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City of Seattle
Mike McGinn (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: New Commissioners Sought For Seattle Planning Commission

1/16/2013  3:37:00 PM
Barbara Wilson, Planning Commission Executive Director (206) 684-0431

New Commissioners Sought For Seattle Planning Commission

Seattle – The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission, beginning in April 2013.  Planning Commission members are appointed by the Mayor, City Council and the Commission itself to serve renewable, three-year terms.  Commissioners must reside in Seattle and serve without compensation.  This year one position will be appointed by the mayor and two will be appointed by the City Council. The City is committed to promoting diversity in the City's boards and commissions. Persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and sexual minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 The 16-member Commission advises the Mayor, Council and City departments on citywide planning goals, policies and plans and provides independent and objective advice to the Mayor and Council on land use and zoning, transportation and housing issues.  They help set the urban planning agenda for the city by raising the visibility of important issues such as vibrant and successful transit communities,  an action plan for affordable housing, or the importance of including livability features like schools, open space, parks, plazas, street lights, libraries and community centers for our communities anticipating the greatest amount of jobs and residents growth.

The Planning Commission reflects a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seeks to be representative of the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the Seattle community. The Commission is seeking candidates with skills and experience in housing, transportation, urban planning and development experience.

Participation in the Planning Commission requires a significant commitment.  This includes attendance at monthly meetings (second and fourth Thursdays of each month) and participation on at least one sub-committee that meets monthly.  Commissioners also attend and participate in relevant public meetings and events.

To be considered for appointment to the Commission, please send a letter of interest and resume by February 25, 2013 addressed to:

Barbara Wilson, Executive Director
Seattle Planning Commission
City of Seattle
Department of Planning and Development,
PO Box 34019
Seattle WA 98124-4019

Please consider including any voluntary personal information: The information you furnish here – ex: cultural background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. will assist in the City's goal to create diverse boards and commissions

For more information, please contact Barbara Wilson, Commission Executive Director at 206-684-0431 or via e-mail at

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