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Tag: Construction and Land Use (DCLU)

Urban Politics #305: The State Legislature and Surface Solution for Alaska Way Viaduct

January 24th, 2011

While the debate will rage on about whether the state will pay for any cost overruns on the deep bore tunnel, the flip side of the issue is whether Seattle would keep the money already allocated to this project for a surface road alternative, as the Mayor prefers.


Urban Politics #304: Seattle Skyline and Signs

December 9th, 2010

The question has been raised: “Do we want large illuminated signs on the top of our downtown buildings advertizing their tenants?” On December 8th, 2010, the City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) briefed Council President Conlin’s Regional Development and Sustainability Committee on a proposed bill that would amend the City’s sign code to allow businesses leasing 200,000 square feet or more in a single downtown building to have illuminated identification signs on the exterior walls of that building.


Urban Politics #298: Social Equity and Urban Growth

September 13th, 2010

On Monday evening, Monday September 20, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., I will host an event called Can We Achieve Social Equity Using Smart Growth? It will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers located on the Second floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, in downtown Seattle.


Urban Politics #165: The Lure Of Biotech Industry Jobs

September 17th, 2003

The City, under the Mayor’s guidance, has set upon a course of attracting biotech industries to Seattle and to the South Lake Union neighborhood in particular. With Seattle’s unemployment rate being one of the highest in the nation for a major urban area, pursuing this industry appears to be a “no-brainer”.


Urban Politics #161: Monorail and City Codes

July 6th, 2003

The Department of Design, Construction and Land Use (DCLU) has proposed amendments to the Seattle Municipal Code to establish the permit approval process for monorail transit facilities that will be necessary to support the establishment and operation of a monorail transit system. The proposal allows heights of monorail stations to be up to 65 feet.


Urban Politics #160: Resolution On South Lake Union

June 13th, 2003

After much discussion the Council acted last Monday (June 9th) and passed Resolution 30610 affirming the City’s commitment to revitalize South Lake Union (SLU). I believe that the Council worked collaboratively to support a healthier environment for SLU.


Urban Politics #155: Live-Work Legislation Description

May 25th, 2003

Since being on the City Council I have taken an active interest in trying to get the city to promote more opportunities for Seattle’s artists to remain in the city and not be pushed out by higher housing costs. There are a number of different strategies to accomplish that goal. Aside from direct funding for low-income housing that is available for artists who need live/work space, there is also the strategy of changing our Land Use Code to better accommodate these opportunities.


Urban Politics #153: South Lake Union Development

April 25th, 2003

The South Lake Union neighborhood is scheduled for hundreds of millions of dollars of public investment in the expectation that there will be a return on that investment in the form of additional jobs and additional revenue to the city.


Urban Politics #116: Council Bill 113697 – Space Needle Views

November 5th, 2001

Today the City Council took two important votes that will impact the future landscape of our city. The first was a vote on Council Bill 113697 that would amend our SEPA ordinance to narrow view protections of the Seattle Space Needle to ten parks. The other Council Bill 113818 amended the land use and zoning sections of the Municipal Code to allow developers to provide off-site parking (that is, parking provided on a different lot than the lot containing the use for which the parking is required) by a permit process.


Urban Politics #109: A Roundtable Discussion On Artists’ Spaces

May 20th, 2001

Join me this Tuesday, May 22, 2001,from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM at The Dome Room in the Arctic Building, 700 3rd Ave, at 3rd Ave & Cherry Street. (enter through the side entrance, off Cherry Street) for a discussion on artists’ spaces.