In August 2015, the City Council dedicated $5 million to relaunching the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, after a prolonged hiatus following the recession. Founded in 1988, NEP recognizes that residents are best suited to determine how to enhance their neighborhoods, and empowers them to propose and select modest, capital projects that improve their communities.
Past improvement projects have included art elements, crosswalk improvements, farm stands, trail connections, street lighting, picnic shelters, play structures and streetscape improvements. The projects proposed by residents must meet a set of criteria established by the city, and, once selected, must be constructed within three years.
The Neighborhood Enhancement Program organizes Bellevue into 14 NEP Neighborhood Areas: Eastgate/Factoria; Cougar Mountain/Lakemont; West Lake Sammamish; Northeast Bellevue; Bridle Trails; Northwest Bellevue; Downtown/BelRed; Lake Hills; Crossroads; Wilburton; West Bellevue; Woodridge; Newport; and Somerset.
The $5 million allocated to NEP is distributed among the NEP Neighborhood Areas according to the number of households in each area. The NEP Neighborhood Areas correspond to the 16 Neighborhood Areas in the City's Comprehensive Plan; however, Downtown and BelRed, and Eastgate and Factoria, were combined to maximize the funding allocation in these areas. The program will rotate through the 14 NEP Neighborhood Areas over the course of seven years, per the city’s Capital Investment Program (2014-2021), serving two NEP Neighborhood Areas each year.
News & Updates
West Lake Sammamish
Thank you to everyone who attended the West Lake Sammamish NEP kickoff on Oct. 25. If you were not able to attend, you can view the presentation and the neighborhood area map on the West Lake Sammamish Neighborhood Area page. We received several wonderful project requests, and can't wait to see what other enhancement ideas you have for the neighborhood! You may submit as many project requests as you wish using the request card you received in the mail, and/or the online Project Request Form. The deadline for project requests is Dec. 1.
Thank you to the more than 650 households who submitted ballots! The results have been tabulated, and the NEP allocation will fund the implementation of the Lakemont Boulevard Southeast Path and the Lewis Creek Park Wetland Buffer Enhancement projects. Runners up included the Coal Creek Trail, the Red Town Trailhead Crossing, the Summit Trail Connection, the 150th Avenue Southeast Path and the Lewis Creek Park Crosswalk. Detailed information about the voting process and results can be found in the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont NEP Newsletter. We also encourage you to complete the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont NEP Program Evaluation to provide your feedback on the NEP process. Both the newsletter and program evaluation postcard will be mailed to each household in Cougar Mountain/Lakemont in late November.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont NEP process. There was great representation of both Cougar Mountain and Lakemont (map of the households that submitted NEP ballots). We appreciate your time and commitment to making Bellevue a great place to live.