Council members Monday launched the first in a series of study sessions to examine proposed long-range changes to the Bel-Red area. If approved early next year as anticipated, the plan would be the largest rezone in the city's history and dramatically transform the area's landscape.
Over the past three years and numerous public meetings, a Council-appointed Steering Committee and later the city's boards and commissions worked to craft the Bel-Red Subarea Plan. The planning blueprint would guide the gradual transition of Bel-Red from a light industrial area to one that includes office space, housing developments, retail stores, commercial services, new streets and parks.
Proposals include seven new zoning designations, code provisions for continuing existing uses in the area, an incentive system that requires new development to contribute to public infrastructure, more parks and open space, stream restoration and a new Northeast 15-16th Street corridor to accommodate a variety of transportation types, including light rail.
The Council will also study ways to pay for the plan using financial tools such as impact fees, local improvement districts
Council study of the Bel-Red plan will continue this fall and into 2009. Meetings include:
- An Oct. 6 presentation by the city's consultant, Property Counselors, and the Urban Land Institute on the proposed incentive system;
- An Oct. 13 review of Bellevue's long-range capital planning and financial strategy, including infrastructure needs in Bel-Red; and
- An Oct. 20 discussion on an interlocal agreement with Redmond called the Bellevue Redmond Overlake Transportation Study.
In December the Council will approve a new two-year capital budget that could include funding for Bel-Red infrastructure projects; in January Council could vote on comprehensive plan and land use code amendments related to the Bel-Red proposals. Implementation of financial tools that will support Bel-Red infrastructure may occur over the winter and spring.
Feedback: Paul Inghram, Comprehensive Planning Manager, 425-452-4070, firstname.lastname@example.org
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