Location of Growth

The Visioning Process

The City of Redmond is exploring where and how growth will be accommodated and what it will look like.  This visioning process ran between Fall 2020 and Summer of 2022 and engage the Redmond community throughout this time.   The vision will be adopted into the Redmond Comprehensive plan and the implementing plans, policies, and programs.  


What did the Visioning process look like?

How much will the Region grow?Where will growth go in Redmond?What will growth look like? What are the impacts and how can they be avoided or mitigated?
Icon | Vision - Regional Growth
The Puget Sound Region Council provides updated growth targets for the entire region, including a specific target for Redmond. This target will give a number of residents and jobs that the City is expected to accommodate by 2050.
Icon | Where growth will go in Redmond
Approximately 70% of this growth will go into the urban centers and transit-oriented development in Overlake, Downtown, and Marymoor. Up to 30% of growth may go into targeted areas around the rest of Redmond.
Icon | Vision - What growth will look like
The Visioning process will determine both how much growth goes in each area and what it looks like - i.e. what types of buildings will be used.
Icon | Vision - Impacts


As part of Redmond 2050, an environmental analysis was conducted and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued. All this analysis, and community feedback on options and alternatives, will be integrated into a preferred alternative and Final EIS and used to update the Redmond Comprehensive Plan and other plans and codes.

Growth Alternatives Studied

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) regulations require a “no action” alternative and a minimum of two reasonable alternatives with actions that can feasibly attain or approximate a proposal's objectives.   The alternatives must include sufficiently detailed analysis to permit a comparative evaluation of the alternatives.  

The EIS identifies environmental conditions, potential impacts of the different growth alternatives, infrastructure investment needs, and measures to reduce or mitigate any significant, unavoidable adverse environmental impacts. 

Three growth alternatives were created, based on community input from 2020-2021, that studied options for where growth could go and what it could look like. The alternatives allowed us to compare different impacts and outcomes, so that we can determine what choices best match community goals and priorities.  A preferred alternative is being developed based on feedback from the community and elected officials and includes elements from all three alternatives.  The concepts for a preferred alternative were discussed at the September 20, 2022 City Council meeting

Redmond 2050 Draft EIS Growth Alternatives
Alt 1. No Action (current zoning and land  use)Alt 2. CentersAlt 3. Centers and Corridors
Continues Redmond’s current Comprehensive Plan and implementing plans and regulations. This is a required alternative under SEPA.

Focuses growth within centers and station areas. 

Also studies an option for additional employment in Southeast Redmond in the industrial/manufacturing area and the potential for a Countywide Industrial Growth Center in Southeast Redmond.

Focuses growth within centers, station areas, and along select arterials. 

This alternative also studies an option for additional employment along Willows Road, a Local Center at 90th & Willows Road, and a proposal for housing in Southeast Redmond.

Next Steps

The preferred alternative has been developed based on modeling outputs and community engagement. Modeling and analysis of transportation, water, stormwater, and sewer impacts is underway for this preferred alternative.  A Supplemental Draft EIS with the analysis of the preferred alternative will be published in September of 2023, and a Final EIS by the end of the year. 

Learn More and Join the Conversation


  1. Jeff Churchill

    Planning Manager

  2. Beckye Frey

    Principal Planner

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