Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Microsoft Team

Meeting Summary:
Committee members will gather on October 13 to review the recent City Council discussion regarding the proposed East Main Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) options for Floor Area Ratio (FAR), amenity incentive system, and development agreements (DA). Consensus will be checked on key points to recommend for BDA Board review/action. Additional information will be shared in advance of the meeting to frame Committee discussion.

Meeting Deliverable: 
Gather consensus on key points regarding East Main LUCA's height, form and housing.

East Main LUCA Resources for October 13 meeting:
(Oct 04)
City staff East Main presentation to Council video
(Oct 04) Council discussion on East Main FAR, amenity system, and DA video
(Oct 04) City staff agenda memo to Council 9 pages
(Oct 04) City staff presentation slide deck 16 pages
(Dec 10) City economic analysis - ECONorthest 50 pages 

Additional East Main LUCA Resources:
(Jul 26) City Staff intro and presentation 30 mins
(Jul 26) Public hearing comments 38 mins
(Jul 26) Council discussion and direction 30 mins
(Jul 14)  City staff slides for July LULC meeting 14 pages
(Jun 28) Council agenda memo 5 pages
(Jun 28) East Main Station Area Map 1 page
(Jun 28) Draft LUCA – East Main 90 pages
(Jun 28) Stakeholder Requests and Possible Adjustments 3 pages
(Jun 28) Council presentation and discussion video 1 hour

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