In coming years, the Wilburton area will witness the arrival of several major infrastructure improvements. The Eastrail will open to bicyclists and pedestrians, offering a separated bike and pedestrian connection from Woodinville to Renton. In 2023, East Link, the region's second light rail line, will open to its first riders, providing frequent and reliable service from Wilburton to Seattle's Capitol Hill in just 29 minutes.
In order to take better advantage of these investments, the City of Bellevue is considering planning and land use code updates in the Wilburton area to improve amenities, incentivize transit- and trail-oriented development, and establish a unique identity for the area.
The city will consider and adopt changes to the zoning map, zoning code, Comprehensive Plan and land use code to facilitate redevelopment in the Wilburton study area.
Wilburton Vision Implementation
The City Council initiated work on the Wilburton Vision Implementation on April 25, 2022. This initiative sets in motion the process of developing policy and code to guide the transformation of the Wilburton study area into “Bellevue’s next urban mixed-use community that enhances livability, promotes healthy living, supports economic vitality, and serves the needs of a diverse and growing population.” The scope of work, project timeline and community engagement plan are included in the Council packet materials.
Opportunities to Engage
Check here often to learn of opportunities to engage as staff works to incorporate the vision into the Wilburton/NE 8th Street subarea plan and Land Use Code. To receive updates on upcoming events and overall progress of this initiative, sign up for our email notification list. See “Alerts” to subscribe.
Progress to Date
Citizen Advisory Committee Vision Report
The Wilburton Commercial Area visioning process was guided by a Council-appointed citizen advisory committee (CAC). The committee was charged with studying the land use, transportation and urban design elements for the study area. On July 2, 2018, the CAC transmitted their final report, the Wilburton Commercial Area Study, with corrections to the City Council. It includes a series of recommendations for council consideration. Staff is planning to return to the council for formal direction on next steps.
Project Status and Timeline
The Wilburton project is currently in the Planning stage.
|Project Phase||Approximate Date|
|Scoping||Completed in 2017|
|Visioning||Completed in 2018|
|Planning||Now - 2023|
|Land Use Code||Summer 2023 - Summer 2024|
|Monitoring & Control||Ongoing after Adoption|
Project & Background Documents
Wilburton Commercial Area Study
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
- Fact Sheet
- Chapter 1 - Summary
- Chapter 2 - Alternatives
- Chapter 3 - Affected Environment, Impacts and Mitigation Measures
- Chapter 3.1 - Geology and Soils
- Chapter 3.2 - Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
- Chapter 3.3 - Water Resources
- Chapter 3.4 - Ecosystems
- Chapter 3.5 - Land Use
- Chapter 3.6 - Economic Activity
- Chapter 3.7 - Neighborhoods and Populations
- Chapter 3.8 - Aesthetics
- Chapter 3.9 - Transportation
- Chapter 3.10 - Noise
- Chapter 3.11 - Energy
- Chapter 3.12 - Environmental Health
- Chapter 3.13 - Public Services and Utilities
- Chapter 4 - References