In October 2016, the Seattle City Council approved a major update to this plan which highlighted our vision for greater diversity of housing choices in urban villages and centers (our areas of growth). These changes are helping to tackle our growing housing affordability challenge.
The Comprehensive Plan also carried forward more than 1000 policies from 37 adopted neighborhood plans, many of which were created throughout the 1990s. A handful of these policies restrict the amount and type of housing choices allowed in some urban villages—creating an inconsistency with new citywide policies. The policies also conflict with implementing Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), a policy that will provide more affordable housing throughout the city. Modifying these policies to allow greater flexibility is necessary for Seattle to become a more affordable and sustainable city. Here's how you can make your voice heard and learn more.