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How Should Seattle Grow? You Tell Us!

Today’s an important milestone in planning the future of Seattle. Why, you ask? Because the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has  released the Seattle 2035 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for review and comment!


Hold on, don’t leave! Yes, the name is super technical, but the Draft EIS is something you need to pay attention to.

  • Do you care about traffic and wish that it was easier to get around Seattle?
  • Do you ever wonder about where you might live in the future and whether you’ll be able to afford it?
  • With so many new people moving to Seattle, do you want to know where all that growth might go?
  • How can we minimize impacts to low-income people, people of color and English-language learners and ensure that everyone in Seattle benefits from growth?


The Draft EIS looks at several different ways that Seattle could grow over the next 20 years and potential impacts and mitigation measures for each.


Ok, so how can I actually see what’s in the Draft EIS and share my thoughts? Here’s what to do:

  • If you’ve ever thought about any of these things for even a few minutes, then you need to know what’s in the Seattle 2035 Draft EIS.
  • “Seattle’s new Comprehensive Plan will be our blueprint for a more walkable, livable community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Race and social justice must be a foundational value as we update our plan. In the coming years, we need to encourage healthy growth and prosperity for all our diverse communities.”
  • From now until June 18, you can check out the Draft EIS and provide your comments.

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  1. Don’t have hours to spend reading a Draft EIS? Click here to check out our online open house and take the survey.
  2. Have questions you want to ask us? Attend our Draft EIS Open House and Public Hearing on May 27 and chat with us in-person
  3. More of a policy wonk? You can view the full Draft EIS here


And here’s how to submit a comment…

  • Email: Send comments to
  • By mail: Send comments to the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Gordon Clowers, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124.
  • In Person: Attend our open House and public Hearing on May 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall and provide a comment in person.


All surveys and written comments must be submitted by June 18, 2015. Written comments will be addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which is scheduled to be released in fall 2015, and which will inform future goals, policies and guide how Seattle grows over the next 20 years.

Seattle 2035 is a yearlong, citywide conversation about change – where we’ve been, where we are now, and where want to go over the next 20 years. Connect with Seattle 2035 so you can help shape the future of Seattle.