Central Business District Study Records, 1962-1963

Overview of the Collection

Seattle Planning Commission
Central Business District Study Records
1962-1963 (inclusive)
0.4 cubic feet
Collection Number
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The City Planning Commission was created by ordinance in 1924 and was first included in the City Charter in 1946. The Commission's role was to prepare plans and gather data for the development of the City, to advise City Council on current problems and long range planning, and to participate in administration of the City's Zoning Ordinance. It was provided with the authority to hire as needed to carry out its planning and advisory functions. However, the Planning Commission's decisions needed to be passed by ordinance before they became effective.

Between 1924 and 1974, the Commission's membership was changed periodically by ordinance. It varied in size from 9 to 25 members. The composition of the Commission also varied but always consisted of a percentage of the following: Mayoral appointees, ex-officio members from various government departments, as well as representatives elected by various government agencies.

With the creation of the Department of Community Development in 1969, the Commission became a part of the Department of Community Development. For the purpose of having a more broad-based membership, in 1974 the Commission membership was changed to be comprised of 15 Seattle citizens, appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. If at all possible, the citizens would come from different neighborhoods and a variety of disciplines would be represented.

Due to reorganizations in city government, the Planning Commission became a part of the Office of Policy Planning in 1974 then was returned to the Department of Community Development in 1979. In 1980, an independent office of the Planning Commission was established. The Planning Commission would no longer review site-specific land use applications and permits. Its city planning functions were transferred to the Department of Community Development.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records of Donald Monson, director of the CBD study. Includes correspondence, surveys, and economic data relating to planning issues in Seattle's business center.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Central Business District Study, Record Series 1650-06 Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Photographs are arranged in batches according to their original order.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Central Business District Study: Pedestrian Malls, Sidewalks 1962
1 2 Central Business District Study: Engineering Department 1962-1963
1 3 Central Business District Study: Presentation Material 1962
1 4 Central Business District Study: Zoning Use, Exegesis, Summary of Bulk 1962
1 5 Central Business District Study: Employment Data, Census, Etc. 1952 Data 1959
1 6 Central Business District Study: Parking Garage Notes 1962
1 7 Central Business District Study: University Of Washington 1962
1 8 Central Business District Study: Zoning 1962-1963
1 9 Central Business District Study: Report 1963
1 10 Central Business District Study: Legal and Policy Questions 1962-1963
1 11 Central Business District Study: Correspondence 1962
1 12 Central Business District Study: Regional Transportation Study 1962
1 13 Central Business District Study: Waterfront 1962-1963
1 14 Central Business District Study: Transit 1962-1963
1 15 Central Business District Study: Central Business District Model 1962-1963

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Local transit--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Parking facilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Pedestrian areas--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Transportation--Planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • United States--Census
  • Waterfronts--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Zoning--Washington (State)--Seattle

Personal Names

  • Monson, Donald

Corporate Names

  • Seattle Planning Commission

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)