• 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
    Assistant Director, Planning
    Telephone
    (425)452-7223