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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON COUNCIL AMENDMENTS TO SEATTLE’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (SEATTLE 2035) AND RELATED AMENDMENTS TO THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE - Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections

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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON COUNCIL AMENDMENTS TO SEATTLE’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (SEATTLE 2035) AND RELATED AMENDMENTS TO THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE

Conditions:

On October 17, 2016, the Seattle City Council may take action on Council Bill 118683 as amended and recommended to the Full Council for adoption by the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee. Council Bill (CB) 118683 consists of amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the City’s Land Use Code to implement the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035.

The Council is considering the following types of changes to CB 118683, as recommended by the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee at their September 20 committee meeting:

  • Amending the Comprehensive Plan to create a new “Community Involvement” Element that would clarify the City’s policies regarding community engagement and the City’s approach to community engagement;

  • Adding a policy related to residential and employment growth along transit corridors;

  • Amending the Growth Strategy Element to increase estimates of growth in areas with high access to opportunity and low risk of displacement, and decreasing estimates of growth in areas with high access to opportunity and high risk of displacement;

  • Amending land use (LU) policy LU 1.3 to provide greater guidance regarding the appropriate scale of development in urban centers and villages based on city goals for the character of urban centers and villages;

  • Amending Policy LU 1.3 to allow for higher concentrations of growth than would otherwise be appropriate for areas adjacent to light rail stations;

  • Adopting language proposed in the 2015 Draft Plan regarding industrial lands;

  • Amending policy LU 7.2 to remove language regarding “protecting” designated single-family areas that are predominantly in single-family residential use;

  • Amending Policy LU 7.3 to support allowing redevelopment single-family areas near urban centers and villages, not just inside urban centers and villages;

  • Better define or make consistent the following terms of “high-capacity transit,” “very good bus service,” and “high-capacity transit station”;

  • Adding an affirmative commitment to study the creation of a municipal broadband network;

  • Adding policies recognizing the importance of historic preservation in the Arts and Culture Element; and

  • Add additional direction regarding future neighborhood planning efforts, such as encouraging plans for underserved communities or areas seeking positive changes; and

  • Add language concerning constructing lids across Interstate 5 to improve connections;

  • Add a policy calling for evaluation of the City’s efforts to mitigate displacement of affordable housing; and

  • Add a policy related to reducing flooding, particularly in traditionally underserved areas; and

  • Add a policy related to supporting community development activities in areas with low access to opportunity and high displacement risk.

    In addition, on October 17, or at a future Full Council meeting, Councilmembers may take up the following amendments to clarify several goals and policies contained in the proposed Community Involvement element without changing the effect of the proposed bills:

  • Add a definition of “community Plan” to be a plan developed in collaboration with a community around a shared vision;

  • Amend the discussion of “inclusive and equitable community involvement” to clarify that the intent is to reach those affected by the City’s decisions;

  • Rephrase a goal related to planning outreach to increase clarity;

  • Clarify circumstances where the City could rely on an outdated community or neighborhood plan to  allocate resources for planning; and

  • Clarify the City’s intent is to provide funding and resources to update neighborhood and community plans to maintain their relevancy and consistency with community goals and citywide policies.

    In addition to these broader policy changes, the Council is also considering a large number of more minor, technical changes. Additional information regarding the scope of changes under consideration is available by searching for record number 118683, on the City Clerk’s website: seattle.legistar.com/Legislation.aspx  

    After reviewing public comments and deliberating on the content of CB 118683, the Council may choose to adopt a final version of the legislation that includes some or none of the changes described above, and or otherwise differs from the legislation described.

WRITTEN COMMENTS

 

Written comments may be submitted at any time until the final Council vote on the legislation.  However, the Council prefers to receive written comments by 12:00 p.m. on October 17, 2016 to allow for review by the Council during its consideration of the proposal. Please send comments to Councilmember Rob Johnson via e-mail at: rob.johnson@seattle.gov, or by mail to:

 

Councilmember Rob Johnson

Seattle City Council

600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor

PO Box 34025

Seattle, WA  98124-4025

 

INFORMATION AVAILABLE

 

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan, Office of Planning and Community Development Director’s Report, and Final Environmental Impact Statement and other key documents are available at: 

http://2035.seattle.gov or

http://seattle.legistar.com by searching for Council Bill 118683.

CDs containing copies of the Mayor’s Recommended Plan may be obtained at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The Public Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Paper copies of the Mayor’s Recommended Plan are available for review at branches of the Seattle Public Library and at the Neighborhood Service Center.

Information regarding potential Seattle City Council Amendments to Seattle 2035 is available at

http://seattle.legistar.com by searching for Council Bill 118683

Questions regarding Seattle 2035 may be directed to Tom Hauger of the Office of Planning and Community Development at (206) 684-8380 or via email at tom.hauger@seattle.gov or to Lish Whitson of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 615-1674 or via email at lish.whitson@seattle.gov.