Seward Comprehensive Plan 2030 Update
In 2016, the City of Seward selected RESPEC to conduct a comprehensive plan update for Year 2030. The Seward community has seen significant change since its establishment in the early 1990s. Over the past 2 decades, the community has experienced increases in the cruise ship industry as well as charter boats and railroad bookings; the opening of the Alaska SeaLife Center; and intermittent coal shipments to various locations, primarily Korea. These changes have had profound effects on the land use, economy, and character of the community.
The continuing challenge is to retain the unique historical, small-town character in Seward while pursuing modern economic development opportunities and accommodating changes in business services, public facilities, and affordable housing. The 2030 plan is the community’s guide to managing this process. The plan was approved by the Seward City Council on May 30, 2017, and by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on August 15, 2017.