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Cryptic Land Use Signs Get A Facelift, Finally

KNKX, city of Seattle
City of Seattle proposed land use signs: What they have looked like for 30 years, and how they will look after June 1, 2017

The city of Seattle doesn’t track the number of big, white land use signs that are out there, but as anyone who lives here knows, there are an awful lot of them right now.

After 30 years, the ubiquitous public notices are getting a facelift. Yes, they’ll look nicer and they should be easier to decipher.

City officials say the updated signs will be easier to understand and they’ll feature color images of what the buildings will look like.

“These signs will include a picture of the proposed project; they’ll now include a better, updated map showing the location of the project in relation to nearby streets and properties; it’ll have a simple description of the project,” said Wendy Shark, spokeswoman for Seattle's Department of Construction and Inspections.

Shark said the fresh look will also point to more information online, so people can more easily submit comments. The process for feedback isn’t changing though. When you see a sign pop up in your neighborhood, you have two weeks to weigh in.

The new signs will begin to appear after June 1.  

Any signs that are tagged with graffiti can be reported by email to