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Land Use

New Tool links to development projects throughout Seattle

If you want a quick way to see what is being developed where, with fast links to full documentation, check out Seattle in Progress https://www.seattleinprogress.com/  The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat described the site and its inventor:

Land-use signs for new development are becoming the city’s official flower. A software engineer has quantified them for the first time — and with it some of the angst.

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Everywhere a land-use sign.

Those white “Notice of Proposed Land Use Action” billboards have been sprouting all over town to the point they have become Seattle’s official flower.

Put up by requirement of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) for large office or apartment projects, the once little-noticed signs have become a symbol of the big local story of our time: the mass remaking of the city by tech-fueled development.

The signs are heralds of Seattle’s vibrancy and progress. Or they are sentinels of the city’s destruction.

This week when a guerrilla artist, John Tingley, put up five satirical land-use signs, he was definitely channeling the latter.

“DPD is not conducting (bleep) for a review of the following project: To construct a 13-story concrete box containing 303,666 square feet of office space … with a Chipotle on the ground floor,” read one.

Now a software engineer has effectively quantified all the land-use signs in Seattle — and with it some of the angst.

Ethan Phelps-Goodman, formerly of Facebook, built a website and app that displays every big development project as a pin on a map of the city. Seattleinprogress.com is updated daily from city records, charting all the developments from day one of application through permitting and construction.

As of Friday, there were 476 large-scale development projects in the works in Boom City — 191 in permitting and 285 under construction. Another 78 were finished within the last year. These are multiunit residential or large commercial complexes, big enough to have to go through the city’s “design review” process. …

Full article here.  http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/growth-gone-wild-website-map-pins-it-down/

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