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
A huge thank you to those who attended the West Lake Sammamish NEP Project Open House on February 2, 2017. We received some great feedback on projects, and look forward to receiving additional comments over the next week!! Also, for those interested, the West Lake Sammamish NEP Project Open House Presentation is now available review.
Thank you all for your comments on the proposed West Lake Sammamish NEP ballot projects. We have revised the projects accordingly, and have reissued the final ballot projects, below.
West Lake Sammamish NEP Ballot Project Boards HR (high resolution - slower download)
West Lake Sammamish NEP Ballot Project Boards LR (low resolution - faster download)
West Lake Sammamish NEP Ballot Project Location Map
The NEP ballots will be mailed to each household in the West Lake Sammamish area on February 27, 2017. Each household will be asked to select three projects to be funded with the $179,000 NEP allocation. Completed ballots must be returned by March 24, 2017. Votes will be collected and tabulated in March, and results will be shared with the neighborhood in mid-April 2017.