Downtown Livability Initiative

The Downtown Livability initiative is a targeted review of specific regulations that guide downtown development and land use activity. The objectives of this work are to: better achieve the vision for downtown as a vibrant, mixed-use center; enhance the pedestrian environment; improve the area as a residential setting; and enhance the identity and character of downtown neighborhoods.

On May 26, 2015 the City Council transmitted the  CAC recommendations on the Downtown Livability Initiative to the Planning Commission for its consideration and recommendations. Meeting topics and materials regarding the initiative presented to the Planning Commission and City Council are available in the table below.

Date
Meeting/Event
Links
On October 16, 2017, City Council adopted an update of Part 20.25A of the Bellevue Land Use Code, concluding work on the Downtown Livability Initiative. These provisions go into effect October 26, 2017. The code is currently being formatted for integration into the City’s online Land Use Code. For more information on City Council’s adoption process (dates: June 26, July 10, July 17, September 5, September 18, October 2, October 10), please visit City Council's meetings and agendas page.
May 24, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting 

Topic: Final Commission Review of Land Use Code Amendments and Council Transmittal
See Planning Commission Page
May 10, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting 

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendments 
See Planning Commission Page 
April 26, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting 

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendments 
See Planning Commission Page
April 19, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting 

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendments 
See Planning Commission Page 
March 22, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting 

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendments 
See Planning Commission Page
March 8, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting

Downtown Livability Public Hearing 
See Planning Commission Page
March 1, 2017  Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendments 
See Planning Commission Page 
February 8, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendments 
See Planning Commission Page
January 25, 2017
Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel Briefing and Panel Presentation
January 18, 2017
Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel Presentation   

ULI Panel Packet

Presentation to ULI Panel

January 11, 2017

Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendment

Commission Packet

December 7, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Review of Draft Land Use Code Amendment

Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Outstanding Code Issues

Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2016
Planning Commission

Topic: Code Packet, Part 2
     
September 14, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Code Packet, Part 1
July 27, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Incentive Zoning, Transportation-related Policy Amendments

July 13, 2016

Planning Commission Meeting
           
Topics: Incentive Zoning Calibration; Subarea Policies    

Meeting Minutes

June 20, 2016     
City Council Study Session

Topics: Incentive Zoning, Public View Corridor of Mount Rainier
Council Packet

Video
June 8, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Code Standards and Design Guidelines
May 11, 2016     

 

Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Incentive Zoning Methodology and Amenity List; Process  Departures

Commission Packet

Meeting Minutes

April 13, 2016

Planning Commission Meeting

Topic: Building Height & Urban Form

Commission Packet

Meeting Minutes

March 21, 2016

City Council Study Session

Topic: Public View Corridor of Mount Rainier

Council Packet

Video
March 9, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting & Stakeholder Exhibits  

Topics: Building Height & Urban Form

Commission Packet
March 7, 2016 
City Council Meeting 

Topic: Adoption of “Early Win” Code Amendments

February 10, 2016

Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Urban Form, Transportation Analysis, Incentive Zoning Principles  

Commission Packet

Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2016

Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Code Elements, District Identity, Street Character

Commission Packet

Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2016

City Council Study Session

Topic: Principles of Incentive Zoning  
Council Packet

Video

December 9, 2015

Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: “Early Win” Recommendations  

Commission Packet

Meeting Minutes

November 18, 2015 
Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Incentive Zoning Workshop Debrief, “Early Win”  
November 9, 2015  
Joint Council/Planning Commission Workshop            

Topic: Incentive Zoning Workshop
Council Packet

Video not available
October 14, 2015
Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: “Early Win” Amendment Topics

September 23, 2015

Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: Walking Tour, “Early Win” Timing

July 22, 2015
Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: CAC Recommendations, Potential “Early Win” Amendments

June 24, 2015

Planning Commission Meeting

Topics: CAC Recommendations

May 26, 2015

City Council Study Session          

Topics: CAC Recommendations

Video

May 18, 2015
City Council Study Session

Topic: Transmittal of CAC Recommendations Part 2

April 22, 2015  
Downtown Walking Tour for Commission and Public

Commission Packet

January 20, 2015 
City Council Study Session

Topic: Transmittal of CAC Recommendations

Background

In fall 2012, the City Council provided initial direction on specific downtown zoning and development regulations to be analyzed.

The public process for the Downtown Livability project began in late 2012, with the appointment of the Downtown Livability Initiative Citizen Advisory Committee following in the spring of 2013. The committee issued recommended changes to the land use code in 2014. The Planning Commission is reviewing and refining recommended land use code changes.

In 2017 the City Council is expected to decide on code changes and design guidelines that help create a more vibrant and dynamic downtown with an enhanced pedestrian environment and distinct neighborhoods.

Contact

Emil A. King, AICPStrategic Planning Manager

Telephone

425-452-7223

Email

eaking@bellevuewa.gov
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