Seattle's Popular Capitol Hill Neighborhood Getting New Design Guidelines

The new guidelines will allow for new design decisions in a neighborhood undergoing rapid change.

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May 30, 2018, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"The design of the next waves of Capitol Hill redevelopment could get a refresh under a set of proposed design guidelines that would govern buildings in the neighborhood," reports Ari Cetron from Seattle.

The Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development is holding a series of pubic hearings to gather feedback on the draft version of the updated Design Guidelines.

"The previous set [of design guidelines approved in 2005 and revised in 2013] had been more focused on allowing the neighborhood to hold on to its historic character," according to Cetron. "The new guidelines, however, ask developers to not only respect the history but also to make use of contemporary techniques."

"New buildings are asked to preserve the scale and mass of existing buildings, but to use new materials and styles," Cetron adds.

More discussion of the details included in the updated guidelines, along with the expected effect for developers in the growing neighborhood, are also included in the article.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

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