Skyscraper City Forum banner
1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Journeyman
Joined
·
16,908 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This thread is about the online resources available to describe projects in the pipeline, as well as past projects and existing properties.

To start things off, compiling from my recent posts:

Seattle DPD Activity Locator: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/maps/
Zone in on the map, then choose "building permits" and the types of projects you want, then a wide date range to capture when the application might have happened, then "search." When the map results are in, mouse over the specific location and click on the permit number to get the record. In the record, if you click on the various related permits you'll eventually find the shoring permit (denoting a real start) and demo permit. In those, look at the "reviews" tab to watch progress. Shoring usually takes about five months if they go full speed. Demo can be very quick. In this case, they land use permit was approved at the supervisor level the other day, but they still need to jump through the final hurdles to get it. (When a notice comes out to say it's "approved" it still needs to go through the appeal window, pay fees, etc.) They don't have a demo permit. But they're really close to a shoring permit. My guess is it could start in May.

Seattle DPD Land Use Information Bulletin. http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/luib/Default.aspx
This is a twice weekly notice, good particularly if you aren't checking the other sites. The main update is Thursdays. It's a basic notice of design review meetings upcoming (no links to the handouts), land use applications, and land use approvals, which are unfortunately not in chronological order. Note: Land use approval isn't "getting" a land use permit...still hoops to jump through at that stage, including an appeal period. So watch the Activity Loctator or next resource for actual permits granted.

Seattle DPD Permit Status. http://web1.seattle.gov/DPD/permitstatus/
If you know the permit number (land use or building permit) or the exact address (stupid that it has to be exact) you can find a permit application/awarded here. Same as the parcel viewer...you can click on the various permits until you find the interesting ones. Entries are based on projects.

Seattle DPD Permit and Property Record Details. http://web6.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/
As a project goes through land use and building permitting, any DPD review letter, public comment, or whatever should be available here. If a potential project is sitting around doing nothing, you can find that at least something has been happening in some cases. For example today the 40-story 3rd & Virginia project had a correction letter regarding their March permit application for "installation of a construction power system" which is a very good sign for that project.

Seattle DPD Design Review Packages. http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/aboutus/news/events/designreview/upcomingreviews/
There's a tab for upcoming reviews, and another to search for past reviews. (If you search and nothing happens, there's nothing there, or you have the wrong address or something. It's annoying that it doesn't tell you that, particularly since it's sometimes very slow. You can also link to land use permits for each job.

Seattle DPD Land Use Code. http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/codes/zoning/default.htm
Mostly over my head. But you can find clues written in dense legalese.

Seattle DPD stats about past permits. http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/toolsresources/permitstats/default.htm

King County Parcel Viewer. http://gismaps.kingcounty.gov/parcelviewer2/
Zone in on the map, click on a specific property to get a bubble, click on property info, then pick the property info tab for details about the property and sales history. One note: Many projects are planned by people who've contractually tied up land but haven't bought it yet. Maybe they simply bought an "option" for a small percentage of the land's value, giving them the right to buy it at a certain price within a certain time period. This was mostly down yesterday btw.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,384 Posts

·
Moderator
Joined
·
1,445 Posts
Bond - could you please sticky? :D

Thank you MHays, Seasun, and Matt the engineer for putting the links and resources into a thread like this!
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
10,485 Posts
I don't want to have too many stuck threads, otherwise you get this big list of stuck threads on the front page (some of which only get updated or posted to occasionally) and the active threads get pushed onto the 2nd page too easily. Look at the Midwest development news section to see what I'm talking about.

I'm not sure we're at the point where that's an issue, but I think we might be getting close. However, this topic is definitely worth keeping somewhere for reference. So what I did was take Matt's post and put it in my first post in the "thread finder" thread (3rd post overall). Then I re-named that thread. If Matt or anyone else wants to add something, just make a note of it in that thread and I'll edit my post.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top