Seattle 2035 Recap: Neighborhood Summit and Community Open Houses

At the Neighborhood Summit and in our series of Open Houses, DPD was on hand to talk about Seattle 2035, the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan currently underway. We heard great questions about growth, planning, and development in the city and asked attendees for input about how we can plan for a better, more equitable, and more sustainable Seattle.

We also asked for comments on the three planning alternatives we’ve developed, which explore different ways to accommodate the 70,000 households and 115,000 jobs expected to come to Seattle between now and 2035. One scenario would allocate new growth in urban centers, another would direct more of the growth to urban villages, and a third would concentrate growth around existing and planned light rail stations. We will study these alternatives in an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate possible impacts under the three growth scenarios.

We received good feedback about the Comprehensive Plan. Many people asked about the purpose of the Plan, why it’s important to plan for growth, and how the Plan guides important city decisions around transportation, housing, land use, environment, and more. It was a great chance to introduce new folks to the update process and engage them in thinking about the city’s future. Below are just a few of the comments we received:

  • “How can we provide more amenities, parks, and transit to accompany new development?”
  • “More growth in all urban villages and downtown. Alternatives 1, 2, and 3!”
  • “Require infrastructure improvements to be distributed evenly, by each neighborhood, per capita.”
  • “We want to be a green and livable city.”
  • “How has Seattle’s population changed (race, age, homeownership, commute mode)?”
  • “Congestion is a challenge, especially in West Seattle”

To learn more about our Seattle 2035 update to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan, visit our website at