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Community Partnerships Will Drive “One Seattle” Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Seattle has selected six community-based organizations to help design and carry out public engagement strategies for the update of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan. Each of the organizations submitted engagement proposals that center the voices of people of color as the City updates its vision for how we will… [ Keep reading ]

Equitable Development Initiative Request for Proposals Now Open!

The Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) fund Request for Proposals (RFP) is an opportunity for Community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement strategies, responding to creating new economic opportunities, improving educational outcomes, and other forms of community development. The 2022 EDI funding round is available to organizations working on anti-displacement efforts in… [ Keep reading ]

Little Saigon 2030 Action Plan Survey is Live

What do you hope for Little Saigon in the year 2030? Take the survey! Tell us about Little Saigon’s greatest assets, what you would like to change, and your vision for the future of the neighborhood. Your response will shape the Draft Little Saigon 2030 Action Plan that we will… [ Keep reading ]

Planning and Development Specialist Position Now Open – Join Our Team!

Over the next few months, the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) will be hiring three team members at the Planning and Development Specialist level. These are full time salaried positions at $37 – $48 per hour. We have newly budgeted openings in our Land Use Policy, Community Planning,… [ Keep reading ]

Thriving Black-Owned Businesses in the Central District

We partnered with community activist and artist TraeAnna Holiday and her team to produce three videos about our Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) partners in the Central District. This fourth and final video in the series places a spotlight on three Black-owned businesses in that neighborhood. For more information: The Liink… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Industrial Maritime Strategy environmental review available for public comment

Updated industrial land use concepts evaluated in Draft Environmental Impact Statement The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) has completed its environmental study of land use changes recommended by Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s Industrial and Maritime Strategy Council. The City’s new industrial land use concepts seek to provide stronger protections for core industrial and maritime areas, while encouraging modern, innovative high-density industrial… [ Keep reading ]

Calling all Seattle community-based organizations and small businesses: We hope to work with you to develop the Seattle transportation plan and Seattle Comprehensive Plan.

Read about and apply for the paid opportunity to help us address our most pressing challenges. Updates Good news! Through the 2022 budget, more funding has been allocated to support community engagement for the Comprehensive Plan. As a result, OPCD will be able to resource additional partnerships with community organizations… [ Keep reading ]

Community Engagement is the Foundation of Equitable, Built Space

Courtesy of as part of their “6 Iconoclasts on Why Adaptability Matters” series. When self-described recovering architect Rico Quirindongo talks about creating enriched built spaces, he frames the conversation — and his design solutions — around the people who will inhabit them. Throughout his 27 years practicing architecture, and… [ Keep reading ]

Equitable Development Initiative Projects Share Their Stories of Service to the Community: Byrd Barr Place

We are proud to share our video story about Byrd Barr Place, located in the Central District of Seattle. This is the first in the series of four videos that will focus on our Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) partners and Black-owned businesses in the Central District. Formerly known as Centerstone… [ Keep reading ]

Thirteen BIPOC Organizations to Receive $30 Million Through Strategic Investment Fund

Thirteen BIPOC organizations will receive City funds to secure critical properties to prevent displacement in their communities. As existing displacement pressures mount through the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds will preserve critical sites as well as create new opportunities for self-determined solutions to meet community needs. OPCD and the Office of Arts… [ Keep reading ]