Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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Amendment Process

The process of amending the comprehensive plan is governed by the state Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A.130) and Bellevue's Land Use Code (LUC 20.30I). Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) are considered once per year in Bellevue. The consideration of privately-initiated amendments to the Comprehensive Plan is a two-step process in Bellevue. At both stages, Planning Commission holds a public hearing before making a recommendation.

  1. Threshold Review. This stage evaluates whether the proposals should be part of the annual Comprehensive Plan work program. Planning Commission makes a recommendation to Council on which proposals to include in the annual work program. Council then adopts the work program, usually between March and July. There is no assumption that an amendment will be adopted if it is included in the work program.
  2. Final Review. At this stage, the proposals are evaluated on their merits. Planning Commission makes a recommendation to Council as to whether the amendment should be made. Council adopts (or declines to adopt) amendments, usually in November or December.

All privately-initiated amendments are published in the Weekly Permit Bulletin and, for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Map, property owners within 500 feet of the site of the proposed amendment are notified. Other people can contact the city and ask to be included in notifications as parties of interest to a specific application.

Propose an Amendment

Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are considered once per year. Privately-initiated amendment applications are due on September 15 of the year prior to the year of consideration.

The 2022 application period has closed.
Complete details on this process are found in the
Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone Procedures Guide.

Applications for a plan amendment are available online in the Permit Center.

There are two types of privately-initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments:

  1. Map amendments: A change to the Comprehensive Plan map
  2. Policy amendments: A change to the policy language in the Comprehensive Plan

Map amendments require a meeting with staff and an intake application letter from Community Development staff. Policy amendments are advised to meet with staff but an intake letter is not required. Please contact the staff member listed on the right to arrange a meeting at anytime during the year.

Map amendments can also include a rezone application. You can apply for a rezone along with a site-specific Comprehensive Plan amendment to expedite the process.

Upcoming Annual Amendments

Work is underway on the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (as initiated by the City Council on February 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 set forth 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.

 

Timeline of Events
Date Event Links
March 9, 2022 Planning Commission  
 

The following CPA was introduced to the Commission:

  • Curb Management Plan

No action was taken.

 
March 9, 2022 Application Withdrawn  
  The applicant withdrew the application for the 115 100th Ave NE CPA.  
February 23, 2022 Planning Commission: Geographic Scoping Meeting Agenda and Minutes
  The commission studied the geographic scope of the proposed map amendment. They directed staff not to expand the geographic scope.  
February 14, 2022 City Council Study Session Meeting Agenda and Minutes
 

The following CPAs were introduced to City Council:

  • 115 100th Ave NE
  • Curb Management Plan

No action was taken on the 115 100th Ave NE CPA. Council directed staff to initiate work on the Curb Management Plan and associated CPA.

 
December 8, 2021 Planning Commission: Introduction to Privately Initiated CPA Meeting Agenda and Minutes
 

The following CPA was introduced to Planning Commission:

  • 115 100th Ave NE.

No action was taken.

 
November 18, 2021 Notice of Application Weekly Permit Bulletin
 

The notice of application was made in the Weekly Permit Bulletin and in the Seattle Times for the following privately-initiated CPAs:

  • 115 100th Ave NE.
 
 
Application Materials

115 100th Ave NE (permit no. 21-120635-AC)

Public Comment

115 100th Ave NE (updated 2/23/2022)

Timeline of Events
Date Event Links
December 13, 2021 City Council Meeting Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

Council adopted the following amendments to the Comprehensive Plan:

  • Northwest Bellevue Subarea Plan update (with amendments)
  • Northeast Bellevue Subarea Plan update (with amendments)
  • DASH-Glendale map amendment
  • Transportation-related amendments.

Amendments to the subarea plan updates will be posted when available electronically.

 
November 22, 2021 City Council Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The City Council studied the

  • Northeast Bellevue Subarea Plan update
  • Northwest Bellevue Subarea Plan update

No action was taken.

 
October 25, 2021 City Council Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The City Council studied the

  • Transportation-related amendments
  • DASH Glendale proposed amendment

No action was taken.

 
July 28, 2021 Planning Commission: Public Hearing

Meeting Agenda & Minutes

 

The Planning Commission held public hearings for the final review of the,

  • DASH-Glendale amendment, and
  • Transportation-related amendments.

The Commission passed resolutions recommending adoption of both amendments.

 
July 14, 2021 Planning Commission: Public Hearing Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission held public hearings for the final review of the,

  • Northeast Bellevue Subarea Plan update, and
  • Northwest Subarea Plan.

The Commission passed resolutions recommending adoption of each plan by the City Council.

 
July 7, 2021 Planning Commission: Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission studied the

  • DASH Glendale proposed amendment
  • Northwest Subarea Plan proposed amendments, and
  • Northeast Subarea Plan proposed amendments.

No action was taken.

 
June 23, 2021 Planning Commission: Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission studied the transportation-related amendments. No action was taken.

 
June 9, 2021 Planning Commission: Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission studied the

  • DASH Glendale proposed amendment
  • Northwest Subarea Plan proposed amendments, and
  • Northeast Subarea Plan proposed amendments.

No action was taken.

 
May 26, 2021 Planning Commission: Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission studied the

  • Northwest Subarea Plan proposed amendments, and
  • Northeast Subarea Plan proposed amendments.

No action was taken.

 
April 28, 2021 Planning Commission: Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission studied the

  • Northwest Subarea Plan proposed amendments, and
  • Northeast Subarea Plan proposed amendments.

No action was taken.

 
April 14, 2021 Planning Commission: Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
  The Planning Commission studied the transportation-related amendments. No action was taken.  
April 5, 2021 City Council Meeting Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The City Council considered the inclusion of the following privately-initiated amendments in the 2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment work program (threshold review),

  • 15 Lake Bellevue, and
  • DASH Glendale.

The Council adopted the 2021 annual Comprehensive Plan Amendment work program to include the DASH Glendale proposed amendment.

 
March 10, 2021 Planning Commission: Public Hearing Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

The Planning Commission held public hearings for the threshold review of the,

  • 15 Lake Bellevue, and
  • DASH Glendale.

The Commission passed resolutions recommending that the City Council include the DASH Glendale proposed amendment and not include the 15 Lake Bellevue proposed amendment in the 2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment work program.

 
Feb 8, 2021 City Council Meeting Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

Introduction of the following privately initiated proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan:

  • 15 Lake Bellevue, and
  • DASH Glendale.

No action was taken.

 
January 27, 2021 Planning Commission Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

Planning Commission studied the geographic scope of the following proposed site-specific plan amendments:

  • 15 Lake Bellevue, and
  • DASH Glendale.

The Commission moved to not expand the geographic scope of either site-specific plan amendment.

 
January 7, 2021 Notice of Application Weekly Permit Bulletin
 

The following applications for Comprehensive Plan Amendments were noticed in the Weekly Permit Bulletin and in the Seattle Times:

  • 15 Lake Bellevue, and
  • DASH Glendale.
 
December 9, 2020 Planning Commission Study Session Meeting Agenda & Minutes
 

Introduction of the following privately initiated proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan:

  • 15 Lake Bellevue, and
  • DASH Glendale.

No action was taken.

 
     

 

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:


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

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

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

      Land Use Code amendment to the Comprehensive Plan amendment review process (2019)

      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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