We talk a lot about how to be heard by the City Council and often recommend being involved with their committees. Have you ever wondered what these committees do? Here is some information on key committees we are interested in for Seattle livability:
Broadly speaking, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee oversees the work of SDOT and all city-related transportation matters including use of city right-of-ways. This is the place to bring your traffic, transit and loading related concerns.
The Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee has oversight of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and the Design Review Board (DRB). This committee should be responsive to issues of new development, design guidelines and insuring public accountability and participation in these areas.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE COMMITTEES FROM THEIR MISSION STATEMENTS AND WEBSITES:
Sustainability and Transportation: To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: the operations of the Seattle Department of Transportation; transportation issues and projects affecting The City of Seattle including transit service, policies, and planning; pedestrian and bicycle programs and planning; transportation system maintenance and repair; traffic control; use of the City right-of-way including permits and vacations; parking policies; neighborhood transportation planning; and freight mobility planning; transportation’s contribution to local, regional, state, and national sustainability and livability objectives and reduction of carbon emissions; coordination of transportation issues and representation of the City’s interests on transportation with the federal government, the State of Washington, King County, Sound Transit, and the Puget Sound Regional Council; and urban sustainability, including the Office of Sustainability and Environment, climate protection, stewardship, conservation programs, district energy, green buildings, and food policy.
Planning, Land Use and Zoning: To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to: planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, community development, zoning, design, and land use regulations; incentive zoning, the Affordable Housing Impact Mitigation Program, and equitable transit oriented development; and Major Institution Master Plans and quasi-judicial land use decisions
Stay informed of future meetings by signing up for committee meeting notices and agendas