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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 ]

Chinatown/International District/Little Saigon Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment Update

A team from Global Green USA completed its site visit to Chinatown/International District, including Little Saigon, May 9-11. The site visit is part of their Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment for the Chinatown/International District based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighborhood Development (LEED – ND) standards. The assessment… [ Keep reading ]

Little Brook Creek Tour

Several city departments took a tour of Little Brook Creek in Lake City on May 26 to learn more about the environmental impacts to the creek. Led by Jonathan Frodge of SPU, the group was able to see the creek up close on both public and private properties, learning about… [ Keep reading ]

Don’t Miss Our April Lake City Office Hours

Staff from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Planning and Community Development, and Chris Leverson, executive director of Lake City Future First (LCFF), will be hosting office hours at the Lake City library on: Wednesday, April 6 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. We… [ Keep reading ]

Proposed Legislation Submitted for Bitter Lake Village

We have sent proposed legislation to the City Council to amend development standards and to rezone land in the Bitter Lake Village Hub Urban Village. Our zoning proposals are based on an inclusive planning process that included the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan update and the Bitter… [ Keep reading ]

Implementing HALA Recommendations

In 2015, the Mayor challenged a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) advisory committee to create a plan to generate a net increase of 50,000 units of housing – 20,000 units of affordable housing and 30,000 new units of market rate housing – over the next ten years.  The committee… [ Keep reading ]

Staff and Community Celebrate Diane Sugimura

On Monday, March 21, City staff and community members gathered at the Bertha Knight Landes room in City Hall to celebrate Diane Sugimura’s retirement. Diane is retiring after 38 years with the City of Seattle. Former Seattle Mayors Norm Rice and Greg Nickels, as well as current Mayor Murray were… [ Keep reading ]

New Seattle planning chief thinks outside the box with global perspective

You might not think that Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia, and Seattle would have much in common. But then you’re not Sam Assefa, the next director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development. Source: The Seattle Times

Mayor nominates Sam Assefa to lead Office of Planning and Community Development

Mayor Ed Murray announced he is nominating Sam Assefa – the senior urban designer for the City of Boulder, Colorado – as the next director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD). Prior to Boulder, Assefa served as Director of Land Use and Planning Policy for the City… [ Keep reading ]

She is a civil servant and a servant for civil rights

The retiring director of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development talks about her tenure and growing up as a Japanese-American in post World War II Seattle. Source: Puget Sound Business Journal