Proposed annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are carefully considered every year. The next periodic update is due in 2023.
There is a two-month application period from December 1 (2019) through January 31 (2020) for proposing an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Complete details on this process are found in the Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone Procedures Guide.
New for 2020: Applications for a plan amendment are online December 2.
Newly revised for 2020: An "intake application" letter from Community Development staff is required before a site-specific plan amendment application will be accepted (a non-site-specific, or policy amendment, does not require the letter.) Please contact Community Development staff to have a discussion regarding a proposed site-specific plan amendment. This discussion--by phone, email, or in-person--will result in the "intake application" letter necessary to separately apply for the site-specific plan amendment application.
Site-specific amendments can also include a rezone application. You can apply for a rezone along with a site-specific Comprehensive Plan amendment.
Through Threshold Review and public hearings, the Planning Commission recommends which proposed amendments should be considered for the CPA work program.
The City Council reviews the recommendations and determines which proposed amendments to include in the annual work program.
The Permit Bulletin provides public notice to alert residents, owners, agencies and organizations regarding Notices of Application, SEPA Threshold Determinations and CPA public hearings.
The Planning Commission conducts the final review and public hearings and makes Final Review recommendations to the City Council.
The City Council approves or denies proposed amendments.
What's Coming Up Next (12/24/19)
January 31, 2020 is the application submittal deadline for proposed plan amendments for the 2020 annual review year.
Through Ordinances No. 6499 and No. 6500 the City Council took action on the Planning Commission's 2019 annual plan amendment recommendations including the Comprehensive Transportation Project List and the General Ordinance, respectively,at the Council's December 9, 2019, regular session. Please refer to this ordinance until the CTPL amendments are codified into the Comprehensive Plan.
The City Council directed staff to return to the December 9, 2019, regular session with an ordinance for action on the proposed Comprehensive Transportation Project List Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
The City Council held a November 4, 2019, study session on the sole 2019 annual proposed Comprehensive Transportation Project List Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
The Planning Commission held an October 23, 2019, Final Review Public Hearing for the proposed CTPL CPA, voting unanimously to recommend the proposed plan amendment for adoption by the City Council. The Commission's recommendation resolution is here. The staff recommendation is available in the October 3 Weekly Permit Bulletin.
The Planning Commission studied the proposed CTPL CPA at its September 25, 2019, Study Session, and provided direction to staff to return with a staff recommendation for public hearing. The City Council on July 15 initiated a 2019 Comprehensive Plan amendment to amend the Comprehensive Transportation Project List (Volume II) as a result of the Transportation Commission's final report on the Eastgate Transportation Study.
The City Council on June 17 did not advance to Final Review the remaining 2019 privately-initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendment application known as Vision Zero for Gun Safety. With the withdrawal of the other three privately-initiated amendments — 12620 Northup Way, Bellevue Technology Center and The Park in Bellevue — the council’s action results in no more privately-initiated plan amendment review for the rest of 2019.
At its May 22 Threshold Review public hearing the Planning Commission recommended to not advance The Vision Zero for Gun Safety proposed plan amendment to Final Review.
At its April 24 Threshold Review public hearings meeting the Planning Commission recommended to not advance The Park in Bellevue and Bellevue Technology Center proposed plan amendments to Final Review (staff presentation).
The applicant for the 12620 Northup Way proposed plan amendment has withdrawn its application. No further action will be taken on this proposal this year.
Public Comments received to date (May 22):
Vision Zero for Gun Safety (May 21)
Vision Zero for Gun Safety (May 9 - April 25)
Vision Zero for Gun Safety (February 27 - April 6)
Public Comments received by date of April 24 hearing:
The Park in Bellevue
Bellevue Technology Center
Public Comments received to date (April 19):
The Park in Bellevue
Bellevue Technology Center
Neighborhood Coalition letter/Planning Commission
Petition* addressed to City Council at change.org (enter Save Our Neighborhoods in the search box)
*petition contents at this Internet address are included in the public record.
The Planning Commission continued its Threshold Review of the 2019 proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments with April 24 Threshold Review public hearings for The Park in Bellevue and Bellevue Technology Center and 12620 Northup Way proposed plan amendments, and May 22 (rescheduled from May 8) for the Vision Zero for Gun Safety proposed plan amendment.
The Notice of Threshold Review public hearing and the staff recommendations for the three privately-initiated proposed plan amendments have been published in the April 4 Permit Bulletin.
Drop-in CPA hours were held at Crossroads Mini City Hall (MCH) on March 22 and March 25. People stopped by any time between 1 and 3 pm to learn more about the 2019 CPA review schedule and the applications.
The Planning Commission continued its Threshold Review of the 2019 proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments in a March 13 study session and expansion of geographic scope analysis. Get the staff presentation slides here.
The Planning Commission was introduced to the 2019 proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments at its February 27 meeting. Get the staff presentation slides here.
