• East Main Transit Oriented District

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    With an East Link light rail station to be located in the East Main neighborhood, the city is working to create a vibrant transit-oriented district there. The district will comfortably span the change in character from downtown to the low-density residential neighborhood west of 112th Avenue Southeast.

    Guiding principles adopted

    On July 8, 2019, the City Council adopted proposed guiding principles for the project. The council on May 28 discussed the principles, intended for development of a land use code amendment to facilitate the East Main district.


    The East Main station will serve the southeast portion of downtown, the East Main transit-oriented district and the Surrey Downs residential neighborhood. In 2016, the council adopted the East Main Station Area Plan to guide growth in the area, east of the station to Interstate 405 and south from Main Street to Southeast Eighth Street. A resident advisory group and staff had developed the plan.

    To implement the transit-oriented district, the city's land use code and zoning map must be amended. Related amendments to the city's Comprehensive Plan and Southwest Bellevue Subarea Plan map are also proposed.

    Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
    7/8/19 City Council Adopted Guiding Principals Packet
    5/28/19 City Council Study Session Packet
    5/20/19 City Council Adopted the East Main CPA Ordinance
    4/22/19 City Council Extended Study Session Agenda
    1/22/19 City Council Study Session Agenda
    11/26/18 City Council Study Session Packet
    11/7/18 Planning Commission Final Review Public Hearing Packet
    9/26/18 Planning Commission Study Session: Final review of draft CPA Packet
    9/5/18 Open House Presentation
    7/11/18 Planning Commission Study Session: Draft CPA amendments and CAC recommendations Packet
    Projects Map
    5/16/18 Planning Commission Study Session: How to review a LUCA Packet
    3/31/18 Walking Tour of East Main Area  
    3/28/18 Planning Commission Study Session: Discussion of characteristics Packet
    2/28/18 Planning Commission Study Session: Draft policy direction and placemaking elements
    2/14/18 Open House
    Topic: East Main TOD Update
    2/9/18 Walking Tour
    Topic: East Main TOD Update
    1/10/18 Planning Commission Study Session: Overview of East Main TOD project Packet

    This page is not intended as a complete project record. If you have any questions, please contact the Project Lead.


    Project Phase Approximate Date
    Scoping Before 2016
    Visioning Before 2016
    Feasibility Studies Before 2016
    Planning Station Area Plan adopted 2016
    East Main TOD Comp Plan Amendments Council action May 2019
    East Main TOD Land Use Code Amendments Underway spring 2019
    Code Implementation Council adoption in fall 2019
    Monitoring & Control Ongoing after adoption

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    Nick Whipple
    Senior Planner

    Eric Engmann
    Senior Planner