed to William Mills, Land Use Planner Supervisor, at (206) 684-8738 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the proposed amendments can be directed to Christina Ghan, Senior Planner, at (206) 233-3749 or email@example.com, or to Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager, at (206) 386-9049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.