Planning, Land Use & Zoning

Committee regular meeting days and time:

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Committee Members

Committee Scope:

To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, community development, zoning, design, and land use regulations; incentive zoning, the Affordable Housing Impact Mitigation Program, and equitable transit oriented development; and Major Institution Master Plans and quasi-judicial land use decisions.

Annual Seattle Comprehensive Plan Amendments for 2019-2020

The Washington State Growth Management Act gives Seattleites the opportunity to amend our Comprehensive Plan once a year. Anyone can suggest an amendment, including neighbors, business owners, councilmembers and City departments.

How to Apply

Use the application form to submit your proposal to the Council. To be eligible for consideration, applications for proposed amendments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 15th. Submit the application electronically via email at compplan@seattle.gov.

Background

With a few limited exceptions, the City Council may amend the Comprehensive Plan once a year. Generally, the Council process occurs in five steps.

First, in the spring the Council issues a call for amendment proposals. Anyone can submit a proposal.

Second, in the summer the Council reviews the amendment applications it has received and considers recommendations from the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) and the Seattle Planning Commission. The Council then establishes by resolution a docket of the amendments the City will consider. This is often referred to as the “docket setting” resolution.

Third, the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) reviews the docketed amendments and conducts environmental analysis, making a recommendation to the Council regarding which amendments should be made.

Fourth, in the winter, the Council receives recommendations from the Seattle Planning Commission.

Fifth, the Council considers the merits of proposed amendments, and acts on a bill amending the Comprehensive Plan.

Timeline

Resolution 31807 updated the expected timeline for the annual Comprehensive Plan amendment process:

Event Date
Deadline for amendment proposals May 15, 2019
OPCD’s and Planning Commission’s recommendations due July 15, 2019
Council adopts docket resolution August 15, 2019
OPCD’s recommendations on docketed amendments due December 31, 2019
Planning Commission’s recommendations on docketed amendments due March 1, 2020
Council votes on amendments March 31, 2020

Questions?

Eric McConaghy | Council Central Staff| 206-615-1071 | eric.mcconaghy@seattle.gov