Tag: Comprehensive Plan

TRANSIT COMMUNITIES POLICIES ADDED TO COMP PLAN

May 14th, 2013

  On Monday, May 13th, the Council unanimously adopted the 2012-2013 Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Under State law, the Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) can only be amended once a year (with a few specific exceptions), and the process involves a lengthy and thorough review of proposed amendments. The Comp Plan is not taken lightly by the […]

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IMPLEMENTING NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS

February 7th, 2013

On Monday, January 28, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution laying out a strategy for reviewing, updating, and implementing neighborhood plans. I introduced the resolution, with Councilmembers Clark and Bagshaw as co-sponsors. Seattle’s 37 adopted neighborhood plans are a critical part of our Comprehensive Plan and the core strategy for our implementation of the Growth […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE– SEVEN REALITIES

December 12th, 2012

December 13, 2012 marks the six month anniversary of the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee’s first discussion of the South Lake Union rezone proposal.  As we enter our seventh month of analysis, it is useful to keep in mind several facts that informed the legislation and that should frame our consideration going forward. […]

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MAYOR’S 2013-2014 BUDGET IN RECOVERY MODE

October 3rd, 2012

On Monday, September 24, Mayor McGinn submitted his 2013-2014 budget proposal to the Council, and the Council will spend the next two months reviewing and modifying it.  We are legally required to adopt a budget for 2013 by December 1.  Under the two-year budget cycle, we also “endorse” a budget for 2014, which will go […]

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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS ADVANCED FOR ANALYSIS

August 28th, 2012

On August 13 the Council unanimously approved a resolution that advances possible Comprehensive Plan amendments for analysis and review by the Seattle Planning Commission and the Department of Planning and Development.  These amendments will be considered for adoption in the spring of 2013 (state law limits the City to making general amendments to the Comprehensive […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION SETS THE TABLE FOR GROWTH MANAGEMENT

August 3rd, 2012

Since the revisions to the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan and its designation as an Urban Center, South Lake Union (SLU) has led the City in developing new jobs and housing, just as was hoped.  By investing in infrastructure there, the City has successfully encouraged this development.  This year, the Council will consider additional rezones […]

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WALMART, SEPA, AND NEIGHBORHOODS

May 29th, 2012

The Council is working on changes to the way the City implements the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) in the regulatory reform legislation now under consideration.  The goal of this component of the legislation is to encourage development in areas that the City has identified for future growth by eliminating redundant regulations.  That means not […]

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UPDATING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

May 17th, 2012

On Monday, May 14, the Council adopted a resolution describing how we will carry out the second ever update of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was first adopted in 1994, and then updated in 2004.  The next update is scheduled for 2015, and will respond to lots of changes in the City (for example, […]

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SEATTLE CAN DO PROCESS RIGHT. IF WE DECIDE TO.

March 20th, 2012

Maligning ‘Seattle Process’ is somewhat of a cottage industry in our town, although it may not generate much economic development.  We have some processes that drag on way past their sell-by date.  And sometimes people deride process because it didn’t go their way.  Seattle has a history of effective engagement, but often we don’t design […]

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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GUIDELINES ADDED TO COUNTYWIDE PLANNING POLICIES

October 17th, 2011

The King County Growth Management Planning Council (GMPC) has adopted the set of Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) that will guide King County and its 39 cities in their Comprehensive Plan updates.  One new element:  a set of guidelines developed by the Board of Health that emphasize healthy eating and active living (HEAL). The “Healthy Communities […]

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