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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY & ADEQUACY OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT - COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE

Conditions:

The City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI)[1] (formerly the Seattle Department of Planning and Development - DPD) has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposal described below.  A Determination of Significance was previously published for this proposal in October 2013, with a scoping period that closed on April 7, 2014. The Draft EIS was published on May 4, 2015.
 

Proposal: The proposed action is programmatic in nature and involves amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. In particular, the City is considering text and map amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan (see 2035.seattle.gov) that may affect the distribution of 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs expected in Seattle by the year 2035, and that would influence various City operations. The EIS evaluates five alternatives, the No Action Alternative and four action alternatives with different possible distributions of future residential and employment growth among Urban Centers, Urban Villages and other areas.
 

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has determined that the FEIS is adequate and complies with the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”), RCW 43.21C.  

 

Timing and Implementation: The Mayor anticipates submitting recommendations for City Council consideration in 2016. The recommendations would amend the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the Seattle Land Use Code (SMC Title 23). 
 

Project Proponent and Lead Agency:  

 

City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections  

700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 

PO Box 34019 

Seattle, WA 98124 

 

Responsible Official:  Nathan Torgelson 

 

Contact Person:           Gordon Clowers 

Phone:                      (206) 684-8375 

Email:                         gordon.clowers@seattle.gov  

 

Address:                   City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections 

                                700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 

                                PO Box 34019 

                                Seattle, WA 98124-4019 

 

FEIS Issuance Date:   May 5, 2016 

 

 

Date of Public Meeting       The City Council will hold a public hearing on the action at an undetermined date later this year. 

Availability of Final EIS     Copies of the Final EIS are available for public review at several branches of Seattle Public Library, including:  

·       the Downtown Branch (1000 Fourth Avenue) 

·       Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) 

·       Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) 

·       Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) 

·       Columbia (4721 Rainier Ave S) 

·       Douglass-Truth (central district), 2300 E Yesler Way 

·       Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) 

·       High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) 

·       Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) 

·       Queen Anne (400 W Garfield St) 

·       Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) 

·       South Park (8604 8th Ave S) 

·       University District (5009 Roosevelt Way NE) 

 

                                                Interested parties may obtain CD copies of the Final EIS free of charge (while supplies last) at Seattle DCI, 20th floor Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue.  The Final EIS also may be viewed at 2035.seattle.gov/.  

 

 

Appeals:                    An appeal of the adequacy of the EIS must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 20, 2016.

Your appeal to the City’s Hearing Examiner may be filed electronically. Please see www.seattle.gov/examiner for details. You may also file by sending your appeal to: 

Office of the Hearing Examiner
P.O. Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729 

Your appeals must be received before 5:00 p.m. by the appeal deadline, and include an $85 filing fee in a check payable to the City of Seattle. The Hearing Examiner may waive the fee if payment would cause financial hardship. 

 



[1] In 2015, DPD was reorganized, in part, into the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, which is the Department charged with completing and issuing the subject FEIS.