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 (5/23)

Grand Connection Workshop Follow Up | Stakeholder Themes

City Staff will share themes and common concerns collected throughout the Grand Connection workshop series. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the City's approach to implementing the Grand Connection and what to expect in the upcoming months. 

Background Information 

The City hosted as series of workshop meetings on 4/9 and 4/10 for stakeholders and design consultants to discuss the Grand Connection. The intent of the series was to gather preliminary feedback about FAR incentives, design guidelines, and the Council adopted Framework Plan. The scope of work was the corridor’s segment from Meydenbauer Bay to I-405. The crossing will be discussed later this year. 

Meeting Details 
Subject: Grand Connection 
Co-Chairs: Brian Brand & Warren Koons
Guests: Bradley Calvert, Grand Connection Project Lead
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Bellevue Downtown Association

Future Meeting Subjects

  • 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. Workshops are expected to begin in April 2018.
  • Wilburton Study Area - East of I-405 from Downtown, the Wilburton Commercial Area is being considered for a rezone. At this point, a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has been working on vision that is expected to be completed in April 2018. 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
  • Downtown Land Use Code - City Council adopted the the Land Use Code Amendments late last year. The BDA is tracking implementation and assisting members become better acquainted with the new code.    
  • Early Design Review 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. 
  • Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) - The BDA is tracking tracking the progress of the MFTE through Council. An ordinance has been approved for vote on February 5, 2018. Read the about the details published in the January 9, 2018 story: COUNCIL MOVES TO VOTE ON CHANGES TO THE MFTE IN DOWNTOWN.   .    

Member Organizations Represented in the Committee

American Assets Trust
AvalonBay Communities
Baylis Architects
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
Compton Design Office
Davis Wright Tremaine
DCI Engineers
Evergreen Point Development, LLC
FANA Group of Companies
Fortin Group
Fortress Development Group
Freiheit Architecture 
Hensel Phelps
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson
Kaye Smith Enterprises
Keldoon Group
Kemper Development
Kidder Mathews
Kilroy Realty
Lane Powell
Langton Spieth

Legacy Commercial
Link Design Group
McCullough Hill
MZA Architecture
Natalie Quick Consulting
Park Row
Parker Smith & Feek
Perkins Coie
PMF Investments
Republic Services
Schnitzer West
Seattle Children's
SRM Development
Sterling Realty
Su Development
Urban Renaissance Group
Vander Hoek Corporation
Wallace Properties
Washington Federal
West 77 Partners
Wig Properties
Wright Runstad & Company



Would you like to get involved? Email Matt Jack, BDA Policy Manager.

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