Land Use & Neighborhoods

Committee regular meeting days and time:

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Committee Members:

Committee Scope:

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

  • planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, community development, zoning, design, and land use regulations, including the Office of Planning and Community Development, and the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, except for issues related to rental regulations;
  • Major Institution Master Plans and quasi-judicial land use decisions; and
  • the Department of Neighborhoods, including neighborhood planning, engagement and outreach, funding opportunities, and historic preservation.

Childcare Near You

Notice of a Seattle City Council Public Hearing Regarding the Childcare Near You Proposal

The Seattle City Council’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 24 Wednesday, July 22 on legislation to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23 SMC) to update requirements for child care centers.

The proposed bill is intended to remove restrictions on child care centers in order to allow them to be built throughout the city. The legislation would:

  • Remove limits on child care centers in home occupations.
  • Allow child care centers as a permitted use in single-family zones.
  • Remove dispersion requirements for child care centers in multifamily areas.
  • Exempt child care centers from floor area limits in multifamily zones and commercial zones.
  • Remove maximum size limits for child care centers in some commercial zones.
  • Add code flexibility for child care centers in Seattle Mixed zones.
  • Make technical corrections and clarify provisions of the land use code related to child care centers.

After reviewing public comments and deliberating on the content the proposed legislation, the Council may choose to adopt a final version of the legislation that includes some or none of the changes described above, and or otherwise differs from the legislation described.

Public Hearing

The City Council’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on Wednesday, June 24 Wednesday, July 22 at 9:30 AM.

The Public Hearing has been postponed until the July 22nd meeting of the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, which begins at 9:30am.

The hearing will be held in the:

City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

Due to the COVID-19 civil emergency declared by the City and the State of Washington, persons who wish to participate in or attend the hearing may be required to do so remotely. The City will provide instructions in the meeting agenda on how to participate remotely.  Please check the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee agenda a few days prior to the meeting at http://www.seattle.gov/council/committees.

Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Noah An at (206) 684-5326 or via e-mail at: noah.an@seattle.gov as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.

Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Noah An in Councilmember Dan Strauss’ office, by calling (206) 684-5326 or via e-mail at: noah.an@seattle.gov.

Written Comments

Written comments on the Ordinance will be accepted through 5:00 PM on July 21, 2020. Please send comments to Noah An in Councilmember Dan Strauss’ office, via e-mail at: noah.an@seattle.gov, or by mail to:

Councilmember Dan Strauss
Seattle City Council
600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA  98124-4025

Information Available

Information regarding the legislation is available at: https://www.seattle.gov/council/committees/land-use-and-neighborhoods.

Questions regarding the legislation may be directed to Lish Whitson of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 615-1674 or via email at lish.whitson@seattle.gov.

Environmental Review

After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file, on April 27, 2020, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) determined that the amendments described above will not have a probable significant adverse environmental impact, and has issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and that no Environmental Impact Statement required.

Materials related to the environmental determination are available below:

Land Use Code Omnibus Bill

Approximately every two years the Council considers legislation developed by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) that compiles corrections to typographical errors and cross-references, clarifications to existing regulations, and recommendations for other minor amendments into an omnibus bill. Changes in the omnibus are identified by SDCI in the course of administering construction-related regulations. The Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee intends to take up to the 2019 – 2020 omnibus bill in July with a public hearing scheduled for June 24. July 22.

The Public Hearing has been postponed until the July 22nd meeting of the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, which begins at 9:30am.

The proposed bill, SDCI Director’s Report, which provides a plain-language description and rationale for proposed amendments, and hearing notice are available below.