Seattle 2035: Draft Plan Published

SEATTLE – Today, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) released a Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan.  Entitled Seattle 2035, the Draft Plan is now available for public comment.  This important milestone brings the City one step closer to completing an updated Comprehensive Plan – our roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years.

The Draft Plan is informed by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was released in May 2015.  The Draft Plan identifies proposed goals and policies to help achieve our vision for Seattle’s future.  Seattle is expected to grow by 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs in the coming twenty years.  The Draft Plan also includes a new Future Land Use Map, showing a pattern of growth that supports the City’s vision.

The City of Seattle is seeking public feedback on proposed goals and policies as we continue to evaluate strategies to build a safe, vibrant, affordable, interconnected, and innovative city for all.  City staff has already received hundreds of public comments on the DEIS and on the overall direction of the Plan document.

“The Comprehensive Plan is to be a plan for everyone,” said Diane Sugimura, Director of DPD.  “Seattle 2035 anticipates how Seattle may grow, and acknowledges that Seattle demographics, lifestyles, interests and needs are also changing.  The Plan seeks to balance our economic, social and environmental needs well into the future.  How can we address tomorrow’s issues, today – maintaining our rich cultural diversity in residents and businesses; ensuring our youth have jobs and a place to live; becoming a resilient city prepared for the future?  We want to hear from everyone about the directions identified in the Plan.” 

DPD is seeking public comments on the Draft Plan during a three-month public comment period, from July 8 through the end of September.

Here’s how to join the discussion about Seattle’s future and provide comments:

  1. Check out to learn more about what’s in the Draft Plan and to read the executive summary
  1. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation at and discuss the potential pros and cons of proposed policies with other Seattleites
  1. Attend our Draft Plan Public Event on September 15 – Stay tuned for more details
  1. Follow Seattle 2035 on Facebook and Twitter
  1. Send comments by the end of September:
    • Email: Send comments to
    • Mail: Send comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.
    • In Person: Attend our Draft Plan Public Event on September 15. Stay tuned for more details!

Feedback received on the Draft Comprehensive Plan will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan which will be released in late 2015.

Seattle 2035: Draft Plan Coming In July

Last week we wrapped up the Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) comment period. During the comment period, we heard from thousands of Seattleites who weighed in and provided their thoughts and ideas for how Seattle should grow over the next 20 years.

During the Draft EIS comment period:

  • More than 4,000 people viewed our online open house
  • Over 1,000 online surveys were submitted
  • Around 100 people attended our Draft EIS Public Hearing and Open House
  • Over 300 people submitted written comments


Draft Plan Coming Soon

On July 8, DPD will release the Draft Seattle Comprehensive Plan for public review and comment. As Seattle grows, the Plan is our guide to achieve the future we want. It includes specific goals and policies to help get us there. If we plan well, we can build a safe, vibrant, affordable, interconnected, and innovative city for all.

DPD wants your feedback to help the City weigh the proposed options and make decisions for the final plan. Please join the conversation by visiting our website at Be sure to sign up for our listserv to stay up to date with Seattle 2035 happenings throughout the summer.

For more information about the Seattle 2035 project, contact:

Patrice Carroll
(206) 684-0946

Seattle 2035: Civic Planning, Past, Present and Future

Reflecting on history is an important aspect of Seattle 2035, the update to Seattle’s comprehensive plan. Over 100 people gathered on March 19 at MOHAI to do just that at “Seattle 2035: Civic Planning, Past, Present and Future,” the latest edition of MOHAI’s History Café. Historian Jennifer Ott offered a brief overview of post-war planning and moderated a panel that included Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development; Greg Nickels, former City of Seattle Mayor; and Rebecca Saldaña, the Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage.

The panel explored topics and policies that have shaped the city’s past and are still important today as we plan for the city’s growth over next 20 years. Greg Nickels noted past mistakes in efforts to build mass transit. Diane Sugimura reflected on the process to create the city’s first plan under the Growth Management Act in 1994. Rebecca Saldana noted issues of equity continue to loom large in the Rainer Valley.

Audience members polled throughout the evening members revealed a preference for mass transit, larger open spaces, and an even distribution of single-family and multi-family housing.

History Cafe is just one of the many events over the next year where people can learn more about Seattle 2035. Visit to sign up for updates and catch up on past events.

Seattle 2035’s New Schedule Gives More Time to Plan Our Future

Our Seattle 2035 project schedule is changing. The new schedule gives us more time to work with you to develop a new Comprehensive Plan for Seattle. However, we’ll need to make some changes this year to keep our current plan compliant with the State’s Growth Management Act.  Over the next two years, Council will take two actions to update the Comprehensive Plan:

  • Adopt the new, Seattle 2035 Plan in 2016. Throughout 2015, we’ll work through some tough challenges with you. We’ll team up with major policy initiatives such as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, Move Seattle, Equitable Development Initiative, and the new Metro Park District to make sure the plan is headed in the right direction. These changes will include a preferred pattern of future growth and new policies. Other changes will make the plan easier to understand and use. The Mayor will finalize his recommendations at the end of 2015, and Council will deliberate and adopt a new plan in 2016.
  • Adopt limited changes to the current plan in 2015. We’ll make some changes to the current plan as part of the annual amendment process. These changes include new citywide growth estimates for 2035, updated inventories, and estimates of future demand for housing, transportation, and capital facilities.

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Seattle 2035: Key Directions & Chow Down

– Food trucks and prizes as we discuss Seattle’s future

On Tuesday, June 24, DPD is holding the “Seattle 2035: Key Directions & Chow Down.” DPD is inviting people to come join the conversation about Key Directions for Seattle over the next 20 years, grab a bite and possibly win a prize.

Meeting Details:

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Next 50 Pavilion (North of the Monorail)
Seattle Center

In addition to learning about the Key Directions, there will be two food trucks available at the meeting (Athena’s and Quack Dogs). Also, there will be prizes for participation and a raffle for tickets to Seattle Center attractions.

Staff from DPD will be there to answer questions and to listen to comments. The input provided by meeting-goers will help shape how Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan is updated. At the meeting they will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan and the Seattle 2035 update schedule
  • Preview potential changes to make the Plan easier to understand
  • Discuss key topics in the Plan, including housing, land use, and transportation
  • Participate in interactive stations to help identify and prioritize options that could change the Plan

By 2035 Seattle will add 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs. DPD is asking the public to weigh-in on Key Directions for Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to help guide this growth. Much of the Comprehensive Plan is already headed in the right direction, but some changes are needed. These changes are part of Seattle 2035, the Department of Planning and Development’s effort to update the Comprehensive Plan. DPD wants to know what you think is the best way forward.

For more information, contact:
(206) 684-0946
Senior Planner
City of Seattle
Department of Planning and Development
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle WA 98124