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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?

We have completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and have published it for public review and comment (see the official LUIB notice here). The Draft EIS studied four growth alternatives to determine how future growth will impact Seattle. Each alternative assumes the same amount of future growth – 120,000 people and 115,000 new jobs by 2035. As a companion to the Draft EIS, we have also released an Growth and Equity Analysis, which looks at how future growth will affect marginalized populations, including low-income people, people of color, and English-language learners. The Equity Analysis will help inform potential strategies to reduce impacts and maximize opportunity for marginalized populations as Seattle grows.

Over the next 45 days, you can review the Draft EIS and provide your comments on four potential alternatives for how Seattle could grow over the next 20 years. You can find these documents and walk through our online open house on the Seattle 2035 page.

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

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