Design Review Program Analysis

Seattle City Council issued a Statement of Legislative Intent requesting that the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) report on Design Review program outcomes, process improvements, and equity. SDCI and the Office of Planning & Community Development (OPCD) gathered this group of stakeholders who met throughout 2022. 

The stakeholders, SDCI, and OPCD worked on a Racial Equity Toolkit (RET) analysis of the Design Review Program. SDCI and OPCD will provide a report to the Council including the outcome of that analysis.

Reports and Studies

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Recordings

Training Materials

Meeting Dates

May 18, 2022
May 25, 2022
June 22, 2022
October 26, 2022
January 18, 2023


The stakeholder group included affordable housing developers, market rate developers, design professionals, neighborhood organizations, and previous Design Review Board members. Stakeholders representing specific organizations are indicated in the list below.

Kate Smith, Housing Development Consortium
Chris Colley
Donna Moodie
Frank Miranda
Gladys Ly-Au Young, American Institute of Architects
Grace Kim
Hamdi Abdulle
Jamie Lee
John Feit
Justin Allegro
Maria Barrientos, Seattle for Everyone
Pat Foley
Patrick Gordon, Downtown Seattle Association
Roque Deherrera, Master Builders Association
Sharon Khosla
Tejal Pastakia, NAIOP – Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Todd Bronk, American Society of Landscape Architects
Todd Lee, Northwest Chapter of Urban Land Institute

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