The Planning Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on broad array of issues related to land use, transportation, and neighborhood planning, goals and policies. Here are some of the current issues the Planning Commission is involved in:
Alaskan Way Viaduct
Seattle Planning Commission and Seattle Design Commission release a joint comments on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Draft Envionmental Impact Statement: view the letter (PDF), the abbreviated principles (PDF) and detailed comments (PDF).
Seattle's Housing Choices
The Planning Commission has long been an advocate for affordable housing and
increasing people's housing choices. In 2004 the Commission continues to advise
DPD and has coordinated a public process for two major elements of the Housing
Choices Program: Detached Accessory Dwelling Units and Cottage Housing.
The Planning Commission releases Report: Download or view the full report (PDF) and executive summary (PDF).
For more information on Seattle's Housing Choices initiative visit the Department of Planning & Development web site.
Watch the Planning Commission's 8/4
briefing to City Council.
Seattle Comprehensive Plan Update
As the "stewards of the comprehensive plan", the Planning Commission closely monitors and advises the City on the Comprehensive Plan. In 2003 the Commission began work with DPD on the 10-Year Comp Plan Update that is required by state law. The Commission has been advising the City on the update's scope and process. In 2004, Commissioners met with members of the City Council Urban Development and Planning Committee and presented its comments (PDF) at the December session.
Seattle Planning Commission releases its comments on the 10-year update of Seattle Comprehensive Plan:
- June 2004 letter (PDF)
- June 2004 detailed comments (PDF)
The Monorail Project
Seattle voters approved the funding to build the 14-mile Monorail Green Line in
November 2002. The Planning Commission is participating on the Monorail Review
Panel, charged with design review of the project. It is advising and
participating in the development and implementation of the City's station area
planning effort and will review and comment on the Monorail DEIS.
Planning Commission Recommendations to City Council on Monorail Alignment and Station Location:
- April 2004
- January 2004
The Planning Commission took some of the first steps to engage the Northgate
community in developing a "town center" vision for the Northgate urban center
core through the Town Center Charette in 2000, and the 5th Avenue NE Street
Design project in 2002. During 2003 the Commission has completed a thorough
review of the Mayor's Northgate Action Plan and made recommendations to the City
Council. It is continuing to work with the Executive and Council in developing
an effective approach to achieving the Northgate Plan goals.
Planning Commission response to Council President
Steinbrueck's Letter of March 25, 2003:
- Press Release (DOC).
- Commission response to Council President 5/19/03 (PDF)
- Commissions detailed response to questions 5/19/03 (PDF)
Northgate Open Space & Pedestrian Connections Draft Plan
The draft Open Space and Pedestrian Connections Plan, developed by the Seattle Planning Commission and the Dept. of Planning and Development, was released in late 2004.
Northgate Open Space & Pedestrian Connections Draft Plan (4.8MB PDF)
Draft Plan Map Insert (14.1MB PDF)
Seattle Waterfront Plan
Seattle Planning Commission and Seattle Design Commission release Joint Report highlighting findings and recommendations from the Public Forums. Find out more about the City's Waterfront Planning efforts.
Revising Seattle's Commercial Code
The Planning Commission is advising and assisting DPD as they carry out
substantial revisions to the City's Commercial Land Use policies and code. This
effort is a high priority for the Mayor and Council in their call to simplify
the City's land use policies and codes.