Ever find yourself wishing you could talk to some Seattle decision-makers directly? Well, step up to the mic — because this is your chance. 🎤
The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OCPD) recently dropped an engagement hub for its One Seattle Comprehensive Plan, which impacts city budgets + policy. In a nutshell, the plan is a long-range blueprint that encompasses big picture stuff like where to grow new urban centers, how to deal with climate change mitigation + expanding utilities to various communities — not to mention more public transit.
Whew, that’s a lot, right? But don’t sweat it if you’re feeling shy — we got you. Participating in this project involves just a few easy steps. Let’s do this.
Start by taking a short survey ✏️
From now until the end of the month, all Seattleites can fill out a survey to give feedback on which areas the plan should focus on. Affordable housing? Parks + open spaces? Flying cars? There are no wrong answers, you can stay anonymous — and it takes just a few minutes.
Carve out time for public chats 💬
Once the survey data is collected, OCPD plans to host more in-depth discussions starting in the next few months about specific topics that proved to be high points of interest. Subscribe to the mailing list to be alerted on dates + times. And put on your best Zoom duds, since the meetings will be mostly virtual.
Support community-based orgs ❤️
One of OCPD’s highest priorities is making sure folks that have traditionally been marginalized from city planning convos are front + center. Current partnerships include groups like the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Estilita’s Library.
All have received a $30,000 contract to help co-create the One Seattle Plan’s engagement strategy — so give ‘em some love via donations or spreading the word.