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    Bellevue’s Comprehensive Plan is the city’s foundational policy document, guiding growth and development here for the next 20 years.

    Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update

    The Bellevue City Council initiated work on the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update on February 28, 2022 (the agenda memo includes scope information). This update is planned for adoption by June of 2024. You can learn more about the Update and find ways to take part by visiting 

    the project website on Engaging Bellevue

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    Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments

    Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) are considered once per year in Bellevue. Work is underway on the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (as initiated by the City Council on February 28, 2022), which includes potential changes to the Land Use Maps found within the Comprehensive Plan. This work will continue throughout 2023 and 2024, with an adoption date for the Periodic Update scheduled on or before June 30, 2024.

    Please note that any potential privately-initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPAs) that may be submitted to the City for the 2023 or 2024 CPA cycles are unlikely to pass all threshold criteria to move on to final review.  Specifically, it is unlikely that the criterium set forth in LUC 20.30I.140.C (“The proposed amendment does not raise policy or land use issues that are more appropriately addressed by an ongoing work program approved by the City Council”) could be satisfied by an applicant requesting a change to a Land Use Map while the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update is still being processed by the City.  Please also note that a privately-initiated CPA application that does not pass threshold review in 2023 or 2024 may not be resubmitted for three years, due to LUC 20.30I.130.A.2.d.

    Plan Overview

    The City Council adopted the current Comprehensive Plan on Aug. 3, 2015 (agenda memo), dedicating it to Nan Campbell, former Bellevue mayor. The plan was updated following two years of public outreach. Adopted CPAs from years since the 2015 Periodic Update are reflected in the current plan below.

    The comprehensive plan is organized into two volumes, one focused on citywide policies and the second on goals and policies for Bellevue's 16 neighborhood areas.

    Volume 1 has background information about Bellevue and the community vision for the future, along with goals for elements such as housing, transportation, human services and parks.

    Volume 2 contains goals and policies of the subarea (or neighborhood area) plans.

    You can view all of volume 1 in Flipbook format or access both volumes in individual PDF chapters linked below.

    The maps, goals and policies of the plan provide the basis for Bellevue's regulations, programs and services. Comprehensive Plan Story Map

    General Elements - Volume 1

    Cover and Dedication
    Table of Contents
    Introduction and Vision
    Citizen Engagement
    Land Use
    Housing (2020)
    Capital Facilities
    Transportation (2021)
    Economic Development
    Human Services
    Parks, Recreation and Open Space
    Urban Design and the Arts
    Shoreline Management
    Glossary (2020)


    Subarea Plans - Volume 2

    Cover, Introduction and Table of Contents
    Bridle Trails
    Crossroads (2020)
    Downtown (2020)
    Newport Hills
    Northeast Bellevue (2021)
    Northwest Bellevue (2021)
    Richards Valley
    Southeast Bellevue
    Southwest Bellevue (2020)
    Wilburton/NE 8th St. (2021)


    Citywide Comprehensive Plan map (Links to: Maps and GIS -- PDF Maps -- Community Development -- Comprehensive Plan)

    Code Consistency Amendments

    Bellevue's comprehensive plan was updated in 2015. As a result, our critical areas ordinance was amended. Learn more at Critical Areas.

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