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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 24, 2008

Planning Commission to talk neighborhood livability again

A second round of public discussion on neighborhood redevelopment and infill will get underway at the Bellevue Planning Commission's meeting Wednesday.

In December the City Council adopted regulatory changes to address neighborhood concerns about older houses being replaced by signficantly larger new ones. Those "phase one" city code amendments were intended to preserve significant trees, require some front yard landscaping, prevent unnecessary lot build-up, limit the placement of temporary structures and control construction impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.

Now, as part of a second phase of neighborhood character discussions, the city is casting a wide net about the pros and cons of tearing down older and smaller homes to make way for new ones that may not be compatible with the character of the neighborhood. City leaders and staff want to hear from a broad range of residents, homebuyers, home sellers, developers and other stakeholders.

For this week's Planning Commission meeting, discussion of potential Phase Two changes -- including complex issues of size and scale -- is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Conference Room of City Hall. Anyone wishing to address the Commission should arrive at the beginning of the meeting.

Neighborhood livability will be a topic at Planning Commission meetings and at meetings throughout the city.

In addition to the Planning Commission discussions Wednesday and April 23, staff is planning a community meeting to discuss redevelopment impacts and potential solutions at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the City Council Chambers. The meeting will offer residents a chance to express their views using an automated audience response system similar to the ones seen on some live television programs.

Staff also are available to speak with individuals and groups, and to attend neighborhood meetings to discuss the potential changes. Please direct meeting requests, questions and comments to the Neighborhood Outreach Office (see contact information in the right column of this page). 

Neighborhood Character offers a complete list of Phase One code changes and Phase Two potential changes. 

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-6836
E-mail: neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov

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