This Monday, on July 13th, an advisory committee convened by Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray published their report proposing a plan for how Seattle might remain affordable and livable into the future. The report comes at a time when many Seattleites are already finding it difficult to afford buying or renting homes in the City.
What struck us as we read through this document is how different it is from the run-of-the-mill government plan we’re used to seeing. Sure, it has goal statements and recommendations, but the scope of its impacts crosses disciplines. It’s a little bit housing policy, a little bit land use planning, a little bit finance, and a little bit bureaucratic reorganizing.
The difference in this plan may be due to its team of creators, a mix of planners, non-planners, experts, non-experts, politicians, and community members who worked together to reach consensus on each of the plan’s recommendations.
The report is not a quick read, but it’s worth digging in. Some of the more notable recommendations include:
The plan now goes to the Mayor’s office for review and policy development. The next stop is City Council, where the Mayor’s proposed rule changes will be considered for approval.