Planning Department

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The mission of the Planning Department is to facilitate the physical growth and development of the City in a sustainable manner that reflects its unique and vibrant character. To accomplish this, we manage long-range plans that reflects the needs and desires of the community, develop ordinances and policies that effectively implement these plans, and thoroughly process and review land development proposals and applications. We work closely with land developers and builders to ensure compliance with all City codes, ordinances, and policies. In doing so, we help to establish safe and attractive residential neighborhoods and businesses.

  1. Articles of Interest
  1. Apartment Units Fill Fastest in Seattle

    Demand for housing in and around Seattle is way up—so much so that the region led the entire country in the number of apartments it has filled so far this year.

  2. Motivations of Proposed Federal Housing Rules Questioned

    Reports of a new federal program designed to cut the waiting list for public housing was greeted incredulously from housing advocates this week.

  3. Middle-Income Density Bonus Working Toward Approval in San Diego

    The San Diego City Council's Land Use and Housing Commission approved a density bonus program to provide incentives for developers to build middle- and low-income housing.

  4. A New Bicycle Master Plan for Arlington County

    Arlington County planning staff have worked on a new bicycle master plan for the past two years. The Arlington County Board will consider the new plan this week.