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Current Issues

Affordable Housing

Action on Gender Pay Disparity
A study has found women in the Seattle area are paid 73 cents for every dollar paid to men.  Council is taking action on this diparity, engaging experts, identifying the causes and taking action on solutions.

Affordable Housing

Select Committee on Parks Funding
The Select Committee on Parks Funding will review recommendations from the Parks Legacy Citizens' Advisory Committee for a package of parks and recreation services and funding options for implementing that package. This City Council Select Committee (comprised of all nine members) will deliberate and make a final decision on whether to send a proposal for parks funding to the voters for consideration in the August election.

Affordable Housing

Minimum Wage and Income Inequality
The City Council Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality was established to review minimum wage-related legislation to be delivered from Mayor Murray expected in April or May 2014 relating to a Seattle-specific minimum wage.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Workforce Housing
The City Council is currently undergoing a review of the affordable housing programs geared toward preserving/increasing the supply of housing affordable to moderate and low income households in Seattle that earning between 60%-100% Area Median Income (AMI).


Seattle for Washington
The Seattle for Washington program helps us strengthen relationships with key policy makers and better understand issues important to communities around the state. By building relationships and opening dialogue, we hope to reduce conflict and create opportunities for positive and constructive working relationships.


Road to Housing
The 2014 budget proposes increased funding for the renamed Road to Housing program to scale up our efforts citywide and help even more people living in their vehicles.

On-Premise Signs

Wall Signs
(Since 2011) The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has permitted 48 new wall signs that are 288 square feet or larger, including 25 wallscapes in excess of 672 square feet. In addition, the size of some of these wall signs continues to increase . . . Many of these images make clear that individuals or entities are seeking on-premises sign permits for signs that the average person would view as off-premises advertising signs.

Commercial Recycling

Comprehensive Commercial Recycling in Seattle
Comprehensive Commercial Recycling will require businesses to recycle their glass, aluminum, tin, and plastic, in addition to paper and cardboard. This is the next step in recycling for Seattle.

Preschool for All

Preschool for All
Learn more about the plan for voluntary, high-quality universal preschool being considered by the Seattle City Council. The Preschool for All page is a convenient source of information on the Council's proposal and all of the public discussion.

Marijuana in Seattle

Marijuana in Seattle
Washington State recently approved the production and sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use. Council is now determining where larger-scale marijuana-related activities should be limited in Seattle.

Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Amendments
The city's Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan), titled "Toward a Sustainable Seattle," is a document created in 1994 that sets out the goals, values and policies guiding us as we accommodate growth over time.  Once a year, the public has the opportunity to suggest amendments to that plan.  Click here to learn how to submit an amendment or to review which amendments have been recently proposed.

Neighborhood Greenways

Neighborhood Greenways
In 2012, SDOT is constructing our first Neighborhood Greenways. A total of seven miles of greenways are being added in Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge and Wallingford.

City Hall

Developing a sustainable retirement system
During its City budget deliberations in the fall of 2010, the City Council issued a statement of legislative intent directing staff to develop alternatives to the current Seattle City Employees' Retirement System (SCERS) benefit.

Carbon Neutrality
Building on Seattle's history of environmental leadership, the City Council established carbon neutrality as one of its seventeen Council priorities in 2010.


The Great Student Initiative
A City of Seattle effort to form new partnerships with information, communication and technology companies and financial institutions to provide low-cost, high-speed Internet access, computer, software and services for low-income students in the Seattle Public Schools, and create a steering committee to advance the goals of the Initiative.

Boards, Panels & Commissions

Current Boards & Commissions

The Mayor and City Council appoint residents of Seattle to over 50 boards and commissions. Over 300 of the people who serve are directly appointed by the Mayor.
If you are interested in serving, contact the designated board or commission staff liaison and/or send your resume and letter of interest to

Reporting to the Seattle City Council

Office of Professional Accountability Review Board

OPA Review Board (OPARB)

The Office of Professional Accountability Review Board was formed to oversee the way the Office of Professional Accountability handles citizen complaints against Seattle police officers.
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