Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lisa Herbold, Mike O'Brien, and Lorena González in attendance at PLUZ. (Seattle Channel)
Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien, and Lorena González in attendance at PLUZ. (Seattle Channel)

2016 promises to be a very busy year for urban planning issues in Seattle. In the first meeting of the new Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee (PLUZ), Councilmembers heard central legislative staff recite the litany of projects and proposals to cross their desk over the next 11 months. Topics that the Committee will tackle run the gamut from off-street parking regulatory changes and local rezone proposals to adoption of Seattle 2035 and revisions to the design review process. Staff laid out what the likely path for each major planning issue will be for the year on a quarterly-basis:

Recommendations for zoning changes in Ballard. (City of Seattle)
Recommendations for zoning changes in Ballard. (City of Seattle)

First Quarter

  • Density-neutral rezones in Lake City
  • Amendments to preserve residential areas of Georgetown
  • Living Building Pilot program update recommendations
  • New design guidelines for South Lake Union, Pike/Pine, and Mount Baker

Second Quarter

Third and Fourth Quarter

While these are some of the biggest issues that the Council will tackle in 2016, the Office of Planning and Community Development and the Department of Construction and Inspections will almost certainly add to the overall work plan as the year gets rolling.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.