Programs & Policies


Just as climate change is not a stand-alone issue, Seattle's plan to address climate change is also not a stand-alone plan. With focus areas of transportation/land use, building energy and waste, the actions identified in the Seattle Climate Action Plan are being implemented across multiple City departments. 

Programs & Policies

Bicycle Program

Using our streets to provide safe, affordable travel choices and that encourage people to get out and enjoy their neighborhood on foot or by bike. In doing so, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of or residents and make it comfortable for people of all abilities to move around.

Transit Program

Making walking, biking, and riding transit the go-to travel choices in Seattle.

Pedestrian Program

Improving pedestrian safety and to encouraging more walking by creating an environment where people can walk safely and comfortably.

Complete Streets

Designing streets for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and persons of all abilities, while promoting safe operation for all users, including freight.

Seattle Comphrehensive Plan

Guiding growth with a goal of fostering a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for years to come.

Neighborhood Planning

Neighborhoods working with the City to develop a great vision for their community.

Urban Forestry Program

Programs connecting the community and the City in efforts to preserve and grow our urban forest.

Codes & Regulations

Land Use Code

The Land Use Code amendment process is designed to ensure that changes to existing regulations benefit the public while meeting the City's design standards.

Environmentally Critical Areas Code

Governs areas of Seattle that provide critical environmental functions.

Floodplan Development Code

Standards and restrictions for construction and development in designated flood hazard areas in the city.

Shoreline Master Program

Regulates shoreline development to protect ecosystems, encourage water-dependent uses and provide for maximum public use and enjoyment of the shorelines.

Zoning Code

Governs the use and development of land in Seattle.

Energy Code

Regulates the energy-use features of new and remodeled buildings.

Tree Protection Code

Regulating the number and amount of vegetation that may be removed from a property.

Strategic Plans

Seattle Transportation Plans

Road transportation accounts for 40% of Seattle's greenhouse gas emissions. Seattle's transportation plans identify improvements that also reduce emissions.

Seattle Comphrehensive Plan

Guiding growth with a goal of fostering a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for years to come.

Neighborhood Planning

Neighborhoods working with the City to develop a great vision for their community.

City Light Integrated Resource Plan

Outlines how the utility will meet anticipated customer needs over the next 20 years. Seattle City Light has made a committment to meet future demand through conservation and renewables.

Urban Forest Stewardship Plan

Urban trees do more than beautify a community. Pollution reduction, soil stabilization, and heat island effect reduction are just a few of climate benefits trees provide.

Waste & Water Management Plans

Waste management impacts our greenhouse gas emissions and Seattle's approach to stormwater management is a critical component in how we are preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Pedestrian Master Plan

A long-term action plan to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.

SCL Strategic Plan

Lays a foundation for making informed decisions to meet current and future needs benefiting the public and Seattle City Light customers.

Resource Conservation Management Plan

Aiming for 20% energy savings in municipal buildings by 2020.

Disaster Readiness and Response Plan

Explains how the City will engage its collective resources to respond to a major incident or disaster.

All Hazards Mitigation Plan

The plan identifies actions to take to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.