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 http://2035.seattle.gov/.

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.

Continue to follow us on Twitter (@Seattle2035), Facebook (Seattle2035), and check our blog (http://2035.seattle.gov/) for future updates on the Plan’s progress.

Mayor’s Comprehensive Plan Released This Month

The Mayor’s Comprehensive Plan will be released this month! 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.

Thousands of people have commented on the plan since late 2013. Some of the big ideas that attracted public comment are proposals to:

  • Guide more future growth to areas within a 10-minute walk of frequent transit
  • Continue the Plan’s vision for mixed-use “urban villages” and “urban centers”
  • Monitor future growth in greater detail, including data about racial disparities
  • Increase the supply and diversity of affordable housing consistent with the Mayor’s Housing Affordable Livability Agenda (HALA)
  • Update how we measure the performance of the city’s transportation and parks systems
  • Integrate the City’s planning for parks, preschool, transit, housing, transportation, City facilities and services
  • Emphasize the need to equitably serve everyone, with special attention to low-income households and people of color

 

Council will begin reviewing the Mayor’s Plan in May. Check the Planning Land Use and Zoning committee website for details. Follow us on Twitter (@Seattle2035), Facebook (Seattle2035), and check our blog (http://2035.seattle.gov/) to stay up-to-date on the Plan’s progress.

Hundreds of Comments on the Seattle 2035 Draft Plan

Thank you Seattle for offering over 2,100 comments, opinions, letters, and surveys about the Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan. Staff is now organizing and reviewing your feedback. We will post verbatim comments and summaries at 2035.seattle.gov in the coming month.  

The Draft Plan went live for public review in July 2015. We received online comments on the plan throughout the summer and fall. In October and November, DPD organized five citywide community open houses in Capitol Hill, Ballard, Othello, the West Seattle Junction and at the North Seattle College. Over 400 people attended the meetings, browsed displays, posed questions to city staff and listened to a presentation. Displays included an overview of the Plan, description of 10 Key Proposals, plus information about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Up to 18 city staff attended each event to answer questions, listen and document comments on large easel pads.

Although the comment period on the Draft Plan is now closed, the conversation with the community will continue next year after City Council receives the Mayor’s Final Plan, and as community meetings about urban village boundaries and HALA begin. Look for the release of the Mayor’s Plan, Final EIS, and Final Equity Analysis in March 2016.