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  1. Urban Centers Element
  2. Economic Vitality Element
  3. Transportation Element
  4. Housing Element


This is a first draft based on what we have heard from the community so far. Once you've read the draft, please let us know if you think we are on the right track by answering this short 5-minute questionnaire    

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Policy Summary

  • The draft Urban Centers Element (proposed renaming to Growth Centers) serves as a blueprint for the city’s policies related to regional, urban, countywide, and local centers, where much of the future growth of the city is anticipated to occur.
  • It incorporates the Redmond 2050 themes of equity and inclusion, sustainability, and resiliency.
  • Focuses on accommodating growth in our centers and transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities; pedestrian oriented design; and access to, from, and within the centers.

What's New in the Growth Centers Element

The draft Growth Centers Element responds to community priorities as well as state, regional, and county requirements.

  • The Introduction section has been completely rewritten and expanded to allow for a better understanding of the different types of centers and our TOD goals and to allow for future incorporation of other centers and/or corridors (per community engagement this summer).
  • Section A, the Common Centers Policies, has been expanded. 
    • Several Overlake policies have been moved to this section and modified to ensure it applies to all centers. 
    • Growth allocations and regional growth focus areas mentioned here.  
    • Clarified character for Overlake and Downtown centers based on community engagement during our visioning phase. 
  • Section B, with Downtown Urban Center policies, is NOT included. This section will be updated in Redmond 2050 Phase 2.
  • Section C, Overlake Metro Center policieshave been significantly re-written and includes major changes: 
    • The Overlake Urban Center is now a Metro Center (per regional planning policies). The Center boundary has been expanded to accommodate growth, include major employers in the center, include TOD areas inside the center.
    • Streamlines and condenses the chapter to remove duplicated polices, consolidate similar policies. The Metro Center is now the focus of the chapter (if you are in or out of the Metro Center) and we have removed the subareas entirely. 
    • We’ve removed language that leans towards the suburban form and added a policies that lay out the form of future development in the centers as urban in nature (include mid- and high-rise development). 

    • Many of the policies were removed as duplicative or moved to the Overlake Neighborhood Plan Addendum or another chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. 
    • A significant focus on the themes of equity and inclusion, sustainability, and resiliency has had noticeable impacts on new and revised policies. Discussions will continue on these topics as we begin the related code revisions.