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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.


Text Amendment for Children and Family Justice Center

Issue information:
The text of the legislation is available online here: CB 118202.

DPD is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to define facilities for detaining youths as "youth service centers" and to establish an administrative process for reviewing redevelopment and expansion of such facilities.  The proposed process would include urban design objectives and criteria to be used in evaluating development standard waivers and modifications.

Committee Review Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 18, 2:00pm: Briefing and public hearing.  Members of the public will have up to 2 minutes to testify at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2:00pm: Committee discussion and possible vote.
  • Monday, October 6, 2014, 2:00pm: Full Council vote

Workforce Housing and Incentive Zoning

Issue Information:

Committee Review Schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:00pm – Presentation of final consultant reports and recommendations related to incentive zoning.  Vote on resolution regarding regional transit-oriented development fund and accessory dwelling units.
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 2:00pm – Committee discussion
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:30am – Committee 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
  • Friday September 5, 2014, 2:00pm – Committee discussion
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:00pm – Committee discussion and vote

Councilmember O'Brien 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 resulted in a new proposal from Councilmember O’Brien, outlined here: O’Brien Proposal.

Working Group documents:


2nd Meeting Materials - July 1, 2014


3rd Meeting Materials - July 17, 2014

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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