LAND USE & LIVABILITY COMMITTEE

UPCOMING MEETING


Grand Connection Design Guidelines 
Members will review the land use code amendment regrading the Grand Connection design guidelines to inform next steps on a committee recommendation. 

Date: Wednesday, March10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Microsoft Teams
 

ABOUT THE ISSUE
Grand Connection Design Guidelines
The City is updating the Pedestrian Corridor and Major Public Open Space Design Guidelines to reflect the vision from the 2017-adopted Grand Connection Framework Vol 1. This policy update started last fall and is ramping up this spring with code amendment work at the Planning Commission level. Council adoption targeted for June. The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee has been tracking this issue closely. View City’s slide deck from the Sept Committee meeting for additional details.

Committee meetings and resources are reserved for members or invite only. Contact Matt Jack, BDA Policy Manager to join the committee list for access.

 

Hot Topics

  • Downtown Land Use Code - For over five years, the BDA Land Use & Livability Committee led the stakeholder engagement to update the 30+-old Downtown Land Use Code. Since it's Q4 2017 adoption, the committee has been tracking the code's early implementation and informing process improvements. Over the course of 2018, the committee promoted pre-application process update to improve expectations around earlier design changes in relationship to the new code. Currently, the committee is reflecting on how the code is working and if refinements need to be made. 
     
  • 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 partnered with the City of Bellevue in the summer of 2019 to implement an activation pilot, stitching the corridor together with decor and seating, building capacity for future activations along the corridor. The BDA will be tracking the design phase, land use code changes, incentive programs, and I-405 crossing conceptual work. 
     
  • Wilburton Rezone - 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 track its progress every step of the way. Read the latest comment letter about the Wilburton Draft Environment Statement
     
  • Housing - Jobs are increasing at a faster rate than the development of affordable and workforce housing. Downtown Bellevue and the Eastside are experiencing a growing disparity that needs to be addressed. The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee plans to gather around the subject to identify opportunities to course correct the problem. Read more about the housing issues in the May 2019 BDA Breakfast recap of Microsoft’s housing initiative presentation.  

 

Get Involved


Committee members receive regular updates, resource materials, meeting invitations, and opportunities to communicate feedback. To join the committee, please contact Matt Jack, BDA Policy Director