Seattle's Comprehensive Plan

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Since 1994, Seattle's Comprehensive Plan: Toward a Sustainable Seattle has guided growth in Seattle with the goal of fostering a healthy and vibrant city for years to come.

What’s Happening Now?

The Mayor has transmitted his recommended changes to the Comprehensive Plan to City Council in May. His recommendations and related materials can be found in the Project Documents. The Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee (PLUZ)'s review will continue through September.

The PLUZ Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the Mayor's Recommended Plan on June 27 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers at City Hall: 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor.

You may also send written comments to Councilmember Johnson's office by 5:00 p.m. on June 27. Email Amy Gore at amy.gore@seattle.gov or write to: Councilmember Rob Johnson, Seattle City Council, 600 4th Avenue, PO Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025.

What is the Seattle Comprehensive Plan?

Our current Comprehensive Plan, Toward a Sustainable Seattle, is a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future. Our plan guides City decisions on where to build new jobs and houses, how to improve our transportation system, and where to make capital investments such as utilities, sidewalks, and libraries. Our Comprehensive Plan is the framework for most of Seattle’s big-picture decisions on how to grow while preserving and improving our neighborhoods.

Our Comprehensive Plan helps protect our environment, quality of life, and economic development. Our plan is consistent with Vision 2040 and King County’s Countywide Planning Policies.

The four core values of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan are:

  • Community - developing strong connections between a diverse range of people and places
  • Environmental Stewardship - protect and improve the quality of our global and local natural environment
  • Economic Opportunity and Security - a strong economy and a pathway to employment is fundamental to maintaining our quality of life
  • Social Equity - limited resources and opportunities must be shared; and the inclusion of under-represented communities in decision-making processes is necessary

Our plan’s urban village strategy supports the core values by:

  • Directing growth to existing urban centers and villages
  • Contributing to the vibrancy of our neighborhood centers
  • Reinforcing the benefits of City investments in transit, parks, utilities, community centers, and other infrastructures

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