To build Seattle's new waterfront, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) needs to acquire property rights within the project area – some permanently, and most temporarily (known as temporary construction easements) to accommodate construction.
On May 27, 2014, the Seattle City Council voted to approve legislation that allowed SDOT to begin negotiation with property owners. The vote was part of a series of City Council meetings held on this topic, all of which were open to the public and included time for public comment:
- April 28, 2014: The Seattle City Council Select Committee on the Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program discussed the draft legislation.
- May 19, 2014: The Seattle City Council Select Committee on the Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program voted to approve the draft legislation. As a result, it was scheduled for final action by the Full Council at the May 27 meeting.
- May 27, 2014: The legislation was voted on and approved at the Full Council meeting.
Prior to the City Council vote, SDOT reached out to property owners with letters, personal phone calls, briefings, and two drop-in sessions to provide information and answer any questions.