What’s Included in the Redmond 2050 Project?

  1. Redmond Comprehensive Plan
  2. Envisioning the Future
  3. Environmental Review (SEPA)
  4. Other Plan & Code Updates
  5. Relationships and Implementation Diagram

The primary focus of this project will be the update to the Redmond Comprehensive Plan 

Planning-Framework-Triangle.  Planning in Washington - Growth Mangement, regional, county, then cityRequirements for updating the Redmond Comprehensive Plan

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires that each Washington city and county periodically review and, if needed, revise its comprehensive plan and development regulations as part of a periodic review cycle (RCW 36.70A.130). Staff has developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach for completing this required periodic review update: Redmond 2050.

Redmond 2050 will consider and integrate the following state, regional, and county requirements into the anticipated periodic review.

  1. The GMA periodic review checklist that will be provided by the Department of Commerce, which addresses minimum compliance with the state law and identifies policy and regulatory updates required under new state laws;
  2. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) periodic review checklist, the Regional Growth Strategy and multi-county planning policies provided for in the PSRC’s Vision 2050 Regional plan; and
  3. The Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) adopted by King County (pending), which address growth management issues in King County.

Periodic Update Due Date

The GMA requires a periodic update every eight years, per the schedule provided in RCW 36.70A.130.  In early 2020, the State Legislature extended the deadline by one additional year, so the next update is due by July 1, 2024 (HB 2342 - 2019-20).  

Plan Updates:

Updates to the plan will be determined by a community visioning process, environmental review, key planning projects that are underway (including the Housing Action Plan), review of existing conditions, legislative updates, and extensive community involvement.    


Community Benefits:

  1. Environment (Planet)
  2. Equity & Inclusion (People)
  3. Economic Resiliency
  • Environmental baseline information will be brought up-to-date and streamlined into and easy to access and understand format. 
  • The update incorporates required environmental (SEPA) review and allows the community to update environmental concerns and objectives and new knowledge about environmental planning (e.g. climate change, “smart” cities, etc).
  • Updated State and regional planning goals & requirement will be incorporated, including focusing growth into urban centers and areas near the new light-rail stations, which will limit the impacts of growth on other areas.
  • Updates that promote multi-modal transit options and prepares for Light Rail will decrease personal automobile use and associated pollutants.
  • The Overlake Planned Action will be updated for anticipated growth, continuing to evaluate and mitigate impacts area-wide instead of by-project for more effective environmental stewardship and mitigation planning.
  • The update to the Overlake Village Stormwater and Park Facilities Implementation Plan will minimize stormwater runoff impacts to the environment and facilitate the acquisition of stormwater permits from the state.

Did you know?

  1. Growth Management in Washington State
  2. Requirements for Accommodating Growth
  • Washington is a growth management state.
    1. Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundaries keep growth contained to prohibit sprawl.
    2. The Growth Management Act (GMA) has required elements that each community must plan for and a planning period of 20-years.
    3. The GMA requires Comprehensive Plans to be updated every eight years, called a periodic review cycle.  The Legislature extended the deadline by one additional year, so the next review is due by July 1, 2024.
  • All Comprehensive Plans for cities must be consistent with the state, regional, and county plans that are relevant to their location.
    1. The state issues a checklist of required review items that represents the minimum scope of the periodic review cycle.
    2. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.   The PSRC Plan is called Vision 2050, and will issues a periodic review checklist for counties and cities in our region to ensure consistency during this update.
    3. The King County Countywide Planning Policies are being updated to be consistent with the growth allocations and Vision 2050 policies.  The periodic review will include any updates necessary for consistency.