Georgetown Neighborhood Community Meeting

DPD is currently considering amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan that would impact future proposals to make changes to industrial lands in the Manufacturing and Industrial Center (MI/C), which would include areas in Georgetown.

We are holding a community-wide meeting on November 5 at the Seattle Central College-Georgetown Campus (6:00 p.m., Room C122). We’ll have representatives from several City departments that you can talk to. Your comments will help the City evaluate the proposed comprehensive plan amendments related to industrial lands, and how they would affect Georgetown.  Come and share your ideas about areas to preserve, improve, or change in Georgetown.

Meeting Details

November 5, 2014
Open House, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Presentation, Questions and Comments, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wrap-up, 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Seattle Central College-Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Avenue South, Room C122
Parking is $3

Your input will be shared with the Mayor and City Council, and we will report back to the community on what we heard.

For more information, contact:

Aly Pennucci
(206) 386-9132

Can Seattle Add More Housing Units and Jobs?

State and regional agencies estimate that Seattle will add 70,000 housing units (120,000 people) and 115,000 jobs between now and 2035 – an increase of 20% population and 23% in jobs. In response, the City is updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to shape that growth in a way that builds on our strengths and character as a city. The City uses a variety of data to study trends and evaluate policies to plan for future growth as part of the update process. Development capacity is one such analysis.

Development capacity, also referred to as zoned development capacity or zoned capacity, is an estimate of how much new development could occur theoretically over an unlimited time period. DPD, using a computer model and a variety of assumptions, estimates that 223,700 new housing units and 232,000 new jobs could be added under existing zoning. DPD has prepared a Development Capacity report that illustrates the results by urban village and zoning category, and explains how the City estimates development capacity.  The conclusion of the report is that the City can accommodate the next 20 years of expected growth and do so primarily in the urban centers and urban villages, where the Comprehensive Plan wants most growth to occur.

For more information about our update to Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan, visit

DPD at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival

The Seattle Design Festival (SDF) brings together citizens, city leaders, and designers through workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas. This year, SDF’s theme “Design in Motion” focuses the spotlight on how design impacts movement and change. The festival starts with a kickoff event on Friday, September 5 and goes on until September 19. More information on various events can be found on the Design in Public website.

With Seattle 2035 (the major update to Seattle’s comprehensive plan) underway, DPD is organizing three events during the SDF.  On September 10, DPD will host a lecture by Professor Manuel Pastor entitled “Moving Toward an Equitable Future.”  With 120,000 people expected over the next 20 years, it is important for the city to prepare for an increase in diversity while working to prevent an opportunity gap from growing in our city. Professor Pastor will talk about demographic shifts and why cities should promote both equity and growth. As a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, Pastor is an expert on economic opportunity and growth. Over the weekend of September 6-7, DPD will be at the “SDF Block Party” at Occidental Plaza with interactive activities and information on transportation-related emerging directions for Seattle 2035. Finally, on September 13, DPD will host a conference session “Seattle: A City in Motion” at the Seattle Public Library Central where we will present information about Seattle 2035 and other planning efforts under way in neighborhoods across the city.  Join us to share your ideas and discuss Seattle 2035 at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival.

For more information about Seattle 2035, visit our website