LAND USE & LIVABILITY COMMITTEE
The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee tracks issues regarding Bellevue's urban land use codes, development projects, and public infrastructure investments. Members process issues though a series of meeting and share feedback to the Board of Directors for action. This Committee is open to all BDA members.
Look Back at Land Use Code & Downtown Livability + COVID Check In
The BDA Land Use & Livability Committee is gathering on May 13 to share experiences with the Oct 2017-adopted Downtown Land Use Code (LUC). The dust has settled after the BDA’s five year-long engagement to update the LUC originally implemented over three decades ago. This upcoming meeting will be around fact finding and level setting. Members are encouraged to share insights and help identify issues. Feedback collected and work accomplished in this meeting will support future Land Use & Livability Committee efforts to provide the city clear, credible guidance on downtown code issues (and minor amendments if needed) and review process.
Committee Work Regarding COVID:
Monthly committee meetings will continue throughout the stay-at-home order and support members sharing insights on COVID-related impacts on land use issues.
Wednesday, May 13
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Committee meetings and surveys are reserved for members or invite only. If you're a member who's not receiving committee updates and would like to access the meeting, contact Matt Jack, BDA Policy Manager.
- 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.
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.