The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee tracks issues regarding Bellevue's urban land use codes, development projects, and public infrastructure investments. Issues are unpacked through a process of meetings. And, recommendations are produced and forwarded to the BDA Board for action. This Committee is open to all BDA members. 


The BDA Board of Directors is updating its Strategic Plan to reflect the sudden surge of growth and better angle its members to address emerging issues. The update will include new focuses on relevant issues like housing and placemaking. Increasing access to affordable and workforce housing has been identified as a priority, and ensuring the urban environment remains competitively attractive through placemaking and place management is growing trend. More information about the 2020 update and futures meetings will be reveled in the New Year.    


Focus Areas

  • 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 Manager

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