Design Review Changes Public Hearing on September 11

On September 11, the Seattle City Council Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed legislation to change the City’s design review process. The proposal would:

  • Require early community outreach by the project applicant before starting the design review process
  • Change the thresholds that determine if design review is required to apply uniformly based on the total square footage in a building instead of dwelling unit counts, use, and zone
  • Establish new thresholds to determine the type of design review required based on site and project characteristics
  • Allow affordable housing projects that receive public funding or an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits to go through an administrative design review process


The proposal would also make additional changes to design review process.

Meeting Details

Monday, September 11
7:00 p.m.

SIFF Uptown Cinema Theater, Auditorium 3
511 Queen Anne Avenue North

Find more information on the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee’s meetings. Learn more about SDCI’s proposal on our project webpage.

Public Hearing to Discuss City Light’s 800 Aloha Street Property

Seattle City Light is hosting a public hearing on the disposition plan for the utility’s 800 Aloha Street property on May 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The public hearing will be located at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at 860 Terry Ave N. in Seattle.

City representatives will be collecting public comments on City Light’s plans to dispose of the property at 800 Aloha Street, per requirements by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 35.94.040.

Aerial view of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street

Seattle residents can comment on the proposal or indicate interest in the sale by:

  • attending the public hearing on May 1, 2017 to offer testimony and/or to sign up on the interest/notification list;
  • e-mailing comments or indicate an interest in being notified of updates to the 800 Aloha Street surplus/disposition process by contacting;
  • sharing comments or requesting updates to the 800 Aloha Street surplus/disposition process via US Mail by contacting:

Timothy Croll
Seattle City Light
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 3316
Seattle WA, 98104

All comments must be received by May 5, 2017 to be included in the record developed for the Seattle City Council.

For more information on the 800 Aloha Street property, please visit

Environmentally Critical Areas Public Hearing

The Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee has scheduled a public hearing to take comments on the proposed Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) updated regulations. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the PLUZ committee meeting that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall at 600 Fourth Avenue.

To find out the time of the ECA public meeting the Council’s PLUZ Committee agenda will be posted a few days prior to December 6, 2016.

The Mayor’s recommended updates to the ECA regulations, including a report by our Director explaining the changes, are available on our ECA Code Update website.

We provided a briefing to the PLUZ committee on November 29, 2016. Check out the PowerPoint presentation and the briefing memo to find out more about what we talked about.

Additionally, the briefing can be viewed on the City Council PLUZ Committee webpage.


Comprehensive Plan Advances – Public Hearing on September 15

This summer, the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan took center stage at City Council. Since May, a total of 15 briefings for 8 City Council committees were held. The Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee is leading the review and will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 15, to hear your thoughts on their proposed amendments to the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan. The public hearing will take place at Council Chambers, City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor) at 2:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be available at 1:30 p.m.

You may also share your written comments with the PLUZ Committee by sending to Councilmember Johnson,, by 2:00 p.m. on September 15.

After the public hearing, here’s what happens this fall:

  • Sept. 9 – The PLUZ Committee discusses possible amendments to the Mayor’s Recommended Plan
  • Sept. 15 – Public hearing on proposed amendments
  • Sept. 20 (tentative) – The PLUZ Committee votes on their recommended amendments and then shares with full Council
  • Council votes on the Mayor’s Recommended Plan with Council amendments
  • Our staff will publish the Mayor’s Recommended Plan as amended by Council

Visit to stay updated on the Plan’s progress.

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

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 ( for future updates on the Plan’s progress.