Four More Chances to Weigh-In on the Draft Comprehensive Plan

-We invite you to attend our Seattle 2035 community meetings!

DPD is planning four meetings in November to gather community feedback before finalizing the Mayor’s Final Recommended Seattle Comprehensive Plan.  DPD is extending comments on the Draft Plan through Friday, November 20. The Plan will be finalized and transmitted to the City Council in early 2016.

Seattle is expected to grow by 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs in the coming twenty years. The Draft Plan identifies proposed goals and policies to help achieve our vision for Seattle’s future. Your feedback will help DPD evaluate strategies for a city that grows according to four core values:  community, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, and social equity.

The Draft Plan also includes a new Future Land Use Map, with new proposed boundaries in 12 urban villages to accommodate expected growth near our region’s transit investments.

Upcoming Open Houses

Please join us to discuss the Draft Plan at one of these upcoming open houses.

  • Thursday, November 5
    6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Leif Ericson Hall, Ballard
    2245 NW 57th St.
  • Saturday, November 7
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Filipino Community Center
    5740 MLK Jr Way S
    Childcare provided for ages 3-10
  • Thursday, November 12
    6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    West Seattle Senior Center*
    4217 SW Oregon St.
  • Saturday, November 14
    9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    North Seattle Community College—Old Cafeteria
    9600 College Way N.

Can’t make one of the meetings?

  • Find information about the Plan and our public process at the project website.
  • Join our Online Community Conversation at On this site you can share your opinions and see what others are saying.
  • Follow Seattle 2035 on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email comments to
  • 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.


* We have rented the facilities of the Senior Center of West Seattle for this event. The Senior Center of West Seattle and Senior Services of Seattle/King County does not either endorse nor disapprove of this event.

Seattle 2035: Join the Conversation

DPD recently released a Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Entitled Seattle 2035, the Draft Plan is available for public comment. This important milestone brings the City one step closer to completing an updated Comprehensive Plan – our roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years.

The Draft Plan is informed by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was released in May 2015. The Draft Plan identifies proposed 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 twenty years. The Draft Plan also includes a new Future Land Use Map, showing a pattern of future growth to support the City’s vision.

The City of Seattle is seeking public feedback on proposed goals and policies as we continue to evaluate strategies to build a safe, vibrant, affordable, interconnected, and innovative city for all. City staff has already received hundreds of public comments on the DEIS and on the overall direction of the Plan document.

“The Comprehensive Plan is to be a plan for everyone,” said Diane Sugimura, Director of DPD. “Seattle 2035 anticipates how Seattle may grow, and acknowledges that Seattle demographics, lifestyles, interests and needs are also changing. The Plan seeks to balance our economic, social and environmental needs well into the future. How can we address tomorrow’s issues, today – maintaining our rich cultural diversity in residents and businesses; ensuring our youth have jobs and a place to live; becoming a resilient city prepared for the future? We want to hear from everyone about the directions identified in the Plan.”

DPD is seeking public comments on the Draft Plan during a three-month public comment period, from July 8 through the end of September. Feedback received on the Draft Comprehensive Plan will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan which will be released in late 2015.

Here’s how to join the discussion about Seattle’s future and provide comments:

  1. Check out to learn more about what’s in the Draft Plan and to read the executive summary
  2. Join the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation at and discuss the potential pros and cons of proposed policies with other Seattleites
  3. Attend our Draft Plan Public Event this fall – Stay tuned for more details
  4. Follow Seattle 2035 on Facebook and Twitter
  5. Send comments by the end of September:
  • Email: Send comments to
  • Mail: Send 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.

Looking Toward the Future & Listening for New Voices in Shaping Policy in Seattle

The City of Seattle is one of seven finalists for City Accelerator competition focused on civic engagement. City Accelerator is an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation. Seattle’s engagement proposal focuses on the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.

We are looking to engage Seattle residents as we update our Comprehensive Plan. Seattle anticipates 120,000 new residents and 115,000 new jobs over the next 20 years. Seattle’s proposal is to create an inclusive, scalable, and adaptive path for growth through more effective public engagement. We want people to be engaged in the entire process—from planning to implementation. The City Accelerator would help Seattle design and implement its approach and structures that would sustain it over time.

If City Accelerator chooses Seattle’s project, they will help us:

  • Design and implement effective engagement strategies
  • Improve upon existing structures and networks for engagement
  • Evaluate impact and process
  • Build a better “back end” for engagement
  • Tell a good story
  • Build muscles for inclusive engagement

You can help influence the final decision. Visit the City Accelerator site, rate our video, and tell us what you think by April 3!

Seattle 2035: Civic Planning, Past, Present and Future

Reflecting on history is an important aspect of Seattle 2035, the update to Seattle’s comprehensive plan. Over 100 people gathered on March 19 at MOHAI to do just that at “Seattle 2035: Civic Planning, Past, Present and Future,” the latest edition of MOHAI’s History Café. Historian Jennifer Ott offered a brief overview of post-war planning and moderated a panel that included Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development; Greg Nickels, former City of Seattle Mayor; and Rebecca Saldaña, the Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage.

The panel explored topics and policies that have shaped the city’s past and are still important today as we plan for the city’s growth over next 20 years. Greg Nickels noted past mistakes in efforts to build mass transit. Diane Sugimura reflected on the process to create the city’s first plan under the Growth Management Act in 1994. Rebecca Saldana noted issues of equity continue to loom large in the Rainer Valley.

Audience members polled throughout the evening members revealed a preference for mass transit, larger open spaces, and an even distribution of single-family and multi-family housing.

History Cafe is just one of the many events over the next year where people can learn more about Seattle 2035. Visit to sign up for updates and catch up on past events.

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