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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.

Roosevelt Design Guidelines

Issue Information: The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing revisions to the neighborhood design guidelines for the Roosevelt Urban Village. The proposed guidelines, together with adopted citywide design guidelines, would serve as the basis for design review of multi-family residential and commercial development projects in the Roosevelt neighborhood. DPD developed the proposed revisions to the Roosevelt neighborhood design guidelines in response to (1) a 2012 request by the Seattle City Council, which is documented in Resolution 31347, and (2) community interest in making the guidelines more relevant to the current scale of development in the Roosevelt Urban Village. The City Council's Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposal on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in City Council Chambers. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Committee Review Schedule:

  • August 18, 2:00pm – Briefing and Public Hearing
  • September 15, 2:00pm – Discussion and possible vote

Land Use Code Omnibus Amendments

This proposed legislation would amend the City's Land Use Code to correct typographical errors, to correct section references, to clarify regulations, and to make minor amendments; and would amend the Wallingford Design Guidelines updating the title page and correcting the map of the Wallingford Planning Area Boundary.

Committee Review Schedule

  • Tue 7/7/2015, 2:00pm: Committee briefing and discussion
  • Tue 7/21/2015, 2:00pm: Public Hearing
  • Tue 8/4/2015, 2:00pm: Committee discussion and possible vote

Council docket of Annual 2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Issue Information:

Committee Review Schedule:

  • July 7, 2:00pm – Public Hearing
  • July 21, 2:00pm – Discussion and possible vote

Lot Boundary Adjustments Report Back

In May 2014, the Council passed Ordinance 124475, which amended development standards applicable to undersized lots. That ordinance set out the Council’s intent to consider notice options for Lot Boundary Adjustments (LBAs). The PLUS Committee will receive a report back on that work in July 2015.

Central Staff Memo
Lot Boundary Adjustment Map

  • July 7, 2:00pm – Briefing and 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 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:

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: 

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
  • Mon 7/6/15, 2:00pm: Full Council Vote

Housing Linkage Fee

Issue Information:
Committee Review Schedule: 

  • June-August 2015.
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