One Seattle Plan

What's Happening Now?

  • In 2023, the Washington State Legislature adopted House Bill 1110, often referred to as the “middle housing” bill, which requires many cities in the state to allow a broader range of housing types in areas that have allowed predominantly detached homes. We are proposing to implement HB 1110 through our One Seattle Plan Comprehensive Plan update.

Seattle Comprehensive Plan major update:
How we will grow and invest in community.

The updated Seattle Comprehensive Plan will guide City decisions about where we locate housing and jobs, and where and how we invest in transportation, utilities, parks, and other public assets. Our goal is to make the city more equitable, livable, sustainable, and resilient for today's communities and future residents. 

Our Plan will address challenges new and old: racial equity, housing costs, access to economic opportunity and education, climate change, and more. While the Plan evolves from our existing Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2016 as required by the Growth Management Act, we will explore different approaches to growth and investment, along with new strategies to reduce displacement pressures.

We are closely coordinating with the Seattle Department of Transportation to ensure the updated Comprehensive Plan is aligned with the Seattle Transportation Plan, which will guide future transit and transportation infrastructure investments.

The City is committed to repairing past harms and working toward an equitable future for all. To that end, we will center the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color and others who are often marginalized in planning processes. This commitment is captured in our Equitable Community Engagement Ethos. We are partnering with Community Based Organizations on outreach throughout the planning process. We are also working with Community Liaisons who will be facilitating engagement on a neighborhood level.

For interactive resources and to make your voice heard:

Visit the Community Engagement Hub

Planning for Growth: Exploring New Approaches

Since 1994, the City's goal has been to focus most new homes, jobs, and community investments within designated urban centers and urban villages.

Updating the Comprehensive Plan will involve evaluating our current strategy as well as exploring new ideas for how Seattle can grow to be more equitable, affordable, and climate resilient. Some of the ideas we're looking at include:

  • Designating new urban centers or villages, such as around future light rail stations 
  • Fostering more complete neighborhoods across the city to provide more residents with walkable access to shopping, services, amenities, and transit 
  • Supporting a greater variety of housing options in more neighborhoods to increase access to parks and schools as well as more affordable family-size homes and homeownership opportunities 
  • Developing new tools to support communities facing displacement pressures and ensure that access to homes and jobs is more racially and economically inclusive

A Collaborative and Community Engaged Approach

The Office of Planning and Community Development is leading the effort to update our Comprehensive Plan with an approach that is designed to be broad, inclusive, collaborative, and equitable. Our full project team draws upon the breadth of work and staff groups across OPCD, including in the areas of policy development, data analysis, land use, community planning, and community development. We are collaborating with staff from numerous City departments on areas of policy development that intersect with their work now and in the future, such as housing, transportation, economic development, and the environment, to implement the Comprehensive Plan. We are engaging with key external agencies at the state, regional, and local levels.

Most important, creation of the One Seattle Plan is based in community engagement that is broad and deep, with a strong emphasis on elevating the voices and empowering communities, such as Black, Indigenous, and people of color, who have historically been underrepresented in policy processes like comprehensive planning. We are using new tools and approaches to resource equitable engagement and build capacity for community to develop recommendations that will shape the Plan toward a more equitable future for Seattle.

Planning and Community Development

Rico Quirindongo, Director
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 386-1010
opcd@seattle.gov

The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) develops policies and plans for an equitable and sustainable future. We partner with neighborhoods, businesses, agencies and others to bring about positive change and coordinate investments for our Seattle communities.