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
The wait is almost over! We have been evaluating the 115 project requests that we received last fall, and are looking forward to sharing the projects that we are proposing for the West Lake Sammamish NEP ballot at the Project Open House, on February 2, 2017. Please join the NEP team at Phantom Lake Elementary School (1050 160th Avenue SE), from 6:30-8:30 pm, on the 2nd, to learn more about the types and locations of the project ideas we received, as well as the project selection and development process. Attendees will also be able to discuss the proposed ballot projects with city staff and offer comments. Can't make it to the meeting? Be sure to visit this website the week of Feb. 2 to review the meeting presentation and project display boards, and submit your comments online.
The NEP ballots will be mailed to each household in the West Lake Sammamish area in late February. Each household will be asked to select three projects to be funded with the $179,000 NEP allocation. Votes will be collected and tabulated in March, and results will be shared with the neighborhood in early April.
Thank you Cougar Mountain/Lakemont!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont NEP process. We encourage you to complete the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont NEP Program Evaluation to provide your feedback on the NEP process. We appreciate your time and commitment to making Bellevue a great place to live.