Port of Seattle Commission
Five Commissioners, elected at large by the voters of King County, serve four-year terms and establish Port policy. Port Commission meetings are normally held at 1 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Tuesday of each month at either Pier 69 or Sea-Tac Airport. Since meeting times and locations are subject to change, please visit the meetings page for the most up-to-date information.
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Century Agenda: Our plan for the future
Nov. 24 Meeting
Commissioners will hear about the plan to protect people by removing tall trees around Sea-Tac Airport that could interfere with safe landings and take offs. The Flight Corridor Safety Obstruction Management Program is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve safety for travelers, airline staff, and airport neighbors.
Commissioners will be briefed about the aerial obstruction analysis completed this year that initially identified about 1,600 potential obstructions, primarily trees that have grown too tall. The actual number of trees requiring removal will need to be verified and the removal will happen over several years in several phases, according to local, state, and federal law. Based on available funding and location, removal will generally happen in this order:
1. Trees on Port-Owned Property
2. Trees on Publicly-Owned Properties (cities, WSDOT, Seattle Public Utilities and Highline Public Schools)
3. Trees on Commercial Properties
4. Trees on Residential Properties
The Airport, which is built on a plateau, has had few prior issues with obstructions. There have been some trees removed over the last two decades, but relatively few. The FAA and Washington State law requires airports to protect flight operations by removing anything that could obstruct the approach or departure of aircraft.
Nov. 10 Meeting
The Commission held the first reading of the 2016 Budget, designed to support the dramatic growth at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as well as growth in the cruise business. The budget aims to spur the regional economy, expand opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses, increase family-wage jobs in the aviation and maritime industries, help people acquire skills to move up the career ladder, and protect our environment. Commissioners are set to approve the budget at their Nov. 24 meeting.
As of the end of September, Sea-Tac experienced 13.4 percent more passengers in 2015 than during the same period last year. Once again, Sea-Tac is likely to be the fastest-growing airport in the country this year. All indications are that passenger growth will continue in 2016. Major projects at the airport will improve the customer experience, reduce congestion, and add capacity to accommodate future growth.
The 2016 budget also includes funding major improvements to the Pier 66 cruise terminal. The public-private partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line will share the cost to renovate the interior of the terminal to accommodate more passengers and improve mobility along Alaskan Way.
The Port saw a 9-percent increase in cruise passengers this year over 2014, with 898,032 passengers sailing via Seattle. Estimates indicate that 2016 will see another 6.8-percent increase. Seattle continues to be the leading west coast cruise port; each homeport ship that calls at one of the City’s two cruise ship terminals generates $2.5 million to the local economy.
Within the marine cargo business, another key capital project will modernize Terminal 5 to accommodate larger cargo ships. The goal is to better compete with other west coast ports, in addition to those that will be easier to access with a larger Panama Canal.
The Port’s 2016 Budget assumes a levy amount of $72 million, a reduction of $1 million from 2015. The Port has held the levy amount constant for the past four years and adjusted the levy rate downward as property values have increased. A typical King County single-family homeowner will pay $82 per year to fund the Port in 2016.
Starting in 2008, three years in advance of the its 100th birthday, the Port of Seattle began creating a “Century Agenda” — building a comprehensive vision and strategic plan that focuses on the port’s next quarter-century of business and operations. The goal of the Century Agenda
is to build upon the accomplishments of the past century with a visionary look forward to the emerging challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. This Commission-led process includes port employee engagement, public outreach opportunities and planning with the major lines of business. Watch a short Century Agenda video here