Tuesday 7th Mar 2017
Put on by City of Seattle's Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) , The Seattle Public Library
The City of Seattle's Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) will be hosting an Urban Innovations Speakers Series to increase public awareness of global best practices to achieve an integrated approach to planning for livable cities. Topics will include: affordable housing, urban design for community health, community-based resilience, new trends in urban development, and integrated land use, open space, transportation design and sustainability. The series will bring recognized experts to Seattle, joined by local and regional speakers to help ground the series in issues specific to Seattle and the region.
To kick off the series, Sam Assefa and Steve Walker from Seattle's Office of Housing will welcome fellow directors from Vancouver, Portland and San Francisco to discuss their efforts to support more affordable housing. West Coast cities continue to struggle with high housing costs. Low and moderate income housing is difficult to achieve given today’s methods of building and price of land. Yet innovations are under development and the presentations from West Coast cities followed by a panel discussion will identify intersecting strategies that create opportunities to address the challenge. Local experts will share their experiences with innovative public and private strategies being implemented here to address this need.
• Gil Kelley, General Manager, Vancouver Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability
• Joe Zehnder, Chief Planner, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
• John Rahaim, Director, San Francisco Planning Department
• Samuel Assefa, Director, Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development
• Steve Walker, Director, Seattle Office of Housing
This panel is the first in the Seattle Office of Planning and Development's Urban Innovations Speaker Series.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.