Help Shape the Key Directions for Seattle 2035

By 2035, Seattle will add 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs. On June 24 you can weigh in on key directions for Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to guide this growth. You’ve spoken up about what you want to see in Seattle. Much of the Comprehensive Plan is already headed in the right direction, but some changes are needed. These changes are part of Seattle 2035, DPD’s effort to update the Comprehensive Plan. We want to know what you think is the best way forward.

You’ll also have a chance to win tickets to the EMP and Monorail! And, since it’s around dinner time, we’ve arranged for two food trucks to be available. Come join our key directions conversation, enter to win a prize, and then grab a bite to eat.

Event Details

Tuesday, June 24
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Seattle Center
Next 50 Pavilion

At the June 24 meeting you will have an opportunity to:

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

Your input will help shape how the Plan is updated.

Leading up to June 24, we are exploring some of the major topics in the Comprehensive Plan. Go to 2035.seattle.gov to discover what the current Plan says, how an update can create change in Seattle, and discuss with others on how best we can achieve our goals for Seattle’s future.

For more information about Seattle 2035, contact:

Patrice Carroll
(206) 684-0946
Patrice.Carroll@seattle.gov

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 2035.seattle.gov.

Seattle Comprehensive Plan Major Update EIS Scoping

DPD is scoping an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will evaluate the City’s Comprehensive Plan update.  The EIS will examine the possible impacts under three different growth scenarios.

Consistent with regional growth projections, all three scenarios assume the city will grow by 70,000 households and 115,000 jobs over the next 20 years.  All the scenarios follow the Comprehensive Plan’s urban growth strategy that aims to concentrate most of the growth in the city’s designated urban centers and urban villages.  The alternatives differ in how the projected growth would be distributed:

Alternative 1 would evaluate most of the growth in the six urban centers, in keeping with the regional plan of concentrating development in centers.

Alternative 2 would still project a lot of growth in the centers, but would shift some growth to the urban villages in order to strengthen those neighborhood business districts.

Alternative 3 would evaluate more growth in the urban villages that contain existing or planned light rail stations.

The Comprehensive Plan the City ultimately adopts could combine aspects of each of these alternatives.

DPD is taking comments on these alternatives and the topics to be covered in the EIS until April 21.  See more about the alternatives and the EIS topics at http://2035.seattle.gov.

On March 24, we held a public meeting to discuss the three alternatives and to get public feedback on whether we’re looking at the right alternatives. The meeting was well attended. Along with the planning alternatives, staff talked about the history and purpose of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the overall environmental impact statement process. Meeting attendees provided good input about the alternatives and the issues the EIS should address. We’ll transcribe and post the comments we heard at that meeting.

Did you miss the meeting? DPD is holding five more meetings about the EIS planning alternatives in April. We’ll be in several communities throughout Seattle. If you couldn’t make the March 24 meeting, join us at one of the following meetings:

April 7
5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St

April 8
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Northgate Branch Library
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

April 9
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW

April 14
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E

April 15
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rainier Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
4600 38th Ave S