• 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 on a Land Use Code Amendment to form a new Land Use District chapter in the Land Use Code. The new chapter aims to create a vibrant transit-oriented development district that takes full advantage of the proximity of the light rail station, Downtown, and I-405. The district will comfortably span the change in character from Downtown to the low-density residential neighborhood west of 112th Avenue Southeast.


    The East Main Transit Oriented District (TOD) is approximately 60 acres in size and abuts the southeast corner of Downtown, the East Link light rail East Main station and Surrey Downs neighborhood to the west, Interstate 405 to the east, and Mercer Slough to the south.

    On May 20, 2019, the City Council adopted amendments to the city's Comprehensive Plan and Southwest Bellevue Subarea Plan map to advance Council’s 2035 vision for the East Main TOD district through targeted goals and policies. These goals and policies advanced the creation of a vibrant people-oriented transit station area, distinct yet complementary to Downtown, that leveraged Bellevue’s investment in East Link. Council intended to have the new district take advantage of the East Link light rail alignment and station opening in 2023.

    To implement the Council’s vision, the city's Land Use Code and zoning map must be amended.

    Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
    10/4/21 City Council Study Session Packet
    9/13/21 City Council Study Session Packet
    7/26/21 East Main LUCA Public Hearing Packet
    6/28/21 City Council Study Session Packet
    7/27/20 City Council Study Session Packet
    7/6/20 City Council Study Session Packet
    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 2020-2021
    Code Implementation Council adoption in 2021
    Monitoring & Control Ongoing after adoption

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