The Mobility Implementation Plan (MIP) is a new long-range planning framework being developed with input from the public, guidance from the Transportation Commission and final approval by the city council. The MIP will consolidate several different transportation plans to make sure they are compatible with each other and with the city’s land use plan. It will help the city make decisions on project investments based on what people want in their transportation system.
New approach to growth
In addition to consolidating different plans, an important element of the new Mobility Implementation Plan will be its approach to transportation “concurrency.” Concurrency is a requirement of the state Growth Management Act (GMA). Under the GMA, cities and counties must plan for a transportation system that accommodates anticipated growth. The GMA does not prescribe a method for doing that; it leaves that decision to local jurisdictions.
The MIP work is intended to expand the current “vehicle level-of-service” concurrency standards -- based solely on vehicle capacity at specified intersections -- to include other transportation modes. This new approach is called “multimodal,” and would consider additional modes of travel – such as transit, bicycling and walking – not just vehicles, in determining transportation concurrency.
Multimodal concurrency is meant to ensure the “supply” of mobility provided by all modes of transportation infrastructure is adequate to support the forecast “demand” for mobility spurred by new development. The expected community benefit of this multimodal approach would be a more equitable, sustainable way to identify, prioritize and fund transportation system projects.
How to get involved
The Bellevue Transportation Commission will advise the city council on development of the Mobility Implementation Plan. Members of the public will be able to comment on the work via:
- Regularly scheduled Transportation Commission meetings and special meetings, as needed. Those meetings will happen in 2021 through a remote meeting platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
- A separate web page for public involvement that will host an online questionnaire, an open house or both. Translations will be available to make sure we reach a diverse audience.
Timeline for completion
Work on the MIP runs through 2021, with city council adoption of the new plan anticipated by the end of the year, Some follow-up work is expected to continue into 2022.
The City Council has assigned the task of preparing a recommendation for the Mobility Implementation Plan to the Bellevue Transportation Commission. The Commission will be supported by city staff and the consultant firm Fehr & Peers. Any amendments to Comprehensive Plan policies recommended by the Transportation Commission will proceed through the Planning Commission before a final decision by the city council.
Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan expresses the community vision for the future. Current comp plan policy related to the MIP includes:
- TR-30: Establish multimodal level-of-service and concurrency standards and other mobility measures and targets for transportation corridors and in each area of the city in consideration of planned development patterns and mobility options.
- TR-37: Develop and utilize a citywide Transportation Master Plan (now called the Mobility Implementation Plan) to identify and prioritize the implementation of transportation system improvements.
The city council has budgeted $405,000 for a professional services contract for work on the MIP, and to promote community participation with the Transportation Commission in crafting the plan.
- Transportation Commission agenda materials and presentation (Dec. 10, 2020)
- Transportation Commission agenda materials and presentation (Jan. 14, 2021)