Equitable Transit Oriented Development

Join our Community Advisory Group

Are you passionate about working with your community to prevent displacement in communities with upcoming light rail construction?

We are seeking members for our Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) Community Advisory Group (CAG) to shape how the City approaches anti-displacement efforts and to center community priorities around light rail investments.

The CAG will build an ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan that will guide the City's approach to development by advancing community-driven outcomes in neighborhoods surrounding light rail stations. An ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan is actionable and may include identifying policy and investment tools. The CAG will be responsible for issue identification, making proposals, and directing supporting staff on research tasks and evaluating potential tools and strategies. The vision of ETOD centers on community power, community land ownership, affordable housing and other community benefits, safe and efficient transportation, a healthy environment, and economic justice. See our Background section for more information.

Informational Session

We recently hosted a virtual information session on September 19, 2023. Watch a recording of the session below.

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How to Apply

Applications are due Sunday, October 15. Visit our Apply section for more information.

Goals for the CAG:

  • Build and support emerging community leaders to become stewards of equitable transit-oriented development.
  • Healing and trust building between us and historically and currently underrepresented and underinvested communities.
  • Develop an ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan that will guide the City of Seattle’s approach to community-driven development.
  • Support community self-determination through an implementation plan for community led and owned development.

Benefits of Participating in the CAG:

  • Collaborate with the City on meeting the needs and vision of your community.
  • Build connections with community advocates, place-based organizations, and city staff.
  • Learn about the history of institutional racism in land use and planning and about ETOD efforts happening nationwide.
  • Gain leadership experience with community planning and development and working with the City of Seattle.

Commitment and Compensation:

The group will meet twice a month starting in January 2024. Each meeting will last up to two hours. The group will meet for approximately one year, until a draft ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan is created. The group will then meet as needed for the first half of 2025 to refine and give feedback on implementing the Plan.

These will be mostly virtual meetings at a time the group agrees on. The City of Seattle encourages everyone to participate in its programs and activities. For disability accommodations, materials in alternative formats, or accessibility information, contact Giulia Pasciuto at Giulia.Pasciuto@seattle.gov or (206) 386-1598.

Group members will be compensated $75/hour for their time and contributions.

Join our Community Advisory Group to help shape the future of your community!

We are seeking 10-20 people from communities who or are often left out of and harmed by the planning process, including:

  • Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • English language learners (we can provide interpreters, let us know your needs)
  • LGBTQ+ people
  • Youth (ages 18-24)
  • Elders
  • People living with disabilities or with accessibility needs (we can provide access services, let us know your needs)
  • People with intersecting identities and multiple community ties

The CAG will meet twice a month starting in January 2024. Each meeting will last up to two hours. The group will meet for approximately one year until a draft ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan is created. The group will then meet as needed for the first half of 2025 to refine and give feedback on implementing the Plan.

These will be mostly virtual meetings at a time the group agrees on. The City of Seattle encourages everyone to participate in its programs and activities. For disability accommodations, materials in alternative formats, or accessibility information, contact Giulia Pasciuto at Giulia.Pasciuto@seattle.gov or (206) 386-1598.

CAG members will be compensated $75 an hour for their time and contributions.

Desired Experience

We will prioritize emerging leaders from community-based organizations and institutions such as faith-based institutions, disability advocates, and non-profits. We are especially looking for organizations leading in equitable development or community ownership work.

  • Policy, advocacy, or community organizing experience
  • Prior involvement in community development or design projects
  • People who have experienced being unā€housed
  • Tenants, low-wage workers, people who are transit-dependent, small business owners

How to Apply

  1. Review the Application Guide
  2. Create an account on Submittable
  3. Designate someone to complete a Letter of Support Form for you on Submittable
  4. Fill out the application questions on Submittable
  5. Submit the application questions and make sure the Letter of Support form was also completed through Submittable before October 15th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

ENTER APPLICATION PORTAL

Applications will be reviewed by OPCD staff and the Core Steering Group using an evaluation rubric (as seen in the Application Guide). The Core Steering Group will then decide who is selected. Decisions will be made by the end of November and the group will start meeting in January.

Timeline

  • October 15th, 2023 11:59 p.m.: Applications Due
  • Late November 2023: Applicants Selected
  • January 2024: Anticipated Launch of the CAG

    Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) is an opportunity to center community priorities and repair harm.

    We know that institutional racism has and continues to create a painful legacy of public infrastructure projects that disproportionately impact low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. We’ve seen an increase in displacement pressures resulting from light rail investments in Rainier Valley. At the same time, we have seen neighborhood leaders reclaiming development to meet their needs and help their communities thrive in place.

    ETOD centers communities as decision-makers in the planning process to support a vision for community led and owned development.

    The City is leveraging a $1.75 million grant from the Federal Transportation Administration to support ETOD along the West Seattle Link Extension and the Ballard Link Extension corridors with implications for ETOD throughout the city. By centering communities who are most impacted by investments in public infrastructure in the process—Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrants and refugees, English language learners, LGBTQ people, youth, elders, and people living with disabilities—this approach attempts to address the root causes of displacement and deliver self-determination through community led and owned development. An ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan is actionable and may include identifying opportunity sites and funding mechanisms for key locations.

    In May of 2021, City staff recruited five core steering committee members to develop a framework and process for advancing the ETOD Strategy and Implementation Plan. They create a definition and vision for ETOD and a set of implementation and process values to continue guiding this work.

    What ETOD can be:

    1. Building community power through ownership and permanent stewardship of land, investing in organizing rooted in community vision and process and centered in systems change.
    2. Starts with Land Ownership: Conversations about zoning, density, and transit supportive uses must be preceded by removing speculative pressures and banking land for community ownership early and at scale.
    3. Holistic community benefits that include both rental and ownership housing that is affordable, but also incorporates other community identified uses such as childcare, cultural space, arts, healthy food, liveable wage jobs, healthcare, education, small businesses, open space and places to play, and more.
    4. Results in mobility and access justice including fare affordability, universal design, connectivity and safety.
    5. Promotes economic justice through the tools we develop to finance community projects, creating opportunities for community wealth building, and commercial ownership models.
    6. A healthy environment that promotes a sense of belonging and includes strengthening mitigation and adaptation to climate change and community resiliency and health.

    Planning and Community Development

    Rico Quirindongo, Director
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
    Phone: (206) 386-1010
    opcd@seattle.gov

    The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) develops policies and plans for an equitable and sustainable future. We partner with neighborhoods, businesses, agencies and others to bring about positive change and coordinate investments for our Seattle communities.