Proposed annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are carefully considered every year.
The 2021 application period is open through September 15, 2020. 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.
What's Coming Up Next (9/23/2020)
The Planning Commission held a September 9 study session for the C-1 Affordable Housing Strategy proposed plan amendment. The commission is scheduled to hold a September 23 study session for the four privately-initiated site-specific proposed plan amendments (100 Bellevue Way SE, Safegard Self Storage, NE 8th Street Partners, and Glendale Country Club NE.)
The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold October 28 Final Review public hearings on the 2020 annual plan amendments.
The NE 8th Street Partners and Glendale Country Club NE proposed plan amendments are subject to jurisdiction of the East Bellevue Community Council pursuant to RCW 35.14.040; the community council will hold a scheduled October 6 courtesy public hearing.
The Bellevue City Council established the 2020 annual Comprehensive Plan amendment work program after holding an August 3, 2020 study session during its virtual Regular Meeting to review and take action on the Planning Commission's Threshold Review recommendations for the privately-initiated 2020 proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments, and after initiating a proposed plan amendment for the C-1 Affordable Housing Strategy at its July 20, 2020 regular meeting.
The Planning Commission will begin its Final Review process starting in September 2020.
The Planning Commission held Threshold Review public hearings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The public hearings were held virtually via Zoom Webinar. The Planning Commission held a public hearing and study session for each of the four proposed 2020 plan amendments.
Details on how to view the meeting and registering to provide written or oral testimony at the public hearing will be provided on the agenda that will be published for July 8 and can be found at:
Any person may also participate in the public hearing by submitting written comments to the Community Development Director prior to the date of the public hearing. All written comments received by the Director will be transmitted to the Planning Commission no later than the date of the public hearing.
The City of Bellevue Planning Commission held a June 10 Study Session for the 2020 proposed plan amendments.
The City of Bellevue Planning Commission meeting for June 10 will be conducted virtually via Zoom Webinar. The public can access the meeting by connecting to the Zoom Webinar using Webinar ID: 910 1008 6980 Password: 034369. For those members of the public unable to access internet services, a telephone option will be made available to listen to the proceedings. The phone number to access the meeting is (253) 215 8782, Webinar ID: 910 1008 6980.
There will be no opportunity for oral communications at this meeting. All written comments received prior to 3 p.m. on June 10 will be summarized into the record at the meeting. To provide written comments to the Planning Commission, please send via email to PlanningCommission@bellevuewa.gov with the subject line “Written Communications – June 10”.
The virtual study session will review the extent of geographic scoping and will review appropriate data requests of commissioners. Both of these reviews are inform the staff recommendation that will be prepared for the Threshold Review public hearings. These hearings have not been scheduled, and a staff recommendation will not be discussed at this meeting.
The March, April and May meetings of the City of Bellevue Planning Commission meetings have been canceled (COVID-19 response.) To the extent possible, the city is continuing to deliver services in various alternate ways.
The Planning Commission began its study of the 2020 proposed plan amendments in study session on February 26.
The Notice of Application was published in the February 13 Permit Bulletin.
The deadline for submitting 2020 proposed plan amendments was January 31, 2020. The City of Bellevue received five privately-initiated proposals--all are site-specific.
2020 Comp Plan Amendments (Schedule and Applications)
The next scheduled Planning Commission meetings on the 2020 plan amendments will be on September 23 (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 (September 23) See the Planning Commission agendas and minutes page for public testimony at the Threshold Review hearings.
- Public Comment received for 9-23 PC
- Affordable Housing C-1 Strategy
- Glendale Country Club NE
- 100 Bellevue Way SE
- 100 Bellevue Way SE
- No comments on Safegard Self Storage
- NE 8th St Partners
- Glendale Country Club NE
- NE 8th and Glendale CC
- Kapela Property Redesignation
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.
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.