Community Meetings for the Seattle 2035 Draft Plan

– Public comment period extended to November 20, 2015

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will hold five community meetings this fall to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Entitled Seattle 2035, the Draft Plan was released for public comment on July 8, 2015. The updated Comprehensive Plan will be our roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years.

The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, highlight major changes and get feedback on proposed village expansion areas, especially areas near meeting locations. Since some of Seattle 2035’s policies about affordable housing will be implemented as part of the City’s proposed Housing and Affordability and Livability Agenda, there will be information and opportunity for feedback at the meetings.

The Draft Plan is informed by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was released in May 2015. The Draft Plan includes 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 20 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 the Draft Plan as we continue to evaluate goals and policies to build a safe, livable, vibrant, and affordable city for all. City staff has already received hundreds of public comments on the DEIS and on the overall direction of the Draft Plan document.

DPD is extending the public comment period through Friday, November 20th. The Online Community Conversation will remain live through this period. Here’s how to join the conversation about Seattle’s future and provide comments:

  1. Attend a community meeting in October or November
  2. Read the Draft Plan Summary and check out the Draft Plan.
  3. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation and discuss the potential pros and cons of proposed policies with other Seattleites
  4. Follow Seattle 2035 on Facebook and Twitter
  5. Send comments by November 20, 2015:
    1. Email comments to 2035@seattle.gov
    2. Mail 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.

 

Feedback received on the Draft Comprehensive Plan will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan which will be released in early 2016.

Open House Dates and Locations

October 19, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E.

November 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th St.

November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (presentation at 10:00 a.m.)
Filipino Community Center
5740 MLK Jr Way S.

November 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St.

November 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (presentation at 10:00 a.m.)
North Seattle College
9600 College Way N.

Light refreshments will be served.

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.