The basic direction for how Seattles expected growth
over the next 20 years will be managed was approved by City
Council on Dec. 13 via recently adopted amendments to Seattles
Comprehensive (Comp) Plan.
Part of the state-required, 10-year review of the Comp Plan,
the amendments prepared by DPD staff are the culmination of
a two-year effort to involve the public in identifying the
plans successes so far, as well as how it should change.
The changes to the plan call on the City to prepare for an
additional 47,000 households by the year 2024 and an additional
84,000 new jobs in that same time. The household target comes
from state of Washington projections and represents the citys
share of King Countys total expected growth.
The Comp Plan, first adopted in 1994, introduced the urban
village concept as the way Seattle would try to direct
growth to certain areas called urban centers and urban villages.
This years amendments include naming South Lake Union
as the citys sixth urban center, joining places like
Downtown, the University District and Northgate as areas expected
to take the largest shares of future growth.
Other new directions in the amendments would:
- allow reduced parking requirement for new development
in urban centers and urban villages as a way to encourage
a greater use of transit, walking and other ways of getting
- limit the amount of new development that could occur outside
urban centers and villages to help concentrate growth in
centers and villages;
- set goals for limiting the number of trips in each urban
center made by a single-occupant automobile;
- outline a set of priorities for the City to address in
planning for improving water quality and aquatic habitat;
- reaffirm the Citys commitment to preserving industrial
land for industrial purposes; and
- add specific policies from the Northgate neighborhood
For More Information
For more information on the 10-year review and
recently adopted amendments, visit the Comp Plan
Update project website.
DPD will accept nominations for amendments to
the Comp Plan through Jan. 20, 2005. The amendment
request form and instructions are available on
the Comp Plan Annual
Amendment project website.
If you have questions about the Comp Plan, contact:
DPD Comp Plan Staff