Commission Initiatives

The Seattle Planning Commission conducts independent analysis on various issues related to livability. The list below contains the various initiatives the Commission has completed in the past 10 years. 

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Housing Seattle Report

We believe that Seattle is a stronger, more prosperous city when we have a diversity of people able to live and work here.  To that end we developed an action agenda for housing in the City.  It outlines strategies to address important gaps in the housing market and disparities that exist among certain segments of the population.  Report Available.

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Seattle Transit Communities (2010)

Starting with the release of our Seattle Transit Communities Report in 2010 we have promoted a citywide transit communities strategy.  This strategy would support more inclusive, affordable, and diverse neighborhoods and help maximize investment in major transit projects by locating housing, jobs, and services close enough to transit so that more people will have a faster and more convenient way to travel. 

A Guide to Building a Backyard Cottage (2010)

As Seattle adopted policies to allow accessory dwelling units (ADU), also known as backyard cottages. The Seattle Planning Commission worked with City staff to develop a guide for those residents interested building a backyard cottage. In 2019, the City is working to revise ADU policies to make it easier for property owners to build ADU's. Stay tuned for an updated version of the Backyard Cottage Guide. 

You can learn more about recent actions related to accessory dwelling unit legislation on the webpage by the Office of Planning and Community Development, or check out the Planning Commission's letters about ADU's here

2008 - Affordable Housing Action Agenda

The Planning Commission believes that housing affordability is an integral part of good planning policies and essential to creating vibrant and livable neighborhoods. 

We recognize the large scale of the City's lack of affordable housing.  This report does not represent a complete solution for solving the problem, but instead presents specific strategies that would be substantial steps forward.  

Download the Affordable Housing Action Agenda here.

 As a follow up piece we also released the Action Agenda Addendum which you can find here.

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Housing Seattle Report

We believe that Seattle is a stronger, more prosperous city when we have a diversity of people able to live and work here.  To that end we developed an action agenda for housing in the City.  It outlines strategies to address important gaps in the housing market and disparities that exist among certain segments of the population.  Report Available.

Housing Seattle Report Logo