Our Work

The dropdown menu below includes topics the Planning Commission worked on between 2015 - present. Please visit the SPC Work Archive for topics prior to 2015. 

Visit the Office of Planning and Community Development's website to view the latest documents related to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan



Recent Work Library

Sound Transit 3

Click here to view the Planning Commission's letter to the Seattle Elected Leadership Group. The letter provides recommendations for the evaluation of alternatives in the alignment of the West Seattle to Ballard line. 

ST3 Project Timeline:
Sound Transit is currently completing Phase 2 of their alternatives evaluation, which will determine which alternatives move forward into Level 3 screening, which is the final round of evaluation for the Alternatives Development phase. Level 3 concludes in March 2019 with final recommendations. The Sound Transit Board will make a final decision on which alternatives to study in the EIS in April or May 2019. Environmental analysis will take about three years, and a Record of Decision (ROD) is expected in 2022. West Seattle stations expected in 2030, and the Ballard to CID stations expected in 2035

  

Accessory Dwelling Unit EIS

In 2018, The Planning Commission reviewed the Office of Planning and Community Development's Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed changes for land use regulations pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units in Seattle. You can view our letter here. Visit the OPCD Website for updates on the legislative process. 

Equitable Development Initiative

The Planning Commission is engaging in the design of indicators to monitor Seattle's Equitable Development Initiative. The release of the selected indicators is anticipated in March 2019, as part of a monitoring report. Check back for the Planning Commission's forthcoming recommendations for City departments and elected officials based on the findings in the monitoring report. 

2017 - Pedestrian Master Plan Letter

the Planning Commission has been a consistent supporter of proactive planning that considers the inter-relationship between land use and transportation. We applaud the leadership of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) for developing a vision, goals, and priority investment network that reflect this proactive approach. We also commend the Department for engaging with the public meaningfully and allowing their guidance to inform the plan.

Click here for the Commission's letter.

Climate Change Preparedness Strategy

Climate change is an inherently complex issue, and the Planning Commission supports the Climate Change Preparedness Strategy as a necessary and critical step in proactively addressing the myriad impacts of climate change on the environment, infrastructure, public health, and our communities. 

Read the Commissions full letter here

One Center City Near Term Mobility Strategies

An ad-hoc committee made up of members from the Planning Commission and Design Commission reviewed the potential near-term mobility strategies under consideration by the One Center City team, and provided comments in this letter

Freight Master Plan

The efficient movement of goods through the local, regional, and international freight network is more important than ever given increasing pressures on the street network from our growing population and vibrant economy. This plan recognizes and addresses the unique characteristics, needs, and impacts of freight mobility as Seattle continues to grow.

Click here to see the Planning Commission's full letter. 

Seattle Housing Levy

The Planning Commission believes that renewal and expansion of the Seattle Housing Levy is instrumental to addressing our ongoing need for affordable housing and implementing the equitable growth strategies outlined in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Click here to view the Commissioner full letter. 

Seattle Comprehensive Plan

A brief history on our Comprehensive Plan evaluation.

Annual Amendments
Each year the City Council views amendments that are proposed for the Comprehensive Plan and have been submitted by individual land owners or the planning department. We review each of these proposals and advise the Council on which issues should be moved along in the process, aka docket setting. We later advise City Council on what amendments that were set to the docket, should be added to the City's Comprehensive Plan.

Major Comprehensive Plan Update - Seattle 2035

July 2016 - Please read our letter to the Chair of the City Council's Planning Land Use and Zoning Committee of the Seattle City Council on the Mayor's Recommended Plan

November 2015 - Please read our letter on the Public Draft of the Major Update to the Comprehensive Plan-Seattle 2035

July 2015 - Please read our comment letter on the Seattle 2035 Equity Analysis

May 2015 - Please read our letter to the Mayor on creating a more accessible and readable Comprehensive Plan document.

April 2015 - We reviewed Draft #4 of the major Comprehensive Plan update in preparation for the release of the public draft.  Read the full letter here.

February 2015 - We joined four other Commissions - Seattle Human Rights, Seattle Immigrant and Refugee, Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender, and Womens -  in a letter to the Mayor expressing our collective support and enthusiasm for elevating the prominence of Social Equity in the City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan.  Read the full letter here.

August 2014 - To assist in our review of the update to the Citywide Comprehensive Plan, we requested a few clarifying documents and a commitment to the core values. Our letter can be read here.

April 2014 - Recommendations on the Major Update to the Comprehensive Plan Draft Alternatives for the Environmental Impact Statement. These alternatives will help in drafting the final Comprehensive Plan.

2014-2015

June 2014 - Each year the Council views amendments that are proposed for the Comprehensive Plan and have been submitted by individual land owners or the planning department. We review each of these proposals and advise the Council on which issues in our expert opinion should be moved along in the process, aka docket setting. Read our docket setting recommendations for 2014-2015 amendment cycle.

2013 - 2014

February 2013 - Final Recommendations on the Annual Amendment Cycle.

December 2013 - Reccomendations on the Stadium District amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. The Stadium District proposal was presented an annual amendment and the Commission requested the Council defer until there was more information on freight mobility.

July 2013 - Recommendations to amend Comp Plan. Call to remove land from the Manufacturing and Industrial Centers in both Duwamish and Ballard/Interbay, redvelopment of Talaris property and updates to neighborhood plans.

2010-2011

January 2011 - Recommendations to amend Comp Plan. Call to include a new Marine Cargo element, a new implementation tool for large redevelopment projects such as Yesler Terrace, and updates to several neighborhood plans.

Each year the Council views amendments that are proposed for the Comprehensive Plan and have been submitted by individual land owners or the planning department. We review each of these proposals and advise the Council on which issues in our expert opinion should be moved along in the process, aka docket setting. Read our docket setting recommendations for 2010/2011 amendment cycle.

We proposed several Comprehensive Plan Amendments in 2010 to advance and implement nine strategies of the Commission's 2008 Affordable Housing Action Agenda.

2008-2009

In February, we provided final recommendations to City Council about the proposed 2009 amendments. As stewards of the Comprehensive Plan, providing recommendations about the proposed amendments is a mandated responsibility. Our recommendations.

June 2009 - We recommended which proposals to include in the Seattle Comprehensive Plan docket setting. Our recommendations.

Our recommendations on the 2008 Comprehensive Plan amendments; and on the 2008 threshold resolution.

2006-2007

SPC recommendations on the 2007 proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments;

and on the 2007 threshold resolution.

SPC recommendations on the 2006 Comprehensive Plan Amendments; and on the 2006 threshold resolution

2005

SPC recommendations on the 2005 Comprehensive Plan Amendments; and on the 2005 threshold resolution

In 2004 we had a Comprehensive Plan Major Update that we undergo every 10 years. This is a chance for us to reflect on progress made and areas of continued challenge. Because this is a more indepth view of the Comprehensive Plan, we participate in additional advising throughout the process.

November 2004 - Final Comments Letter to the Council

June 2004 - Letter to Department of Planning and Development staff on the proposed comprehensive plan update.

June 2004 - A more detailed view of our comments on the Comprehensive Plan update.