'Seattle 2035' Plan Finalized and Adopted

"Seattle’s multi-year process to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan has come to its conclusion finding unanimous consent and approval from the City Council," reports Stephen Fesler.

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October 18, 2016, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Seattle

Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. | Kenneth Sponsler / Shutterstock

The city's Planning, Land Use, and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee has been working to finalize Mayor Ed Murray's Recommended Plan for Seattle 2035 since May, considering more than 140 technical amendments and 13 major policy decisions before approving the final version this week.

Among the changes added to the Seattle 2035 plan in 2016: revised growth estimates, a "very clear Community Involvement Element for planning and engagement," and "policies that support and encourage commercial affordability and bolster small locally-owned businesses." The adopted Seattle 2035 plan also tables "a proposal to consider infill development in areas designated for single-family use outside but near urban villages and urban centers," according to Fessler.

Fesler also reports that one other big planning-related item will go back to committee: a renters' rights bill "to give tenants the option of capping move-in fees," as proposed by Councilmember Kshama Sawant.  

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