Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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Proposed annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are carefully considered every year.

The 2021 application period has closed (September 15, 2020.) The 2022 application period is open through September 15, 2021. Complete details on this process are found in the Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone Procedures Guide.

Applications for a plan amendment are online.

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 virtual in-person remote--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 annual 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, State Environmental Policy Act Threshold Determinations and proposed plan amendment 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.

The next major periodic comprehensive plan update is due in 2024.


2020 Comprehensive Plan Amendments (Updated 1-22-21)

2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendments (Updated 12-24-2019)

2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendments (Updated 12-31-2018)

The Planning Commission held public hearings on July 28, 2021 regarding final review of the DASH Glendale site-specific plan amendment and final review of the city-initiated amendment to the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan. At this meeting, the Commission passed resolutions recommending adoption of both amendments. The Planning Commission also held a public hearing on July 14, 2021 regarding final review of the city-initiated amendments to the Northeast Bellevue and Northwest Bellevue Neighborhood Area Plans. At this meeting, the Commission passed resolutions recommending adoption of each plan by the City Council. All four amendments will move forward with the City Council in the fall.

The Planning Commission held Study Sessions on June 9, 2021 and July 7, 2021 regarding DASH Glendale, a privately-initiated site-specific amendment to the Wilburton/N.E. 8 Street Subarea Plan of the Comprehensive Plan.

The Planning Commission held Study Sessions on April 14, 2021 and June 23, 2021 regarding a city-initiated amendment to the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan.

The Planning Commission held Study Sessions on April 28, 2021, May 26, 2021, June 9, 2021, and July 7, 2021 regarding city-initiated amendments to the Northeast Bellevue and Northwest Bellevue Neighborhood Area Plans.

The Planning Commission held a March 10, 2021, Public Hearing regarding threshold review of the 2021 proposed site-specific plan amendments.

The Planning Commission held a January 27, 2021, Study Session regarding geographic scoping of the 2021 proposed site-specific plan amendments.

The Planning Commission held a December 9, 2020, Study Session introducing them to the 2021 proposed site-specific plan amendments.

Public Comment to date (7/28/21)

The deadline to submit 2021 proposed plan amendments was September 15, 2020. The Planning Commission began its study of the 2021 proposed plan amendments in study session on December 9.

The City of Bellevue received two privately-initiated, site-specific proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments for 2021.

    2021 proposed plan amendment application site locations.

    Application materials/ Notice of Application Weekly Permit Bulletin

    SEPA Determination and Staff Report / Notice of Decision and Public Hearing Weekly Permit Bulletin

    Applications

    The state Commerce Department acknowledged Bellevue's 2020 annual amendment actions under the Growth Management Act. This completes 2020.

    Through Ordinances No. 6558, 6559, 6560, 6561, 6562, and 6563 the City Council took action on the Planning Commission's 2020 annual plan amendment recommendations at the Council's December 14, 2020, regular session.

    The City Council held a December 14 Regular Session for ordinance action on the five 2020 proposed plan amendments.

    The City Council held  a November 16 Study Session on the Planning Commission's Final Review recommendations for the five 2020 proposed plan amendments.

    The Planning Commission held an October 28 Final Review public hearing on the five 2020 proposed plan amendments.

    The East Bellevue Community Council held an October 6 courtesy public hearing on the NE 8th Street Partners and Glendale Country Club NE privately-initiated applications, and on the city-initiated C-1 Affordable Housing proposed plan amendment.

    The Planning Commission held a September 23 study session on the four privately-initiated plan amendments. Please check the Planning Commission website and calendar.

    The Planning Commission held a September 9 study session meeting on the C-1 Affordable Housing proposed plan amendment.

    On August 3 and July 20 the City Council included four privately-initiated plan amendments and one publicly-initiated amendment in the 2020 annual Comprehensive Plan amendment work program.

    PUBLIC COMMENT TO DATE (Nov 3) See the Planning Commission agendas and minutes page for oral public testimony at the Threshold Review hearings.

    The next scheduled Planning Commission meeting on the 2020 plan amendments was a Threshold Review public hearing on July 8. The commission will conduct a public hearing for each of the four applications, and will make a recommendation to the City Council.

    The applicant for the Kapela Property Redesignation (20-102753 AC) proposed plan amendment has withdrawn their application. No further consideration will be given this proposal in the 2020 annual plan amendment process.

    The next scheduled Planning Commission was on June 10 and at which the commission studied geographic scoping of the 2020 proposed plan amendments.

    The March, April, and May 2020 City of Bellevue Planning Commission meetings were canceled.

    The deadline to submit 2020 proposed plan amendments was January 31, 2020. The Planning Commission began its study of the 2020 proposed plan amendments in study session on February 26.

    The City of Bellevue received five privately-initiated proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments in 2020--all are site-specific proposals.

      2020 proposed plan amendment application site locations.

      Application materials/ February 13 Notice of Application Weekly Permit Bulletin:

      The state Commerce Department acknowledged Bellevue's 2019 annual amendment actions under the Growth Management Act. This completes 2019.

      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.

      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.


      Applications
      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

      Application materials:

      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.

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