The BDA offers its members organized committees to track important issues impacting Downtown Bellevue and the surrounding region. The committees convene stakeholders to discuss issues, collect input, and create messaging for BDA advocacy. With major policy positions, committees will present recommendations for the BDA Board of Directors, and if approved, BDA policy positions are established for future advocacy.
Committee Path to Advocacy
- Committees are supported by full-time policy staff.
- Meetings are organized with the latest information and materials.
- Special guests are regularly invited to share insight into policy issues.
- Messaging drafted at meetings is communicated at public comment and public hearings.
- BDA staff attend official meetings to track and share the latest information.
The BDA is an effective advocacy organization because its members truly care about Downtown Bellevue. They care about growing the economy, developing for the future, enhancing livability, supporting transportation solutions, attracting talent and making it a premier destination to work, live and enjoy.
The committee members bring their professional insight into discussions, creating a spectrum of ideas and solutions for addressing challenges. Through a process of deliberation, committees can gather consensus on position recommendations that are presented to the BDA Board of Directors. If approved by the Board, the BDA then serves as a conduit for the committee recommendations, advocating fully on behalf of its membership.
If you’re interested in joining a committee or want to learn more, please contact Matt Jack, BDA Policy Manager.
Land Use & Livability Committee - Tracks land use code updates, development projects, and other key issues related to the Downtown Livability Initiative.
Transportation Committee - Tracks transportation improvement projects, mobility solutions, and other key issues related to the Downtown Livability Initiative.
Land Use & Livability Committee
The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee tracks the latest issues regarding land use code, property developments, and public infrastructure changes to Downtown Bellevue.
At its core, the committee follows the progress of the Downtown Livability, a city initiative that reviews regulations that guide downtown development and land use activity. The Committee is led by Co-Chairs Brian Brand with Baylis Architects and Warren Koons with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Next Meeting TBD
Members will be notified of the next meeting date and subject via email. To be added to the list, contact Matt Jack, Policy Manager.
- The Grand Connection - From Meydenbauer Bay to the Eastside Rail Corridor, the City plans to connect the two public amenities with a non-motorized pedestrian corridor. The BDA will be tracking the design phase, land use code changes, incentive programs, and I-405 crossing conceptual work.
- Wilburton Study Area - East of I-405 from Downtown, the Wilburton Commercial Area is being considered for a rezone. Work on the rezone will continue to Planning Commission and then the City Council. The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee will be tracking its progress every step of the way. Read the latest comment letter about the Wilburton Draft Environment Statement.
- Preapplicaiont Development Submittal Process - The BDA is organizing work sessions with the City to discuss changing aspects of the application process so that its easier for developers to identify feasible projects and proceed forward with appropriate information. Implementation is was implemented on January 30, 2019.
BDA Members Active in the Committee
Active organizations receive regular updates, resource materials, meeting invitations, and channels to communicate feedback. To join the committee, please make the request to Matt Jack, BDA Policy Manager.