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New Residential Development Standards Take Effect Today

Nov 1, 2017 Starting today, the code amendments adopted by the City Council in September will place new limits on house size and bulk, increase tree protection, reduce construction impacts in neighborhoods and allow for far fewer deviations and variances. 

The new code provisions were adopted after a nearly one-year-long process launched by the Planning Commission and City Council to engage the community and consider potential code changes. The Council reviewed the Commission's recommendations along with input from the community during seven City Council meetings between June and September of this year.  

City staff have been informing property owners and project applicants about the upcoming code changes over the past weeks and months.  Staff remain available to address questions about how the new regulations will impact specific properties or projects.  Visit the Permit Center at City Hall or call (206) 275-7605 during regular business hours for assistance with these inquiries.

The City will also hold a series of information sessions at City Hall geared towards architects, builders, arborists and other building professionals to provide an overview of the new regulations, new process and impacts to projects, with plenty of time to answer questions.  Please see below for the dates and times.

  • Residential Code Overview: Thursday, November 30, 4:00pm
  • Focus on Trees: Thursday, December 7, 4:00pm
  • Residential Code Overview: Tuesday, December 12, 4:00pm
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