Planning for a Fast-Growing City

The Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan was released on May 3! The Plan is a blueprint for how Seattle will grow over the coming twenty years. Its goals and policies are shaped by four core values: race and social equity, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and security, and community.

Seattle continues to be one of the fastest growing large cities in the US according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Seattle grew 2.3% between 2014 and 2015, ranking 4th among the 50 largest U.S. cities. In addition, Seattle had the 11th largest in numeric increase among cities, adding 15,339 people to the population. Seattle now ranks as the 18th most populous city in the country, with an estimated population of 684,451. Check out all the new 2014-2015 stats on the Bureau’s American FactFinder tool.

Longer term, growth rates are projected to moderate. The Mayor’s Recommended Plan anticipates an increase of 120,000 people over the next 20 years. The Plan continues the “urban village strategy,” but with even more emphasis on guiding growth to urban centers and villages with very good transit. If you haven’t had a chance to review the Mayor’s Plan yet, visit

City Council began reviewing the Plan in May and will hold a public hearing  on June 27 at 6:00 PM in City Hall. Check the Planning Land Use and Zoning committee website for details of other Council briefings on the Plan.

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