Changes Proposed for City's "Blueprint"
Mayor Greg Nickels today encouraged citizens to help plan
Seattle's future by commenting about proposed changes to the
city's "blueprint" and attending public meetings.
The City is reviewing and revising its Comprehensive
Plan, which maps how future development occurs in Seattle.
"It's important we hear from citizens about the direction
we're heading as a city," said Nickels. "The Comprehensive
Plan is our strategy for building strong and healthy communities
This year marks the 10th anniversary since the City first
adopted the Plan and its urban village strategy. State law
requires Seattle to update its plan by the end of this year.
The City is going beyond the state's requirements in proposing
changes to make the Plan more clear and work better with regulations
and transportation improvements.
The Plan's proposed changes include:
- Making sure the City can accommodate about 50,000 new
households and about 90,000 new jobs by the year 2024. The
majority of the residents and jobs will go to urban centers
and urban villages identified in the original Plan.
- South Lake Union be designated as an urban center, able
to accommodate large shares of future growth. Seattle currently
has five urban centers, including Downtown, the University
District, Northgate, Uptown and First Hill/Capitol Hill.
- New policies to help the City protect environmentally
critical areas such as wetlands, steep slopes and stream
corridors. The new regulations would be based on science
and address how close new construction can go to these areas
and the kinds of conditions that would have to be met.
Four Public Meetings Scheduled
Citizens are invited to four public meetings in April and
May which will review the proposed amendments and take public
comment. The meetings will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the
Bertha Landes Room, First Floor of Seattle City Hall, 600
4th Avenue (enter on 5th Avenue between James and Cherry streets).
The dates and topics are as follows:
- Tuesday, April 20 - General Overview of the Plan
- Monday, April 26 - Environmental Element
- Tuesday, May 4 - Land Use Element
- Wednesday, May 12 - Transportation Element
For additional information, view PDF of event
Copies of Draft Amendments Available
Electronic versions of the staff-proposed amendments to the
City's Comprehensive Plan are available on DPD's 10-Year
Update webpage. Printed copies are available from DPD's
Public Resource Center.
Reference copies are also available in Seattle
Public Libraries and Neighborhood
Comments on the staff-recommended
amendments must be submitted in writing, either
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by mail to:
ATTN: Comp Plan Staff
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98104-4019
If you have questions or would like more information,
contact Comp Plan staff at (206) 233-0079, email@example.com.