Final Environmental Impact Statement
The final environmental impact statement for the Bel-Red Corridor Project was published on July 19, 2007. An analysis of the preliminary preferred alternative and a comparison of its environmental impacts to those of four land use and transportation alternatives studied in the draft EIS, the final EIS can be viewed chapter by chapter following the links below.
February 12, 2009 Addendum
The city issued an addendum to the final EIS to record additional information specific to Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code amendments proposed for adoption. After the final EIS was published, the city developed specific policy, map and code amendments to implement the preferred alternative analyzed in the final EIS. The anticipated development program and proposed land use designations maintain the overall land use pattern and development documented by the final EIS, while land use designations and densities vary in specific locations from the preferred alternative.
July 17, 2008 Addendum
The city issued an addendum to the final EIS to record additional information specific to proposed Medical Institution District, land use designation and Land Use Code amendments. After the final EIS was published, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center requested Medical Institution District designation to be considered as a component of the Bel-Red Corridor Project Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code amendments.
Development intensity on the medical district site would not be increased as a result of the Children’s Hospital request, and the addendum does not substantially change the analysis of significant impacts of alternatives in the FEIS.
EIS calls for housing and up to 4.5 million square feet of new commercial development
The preliminary preferred alternative calls for development over the next 25 years that would include up to 4.5 million square feet of additional commercial development and 5,000 new housing units – similar to Alternative 3 in the DEIS.
New development would be clustered in four nodes centered around potential future light rail stations (these would be located at the west end of the corridor close to downtown, within the center of the corridor, and in Redmond). In addition to light rail, the FEIS identifies new roads, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes that would need be constructed within the Bel-Red Corridor to support the development.
Numerous comments from the public on the DEIS — and the responses to those comments — are included in the FEIS, Chapter 3. The FEIS also includes an analysis of the visual impacts of taller buildings (this can be found in Appendix C); this will help the project steering committee, and subsequently the Planning Commission and City Council, make a determination as to appropriate building heights in the corridor. The FEIS also identifies ways that the stream corridors can be improved.
The steering committee is expected to make a final recommendation to the Bellevue City Council in September. City boards and commissions will then likely be tasked with crafting new Comprehensive Plan policies and Land use Code regulations that would implement the final preferred alternative.
Bel-Red Final Environmental Impact Statement
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction and Summary
Chapter 2: Description of Preliminiary Preferred Alternative
Chapter 3: Comments and Responses on the DEIS
Chapter 4: References
Appendix A: Transportation Analysis
Appendix B: Public Involvement Summary
Appendix C: Building Height Analysis
Appendix E: Distribution List