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Mayor Harrell and Office of Planning and Community Development Unveil Competition Winners Advancing Innovative Office Space Conversion Ideas Focused on Sustainable Downtown Activation 

Bold proposals will inform future legislative and regulatory efforts to advance conversion projects, optimize urban assets, and meet unique neighborhood needs Mayor Bruce Harrell and The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) announced the winners of the City’s design competition seeking innovative ideas for downtown office space conversions. The… [ Keep reading ]

Dream, Build, Play Workshop Helps Residents Reimagine A New South Park

On April 29, James Rojas, an urban planner and artist, held a “Dream, Build, Play” design workshop for South Park residents at the South Park Neighborhood Center. The goal was to use various objects to build and describe their hopes for the neighborhood. Families and neighbors from all backgrounds attended… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces $13.5 Million to Community Organizations Through the Equitable Development Initiative  

Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced $13,550,000 in awards through the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), part of the City’s effort to support property ownership among Seattle’s diverse cultural communities in high displacement risk neighborhoods. The City awarded funds to community organizations for site acquisition and major capital projects, as well as capacity-building support… [ Keep reading ]

Converting Downtown Offices to Housing

City of Seattle Announces Call for Ideas The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is sponsoring a competitive Call for Ideas to convert Seattle Downtown commercial office spaces to residential use. Building owner/architect teams are invited to share innovative solutions that will identify obstacles to conversion and lead… [ Keep reading ]

Duwamish Valley Program Update

“Implementing a One Seattle Approach in the Duwamish Valley”Check out the Duwamish Valley Program 2022 Annual Update If 2022 reminded us of anything, it’s that centering community leadership is imperative for successful, long-term environmental justice work in the Duwamish Valley. For example, the King Tide flooding in late December 2022 demonstrated the… [ Keep reading ]

Read Our One Seattle Plan Community Meetings Report

From November 2022 – January 2023, we held five in-person community meetings (plus one online meeting) to discuss our Comprehensive Plan update and to gather feedback to help shape the plan. We thank all those who attended the meetings and participated in the discussion groups. Our report shares what we heard during… [ Keep reading ]

Take our South Delridge Action Plan Survey!

We are partnering with community and other City departments to develop a vision for the future of South Delridge, which includes parts of neighborhoods such as Westwood, Roxhill, Highland Park, Delridge, and White Center. These partnerships will help the City support community and focus investments in the near future. Your participation… [ Keep reading ]

Downtown Subarea Planning Seeks Proposals

Our designated Urban Centers – Downtown, Uptown, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill/First Hill, University District, and Northgate – are home to a significant share of Seattle’s residents and workers. We are beginning the process of planning for each of our centers toward becoming more equitable, vital, and resilient places in the future, beginning with Downtown. … [ Keep reading ]

City begins analysis of One Seattle Plan alternatives

Public invited to events to learn more, provide feedback Contact: Jason.W.Kelly@seattle.gov After gathering public input over the summer on several growth concepts, the Seattle Office of Planning and Development (OPCD) is launching a detailed environmental analysis to support the One Seattle Plan. Today, OPCD released a report summarizing recent public… [ Keep reading ]

Open Positions at OPCD!

We ensure that City departments are aligned and coordinated in planning and advancing equitable development for Seattle’s future. Urban planning and community development must reflect the experiences and identities of people affected by development decisions and outcomes, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Immigrants, Refugees, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+… [ Keep reading ]