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Neighborhood Plan Updates

Neighborhood Plan Updates
In 2008, the City Council passed legislation authorizing the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to work with communities to begin updating neighborhood plans. These updates build upon neighborhood plans developed out of a city-wide community driven neighborhood planning process ten years ago.

2009 Neighborhood Plan Updates
In 2009, the City prioritized neighborhood plan updates for areas surrounding new transit stations along Martin Luther King Jr. Way, South and on Beacon Hill. DPD and DON worked with the North Beacon Hill, North Rainier, and Othello neighborhoods in 2009 to develop draft neighborhood plan updates, which were reviewed by the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhood Committee (SPUNC)in February and March.

On April 19, the Council passed Resolution 31204 which outlines the final steps for completing and recognizing these plans.  In short, the resolution asks the Executive to do the following things before returning to the Council for final recognition of the neighborhood plans:

  • Continue practices of  inclusive community engagement in the development of action plans, and urban design frameworks;
  • Produce action plans with clear priorities, roles and responsibilities for both city departments and neighbors;
  • Show evidence of community support for the goals, policies, strategies and actions outlined in the plans.

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Copies of the Draft Plan Updates

Neighborhood Plan Status Reports
In 2008-2009, ten years after original neighborhood plans were developed, the Seattle Planning Commission, in partnership with the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee (NPAC), DON and DPD, drafted snapshots of all neighborhoods. For information about this process, including copies of the Status Reports, click here.

In April 2010, the Planning Commission also released recommedations on future Neighborhood Plan updates.  The Planning Commission presented this report at a Council Briefing on Monday, May 17.

2010 Neighborhood Plan Updates
Rainier Beach and the Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake neighborhoods will undergo Neighborhood Plan Updates beginning in 2010. These neighborhoods were selected based on a review of the criteria established in Ordinance 122799, information collected through the Status Reports and associated community outreach, and a review of the recommendations of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee (NPAC). The Department of Neighborhoods and Planning and Development are establishing Neighborhood Advisory Committees on each of these neighborhoods to launch the planning process.

Do you live in Rainier Beach or Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake and want to get involved in your neighborhood planning process?
Contact: Sebhat Tenna at; (206) 733-9977

Want to learn more?
To learn more about the history of Neighborhood Planning, visit the Department of Neighborhoods website.

For more information about the Neighborhood Plan Update process, click here.

Feel free to contact Esther Handy in Councilmember O’Brien’s Office with questions about the neighborhood planning process:; (206) 684-8800.

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