Code News

This page provides news about upcoming and in-progress code changes related to Development Services.  

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Critical Areas Ordinance Update

Bellevue's critical areas ordinance is being updated to meet state Growth Management Act requirements. The amendments are narrow in scope, addressing changes in agency guidance or best available science, and are supported by the critical areas technical reports. 

Go to our Critical Areas Ordinance Update page for more information.

Downtown Livability Initiative

On Oct. 16, the City Council adopted the Downtown Livability update and Downtown Livability legislative rezone, capping a four-year effort.

ORDINANCE NO. 6377 amending the Bellevue Land Use Code, Title 20 of the Bellevue City Code, to advance the Downtown Livability Initiative; repealing Part 20.25A LUC; and adding a new Part 20.25A LUC to add new Downtown definitions, departures, and tower requirements; and amending Downtown provisions regarding nonconformities, dimensions, the amenity incentive system, development standards and design guidelines.

ORDINANCE NO. 6378 amending the Bellevue Downtown Subarea and Ordinance Nos. 3013, 3014B, 3015B, 3016A, 3017, 3018, 3019 and 3020 for consistency with revisions to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, renaming certain districts in Downtown Bellevue, and revising the boundaries of certain districts in Downtown Bellevue for consistency with the revised Downtown Boundary; adding perimeter overlays and establishing an effective date.

Ordinance No. 6378 adopts a new land use map

Learn more about the Downtown Livability Initiative.

On-Street Parking Land Use Code Amendment

The proposed on-street parking land use code amendment reconciles conflicts between the on-street parking requirements in LUC 20.25D.140.E and the transportation Capital Investment Program project designs for NE Spring Boulevard.

There is a public hearing scheduled before the City Council, December 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. or after at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, in the Council Conference Room (City Hall 1E-113).

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Quasi-Judicial Land Use Code Amendment

The City Council is interested in considering a quasi-judicial land use code amendment as a way to improve communication with residents.

Procedures in the Land Use Code currently allow appeals of Hearing Examiner actions to the City Council.  However, these appeals must rely on information presented to the Hearing Examiner, and the City Council may only overturn the action if the Hearing Examiner makes a mistake.

Learn more about the proposed quasi-judicial land use code amendment.

Safe Injection Sites

ORDINANCE NO. 6376 amending the Bellevue Land Use Code, Title 20 of the Bellevue City Code, to impose a prohibition on community health engagement locations, safe injection sites, and other uses or activities designed to provide a location for individuals to consume illicit drugs intravenously or by other means; adding Section 20.10.410 LUC to prohibit safe injection sites citywide; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date.

Shoreline Master Program Update

On June 1, 2017, Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) conditionally approved the City of Bellevue’s updated Shoreline Master Program. The approval letter along with supporting documentation are available on our Shoreline page.


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