July 5, 12:06 PM click here to comment > 3
Job-creating new development is up in Seattle
I just received the following note from Diane Sugimura, the director of my Department of Planning and Development:
“47 MUP applications in June, compared to an average of 35 per month for the first 5 months of the year. Less than half compared with the boom times, but prior to this, 38 had been the high over the past three years!”
Master Use Permits (MUP) are a great indication that new projects are starting in our city. This will lead to construction jobs, sales of materials and other products, and new locations for housing and jobs in the coming years.
Up to this time, we were primarily seeing existing projects being resurrected (this is good too) rather than new ones started.
We have worked hard to speed up the permitting process for new and existing development in Seattle. At the Master Builders’ annual dinner on May 5, they told me it was taking up to 9 weeks to get an intake meeting. That was unacceptable.
We’ve got new job-creating development, and faster permitting to support the work.
This is good news for Seattle.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn