• Reduced Minimum Residential Parking Standards

    The City Council has adopted an Interim Official Control (IOC) which establishes temporary regulations for reduced minimum residential parking standards when located near frequent transit. These regulations are effective as of May 23, 2020. A copy of the regulations and map of potentially affected areas are under Project Documents.

    The City Council directed staff to develop a Land Use Code Amendment implementing the IOC requirements. In addition, the City Council requested staff to study the following four topics for potential inclusion in the permanent code:

    1. Determining whether the service area around a frequent transit stop should be one-quarter or one-half mile radius
    2. Considering opportunities to improve certainty in the process for requesting a parking departure
    3. Reviewing existing visitor parking requirements in downtown residential development
    4. Considering opportunities to incentivize affordable housing development

    What is Happening Now?

    The Planning Commission recommendation to approve this LUCA will be presented to the Planning Commission during its April 5 Study Session. At that meeting, the City Council directed staff to prepare the LUCA for approval at a meeting on April 26.

    Background

    In 2017, the City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy (AHS) in recognition of the affordable housing crisis in the city and has committed to implementing specific recommendations to increase the supply of affordable housing. This includes recommendations to reduce parking requirements in order to lower the costs of building affordable housing.

    In 2020, the Washington State Legislation adopted SHB 2343, amending RCW 36.70A.620, in order to increase housing supply. A portion of the legislation imposed caps on minimum residential parking spaces that cities can require for certain residential developments that are within one-quarter mile of transit stops that receive a minimum number of transit trips per hour.

    In 2020, the Legislature also adopted SHB 6617, amending RCW 36.70A.698. This legislation establishes that cities may not require off-street parking for accessory dwelling units located within one-quarter mile of a major transit stop.

    Goals

    This project will recommend new residential minimum parking standards that balance the need for more affordable housing options and sufficient parking to support development located near frequent transit stops.

    Upcoming Opportunities to Engage

    Please send comments to the contact listed on this page. The Planning Commissions held its public hearing on the Land Use Code Amendment on February 24The East Bellevue Community Council held a Courtesy Public Hearing on April 6. The City Council will review the final LUCA Ordinance during its April 26 meeting.

    The East Bellevue Community Council will hold a Public Hearing on May 4.

    Here is a list of major project milestones and decision-points that have taken place.

    Date

    Meeting, Event or Action Taken

    Links

    5/18/20

    City Council Adoption of Interim Official Control

    Agenda Items

    7/6/20

    City Council Public hearing on Interim Official Control

    Agenda Items

    10/26/20 City Council Public hearing to extend Interim Official Control Agenda Items
    1/13/21 Planning Commission Study Session 1 Agenda Items
    1/27/21 Planning Commission Study Session 2 Agenda Items
    2/24/21 Planning Commission Public Hearing and Recommendation Agenda Items
    4/5/21  City Council Study Session Agenda Items
    4/6 21  EBCC Courtesy Public Hearing Agenda Items
    4/26/21 City Council Action Agenda Items
    5/4/21 EBCC Public Hearing and Approval/Disapproval  

    Key Items

    Anticipated Date

    Adoption of IOC

    Completed 5/18/20

    East Bellevue Community Council Public Hearing

    Completed 6/30/20

    City Council Public Hearing  Completed 7/6/20
    City Council Public Hearing to Extend IOC Completed 10/26/20
    East Bellevue Community Council Public Hearing Completed 12/1/20
    Planning Commission Study Session 1 Completed 1/13/21
    Planning Commission Study Session 2 Completed 1/27/21
    Planning Commission Public Hearing Completed 2/24/21
    City Council Study Session Completed 4/5/21
    East Bellevue Community Council Courtesy Public Hearing Completed 4/6/21
    City Council Action Scheduled 4/26/21
    East Bellevue Community Council Public Hearing Scheduled 5/4/21
    Adoption of Permanent Regulations Spring 2021