The Seattle Planning Commission elected new leadership earlier this month. David Cutler was elected by the commission to serve as chair. Cutler previously served as the commission’s vice chair alongside outgoing Chair Leslie Miller.
“It was a distinct honor and a privilege to serve as chair of the Seattle Planning Commission and I thank all the members of the commission for trusting me to represent the group’s views and opinions,” stated Miller. “As vice chair, Dave was a brilliant right-hand man who always had a measured response at the ready and a pen in his hand, ready to sketch out a solution. SPC will thrive under his leadership as chair!”
Cutler is an architect and senior associate at GGLO. His experience includes residential, institutional, and mixed-use architecture at many scales, with a focus in sustainable urban design and planning. At the block-, district-, and city-scale, his projects often include transit, public-private partnerships, performance-based codes, and significant public engagement. David co-chairs the Light Rail Review Panel and is a member of Seattle 2030 District. He has spoken regionally and nationally on topics related to urban design. David is a resident of Capitol Hill where he lives with his wife and three young children.
In addition to electing Cutler as their new chair, the commission elected new leadership as follows:
Amalia Leighton will serve as the commission’s vice chair
Jeanne Krikawa and Colie Hough Beck will serve as co-chairs for the commission’s Land Use and Transportation Committee
Catherine Benotto will chair the commission’s Housing and Neighborhood Committee
Mark Johnson will serve as an at-large member of the commission’s Executive Committee
The commission recently formed a new Special Task Force that will lead the commission’s multi-year effort on the Major Update of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan. The commission elected Commissioners Josh Brower, Kevin McDonald and Leslie Miller to tri-chair the Special Task Force.
The leadership term will last until July 2013.