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City issues preliminary proposal to guide growth in Uptown Urban Center

After more than three years of engaging community members in envisioning a vibrant future for the Uptown neighborhood, the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) today issued a preliminary rezone recommendation. The proposal will result in an estimated 600 new affordable homes, neighborhood design standards that respond to… [ Keep reading ]

Loss of federal block grant would harm Seattle Equitable Development Initiative

The proposed elimination of the Community Development Block Grant in the Trump Administration’s 2018 federal budget would harm Seattle’s effort to reduce the risk of residential, economic and cultural displacement across the city. We have just launched our new Equitable Development Initiative to reduce the risk of displacement of current… [ Keep reading ]

Urban Innovations Speakers Series, March 7!

click on image to enlarge Presented by OPCD and Seattle Office of Housing. OPCD will be hosting Urban Innovations Speakers Series to increase public awareness of global best practices to achieve an integrated approach to planning for livable cities. Topics will include: affordable housing, urban design for community health, community-based… [ Keep reading ]

Rainier Beach Town Hall Event, February 23

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Urban Innovations Speakers Series Begins March 7

OPCD will be hosting Urban Innovations to increase public awareness of global best practices to achieve an integrated approach to planning for livable cities. Topics will include: affordable housing urban design for community health community-based resilience new trends in urban development integrated land use, open space, transportation design and sustainability… [ Keep reading ]

OPCD Charts Path for Equitable Development Initiative

The City of Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) is a set of strategies to address equity in our underserved communities and displacement as Seattle grows. Various EDI strategies will support the City’s efforts to: Advance economic mobility and opportunity Prevent residential, commercial and cultural displacement Build on local cultural assets Promote… [ Keep reading ]

Help Preserve and Shape the Identity of the Central Area!

Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood is going through a phase of rapid growth. As new developments spring up around the area, impacts are felt most strongly by smaller businesses and residents who have long called the Central Area their home. The Central Area Neighborhood Design Guidelines Coalition is working to mitigate… [ Keep reading ]

A Message From Our Director, Sam Assefa

Dear neighbors, Over the last few days, the City of Seattle has heard from dozens of residents who worry that their immigration status or national origin may impact their access to City services or legal protections. In the aftermath of President Trump’s Executive Order to prevent entry into the United… [ Keep reading ]

NEW DATE AND TIME: U District Rezone City Council Meeting, January 19

After five years of community input, analysis, and design work, the City is nearing completion of a major planning effort in the U District. As part of a larger set of policy changes and public investments, City Council is considering zoning changes that would allow greater height and density in… [ Keep reading ]

Job Opportunity: Senior Urban Designer

We are seeking a Senior Urban Designer to focus on land use, urban design and development issues in the Center City area of Seattle, as well as other Seattle neighborhoods. This person will provide advice and recommendations to the Planning Director and to elected officials about zoning decisions, development standards… [ Keep reading ]