Those interested in the future development of the Bellevue's Bel-Red Corridor area are encouraged to attend a Jan. 31 open house at City Hall and provide input on a recently released planning document.
From 4 to 6 p.m. on the first-floor concourse, city staff will present the first draft of the Bel-Red Subarea Plan, which would incorporate a vision for development of the area into the Comprehensive Plan.
Covering approximately 900 acres just east of downtown, the Bel-Red Corridor stretches from State Route 520 to Bel-Red Road, and from Interstate 405 to 148th Avenue Northeast. It also includes a small commercial area between Bel-Red Road and 156th Avenue Northeast, on the east end of Redmond’s Overlake commercial area.
The subarea plan is based on a vision developed over two years by a City Council-appointed steering committee, with public input provided during events over the last several years.
The plan envisions transforming the Bel-Red Corridor from a light industrial and commercial district into development "nodes" with significant new areas of office, medical and housing developments in a form different from downtown Bellevue and other parts of the city. New streets, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, transit stations, parks and stream restoration areas also could occur.
The subarea plan is a step toward implementing the Bel-Red vision, which also will require new Comprehensive Plan policies, development regulations and a financial strategy for funding public improvements in the corridor.
Five boards and commissions are currently reviewing the draft plan and related policies, projects and regulatory concepts. Public comments on the draft are invited and will be used to help develop a version for review by Planning Commission members, who will conduct a public hearing this spring, then make a recommendation on the plan to the City Council.
If you have questions about the project, contact planner Paul Inghram by e-mail or phone at 425-452-4070.
Bel-Red Web Pages
Draft Bel-Red Subarea Plan
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