State and regional agencies estimate that Seattle will add 70,000 housing units (120,000 people) and 115,000 jobs between now and 2035 – an increase of 20% population and 23% in jobs. In response, the City is updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to shape that growth in a way that builds on our strengths and character as a city. The City uses a variety of data to study trends and evaluate policies to plan for future growth as part of the update process.
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed regulatory reforms on March 28 at the Council chambers. This proposal, developed with the help of a roundtable group of environmental, development, labor and neighborhood leaders, was forwarded to the Council in February 2012. It includes several strategies meant to promote new housing development and entrepreneurial activity, and to enhance Seattle’s livability, environment and economic vitality.
In order to spark innovation and entrepreneurial investment, and make it easier for businesses to be sustainable, the City is pursuing opportunities to reduce red tape and encourage job growth while enhancing our commitment to the environment. Over time, some of the City’s regulations have become outdated, or redundant. Now is the time to update our regulations.