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Speaker Series - Economic Growth and Development
Bellevue Planning Commission - December 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Bellevue City Hall
Hear from Seattle Times economics columnist, Jon Talton, and Wright Runstad Co. president, Greg Johnson, talk about Bellevue's role in the regional and global economy. They will discuss past projects in Bellevue, how economic conditions may affect Bellevue, and what new office and residential buildings we are likely to see in the BelRed area.
Now is the time to think and plan for the future generations of Bellevue.
What is your vision for the future of Bellevue?
Earlier this spring we asked this of people in Bellevue. They told us what they love about Bellevue and what the challenges are that we need to plan for. See what they had to say in this Vision video.
Bellevue’s comprehensive plan captures the community’s vision for the future and provides direction for city regulations and investments. While the current comprehensive plan has served the community well, it was adopted in 2004 and a lot has changed in Bellevue since, including the boom in downtown development, annexation of the Eastgate area and plans for light rail.
What is the Comprehensive Plan Update?
The city is conducting a ten-year update of the plan to stay consistent with state and regional planning frameworks. The update will consider changes to policies concerning key topics, and is asking residents and businesses to suggest changes that help the plan remain relevant. The update will also include new population and growth figures reflecting the changes in our community in the last decade. Finally, the update extends the planning horizon from 2022 to 2035.
Residents and businesses suggesting changes to help the Comprehensive Plan remain relevant
Bellevue's Best Ideas Forum was a successful pilot of a new outreach technique conducted over the spring and summer. The online community forum let people share their thoughts on how Bellevue should grow over the next twenty years. The Best Ideas Campaign resulted in 126 ideas, 164 comments on ideas and 1,770 votes from 346 different people. Quality Neighborhoods, Improved Mobility and Economic Development were discussed most frequently. Notably, ten ideas for improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians were entered, garnering a total of 134 votes. The top overall votes were for:
| Downtown performing arts center
|| Superfast internet connections|
| Downtown childrens museum
|| "third place" community gathering places|
What do you value most in your community and neighborhood?
Read the report here when a January 24, 2013 joint forum of Bellevue Boards and Commissions discussed the 2014 CPU and shared their visions for Bellevue's future.
Read the report here when the East Bellevue Community Council hosted a January 29, 2013, public event to discuss the 2014 CPU where residents and stakeholders shared their visions for Bellevue's future.