Affordable Housing Strategy Update (meeting #2)

The Land Use & Livability Committee will continue its discussion about the City’s Affordable Housing Strategy update to section C1 (one page) at the November 11 meeting. In October, City staff briefed the Committee on City’s plan to improve development process of affordable housing by public agencies, faith-based groups, and non-profit organizations as well as Council’s recent direction to analyze the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) for how to increase program utilization. Member input supported interest to track the subjects as well as expand insights into housing challenges and opportunities. Please note that the C1 and MFTE updates are two different work programs: C1 update timeline; MFTE update timeline.  

At this upcoming meeting, City staff will respond to Member-submitted input/questions. Member discussions will focus on the C1 update and key themes associated with housing challenges, opportunities and needs. 

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Zoom Meeting
Guests: City Staff


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

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. 

COVID-19: Committee will track and report out land use trends associated with the pandemic's impacts.  


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 Manager