After months of planning, including public workshops, an online survey and review by an appointed steering committee, plan concepts for a new waterfront park at Meydenbauer Bay have been drafted. Residents and other stakeholders are invited to comment on what should be covered in an environmental review at 5 p.m. Wednesday (tonight) at City Hall, Rooms 1E-113 and 1E-108.
A land use plan for the neighboring "upland" areas intended to add new pedestrian routes and plazas and make existing walkways more inviting will also be presented at the workshop and environmental impact statement "scoping" meeting.
Two alternatives will be presented -- each with a variant that keeps 100th Avenue Southeast open to vehicle traffic and one that closes it to cars. The meeting will provide the public with opportunities to comment on issues, concerns and alternatives the EIS should address. Official Notice
The public is also welcome to attend the Meydenbauer Bay Park and Land Use Plan Steering Committee's meeting Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., also in Rooms 1E-113 and 1E-108.
New Park Concept
In 2007, after years of acquiring land for a new waterfront park at Meydenbauer Bay, the City of Bellevue began the master planning process for the park and nearby upland properties. To include almost a quarter-mile of shoreline between Meydenbauer Beach Park and the Meydenbauer Marina, the new park would make Bellevue's waterfront more accessible to the public for a variety of recreational uses.
In July 2008, three concepts for the park were presented at a public workshop and Steering Committee meeting. Public input from the city's online survey and public comments in conjunction with Steering Committee direction resulted in refinement of the three conceptual alternatives to those being presented tonight.
Land Use Plan
The intent of changes to the upland areas near the waterfront is to improve the connection between the downtown area and the waterfront. A preliminary preferred land use plan envisions an improved streetscape and pedestrian environment in the "Upper Block" area and coordinated redevelopment in the "South of Main" area, creating pedestrian connections, plazas, terraces and view opportunities.
The Planning Process
In March 2007 the City Council appointed a steering committee to ensure the project is carried out according to the community's vision.
Following the completion of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), a public hearing will be held to take comments on the impacts identified. Comments received at the public hearing and during the DEIS comment period will be included with responses in the final EIS. Steering Committee meetings will be held after all public comments on the DEIS are heard and will lead to a recommended integrated master plan proposal for the waterfront park and neighborhood upland area.
The proposed plan will then be forwarded to the Parks & Community Services Board and the Planning Commission for their review. After public hearings, each board will provide a recommendation to the City Council, which will then take final action in late 2009 or early 2010.
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