The Seattle City Council is considering 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 proposed amendments are available at 2035.seattle.gov or seattle.legistar.com(search for Council Bill 118683). The Mayor’s Recommended Plan proposes to significantly rewrite the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. The proposed plan would:
Include a growth strategy to distribute the City’s share of growth allocated by the King County Growth Management Planning Council, which is 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs by 2035 by allocating growth estimates to urban villages throughout the City. The recommended growth strategy calls for continued growth in urban centers and urban villages with particular emphasis on centers and the villages with very good transit service.
Remove specific policies about “urban center villages,” which have been subareas within urban centers. Rely on the urban center designation to define these areas.
Emphasize Race and Social Equity as a core value of the Comprehensive Plan, implementing Resolution 31577.
Expand the types of housing that could be allowed in single-family zones that are located within urban villages.
Change the way urban centers and urban villages are depicted on the Future Land Use Map, identify a potential future urban village at N. 130th Street at Interstate 5 and allow for potential future expansions of urban villages near frequent transit.
Identify appropriate scales and densities within different types expected in each category of urban center and village.
Remove criteria about the location of single family zones, instead relying on the same criteria in Seattle’s Land Use Code.
Add a section about transportation safety.
Adopt a new method for measuring transportation level-of-service.
Create a new Parks and Open Space Element. Remove numeric goals for open space amenities. Recognize the importance of public open spaces that are not City-owned parks.
Encourage businesses to pay a living wage, provide employment benefits and hire local residents. Support culturally relevant businesses that may be subject to displacement.
Rename the “Cultural Resources” element as “Arts and Culture” and add additional actions to support cultural organizations, artists, cultural districts and communities.
Rename the “Human Development” element as “Community Well-Being” and provide additional emphasis on violence reduction and access to food.
Simplify the Neighborhood Planning element, removing policies that specify how neighborhood plans should be prepared. No changes are proposed to any neighborhood plan.
Simplify the Plan’s language and format and reduce redundancy
Additional information regarding the scope of changes and a comparison of the existing and proposed Comprehensive Plan is available in the “Directors Report” available at 2035.seattle.gov.
In 2015, the City Council adopted Resolution 31599 identifying potential amendments to be considered for adoption in 2016. The Mayor has recommended that none of those amendments be made at this time.
Amendments to the Land Use Code under consideration include technical amendments to maintain consistency between the Comprehensive Plan and the Land Use Code, Seattle Municipal Code, Title 23, in particular references to “Urban Center Villages” are removed.
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the Mayor’s Recommended Plan on June 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers at City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104. Information about visiting City Hall is available at: www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council/visiting-city-hall.
For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available outside of Council Chambers starting at 5:30 p.m.
Childcare will be provided.
Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Amy Gore at 684-8808 as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.
Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on June 27. Please send comments to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: email@example.com, or by mail to:
Councilmember Rob Johnson
Seattle City Council
600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
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://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.
Questions regarding the Mayor’s Recommended Plan may be directed to Tom Hauger of the Office of Planning and Community Development at (206) 684-8380 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lish Whitson of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 615-1674 or via email at email@example.com.