Get Involved

Ways to get involved

The Planning Commission invites feedback and input of fellow residents and others invested in the future of the City of Seattle. Our meetings are open to the public, and we take public comment at every full Commission meeting. See our meetings calendar here.

The Commission also hosts community engagement events to share Commission initiatives on an as needed basis. Sign up for our mailing list to be alerted about community events (see sign-up button on the right of your screen). You can also reach out to staff if you have questions about the work of the Planning Commission. Our phone number is (206) 684-8694

Become a Planning Commissioner!

If you're interested in advising the Mayor's Office and City Council about planning and development related decisions, consider joining the Seattle Planning Commission! 

The Commission's application period is typically January through March, with the number of open positions varying year to year. Candidates must be current residents of Seattle, and be able to attend three meetings per month, with additional time out of meetings to attend events or review materials as needed. If you have questions about joining the Planning Commission, you can attend a meeting, or reach out to staff  to get more details. 

Ideal candidates add diverse experience to the Commission, and can bring to light issues facing all parts of the city as a result of their professional and lived experiences. We look for applicants who have a combination of the following characteristics:

  1. Bring a commitment to making Seattle a great place to live and have interest in, knowledge of, or professional experience in land use, zoning, or other aspects of planning
  2. Have a strong understanding of racial equity, and the impacts of racialized policies and practices in the field of planning
  3. Have a commitment to community-building and community engagement
  4. Understand transportation investments and how they impact the neighborhoods around them
  5. Can speak to the needs of affordable housing and/or understand what role affordability plays in the city 
  6. Have a passion for communicating planning topics to a diverse audience

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Seattle Planning Commission

Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director
Address: 600 4th Ave, 5th floor, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Mailing Address: PO Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 684-8694
Fax: (206) 233-0085

The Seattle Planning Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on broad planning goals, policies and plans for the physical development of the City.