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Record No: CB 119877    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119877
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/5/2020
Ordinance No: Ord 126188
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to land use review decision and meeting procedures; temporarily modifying and suspending procedures in Titles 23 and 25 of the Seattle Municipal Code and amending Chapters 23.41, 23.49, 23.66, 23.79, 25.12, 25.16, 25.20, 25.21, 25.22, 25.24, and 25.30 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Dan Strauss
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Director's Report, 3. SDCI & DON Update on Virtual Meetings (7/22/20), 4. Presentation (9/9/20), 5. Central Staff Memo, 6. CS Memo Attachment 1, 7. CS Memo Attachment 2, 8. CS Memo Attachment 3, 9. Signed Ordinance 126188
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to land use review decision and meeting procedures; temporarily modifying and suspending procedures in Titles 23 and 25 of the Seattle Municipal Code and amending Chapters 23.41, 23.49, 23.66, 23.79, 25.12, 25.16, 25.20, 25.21, 25.22, 25.24, and 25.30 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to preclude holding in-person public meetings by the Design Review Board and various other City boards; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle City Council adopted, and the Mayor signed, Ordinance 126072 to facilitate virtual meetings and virtual public outreach, allow projects to elect to be processed through administrative design review while the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) worked to set up a system for virtual Design Review Board meetings, and allow various processes related to historic preservation to be handled administratively in recognition of the reduced capacity of the relevant boards when holding virtual meetings, and
WHEREAS, SDCI has been working diligently to set up virtual Design Review Board meetings but the rollout of such a system involves difficult issues and is taking considerable time and is ongoing; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance 126072 was effective for a limited time; and
WHEREAS, in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing issues related to setting up and holding virtual meetings, the need for provisions to address many of the matters addressed by Ordinance 126072 remains; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Low-income populations have increased risks of contracting, transmitting, suffering complications, and dying from COVID-19. These populations include low-income seniors and persons at risk of, or exiting, homelessness. Closure of non-essential businesses to mitigate risk of community transmission of COVID-19 has increased une...

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