Seattle Seeks Design Review Board Members

Mayor Mike McGinn is looking for qualified candidates to fill ten upcoming openings on the city of Seattle’s Design Review Board. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2011 when retiring board members’ terms expire. Applications are due December 10.

Applications will be accepted for the following twelve board positions:

  • Northeast Design Review Board
    • local residential representative
    • local business representative
  • Northwest Design Review Board
    • design professional representative
    • local business representative
  • Queen Anne/Magnolia/South Lake Union Design Review Board
    • local business representative
  • Southeast Design Review Board
    • design professional representative
    • local business representative
  • Southwest Design Review Board
    • local business representative
  • Downtown Design Review Board
    • local residential representative
  • Capitol Hill/First Hill/Central District Design Review Board
    • local residential representative

Application forms are available from www.seattle.gov/designreview or from bruce.rips@seattle.gov.

The deadline for submitting an application is December 10, 2010.

Board members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council and serve two-year terms. Members serve on one of seven boards that review projects in the city’s major geographic districts. Each board is composed of five members who represent:

  • Design professions
  • Development interests
  • General community interests
  • Local business interests
  • Local residential interests

Applicants should have:

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, architecture, urban design and the development process;
  • The ability to evaluate projects based on the city’s design guidelines;
  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively at public meetings;
  • A passion for design and community development; and
  • The ability to work well with others under pressure. Prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus.

Board members must live in the city. Following appointment, the local residential interests representative must act as an ambassador to at least one community group or association (e.g. community council) that operates within the board district. Similarly, following appointment the local business interests representative must act as an ambassador to at least one business group or association (e.g. chamber of commerce) that operates within the board district. Acting as an ambassador is often facilitated if the board member lives or works within the district he or she is serving, but residency in a district is not a requirement to serve as a local representative.

Board members should expect to work 12-14 hours a month attending and preparing for board meetings, which are held twice a month, in the evenings. Board members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings.

Applications will be accepted for positions other than those listed above and kept on file for consideration for future openings.

The Design Review Program was established in 1994 to provide an alternative to prescriptive zoning requirements and foster new development that better responds to the character of its surroundings. Boards evaluate the design of development projects based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects above a certain size threshold. Learn more at www.seattle.gov/designreview

To be considered for appointment to one of the design review boards, please send an application, a cover letter and resume by December 10, 2010 by email to Bruce Rips, bruce.rips@seattle.gov.

Email applications are preferred, as electronic documents facilitate file sharing among the selection committee. If emailing is not an option, applicants can send their applications via U.S. mail to Bruce Rips, Design Review Board, Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle 700 – 5th Ave, Suite 1800, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, Washington 98124-4019.

You may download an application at www.seattle.gov/designreview or email bruce.rips@seattle.gov to receive a copy.

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