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AAPI Heritage Month message from Interim Director Rico Quirindongo

Community Partners, In May, we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and this year’s commemoration comes at a critical moment — as we emerge from this pandemic and as we seek to elevate and renew the national dialogue on racial equity. Since the opening weeks of this… [ Keep reading ]

A Message from Our Director, Sam Assefa

Community Partners, Over the past four years I have been honored to work with you as we advance community priorities in the City of Seattle. By building coalitions, together we have advanced equitable community investment and created new partnerships to build a more equitable, vibrant, and just city. I am… [ Keep reading ]

Rico Quirindongo joins OPCD as deputy director

Noted Seattle architect and community leader Rico Quirindongo, AIA, is joining the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development as its deputy director on January 11. Rico is with the international architecture firm DLR Group where he is the Civic Design Leader for the Northwest Region. For the past 25… [ Keep reading ]

New Statewide Restrictions on Social Gatherings and Businesses as COVID-19 Cases Surge

On November 15, Governor Jay Inslee issued new statewide restrictions on social gatherings and businesses in response to the surge of COVID-19 across Washington state. Seattle was the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in America. Unlike the other Washington, every step of the way our local officials, residents, and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Plan to Build Back Better During COVID-19 Recovery

Updates to the Comprehensive Plan will promote transit access, job creation, walkable neighborhoods, and address impacts of systemic racism. Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) recently outlined priorities for potential future changes to the City’s foundational city plan, the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan, that will be studied in… [ Keep reading ]

City Life at Street Level

Active street life — both day and night — is a defining feature of great cities. In City Life at Street Level, the City of Seattle describes and illustrates successful strategies that architects and designers have used to create sidewalk environments that support vibrant, safe and attractive street life. As… [ Keep reading ]

Our 2019-2020 Mayor’s Proposed Budget Announcement

Dear Neighbors, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has introduced her 2019-2020 Proposed Budget ( in her address on September 24, including her proposed two-year budget for the Office of Planning and Community Development. In the coming year, OPCD will continue to pursue our mission to lead collaborative planning, advance equitable development,… [ Keep reading ]

Plazas For People

By Garry Papers, OPCD As the residential population within greater downtown grows, and more workers arrive, the design and usability of the public realm around these buildings becomes ever more important. Parks, sidewalks and a variety of plazas are key for providing places for pedestrians, workers, visitors and residents to… [ Keep reading ]

Guest Blog: Meet our Interns!

We are excited to have our interns at the office and are already benefiting from their contributions! Rosa Ammon-Ciaglo is a graduate student at the UW Evans School of Public Policy. She is doing research and coordinating public engagement to help design indicators for the Equitable Development Monitoring Program. Lauren… [ Keep reading ]

Opportunity for Advancement: Station Area Planning Project Manager – Deadline Extended to March 20!

We are seeking a Station Area Planning Project Manager to work with our team and our partners. The Station Area Planning Project Manager will lead our work with agency partners, bringing together planners, decision makers, and communities. We lead collaborative community planning, advancing equitable development, and supporting the city’s efforts to… [ Keep reading ]