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Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Comprehensive Plan Timeline


Eric McConaghy
Council Central Staff


The Washington State Growth Management Act gives Seattleites the opportunity to amend our Comprehensive Plan once a year.  Anyone can suggest an amendment, including neighbors, business owners, councilmembers and City departments.  Proposed amendments may include changes to policies, the future land use map, appendices, or other components of the Comprehensive Plan.

  • Screening: In the first review, the Council holds a public hearing around the first week of July, reviews feedback, and then (by the end of July) identifies the amendments that will be analyzed and considered in the cycle. The City Council uses criteria adopted in Resolution 31402 selecting Comp Plan amendments to consider.
  • Analysis: Executive staff and the Planning Commission then analyze the list of possible amendments Council identified in the July screening.
  • Final Action: By November 20 of each year, the Executive submits an ordinance containing the Mayor's recommended amendments for the Council to consider. From November to the end of March Council reviews the staff work, hears from the public, and then considers adoption of the proposals. A final, amended ordinance, adopted by the Council before March 31, adds the selected amendments into the Comprehensive Plan.

Comprehensive Plan Update (Seattle 2035)

This year, the City is undertaking an update of the Comprehensive Plan required by the Growth Management Act.  The Council may elect to defer amendments proposed in May to consideration as part of the update or the first annual amendment cycle after the update.  Learn more at


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