Port of Seattle Commission meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend. Individuals and groups wishing to speak must first sign up. Details are listed below.
Public Testimony Procedures at Port Commission Meetings
Port of Seattle Commission meetings are noticed and held in accordance with Washington's Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30). Meeting notices and agendas are available on this site. Public testimony is taken at Port Commission meetings to provide commissioners with information, public perspectives, and opinion on matters before them for action.
The Port Commission will take public testimony after the unanimous consent agenda before considering action items or staff briefings, under new business, or during a public hearing. Any person wishing to speak must sign up to testify, identify the specific agenda item or topic they are addressing, and indicate whether they support or oppose the item. Public testimony will normally be limited to two minutes for individuals and representatives of organizations and is at the discretion of the chair. In the interest of time, the chair may limit the number of persons speaking on any topic, may further limit the time allotted to each person, or may limit testimony to those with new information to present. Written comments for any agenda item may be submitted to commission records staff at any time during the meeting for distribution to commissioners and inclusion in the meeting record. The Port Commission does not engage in dialogue with testifiers during public meetings; however, questions or requests for information or documents may be made separately from the public meeting.
All testimony is digitally recorded and made available via the Port's website and becomes a public record subject to disclosure under Washington’s Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). The identity of each testifier will be noted in the minutes of the public meeting.
The commission may recess to an executive session to discuss or receive briefings from staff regarding real estate, personnel matters, litigation, or other subjects as set forth in the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30).
In the event an executive session is to be held, the regular meeting shall convene at 12:00 p.m. and shall immediately recess to an executive session, which is closed to the public. The open public meeting then shall reconvene at 1:00 p.m. An executive session also may be called at any time after 1:00 p.m., if necessary.
Industrial Development Corporation
The port commissioners also sit as the Board of Directors of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of the Port of Seattle. By authorization of the Washington State Legislature, the IDC can issue tax-exempt revenue bonds to finance industrial development within the corporate boundaries of the port. The meetings of the IDC are open and public.
For further information about commission meetings, call (206) 787-3210.