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How should Seattle grow? Comments needed by June 18!

white-skyline-imageHow should Seattle grow in the next 20 years?

By 2035, Seattle will gain 120,000 people and 115,000 jobs and become more diverse than ever. As a city effort, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update for public comment. This is a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and livability.

The Comprehensive Plan includes goals and policies related to providing drinking water, drainage, sewer, solid waste, water for fire suppression, energy, and communications services throughout the city.

The Draft EIS provides detailed information on various growth alternatives, their potential impacts to the environment, and proposed mitigation strategies.

Check out the Draft EIS Overview: Draft EIS Overview

Four growth alternatives were developed to help figure out where and how Seattle should grow.

The Four Growth Alternatives Are:

Alternative   1   –   Continue Current Trend

Alternative   2   –   Guide Growth to Urban Centers

Alternative   3   –   Guide Growth to Urban Villages Near Light Rail

Alternative   4   –   Guide Growth to Urban Villages Near Transit

All growth alternatives assume the following:

  • 20-year plan for growth
  • Continuation of the Urban Village Strategy, with most growth guided to Urban Centers and Urban Villages
  • 70,000 new households and 115,000 new jobs by 2035
  • Completion of the Sound Transit 2 Mass Transit Plan, approved by voters in 2008

Submit your comments by June 18, 2015

The City wants your voice to be heard as we refine strategies for accommodating growth for the benefit of all. You can provide feedback on the Draft EIS by:

  • Visiting our online open house to learn about the findings of the Draft EIS and take the online survey
  • Submitting comments on the Draft EIS online, via email to, or in writing to:

City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development

Attn: Gordon Clowers

700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000

PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124

Comments must be postmarked no later than June 18, 2015.