Seattle 2035: Growing to achieve race and social equity

Today, Mayor Murray transmitted to the City Council a resolution to recognize the priority of race and social equity as one of the foundational core values on which the City of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan is built.

This year the City is writing Seattle 2035, a major update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan that will plot a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth. Seattle expects 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years.

The revision of the City’s Comprehensive Plan is a chance for residents to discuss and decide where and how growth should be located in neighborhoods, as well as prioritize infrastructure investments, parks and other amenities that help neighborhoods function. Murray has emphasized that Seattle must be a city where all people can benefit from growth and development.

“Quality of life in Seattle means a living wage, quality education, a healthy environment, affordable housing and effective transportation options,” said Murray. “We must plan equitably, so that all families and individuals, those living here today and those coming tomorrow, have access to the services and amenities that make Seattle so special. We must always plan with an eye toward equity for all our diverse communities.”

In 1994, Seattle was a national leader when it made social equity one of the four core values in the original Comprehensive Plan. This legislation will ensure Seattle continues to be a leader.

This proposed resolution would change how Seattle plans and grows by:

  • Working toward a shared vision of race and social equity, and equitable development citywide;
  • Incorporating new race and social equity goals and policies throughout the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Analyzing the impacts of proposed growth strategies on the most vulnerable communities, and changing policies, programs and investments to help offset the impacts of the selected growth strategy;
  • Closing racial and social disparities with capital and program investments;
  • Creating, monitoring and reporting on equity measures; and
  • Being more inclusive in the stewardship of the Comprehensive Plan.

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