Growth and Livability

Seattle is again the fastest growing city in the country. Our beautiful natural environment, diverse communities, and strong job market all serve to attract people to this region. As our population grows, so too must our supply of housing or Seattle will increasingly be affordable only to the wealthy.

While there are many benefits to living in a growing city, like more job opportunities, new neighbors, lively streetscapes, a greater diversity of businesses, and more vibrant public life, there are also challenges. In Seattle, our challenges include increasing competition for housing, risk of displacement of current residents, more traffic, and more demand for public infrastructure. To address these challenges, we are committed to continually investing in livability to help growth bring benefits to everyone.

Growth and Livability Report

The Growth and Livability report highlights how City planning, policies, partnerships, and investments across multiple departments are working together to maintain a high quality of life as we grow.

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Growth and Livability
Case Studies

The Growth and Livability case studies illustrate how City planning and investments are playing out on the ground for seven of Seattle's neighborhoods. These case studies summarize key priorities we've heard through recent and ongoing community engagement, and describe specific investments the City is making to address those priorities.

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Planning and Community Development

Rico Quirindongo, Director
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 386-1010

The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) develops policies and plans for an equitable and sustainable future. We partner with neighborhoods, businesses, agencies and others to bring about positive change and coordinate investments for our Seattle communities.