Help decide what Redmond will look like in 2050!
The next update of the Redmond Comprehensive Plan is underway. Redmond 2050 builds on the progress our city has made and - with your input - will guide the vision of our city going forward.
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Redmond 2050 gets us ready for the next phase of growth.
The Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document for all the ways Redmond should plan and build for the next few decades. Planning for growth helps us build a city that meets the needs of the community and reflects the vision for how the community will look and function.
The Comprehensive Plan update will:
Several themes have been identified for Redmond 2050, and will be woven into each element throughout the process:
- Economic Resiliency/Recovery
- Equity & Inclusion
- Technology Forward ("Smart City")
How we define these terms and what they will mean for our community will be a part of the community discussion. These themes can then be implemented in multiple areas of work, including functional plans, policies, and implementing regulations.
Did you know?
- Washington is a growth management state.
- Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundaries keep growth contained to prohibit sprawl.
- The Growth Management Act (GMA) has required elements that each community must plan for and a planning period of 20-years.
- 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.
- The state issues a checklist of required review items that represents the minimum scope of the periodic review cycle.
- 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.
- 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.
Growth is allocated to each community in a top-down fashion:
State projections > Regional Allocations > County Allocations > Community Allocations
The regional plan, VISION 2050, was developed by the Puget Sound Regional Council (the regional planning authority) and directs employment and population growth to Urban Centers and areas served by high capacity transit.
- 65% of the region’s population growth and 75% of the region’s employment growth will be allocated in regional growth centers and within walking distance of light rail stations.
- Improving the housing to jobs balance is a regional priority that will impact Redmond in a unique way as we typically double our population in the daytime due to commuters traveling to Redmond jobs.
King County has been allocated 50% of the regional population growth (872,000 people) and 59% of job growth (682,000 jobs)
- Within King County, 40% of the population growth (346,000) and 45% of the job growth (310,000) will be distributed to the 11 Core Cities, including Redmond.
- King County is developing the allocations for each community in compliance with Vision 2050. Urban Centers and light rail stations will be allocated more growth than to those communities without them.
The majority of growth allocated to Redmond will be in the Urban Centers and TOD areas (Overlake, Downtown, and Marymoor). Some growth will be assigned to areas outside of the Urban Centers and TOD areas.
Growth allocations are assigned to cities, but each community determines how that growth will be accommodated, what it will look like, and how to meet community needs.