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
A big thank you to everyone who helped us kick off the NE Bellevue NEP process at Sherwood Forest Elementary School, on April 18th. We had a wonderful discussion and received really great project requests, but we can't wait to see what else you all have in mind for your neighborhood!
If you were unable to attend the kick-off meeting, but would like to learn more about the program, please view the NE Bellevue NEP Kick-Off Meeting Presentation.
Each household in NE Bellevue received a prepaid NEP Project Request Form in the mail, which we encourage all to complete. If you would like to submit additional ideas, please utilize the NE Bellevue NEP Project Request Form as much as you'd like. The deadline for all project requests is May 31, 2017.
WEST LAKE SAMMAMISH
The votes are in, and two projects will be implemented with the West Lake Sammamish NEP funding! In first place, with 315 points, is the Northup Way Left Turn Lane project, and, in second place, with 301 points, is the West Lake Sammamish Parkway Flashing Crosswalk at The Little Store. All households in the West Lake Sammamish Neighborhood Area received an NEP Newsletter in the mail the week of April 24th, which provides more information about the voting process and outcome. The newsletter also includes a prepaid program evaluation form, which we encourage everyone to complete and return in the mail at their convenience. The feedback you provide will inform staff decisions regarding program improvement and policy development.
Digital versions of the West Lake Sammamish NEP Newsletter, West Lake Sammamish NEP Ballot Project Descriptions, and the West Lake Sammamish NEP Evaluation Form can be accessed using the following links:
West Lake Sammamish NEP Newsletter
West Lake Sammamish NEP Ballot Projects Descriptions
West Lake Sammamish NEP Evaluation
Interested in seeing who voted? Check out the West Lake Sammamish Voting Households Map!