Comprehensive Plan

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Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan is the city’s foundational policy document, guiding growth and development here for the next 20 years. The City Council adopted the current Comprehensive Plan on Aug. 3, 2015 (agenda memo), dedicating it to Nan Campbell, former Bellevue mayor. The maps, goals and policies of the plan provide the basis for Bellevue's regulations, programs and services. Comprehensive Plan Story Map

The comprehensive plan is organized into two volumes. Volume 1 has background information about Bellevue and the community vision for the future, along with goals for elements such as housing, transportation, human services and parks. Volume 2 contains goals and policies of the subarea (or neighborhood area) plans.

The City Council initiated work on the Comprehensive Plan update on Feb. 28, 2022. This update is planned for adoption by June of 2024. Participate in the update at Engaging Bellevue. Questions can be sent to CompPlan2044@bellevuewa.gov.

Timeline

Date Event Links
Mar. 22, 2022 Community Vision Event Presentation & Notes
  This online event gave an overview of the periodic update process and participants discussed areas where Bellevue is fulfilling its vision and where it can do better.  
Mar. 9, 2022 Planning Commission PowerPoint & Commission Materials
  The scope of the update was introduced to Planning Commission. No action was taken.  
Feb. 28, 2022 City Council PowerPoint and Council Materials
  Council directed staff to begin work on the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update.  

 

Comprehensive Plan Amendments are considered once per year in Bellevue. Work is underway on the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (as initiated by the City Council on Feb. 28, 2022), which includes potential changes to the Land Use Maps found within the Comprehensive Plan. This work will continue throughout 2023 and 2024, with an adoption date for the Periodic Update scheduled on or before June 30, 2024.

Please note that any potential privately-initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) that may be submitted to the City for the 2023 or 2024 CPA cycles are unlikely to pass all threshold criteria to move on to final review.  Specifically, it is unlikely that the criterium in LUC 20.30I.140.C (“The proposed amendment does not raise policy or land use issues that are more appropriately addressed by an ongoing work program approved by the City Council”) could be satisfied by an applicant requesting a change to a Land Use Map while the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update is still being processed by the City.  Please also note that a privately-initiated CPA application that does not pass threshold review in 2023 or 2024 may not be resubmitted for three years, due to LUC 20.30I.130.A.2.d.

More information about Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments can be found on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment webpage.

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