Downtown Livability

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In 2017, the City Council adopted land use code amendments that completed the Downtown Livability initiative.

In 1981, Bellevue adopted its first downtown land use code. In the time since, downtown has evolved and grown into a truly live-work urban center, with more than 14,000 residents living and 60,000 employees working downtown.

The land use code, which guides the development of features like parking, public plazas, and building size and scale, had not kept pace with the types of amenities and features that these new residents and workers need. Downtown Livability is the most significant revamp of the land use code in more than 30 years.

Goals

The Downtown Livability Initiative produced major land use code updates that support the vision for downtown as a vibrant, mixed-use center:

  • enhancing the pedestrian environment;
  • improving the area as a residential setting; and
  • enhancing the identity and character of downtown "urban villages."

Opportunities to Engage

  • No upcoming opportunities

This project launched in Fall 2012. Please find a list of major project milestones and decision-points below.

Date Meeting, Event, or Action Taken Links
10/16/17 City Council
Topic: Final LUCA adoption
Packet
Video
5/24/17 Planning Commission
Topic: Final Commission Review
3/22/17 Planning Commission
Topic: Review of Draft LUCAs
3/8/17 Planning Commission
Topic: Public Hearing
2/8/17 Planning Commission
Topic: Review of Draft LUCAs
1/25/17 ULI Technical Assistance Panel
Briefing and Panel Presentation
ULI Presentation
1/18/17
ULI Technical Assistance Panel
Presentation

Packet
Presentation 

12/7/16 Planning Commission
Topic: Review of Draft LUCAs

Minutes 

10/26/16
Planning Commission
Topic: Outstanding Code Issues

Minutes 

10/12/16
Planning Commission
Topic: Code Packet, Part 2
9/14/16
Planning Commission
Topic: Code Packet, Part 1
7/27/16
Planning Commission
Topics: Incentive Zoning, Transportation Policy
Packet
Minutes

7/13/16

Planning Commission
Topics: Incentive Zoning; Subarea Policies

Minutes 

6/20/16 City Council - Study Session
Topics: Incentive Zoning, View Corridors
Packet
Video
6/8/16 Planning Commission
Topics: Code Standards, Design Guidelines
Packet
Minutes
5/11/16 Planning Commission

Topics: Incentive Zoning; Amenity List

Packet
Minutes 

4/13/16

Planning Commission
Topic: Building Height & Urban Form

Packet
Minutes 

3/22/16

City Council Study Session
Topic: View Corridors

Packet
Video
3/9/16 Planning Commission & Stakeholder Exhibits

Topics: Building Height & Urban Form

Packet
3/7/16 City Council - Study Session

Topic: “Early Win” Code Amendments

Packet
Video
2/10/16

Planning Commission
Topics: Urban Form, Transportation 

Packet
Minutes 

1/13/16

Planning Commission
Topics: District Identity, Street Character

Packet
Minutes
1/19/16

City Council Study Session
T opic: Principles of Incentive Zoning  

Packet

12/9/15

Planning Commission Topics: “Early Win”

Packet
Minutes 

11/18/15 Planning Commission
Topics: Incentive Zoning, “Early Win”
Packet
Minutes
11/9/15 Council/Planning Commission Workshop
Topic: Incentive Zoning
Packet
10/14/15
Planning Commission

Topics: “Early Win” Topics

Packet
Minutes

10/23/15

Planning Commission
Topics: Walking Tour, “Early Win” Timing 

Packet
Minutes
7/22/15 Planning Commission
Topics: Potential “Early Win”
Packet
Minutes

6/24/15

Planning Commission
Topics: CAC Recommendations 

Packet
Minutes

5/26/15

City Council - Study Session

Topics: CAC Recommendations

Video 

5/18/15
City Council - Study Session

Topic: CAC Recommendations

Packet
Video
4/22/15 Downtown Walking Tour

Packet 

1/20/15
City Council Study Session
Topic: CAC Recommendations
Packet
Video

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

The Downtown Livability Initiative is now complete. We will continue to monitor the performance of the Downtown Land Use Code on an ongoing basis.

Project Phase Approximate Date
Scoping Before 2015
Visioning Before 2015
Feasibility Studies Before 2015
Planning Before 2015
Land Use Code Early 2015 - Fall 2017
Implementation Council Adoption in October 2017
Monitoring & Control Ongoing

Find project-related and background documents below.

Contact

Emil A. King, AICP
Strategic Planning Manager
Telephone
(425)452-7223