Bellevue begins work on updating comprehensive plan


Bellevue’s comprehensive plan, which captures the community’s vision for the future of Bellevue and provides direction for city regulations and investments, is due for an update. With the City Council’s direction Monday, staff will check in with the public and appointed boards and commissions about the scope of the update.

The current comp plan was adopted in 2004. A lot has changed in Bellevue since then. In what will be a 10-year update targeted for completion in 2014, staff will collect census and other data that show just how the city has changed.

With new population and job growth figures, the update, required by the state’s Growth Management Act, will forecast future growth and demand for services and plan for how to meet those demands.

The council may consider changes to policies concerning key topics, and will ask residents and businesses to also suggest changes that help the plan remain relevant to the community.

Planning & Community Development staff will conduct outreach to residents, businesses, other community groups and boards and commissions this fall and winter. Early next year the council will determine the scope of the update and review a detailed public outreach plan.

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