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Our Urban Planner Holiday Gift Guide!

With the holidays and 2017 quickly approaching, this time for some is spent on last minute gift shopping. For those who are racking their brains on what to get a family member, friend, or co-worker, here’s are some urban-planning themed suggestions (OPCD staff take note for next year, hint hint)…. [ Keep reading ]

City and County to contribute up to $20 million to affordable housing as part of the redevelopment of the County’s Northgate Park and Ride

Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the City and County will each contribute up to $10 million for approximately 200 affordable housing units adjacent to the transit center and future light rail station in Northgate. “Transportation has the power to transform entire communities,” said Mayor Murray…. [ Keep reading ]

City Council: Understanding the University District Rezone

Understanding the University District Rezone

Welcome Ubax Gardheere, Our New Equity Strategies Manager

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ubax Gardheere as Equitable Strategies manager at OPCD. In this position, Ubax will be managing our Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) and its related work programs, providing internal policy leadership and fostering community partnerships. EDI will provide support and funding for new economic development projects that lead to good jobs… [ Keep reading ]

Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft Zoning Changes Maps Are Now Online

Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new program to ensure that growth brings affordability. MHA will require new development to include affordable housing on site or make a contribution to a City fund for affordable housing. To put MHA requirements into effect, zoning changes will allow additional development capacity everywhere MHA… [ Keep reading ]

Introducing #RSJIFridays

OPCD is introducing a new social media feature called “Race and Social Justice Initiative Fridays” — #RSJIFridays. Our goal is to highlight content on race and social justice issues related to planning and community development. Seattle is a growing city, and as we grow, the more voices we hear on… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray Directs Negotiation of Civic Square Deal, Spending of $16 Million Proceeds on Equitable Development

Mayor Ed Murray sent a mayoral directive to Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) to negotiate the sale of the Civic Square project to Bosa Development and direct the proceeds to establish a new Equitable Development Fund. The sale would also net $5.7 million in funds for affordable housing, meeting or… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray to Sign the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Tomorrow, Mayor Ed Murray will sign Seattle 2035, the comprehensive plan to guide City development, investments, and policies over the next 20 years. The plan focuses on equitable growth and aims to enhance the quality of life for all residents as Seattle adds hundreds of thousands of jobs and residents… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Planning Commission Seeks A New Commissioner

The Seattle Planning Commission seeks a new commissioner to start serving January 2017. The Commission is the steward of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, our citywide vision for how Seattle grows. We debate the benefits and impacts of these important policies and advise on how best to plan for the future…. [ Keep reading ]

MOHAI Community Conversation: Gentrification

We participated in a panel discussion about gentrification at MOHAI, hosted by Enrique Cerna.