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Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC)

NPAC concluded its work in January 2010. To view meeting minutes and work products see below.

The NPAC made recommendations and provided on-going guidance to the Executive and City Council on the development of the Neighborhood Plan Status Reports and Criteria for prioritization in the Neighborhood Plan Update Process.

NPAC Resolution

Documents, Videos, and Links


General Documents

01/19/10 Meeting

12/15/09 Meeting

12/1/09 Meeting

11/17/09 Meeting

10/27/09 Meeting

10/20/09 Meeting

9/15/09 Meeting

8/18/09 Meeting

7/21/09 Meeting

6/16/09 Meeting

5/19/09 Meeting


4/21/09 Meeting

3/17/09 Meeting






Meeting Agenda for 012709
Meeting Summary from 012709



Meeting Agenda for 120208
Meeting Summary 120208

Resource Links

Resolution to establish NPAC

Ordinance relating to reviewing the NPSR and NPU

Report by the UW Dept of Urban Design and Planning on Seattle neighborhood planning You will find the full 400-page report at the link.

Other food for thought about the Status Reports can be found at the Sustainable Seattle website for its B-Sustainable project. This is a cooperative project to identify measurable indicators of success in reaching some of the social and environmental goals our neighborhood plan policies try to address. 

Appendix 3 from the report focusing on the types of data considered useful for future neighborhood planning, i.e. similar to the Status Reports.


Background Reports, Plans and Articles

Neighborhood Planning in Seattle: A Community Forum Report

This 2008 report includes a summary of information gathered during a community forum about neighborhood planning hosted at the Evans School, and provides a series of recommendations for the City to consider in moving forward with updating the City’s 38 neighborhood plans.

Seattle Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive (Comp) Plan, Toward a Sustainable Seattle, is a 20-year policy plan designed to articulate a vision of how Seattle will grow in ways that sustain its citizens' values.

Urban Village Element Appendix

This appendix to the Comprehensive Plan outlines the growth targets for Urban Centers, Center Villages, Manufacturing and Industrial Centers, Hub Urban Villages, & Residential Urban Villages

Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development

The 2009-2012 Consolidated Plan describes Seattle’s housing and community development needs, particularly those of low-income residents, and outlines strategies to address those needs over the next four years.

Seattle’s Neighborhood Planning
Program, 1995-1999:
Documenting the Process

This report documents the Neighborhood Planning Program (NPP). It informs the reader of the projected goals of this program, describes the steps taken to achieve these goals, and provides examples of actual challenges and achievements.

Neighborhood Plan Stewardship Survey

With encouragement from the Department of Neighborhoods, the Planning Commission initiated a survey of neighborhood plan stewardship groups early in 2001 to learn how groups are doing—both in terms of accomplishing their programmatic goals and in creating a presence in the community.

Citizen Participation Evaluation

This evaluation project provides guidance to the City on effective citizen participation models and techniques that should guide the City in initiating and supporting specific citizen participation efforts.

Revisiting Neighborhood Plan Implementation

At the request of City Councilmember Sally Clark, the Office of City Auditor reviewed the City’s implementation of neighborhood plans.

Urban Village Case Studies

After eight years with the urban village strategy and in advance of a ten-year update to the Comprehensive Plan, this report asks the following questions: Is the strategy working? How have goals been achieved or progress made thus far?



Neighborhood Planning as Collaborative Democratic Design

In this article, the author argues that Seattle developed an especially ambitious and successful policy design for collaborative planning, although it has had its stresses and imperfections, especially as plans continue to be implemented and revised.

Neighborhood Planning and Vision of the City Update

This update by the League of Women voters assesses the progress of neighborhood planning efforts, with particular attention to the interactions of city and citizens; it reports on the status of individual neighborhoods, and explores how neighborhood plan implementation is funded, with an eye to equity.

