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City Planning develops and implements policies that help build a dynamic, sustainable Seattle – a place that is inviting for everyone, and where people and businesses can thrive. City Planning collaborates closely with communities, stakeholders, City Council, and other City departments on this important effort. City Planning was recently highlighted as one of the top internship sites in our region.

The City Planning Director leads our policy work in several categories:

  • Comprehensive Planning – We amend and update long-range policies to set broad direction for how the City will grow, in collaboration with local government including King County, the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the state of Washington. We are working on Seattle 2035, our process to update Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan which guides how we can best support the 70,000 more households and 115,000 more jobs projected to come to Seattle in the next 20 years.
  • Community Planning – We undertake focused planning and special initiatives in specific areas of the city in partnership with local residents, businesses, non-profits, and property owners. An example is the Rainier Beach Innovation Zone, a partnership with Rainier Beach Moving Forward, the group responsible for implementing the Rainier Beach neighborhood plan. Part of this work is creating a Food Innovation Center that will combine education, workforce development, and jobs. We are also involved in community planning activities in the Central Area to improve the 23rd Avenue at the Union and Cherry and Jackson Street areas. In the University District, we are working with the University of Washington and other partners to plan for a neighborhood that includes the future light rail station and new housing choices, jobs, open space. We are also working in Ballard, Lake City, Uptown, Georgetown, and other neighborhoods.
  • Implementing Transit-Oriented Development – We create new partnerships to encourage equitable transit-oriented development in light rail station areas consistent with community plans. This work focuses on creating jobs and providing housing affordable to a range of incomes, maximizing transit ridership, and stimulating investments in local neighborhood areas.
  • Land Use Policy – We modify the Land Use Code to address emerging issues. Planners are advising the Mayor and City Council on standards for lowrise construction, micro-housing, buildings on small lots, incentives for community amenities, and pedestrian commercial areas.

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