Last week, I penned a piece on seven key features of the Seattle 2035 comprehensive plan. But what I neglected to mention is that the Seattle City Council will be discussing the plan at all of the standing committees over the next two months. It’s a different approach from years past where committee discussion on the comprehensive plan was typically limited to just the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee. This time around, staff from the Office of Planning and Community Development will present the plan at each committee and dive into issues that relate to their disciplines (e.g., transportation topics at the Transportation and Sustainability Committee). Councilmembers will be able to learn about the plan in depth and weigh in on how it could be further refined. The meetings also serve as an important avenue for members of the public to focus in on key issues and provide testimony on individual topics of the plan.
The committees, topics, and dates/times for the comprehensive plan review are as follows:
|Committee||Date and Time||Topic|
|Planning, Land, and Zoning||June 7 @ 9.30am||Growth strategy and land use|
|Sustainability and Transportation||June 21 @ 2pm||Transportation|
|Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods|
|July 6 @ 9.30am||Housing and neighborhood
|Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic|
Development, and Arts
|July 12 @ 9.30am||Capital facilities, economic
development, and arts and culture
|Energy and Environment||July 12 @ 2pm||Environmental implications and
|Human Services and Public Health||July 13 @ 2pm||Community well-being|
|Education, Equity, and Governance||July 20 @ 2pm||Schools and growth|
|Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Waterfront||July 21@ 9.30am||Parks, open space, and
In addition to the committee meetings, there will be two public hearings on the plan during the summer. Council will look toward fall for final amendments and ultimate adoption of the plan.