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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Council invites comments on proposed light rail Comprehensive Plan changes

People interested in proposed changes to the city's Comprehensive Plan and other recommendations related to developing a light rail system in Bellevue can voice their opinions during an upcoming City Council study session.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the Council Conference Room, 1E-113, of Bellevue City Hall, at 450 110th Ave. N.E.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments and other recommendations grew out of work by the Light Rail Best Practices Committee. The Council-appointed panel spent nearly a year holding public meetings, studying light rail systems in North American cities, briefing the Council on their progress and compiling a detailed report.

Sound Transit's Board of Directors could ask voters in November to fund the East Link Light Rail Project, other rail extensions and more bus service. East Link would extend light rail from Seattle through Bellevue to Overlake.

In June, the Best Practices Committee released its final report, which includes recommendations for Comprehensive Plan amendments. The Committee's work is intended to prepare for light rail, if approved, and to put the city in position to influence future decisions.

Since the report was completed, the Bellevue Planning Commission has studied the Committee's recommendations and on July 9 it held a public hearing on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments.

At its July 28 meeting, Council members will consider the Planning Commission's advice and provide the public an opportunity to comment on Comprehensive Plan amendments and other recommendations. Council is scheduled to adopt the amendments at their Aug. 4 meeting.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7810
Fax: 425-452-7919
E-mail: council@bellevuewa.gov

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