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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 legislativeclark 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: John Okamoto

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.


Tenant Protections

Issue information: The City’s TRAO provides relocation assistance to low-income tenants who are displaced due to the demolition, substantial rehabilitation, or change of use of residential property. TRAO does not provide for assistance to tenants when they are displaced from housing as a result of rent increases.  The City has seen an increased number of calls from tenants who contend a substantial rent increase was used as a tool to avoid TRAO. DPD can assess penalties for circumventing TRAO under some circumstances.  Proposed changes would clarify that TRAO violations include using rent increases to circumvent compliance. 

The PLUS Committee is also considering a change that would make term leases automatically convert to month-to-month leases at the end of the term to ensure that tenants are not required to move without Just Cause, as defined in the City's Just Cause Ordinance.

Finally, the PLUS committee is considering a change would standardize the number of days required for no-fault evictions. The proposal would increase notice from 20 to 90 days when an owner moves for eviction because the owner or a family member wants to move into the unit.

Draft Legislation

Committee Review Schedule:

  • February 20, 2:00pm – Issue briefing to PLUS Committee
  • April 21, 2:00pm – Briefing on draft legislation
  • March 19, 2:00pm – Committee discussion

2015 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Issue Information:  http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/comprehensiveplan/default.html

Committee Review Schedule (updated 4/2):

  • This legislation is being held until an appeal to the Environmental Review is complete.

Low-rise Multifamily Code Corrections

Issue Information: 
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/lowrisecorrections/whatwhy/ 

Council Bill

Fiscal Note

Committee Review Schedule:

  • Tue 5/19/15, 2:00pm: Committee briefing and discussion
  • Tue 6/2/15, 2:00pm: Public Hearing
  • Tue 6/16/15, 2:00pm: Commission discussion and possible vote

Parking Requirements Near Transit

Issue Information:

At the request of the Council and the Mayor, the Department of Planning and Development has conducted an analysis of parking requirements in the City and produced a report in April 2015.

DPD Parking Review Report

Committee Review Schedule:

  • May 5, 2015: Committee briefing on parking report

Use of Port of Seattle Terminal 5 for Arctic Drilling Operations

Issue Information: Resolution 31576

Committee Review Schedule:

  • May 5, 2015: Committee discussion and possible vote

Housing Linkage Fee

Issue Information: http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/affordablehousing/linkagefee.html
Committee Review Schedule: 

  • June-August 2015.
 
   
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