Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in America, expecting to add 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs by 2035. We must plan for how and where that growth occurs.
Annual Comprehensive Plan Updates
Each year, City Council has an opportunity to make updates to our City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that outlines a vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future.
In October 2016, Seattle City Council approved a major update to this plan which highlighted our vision for greater diversity of housing choices in urban villages and centers (our areas of growth). These changes are helping to tackle our growing housing affordability challenge.
The Comprehensive Plan also carried forward more than 1000 policies from 37 adopted neighborhood plans, many of which were created throughout the 1990s. A handful of these policies restrict the amount and type of housing choices allowed in some urban villages—creating an inconsistency with new citywide policies. The policies also conflict with implementing Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a policy that will provide more affordable housing throughout the city. Modifying these policies to allow greater flexibility is necessary for Seattle to become a more affordable and sustainable city.
Seeking Feedback from You
We want your feedback on these policy proposals. Nine neighborhoods are featured here and we encourage you to weigh in on neighborhoods where you work, live or play. If none of the proposals work with your vision of how we should grow, check out this meeting in a box and follow the steps to craft your own proposal. Be sure to get it to us by December 8, 2017.