• High-Quality Built and Natural Environment

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    Bellevue's built environment has it all, and people find exactly where they want to live and work. The diverse and well-balanced mix of business and commercial properties and the wide variety of housing types and affordability attract people who desire a safe, sustainable, inclusive and accessible community. High-Quality Environment Performance

    Bellevue has an abundance of parks and natural open space. Known as a "city in a park," our park system is one of the best in the nation. Bellevue parks provide ample opportunities for all, including forested trails, neighborhood and regional parks, a regional aquatics center and community gathering places. We enjoy a variety of recreational and sporting opportunities within walking distance of our homes and businesses. 

    Bellevue is a “Smart City” with a clean, high-quality environment and excellent and reliable infrastructure that supports our vibrant and growing city, including high-tech connectivity. The city has a connected, multimodal transportation system, which blends seamlessly with buildings, plazas and parks. 

    Whether it’s an urban high-rise, a classic Bellevue rambler or a historic resource, the constant is our people. Our neighborhoods and businesses transcend age, ethnicity and culture to create safe, welcoming places to live and work.

    Three-Year (2021-23) Priorities

    5. Execute Affordable Housing strategy, including:

    1. Look at code amendments instead of comprehensive plan amendments for projects with exceptional amounts of low-and middle-income housing; and 
    2. Strengthen housing bonus program.

    6. Complete construction of Phase One of Meydenbauer Bay Park by 2018 and the Downtown Park Gateway by the end of 2019 and synchronize with the Grand Connection as possible. Include celebration of the connection of downtown to the waterfront.

    7. Advance implementation of the Smart City Strategy, including advanced transportation technology and autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicle technologies.

    8. Implement the Environmental Stewardship Plan, which identifies actions in five focus areas: 

    • Climate change; 
    • Energy;
    • Materials management and waste;
    • Mobility and land use; and
    • Natural systems

    9. Advance a park funding strategy, including consideration of new funding sources for operations, maintenance and construction.

    10. Proceed with site selection and feasibility analysis for a major aquatic center in Bellevue.