Bridge the Gap Amendments

Redmond Zoning Code Rewrite

Amendment Purpose

The “Bridge The Gap” Zoning Code amendment package is primarily focused on the City’s growing urban center of Overlake (OV) and the newer neighborhood of the Marymoor Village (MDD).

  • The first amendment realigns the development incentive packages found in RZC 21.12.170 OV Incentive Program and RZC 21.13.220 MDD Incentive Program to better meet the growing demands of affordable housing, sustainability, and economic vitality.
  • The second portion of this amendment package proposes to amend RZC 21.12.100 OV Building Height that regulates Overlake building heights. The amendment regards subterranean parking and shallow groundwater and their relationship to the maximum height allowed within Overlake. Portions of the Overlake neighborhood experience shallow groundwater tables making subterranean parking less feasible. This results in the need for above-ground parking structures that effectively reduce the amount of floor area that could otherwise be devoted to non-parking uses.  A structure’s height is directly impacted by the placement of required parking within the project site.
  • The last portion of this amendment package rectifies an unintentional conflict of the code regarding building modulations over rights-of-way (RZC 21.62.030.E.2.c.iii Overlake Village Zones Supplemental Design Standards – Design of Large Buildings) and City’s Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction. The proposed amendment would align the code and the street standards by not allowing building modulations into the right-of-way.

Project Actions and Milestones

Project Actions and Milestones
Date Milestone Action
Quarter 4, 2021 City Council City Council Committee of the Whole, staff report, study sessions (opt.), and City Council's action
Quarter 3, 2021 Planning Commission Public hearings, study sessions, and Planning Commission's recommendation to the City Council
Quarters 2 and 3, 2021 Formal Review Beginning formal review by City's Technical Committee, Planning Commission, and ultimately, by the City Council
Quarter 2, 2021 Communication and Involvement Seeking feedback from project stakeholders, community, and for SEPA comment period
March 2021 Amendment Development Drafting amendment language
February 24, 2021 Planning Commission Project briefing regarding scope and anticipated schedule

Setting a Foundation for the Future

A periodic update to Redmond's Comprehensive Plan is also underway to reflect the vision for 2050.  Future updates to the Zoning Code will be necessary to ensure consistency with the Comprehensive Plan's policies.  Additional updates will also be necessary as new policies are reflected in the City's functional plans such as the Transportation Master Plan; Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation Plan; Environmental Sustainability Action Plan; and other such plans.  

The 2020 - 2021 amendments will provide a clear, concise, and improved zoning code upon which the subsequent amendments will be provided.

Become a Party of Record

Submit your contact information including your name, business name, address, phone, and email to Sarah Pyle.  You will receive updates regarding the Redmond Zoning Code Rewrite as it proceeds. (RZC 21.78 Definitions - Party of Record)