Hot Topics and Initiatives

The city is dedicated to providing essential services to residents, but it focuses attention on certain issues of major importance. Hot topics include projects with or by other agencies in Bellevue that have an impact on residents.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing complexTo sustain Bellevue's livability and economic vitality, the city has developed an affordable housing strategy. Learn more about the affordable housing strategy

BelRed Transformation

BelRed Thumbnail Facilitating the transformation of the BelRed area from underutilized light industrial area to residential neighborhoods and green spaces clustered around East Link light rail stations.
Learn more about the BelRed transformation

Diversity Advantage

Diversity Advantage logo WebAn effort to ensure the city provides equitable services to a population that has seen dramatic shifts in age, race and place of birth. Learn more about the Diversity Advantage

East Main Transit-Oriented District

The city is working to integrate the East Link light rail station with the surrounding neighborhoods and develop a transit-oriented district. With help from a resident advisory group, the city developed a plan approved by the City Council in August 2016 for the area around Sound Transit's station, which is now under construction at the intersection of Main Street and 112th Avenue.  

Learn more about the East Main Transit-Oriented District.  

East Link Light Rail

East Link renderingRepresenting the interests of Bellevue residents and businesses as Sound Transit's East Link light rail line comes through our city. Learn more about the East Link light rail

Electrical Reliability

electric meterPlanning for electrical facilities to meet growing demand, while protecting residents' interests. Learn more about the electrical facilities planning

Environmental Stewardship

stream testingSince 2006, the city has worked to protect the environment in Bellevue through policies and programs that facilitate conservation and minimize pollution. Learn more about Environmental Stewardship

Great Neighborhoods Planning

Image of residents helping with planning.Collaborating with residents, the city is drafting new long-range plans for each neighborhood area to ensure they can adapt to changing needs while preserving their distinct character. Learn more about Great Neighborhoods planning


Shelter imageWith the number of unsheltered people on the Eastside growing steadily, as is happening throughout the region, the city is engaged in multiple efforts to address homelessness, including siting a men's shelter. Learn more about homelessness in Bellevue

Improvements for Walking and Biking

Ped-bike graphicEfforts to make Bellevue easier and safer for people walking and riding bicycles, including adding sidewalks, bike lanes and trails. Learn more about walking and biking improvements . 

Levy Projects

Image of levy projectsIn November 2016, Bellevue voters approved levies to fund construction of a new fire station, improvement of existing fire stations as well as neighborhood transportation improvements. Learn more about levy projects

Meydenbauer Bay Park

Image of visualization of Meydenbauer Bay ParkExpanding a waterfront park to feature a choice stretch of shoreline downtown, a viewing terrace, play area and pedestrian pier. Learn more about Meydenbauer Bay Park.

Shoreline Protection

Lakeside dockUpdating the city regulations that protect Bellevue's miles of shoreline, which include the Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish waterfronts. Learn more about the Shoreline management plan

Smart City

Image of smart streetlight installationUsing technology to deliver better, more efficient services, developing a dashboard, advanced water meters and expansion of intelligent transportation systems. Learn more about Smart City.

Trees and Our City

Trees at Eastgate ParkEfforts by the city to preserve and maintain the tree canopy in this "city in a park." Learn more about trees and our city.

Wilburton-Grand Connection

Design ideaEstablishing a vision for a non-motorized corridor through downtown that will create new opportunities for connectivity and community identity. Learn more about Wilburton-Grand connection
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