The City of Bellevue received four privately-initiated proposed 2019 Comprehensive Plan amendments by the January 31 deadline--three site-specific proposals and one citywide proposal.
2020 Comp Plan Amendments (Schedule and Applications)
The deadline for 2020 proposed plan amendments submittal is January 31, 2020.
The state Commerce Department acknowledged Bellevue's 2019 annual amendment actions under the Growth Management Act. This completes 2019.
The City Council took December 9 final GMA action on the proposed Comprehensive Transportation Project List Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
The Planning Commission presented its sole Final Review 2019 annual proposed plan amendment recommendation--the city-initiated Comprehensive Transportation Project List--to the City Council on November 4.
Planning Commission Threshold Review recommendations were presented to City Council on June 17. The City Council did not advance to Final Review any of the privately proposed 2019 amendments, resulting in no more privately-initiated plan amendment review for the rest of 2019.
Threshold Review public hearings before the Planning Commission were held on May 22 and on April 24.
The commission held a geographic scoping study session on March 13.
The Planning Commission was introduced to the 2019 proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments on February 27.
The City of Bellevue received four privately-initiated proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments in 2019--three site-specific proposals and one citywide proposal.
2019 CPA application site locations
The state Commerce Department acknowledged Bellevue's 2018 annual amendment actions under the Growth Management Act. This completes 2018.
The City Council took action on the Planning Commission's 2018 CPAs annual recommendations at the Council's December 10, 2018, regular session.
The City Council took up study of the Planning Commission's 2018 annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment recommendations at the Council's November 26, 2018, study session.
The Planning Commission recommended Final Review approval for each of the East Main and Grand Connection City Council-initiated Comprehensive Plan amendments (East Main and Grand Connection) after public hearings that were held November 7, 2018. Here are the presentation slides for the hearing, and for the East Main hearing. The staff recommendations are available.
The Planning Commission recommended Final Review approval for each of the three site-specific Comprehensive Plan amendments (City Dacha LLC, Bellevue Nursery, Red Town) after public hearings that were held October 24, 2018. Here are the presentation slides for the hearing. The staff recommendations are available.
The Planning Commission continued study of the 2018 proposed amendments at its September study sessions.
At its July 23 meeting the City Council established the 2018 annual plan amendment Work Program.
The DASH Glendale CPA has been included in the Wilburton Study Area implementation work program. It will not be reviewed as a plan amendment in 2018.
The applicants for the Newport Hills Shopping Center Redevelopment CPA have withdrawn their application. No additional review, study, recommendations, or actions will occur this year.
The Planning Commission held a June 27 Threshold Review Public Hearing (Newport Hills Shopping Center Redevelopment CPA), and June 13 Threshold Review Public Hearings (City Dacha LLC, Bellevue Nursery, Red Town, and DASH Glendale CPAs).
The Commission's recommendations were presented to City Council in a July 23 study session.
The staff recommendations are available for June 27 and are available for June 13 Threshold Review public hearings. Here are the presentation slides for the June 27 and June 13 hearings.
The applicants for the Jewish Day School CPA have withdrawn their application. No additional review, study, recommendations, or actions will occur this year.
The Planning Commission continued its 2018 CPA Threshold Review in an Apri1 25 study session and expansion of geographic scope analysis. Here are the presentation slides.
On March 14 the Commission continued its study and review of the 2018 Threshold Review CPAs. Here are the presentation slides.
The Planning Commission is underway in 2018 with its study and review of the city-initiated East Main CPA (January 10, February 14 and 28, March 28, July 11 and September 26) and Grand Connection CPA (April 4, May 9 and September 26.)
On March 5 the City Council received an informational management briefing on the 2018 CPAs.
For ease of access all Threshold Review public comments have been archived, including those submitted in writing for the June public hearing. Please contact us for them.
All public comments received to date on the privately-initiated CPAs are available as follows:
- Comments received by the October 4 and October 18 publishing dates were attached to the staff recommendations
- All Final Review public comments through November 13 at noon (including those attached to the staff report) are here:
City Dacha LLC
Public Comments 11/13-10-24
Public comments 10/24-10/18
Public comments 10/17-10/2
Public comments 10/1-9/12
- Public comments received after October 17 are provided to the Planning Commission.
The list of proposed applications was published in the February 22, 2018, Permit Bulletin.
The City Council has taken action on the 2017 CPAs.
The Department of Commerce has acknowledged receipt of the City of Bellevue's 2017 CPA actions.
2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Land Use Code Amendment
The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 6495 with December 2 regular session action for proposed amendments to the Land Use Code at Section 20.30I covering Comprehensive Plan Amendments review processes. The City Council held a November 4 study session on the proposed Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA.)
In an October 23, 2019 public hearing the Planning Commission considered proposed amendments to the Land Use Code at Section 20.30I covering Comprehensive Plan Amendments review processes. Commissioners unanimously recommended approval of the proposed amendments. The Planning Commission resolution is here.