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Planning, Land Use and Sustainability

Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee

Committee Calendar

Committee regular meeting days and time:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 2 p.m.


The Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee covers comprehensive planning, zoning, design and land use regulations; incentive zoning and transit oriented development; and climate protection, conservation programs, district energy, green buildings and food policy.

Complete Committee Description

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to:

  • planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, zoning, design, and land use regulations as well as incentive zoning and equitable transit oriented development; and
  • urban sustainability, including the Office of Sustainability and Environment, climate protection, stewardship, conservation programs, district energy, green buildings, and food policy.


Committee Members


Chair: Mike O'Brien

Vice-Chair: Tim Burgess
Member: Nick Licata
Alternate: Sally J. Clark

Upcoming Issues in the PLUS Committee

Note: These dates are subject to change and committee deliberation unfolds.  For a complete and official list of items before the PLUS committee, please see committee agendas, which are posted online 48 hours before scheduled meetings.  You can sign-up to receive agendas here.


Minimum Density Requirements

Issue information:

Committee Review Schedule:

  • Wednesday August 13, 2014, 11:30am – Committee Briefing
  • Friday September 5, 2014, 2:00pm – Public Hearing and Discussion
  • Tuesday September 16, 2014, 2:00pm – Discussion and possible vote



Issue Information:

Committee Review Schedule:

  • Friday April 18, 2014, 2:00pm – Committee briefing and Discussion [Note: Friday meeting]
  • Monday May 19, 2014, 5:30pm - Public Hearing
  • Tuesday June 3, 2014, 2:00pm – Committee discussion and decision agenda
  • Working Group Meetings
    • Meeting 1: Thursday June 19, 2014, 4:30-6:30pm, Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4080, 700 5th Avenue.
    • Meeting 2: July 1, 8-10am
    • Meeting 3: July 17 5:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday August 13, 2014, 11:30am – Working group report back to PLUS Committee

Councilmember O'Brien has convened a working group of residents, developers and neighbors to help Council dig into the micro-housing regulations proposed by the Department of Planning and Development. This process will last through the rest of the summer, with the goal of having recommendations for the PLUS Committee and City Council to consider in September.

The group will discuss issues outlined in amemo from City Council Central Staff to the PLUS Committee dated May 30, 2014 and issues identified by the working group members.

The working group meetings will take place in City Hall or the Seattle Municipal Tower downtown and will be open to the public. Council staff will ensure that notes from the meetings are taken and posted online after each meeting. There will not be formal public comment periods at these meetings, but written comments may be shared with the working group and will be reviewed by members as capacity allows.

Working Group documents:


2nd Meeting Materials - July 1, 2014


3rd Meeting Materials - July 17, 2014

Workforce Housing and Incentive Zoning

Issue Information:

  • September 16, 2014, 2:00pm – Presentation of final consultant reports and recommendations.

Downtown and Central Waterfront Amendments

Issue Information: Council Bill 118123.
Committee Review Schedule:

  • Tuesday July 1, 2014: 2:00pm – Committee briefing
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014, 2:00pm -   Public hearing
  • NOTE: this item has been held for further community engagement.  It is expected to return to the PLUS Committee on December 2.

Lowrise Multifamily Code Corrections

Issue Information: 
Committee Review Schedule:

  • Winter 2014.  Legislation not yet transmitted.  Please check back in December for an updated timeline.
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