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Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes, 1970-1978
- Seattle Planning Commission
- Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes
- 1970-1978 (inclusive)19701978
- 0.6 cubic feet
- Collection Number
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
- 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
This series is the proceedings of public hearings of the City Planning Commission. Commission hearings were organized by type of application and often were a series of meetings held one after the other. For example, on July 13, 1972, the Commission held a hearing to consider a residential planned unit development application, followed by a meeting to consider possible amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, followed by a third meeting to consider modification of the comprehensive plan. Other types of issues considered at public hearings were subdivision applications, rezone petitions, conditional use applications, and consideration of modifications to historic district ordinances. The Commission often held joint meetings or public hearing with the City Council's Planning Committee; these minutes are included. The minutes contain detailed description and discussion of the issue before the Commission, including testimony by supporters and opponents, and actions taken by the Commission.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item and date], City Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes, Record Series 1650-20 Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||1||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes||1970|
|1||2||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jan. - Jul.)||1971|
|1||3||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Aug. - Dec.)||1971|
|1||4||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jan. - May)||1972|
|1||5||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jul. - Dec.)||1972|
|1||6||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jan. - July)||1973|
|1||7||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Aug.-Dec.)||1973|
|1||8||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (May & Nov.)||1974|
|1||9||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes||1975|
|1||10||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jan.-May)||1976|
|2||1||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jun.-Dec.)||1976|
|2||2||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jan.-May)||1977|
|2||3||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes (Jun.-Dec.)||1977|
|2||4||Planning Commission Public Hearing Minutes||1978|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Land use--Planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Political participation--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Zoning--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Seattle (Wash.)