Comprehensive Plan

What’s Happening Now?

Urban Village Indicators Monitoring Report (PDF)
In June 2018, we completed this first monitoring report to gauge the City's progress in implementing Seattle's recently updated Comprehensive Plan. We're tracking indicators related to housing and employment growth, housing affordability, and key aspects of livability including access to frequent transit, presence of sidewalks, and access to parks and open space. We're measuring the indicators for the city as a whole and for individual centers and villages across the city.

We'll be updating the data periodically to help the public and elected leaders identify how well the Comprehensive Plan Growth Strategy is working to guide growth and investments.

2017-2018 Annual Amendments
In August 2017, City Council adopted Resolution 31762 that identifies a list, or "docket," of potential amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. The City is reviewing the items in this docket. We will submit recommendations to the Council about items on the docket in the first quarter of 2018, and the Seattle Planning Commission will make its recommendations following that. These will include recommendations that resulted from the public outreach phase of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

City Council will review these recommendations in 2018 as part of the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle. Since State law limits the City to amending the Plan only once a year, the City Council packages all the potential amendments together for consideration and vote at the same time.

What is the Seattle Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan 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
  • Race and 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
  • Monitoring growth in locations where low-income households and people of color are at risk of displacement
  • Contributing to the vibrancy of our neighborhood centers
  • Reinforcing the benefits of City investments in transit, parks, utilities, community centers, and other infrastructures
  • Guiding how the City will engage the public in future planning and decision making

Project Documents

Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2020)

Adopted Comprehensive Plan (2019)

Adopted Comprehensive Plan (2018)

Adopted Comprehensive Plan (2017)

Adopted Comprehensive Plan (2016)


Equitable Development Implementation Plan

Equity Analysis

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Seattle 2035

Seattle 2035 was the name given to the planning process that led to the 2016 major update.


Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan must be consistent with the plan for the four-county region, Vision 2040, and with King County's Countywide Planning Policies.

Watch our Comp Plan 101 video, courtesy of the Seattle Channel.


Previous Comprehensive Plan

You may view the complete Comprehensive Plan (74 MB) or view the plan in sections:

You may also view just the pages replaced during the 2014-2015 amendment process:

2018 Schedule

City Council will consider 2018 plan amendments in the 3rd quarter of this year.