Pedestrian Master Plan

The Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Pedestrian Program seeks to improve pedestrian safety and to encourage more walking by creating an environment where pedestrians can walk safely and comfortably.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Open Space Gap Report and 2006 Update

The original 2001 Open Space Gap Report made use of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology as a means of illustrating the open space goals in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Plan 2000, thus helping to indicate where future open space investments should be made.

2009‐2012 City of Seattle Consolidated Plan—Housing Element

This 2008 report covers employment trends and projections in the City of Seattle. 

Urban Forest Management Plan

This 2007 report assesses the current conditions, establishes goals and charts a path to long-term management of Seattle’s trees. 

2009-2014 Adopted Capital Improvement Program

The City of Seattle’s 2009-2014 Adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes an introduction,
departmental sections, appendix, an index, and a glossary.


Neighborhood Plans

Neighborhood Plan Areas

The complete plan, strategies, and recommendations for each neighborhood planning area are available at this website.

Neighborhood Plan Implementation Priority Report

The 2004 NPI Priority Report is grouped into six geographical sectors which are broken down alphabetically by Neighborhood Planning Area. The report shows the Neighborhood Planning Area Matrix number, the Activity description, the Sub-Activity explaining the specific project, and the Summary statement detailing what the City is currently doing with regards to this project.

North Rainer Neighborhood Plan

The North Rainer Neighborhood Plan was developed as a blue print for area’s future.

Martin Luther King Jr @ Holly Street Neighborhood Plan

This report summarizes the work performed by the MLK @ Holly Street Planning Association during Phase II of the City of Seattle’s neighborhood planning process.

North Beacon Hill Neighborhood Plan

The North Beacon Hill Neighborhood Plan is the realization of years of volunteer labor to develop a “beacon” to guide the future growth and enhancement of the neighborhood.



Seattle’s Population and Demographics

The City's Population & Demographics website provides population, housing and geographic data, reports, and other information for Seattle and its neighborhoods.

Housing Appendix to the Comprehensive Plan

The appendix to the housing element of the Comprehensive Plan presents information and analysis to aid policy decisions related to housing.

Seattle Housing Inventory

The 2007 Seattle Housing Inventory responds to City Council’s 2006 request for a detailed
inventory of four geographic areas’ housing:
• University District;
• Center City;
• Central Area; and
• Southeast Seattle

Urban Center / Village Residential Growth Report

This report describes net new units built by year finaled and progress toward targets.


Mapping Tools

King County Census Viewer

Census Viewer is web-based application that allows you to view maps and tables of more than 100 community census data indicators for 77 defined places throughout all of King County. Data is displayed at the tract or block group level within each place.

Seattle Zoning Maps

These maps provide current zoning information on Seattle properties and neighborhoods.

DPD Permitting Maps

 View permitting activity in Seattle from July, 2005 to present using Microsoft Virtual Earth


Interactive maps using Seattle GIS data and Microsoft Virtual Earth on information including pedestrian areas, overlays, wetlands, riparian corridors, etc.


Other Information

SDOT Projects

Information on small projects, like installing a new neighborhood traffic circle, to larger projects, like the replacement of the Fremont Bridge.

Seattle Human Services

The Human Services Department funds and operates programs and services that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community — families and individuals with low incomes, children, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, homeless people, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Seattle Transit Communities  

Seattle Transit Communities is a report from the Seattle Planning Commission about integrating communities with transit./p>

DPD Public Notices

Information on DPD land use actions.

Planning, Land Use &
Neighborhoods Committee

The Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee makes recommendations on legislative matters relating to growth and the urban environment, including comprehensive planning, zoning, design, and land use regulations; to neighborhoods, including neighborhood plan updates and implementation, outreach and citizen involvement, and historic preservation; and to oversight of ethics and elections.



Information on the tax revenues and expenditures for each neighborhood is not available. 

Information from the Transportation Transformation Southeast District Council meeting is currently not available.  However, a similar event will be held in April 2009 and NPAC members will be invited to attend.  Presentations and materials from that event will be made available here.

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