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Seattle Ordinance 126035 (“Clean Campaigns Acts”) related to campaign finance regulations. The ordinance limits contributions to independent expenditure committees (CB 119730); prohibits contributions by foreign-influenced corporations (CB 119731); and requires greater transparency in political advertising (CB 119732).
This ordinance updates the City's Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including: allowing urban farms and community gardens in all zones; allowing all residents to be able to sell food grown on their property; recognizing Farmer's markets, allowing them in more areas of Seattle; allowing dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones; improving the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms; and prohibiting new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures.
This ordinance sets energy benchmarking requirements on buildings over 20,000 square feet. It also changes the enforcement process for individuals that do not submit an energy benchmark report by moving from accruing fines daily to quarterly fines. The ordinance formally creates an exemption for buildings used in industrial manufacturing, authorizes the delegation of enforcement authority, and authorizes the establishment of grace periods.
An ordinance which clarifies San Francisco's urban agriculture laws. The ordinance clarifies where urban food gardens may be located in the city, and what type of gardens are permitted. Under the law, gardens of less than one acre are permitted in all zoning districts of the city, and gardens of more than one acre (Large scale urban agriculture) are only permitted in certain zones. The ordinance clarifies what types of fences and machinery are permitted in any size garden. The ordinance also allows gardeners to sell the produce from their gardens, but at the garden site and off site.
The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance requires landlords to register all rental housing units in Seattle, from single-family houses to large apartment buildings. Exceptions to the registration requirement include commercial lodging, state-licensed facilities such as adult family homes, and housing owned by government groups or by housing authorities such as Seattle Housing Authority. Landlords must register their properties according to a specified schedule and these registrations must be renewed every five years. The ordinance also requires that all registered rental housing units be inspected within the first 10 years of the program. This requirement does not apply to rentals that are already regularly inspected, such as public housing. The owner must hire certified private inspectors to do the inspections. All rental properties that have had two Notices of Violation or an Emergency Order issued within the past two years will be inspected early in the program. This ordinance was created after the passage of enabling legislation by the state legislature.
This bill requires owners of non-residential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger and of residential buildings of five units or more to submit reports of their building's energy performance using the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The reporting requirement is phased in over a two year period, with larger buildings subject to these requirements by January 1, 2011 and remaining buildings by January 1, 2012. Upon authorization by the building owner, utilities providing energy service in Seattle will be responsible for providing customer billing data in a format compatible with the Portfolio Manager database maintained nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Upon request, building owners will be required to disclose the energy performance of their building to current or prospective tenants, lenders, and buyers. The Department of Planning and Development will be responsible for developing and maintaining a database of all reporting buildings in the city, and for enforcement of the legislation.
This ordinance establishes a variety of guidelines regarding the demolition of housing, location of accessory dwelling units, home occupations, and yards. In particular, no demolition permit for a structure containing a dwelling unit shall be issues unless certain requirements are met, yards are required for every lot in a single-family zone, and more.
This ordinance creates a ballot measure to approve a property tax levy to fund a Families and Education Subfund. The proceeds will fund educational and developmental services, preschool and early childhood education, family support, family involvement services, middle school support, out of school activities, support for at-risk youth, student health services, evaluation of programs, and school crossing guards.
An ordinance relating to Seattle's Complete Streets policy, stating guiding principles and practices so that transportation improvements are planned, designed and constructed to encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users.
This ordinance prohibits retail stores larger than 65,000 square feet and bars the Board of Zoning Appeals from granting a variance to allow a larger store. The rules also require retail stores in excess of 25,000 square feet to obtain a permit from the Council.