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Mayor, Council propose implementation changes to Mandatory Housing Affordability program

SEATTLE (Oct. 17, 2016) – Today, Mayor Murray and seven Councilmembers announced two proposed changes to implementation of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program, aimed at increasing production and addressing the ongoing displacement occurring as Seattle grows rapidly. The MHA framework is a critical tool for achieving the goal of… [ Keep reading ]

New Commissioners Sought for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Edward Murray is looking for two new Seattle Design Commission (SDC) members to fill two upcoming vacancies. One position is for a person with a professional background in urban planning, urban design, or landscape architecture. The second position is the at-large, or lay, position. This position has been held… [ Keep reading ]

Input Sought on Delridge Way, Neighborhood Action Plan

We are collaborating with communities to create a shared vision and Delridge Action Plan to improve the livability of the North Delridge neighborhood. For two years, we have worked with the community on plans to create great community places and improved services. City departments have coordinated work on the action plan with… [ Keep reading ]

Draft Zoning Changes Maps to Implement Mandatory Housing Affordability Are Now Online

On September 27, a joint meeting for all Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) focus groups was held at City Hall. Focus group members broke out into smaller groups to to discuss several draft zoning maps. These draft maps are based on Mandatory Housing Affordability principles. You can view the maps here…. [ Keep reading ]

An Update on OPCD From Our Director, Sam Assefa

Dear friend, In the summer of 2015, Mayor Ed Murray proposed a new office to improve coordination of city planning and capital investments in rapidly growing Seattle: The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD).  The vision was to improve the integration of strategic planning functions across city departments, while… [ Keep reading ]

Bob Santos, 1934-2016

“Uncle Bob” Santos, a longtime Seattle activist who advocated for civil rights and preservation of the Chinatown/International District, passed away on August 27. Dubbed the unofficial Mayor of the Chinatown/International District, Uncle Bob was the executive director of the International District Improvement Association (Inter*Im) from 1972-1989 and regional director of… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Channel Video Features Our New Approach to Planning

At the beginning of this year, the Department of Planning and Development split into two departments, us and Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Watch this new Seattle Channel video on how we’ve been doing since then and how we’re approaching city planning in a new way. Our story begins… [ Keep reading ]

Uptown Rezone Draft Environmental Impact Statement

You are invited to an open house and public hearing to discuss potential environmental impacts of rezoning, and how it will shape your neighborhood’s future. Meeting Details Thursday, August 4 Seattle Center Armory, Lofts 3 & 4 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Open House 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Public Hearing The Seattle Office… [ Keep reading ]

Council Adopts Rezone Legislation for Bitter Lake Village

On July 25 Seattle City Council adopted legislation to amend the Land Use Code to rezones sites in the Bitter Lake Village Hub Urban Village and to amend development standards. The zoning proposals are based on an inclusive planning process that led to the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller… [ Keep reading ]

Public input sought on guiding growth in Uptown Urban Center

After more than two years of gathering public input on the future of Uptown, the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) today issued three options to guide expected growth in the Uptown Urban Center. The options important to the community include new design guidelines to improve walkability and connections… [ Keep reading ]