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