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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.


Homeless Encampments

Issue Information:  The Mayor and Department of Planning and Development are proposing to amend the Land Use Code to allow, as an interim use, transitional encampments for homeless persons to locate on a greater variety of sites than allowed by current regulations. The proposal includes recommendations for operation and management of encampments, provision of human services to the encampment occupants, and emphasis on transition from encampments to permanent housing, in accordance with the recommendations of the Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness convened by the Mayor in a series of meetings in autumn 2014.

View the proposed encampment legislation and supporting materials

Committee Review Schedule:

  • February 3, 2:00pm – First discussion in PLUS Committee
  • February 20 – 2nd discussion in PLUS Committee
  • February 26, 5:30pm – Evening public hearing in Council Chambers
  • March 3, 2:00pm – Amendments and final discussion

Pedestrian-Zone Designations

Issue Information:

Committee Review Schedule:

  • March 3, 2:00pm – First discussion in PLUS Committee
  • March 24, 5:30pm - Evening public hearing in Council Chambers
  • April 7, 2:00pm – Discussion and Issue identification
  • April 21, 2:00pm – Amendments and final Discussion

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 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.

Committee Review Schedule:

  • February 20, 2:00pm – Issue briefing to PLUS Committee

2015 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Issue Information:

Committee Review Schedule (updated 2/13):

  • March 17, 2:00pm – First discussion in PLUS Committee
  • April 21, 2:00pm – Public Hearing
  • May 5, 2:00pm - Discussion and possible Committee vote

Shoreline Master Plan

Issue Information:

Committee Review Schedule:

  • March 3, 2:00pm – Briefing and Public Hearing in PLUS Committee
  • March 17, 2:00pm – Discussion and possible vote

Low-rise Multifamily Code Corrections

Issue Information: 
Committee Review Schedule:

  • Spring 2015.   

Housing Linkage Fee

Issue Information:
Committee Review Schedule: 

  • June-August 2015.
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