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The Planning Commission recommended approval of the draft Comprehensive Plan (Volume 1 Volume 2) on March 25. The City Council is reviewing the plan, having looked at it during April 6, 20 and 27 meetings. Council review is scheduled to continue on May 11 and June 1, 8 and 15 (tentative dates). council agendas
Completion of the draft document follows public outreach that began in 2013 with a “Best Ideas” effort that drew hundreds of comments about how Bellevue should plan for the future. A key objective of the update is to make the plan more accessible and usable, so that it remains an effective planning tool.
The Comp Plan addresses a broad range of city issues, such as growth and changing demographics, transportation, affordable housing and homelessness, environmental stewardship, and economic development. New to the 2015 draft is a neighborhood section that reinforces the importance of quality neighborhoods and provides an easier way to search the plan for related policies.
Bellevue’s comprehensive plan captures the community’s vision for the future and provides direction for city regulations and investments. While the current comprehensive plan has served the community well, a lot has changed in Bellevue since, including the boom in downtown development, annexation of the Eastgate area and plans for light rail. The Comprehensive Plan is the citywide policy document that captures the community’s vision and guides Bellevue’s approach to growth and development over a 20-year planning horizon. The state-mandated plan was last updated in 2004.