One major theme of the Neighborhood Livability Action Agenda is maintaining the quality and appearance of Bellevue's older neighborhoods. Neighborhood Fitness was created as a strategy for addressing residents' concerns about neglected private property and its effects on the value and livability of surrounding homes.
The Fitness program engages residents in a series of positive and collaborative activities to improve neighborhood appearance and boost sense of community and pride. The Fitness program is tailored to the particular needs and interests of the individual communities, but typically a Fitness treatment would include:
- A community survey, to identify and prioritize community concerns;
- An information campaign, responding to neighbors’ needs for guidance on property maintenance, code compliance, neighborhood traffic control and other local concerns;
- Community events to build neighborly connections;
- Community clean-up projects, including garage sales, donated materials collections, special garbage collections funded by the City, and right-of-way clean-ups conducted by city crews;
- Volunteer mobilization and special assistance for residents who need help maintaining their homes;
- Targeted enforcement to address repeat code violations.
For more information about Neighborhood Fitness, contact the Neighborhood Outreach Team, by e-mail or by phone at 425-452-4089. The Code Compliance page offers details about property maintenance, code compliance and reporting violations.