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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?

On September 10, University of Southern California Professor Manuel Pastor will present on demographic shifts and why cities should promote both equity and growth. This is one of the most pressing topics facing Seattle today. The event will take place at City Hall in the Bertha Knight Landes room from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 10. You can learn more and register here.

The City Council’s PLUS (Planning, Land Use and Sustainability) Committee voted on Resolution 31536 to identify potential Comprehensive Plan amendments for us to consider as part of the annual amendment cycle on August 13, 2014. To be notified of new PLUS meetings, sign up for the PLUS mailing list.

We have compiled The Comprehensive Plan amendments City Council adopted in April 2014, into the Comprehensive Plan and are making update pages available on the Project Documents page.

Along with our consultant team, we have begun work on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Seattle 2035, the major update of the Comprehensive Plan. This study gives leaders information to help them make final choices about Seattle's growth. Based on what we have heard, we are adding a number of topics to be discuss in the EIS. The draft EIS will be open for public comment and discussion later this year.

On June 24 we held our Key Directions event where over 160 people came together to discuss possible changes to the Comprehensive Plan as part of our Seattle 2035 update. We documented hundreds of comments and suggestions and will be posting this information shortly. If you missed out on the event, you can still let us know your comments by emailing or visiting and posting a comment there.

What is the Seattle Comprehensive Plan?

Our 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 meets the requirements of the Washington State Growth Management Act by helping 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


Seattle 2035: Your City Your Future

Seattle 2035 - Comprehensive Plan Update
We are required by state law to do a periodic update of our Comprehensive Plan. We have begun this process and we will complete it by June 2015. The update will include:

  • New estimates of population and job growth
  • More information about how our Comprehensive Plan relates to other City and regional plans
  • Clear language and a more accessible document


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