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City Planning develops and implements policies that help build a dynamic, sustainable Seattle – a place that is inviting for everyone, and where people and businesses can thrive. City Planning collaborates closely with communities, stakeholders, City Council, and other City departments on this important effort.

The City Planning Director leads our policy work in several categories:

  • Comprehensive Planning – We amend and update long-range policies to set broad direction for how the City will grow, in collaboration with local government including King County, the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the state of Washington. We are working on Seattle 2035, our process to update Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan which guides how we can best support the 70,000 more households and 115,000 more jobs projected to come to Seattle in the next 20 years.
  • Community Planning – We undertake focused planning in specific areas of the city in partnership with local residents and businesses. In the Central Area, we are completing an action plan to improve the 23rd Avenue at Union, and Cherry and Jackson Streets areas through strategic public investments and new development. In the University District, partners are working with the City and the UW to plan for a neighborhood that includes new housing choices, jobs and open spaces. We are also working in the Ballard, Mount Baker, Lake City, Pike-Pine, Uptown, Georgetown, Belltown and other neighborhoods.
  • Implementing Transit-Oriented Development – We create new partnerships to encourage equitable transit-oriented development in light rail station areas consistent with community plans. This work focuses on creating jobs and providing housing affordable to a range of incomes, maximizing transit ridership, and stimulating investments in local neighborhood areas.
  • Community Development – We help implement neighborhood plans, special initiatives, and other major projects. An example is the Rainier Beach Innovation Zone: Following the Rainier Beach neighborhood plan update, we are partnering with Rainier Beach Moving Forward, the community group responsible for plan implementation. Part of this work is the creation of the Food Innovation Center that combines education, workforce development strategy, and jobs.
  • Land Use Policy – We modify the Land Use Code to address emerging issues. Planners are advising the Mayor and City Council on standards for lowrise construction, micro-housing, buildings on small lots, incentives for community amenities, and pedestrian commercial areas.

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