What's Changing in Overlake?
Overlake is continuing its path to realizing the community's vision as a vibrant center that accommodates efficient growth while preserving single-family neighborhoods. Private and public investments are creating a dynamic place with opportunities for jobs, recreation and housing.
- Summary of Overlake changes and policy considerations (Nov 2021)
- Summary of Code Revisions (Aug 2022)
- Q&A Board
Overlake updates in Phase 1 of the Redmond 2050 project (anticipated adopted in mid 2023) include:
- Updating the Overlake zoning districts, development regulations, and incentive packages
- Rezoning of properties around the light-rail stations
(Light rail will connect the neighborhood to the region beginning in 2023)
- Metro Center boundary expansion and related rezoning
- Creating a new SEPA Planned Action to complete an area-wide environmental review of growth expected to 2050
- Finalizing and adopting of the Overlake South Infrastructure Plan
- Updating to the Redmond Comprehensive Plan, Urban Centers Element
- Creating an Addendum to the Overlake Neighborhood Plan (and PSRC Centers re-certification)
OVERLAKE DRAFT POLICIES
We developed a first draft of updates to the Urban Centers chapter of the Redmond Comprehensive Plan based on feedback we've heard so far, with updates to growth centers policies applicable city-wide and updating the Overlake Neighborhood policies.
We've heard from you that:
- Enable a future that is equitable and inclusive, sustainable, and resilient;
- Maximize the opportunities of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) near the new light-rail stations;
- Reduce the number of Land Use and Zoning categories to simplify and streamline development review and approvals;
- Remain aware of displacement as growth and development occurs - retaining small businesses is important (particular concern for the ethnic businesses in Overlake Village); and
- Need to accommodate families and seniors (housing units, services, and amenities).
Once you've read the draft, please let us know if you think we are on the right track by providing comments to Redmond2050@redmond.gov.
Proposed Overlake Zoning Code Updates/Concepts:
- Restructuring RZC 21.12
- Zoning District and Development Standards
- Incentive Package
- Design Guidelines
NEW: Comments Summary (thru 2-15-23)
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- Refining the Vision
- Policy Updates, Options & Alternatives
- Regulatory Updates
- Overlake Planning History
Refining the vision for Overlake
As we start to plan for the future of Redmond, we’re looking at several questions specifically related to the future of Overlake -- to accommodate growth and maximize the benefits of the two new light rail stations. Starting in the summer and fall of 2021, we’ll begin meeting with community members and stakeholders on several issues that will impact this community. Those conversations will include:
- Identifying highest and best uses and design standards for properties in close proximity to the light rail stations (What does transit-oriented development (TOD) look like in Redmond?);
- Planning TOD areas to ensure equity and inclusion, sustainability, and resiliency (will impact Downtown and Marymoor too);
- What does that look like physically, and what development standards, performance metrics, services/amenities, incentives and/or partnerships are needed to realize that new physical reality?
- What do families need in high-rise living situations?
- How do we ensure equitable outcomes (e.g. so that those with disabilities can truly have access to units in TOD buildings, etc)?
- What kind of neighborhood features are needed for adults with intellectual disabilities? Autism? Etc.
- What would we need to change in our codes to make that happen?
- Neighborhood character and preservation of the "international" cultural feel of the area; and
- Neighborhood services needed for existing and future residents.
City staff reviewed the existing Comprehensive Plan policies related to Overlake (over 100 policies), the existing conditions report, and the feedback from the community on priorities and discussed policy options and alternatives with the Planning Commission and community in 2021.
Planning Commission Materials:
- 07/28/21 | Overlake & Urban Centers Policy Update Approach Memo, Element Update Process Overview, Presentation
- 09/29/21 | Overlake Options & Alternatives Memo
- Sign up to receive Redmond 2050 – Comprehensive Plan update emails to stay up to date on Overlake policy discussions!
Per the Washington State Growth Management Act, our zoning code needs to be consistent with our Comprehensive Plan. Since we are making substantial changes to Overlake plans we will be updating the Overlake regulations to be consistent with the vision and policy updates. The table below provides a high-level summary of the code sections that will be reviewed and potentially updated with the Redmond 2050 Phase 1 updates to the Urban Centers Element and the Addendum to the Overlake Neighborhood Plan (anticipated adoption in first quarter of 2023).
|21.04||Update Overlake zoning districts if we make changes (add or replace) (21.04.010)|
|21.12||Update regulations for Overlake zoning districts (or complete replacement) - lots of outdated sections like 21.12.220|
|21.20||Update affordable housing regulations (including Overlake references if appropriate)|
|21.20||Review and potentially update references to Overlake regulations/FAR language (21.20.060.D)|
|21.28||Update, replace, or relocate regulations for High-Capacity Transit Corridor Preservation (TBD)|
|21.32||Confirm/update landscape area requirements section (Overlake reference in 040) and update landscape points for Overlake column (table in 060)|
|21.48||TDR program updates, if needed|
|21.52||Review and potentially update references to Overlake in the sight distance requirements (040) and Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Other Nonmotorized Connections (050)|
|21.58||Confirm/update language related to Overlake zones and code references/links (020)|
|21.62||Update Purpose (Urban Centers Standards in 010) and Overlake Village Zones Supplemental Design Standards (030)|
|21.70||Update Overlake Planned Action section (21.70.110)|
|21.78||Update definitions related to Overlake (including where Overlake zones are mentioned, like "Transitional Uses"|
|Appendix 7||Update Overlake Village Street Requirements|
|Map 12.1||Update Overlake Village Subarea Map|
|Map 12.2||Update Overlake Village Cross Sections (and adopt Overlake South Infrastructure Plan)|
|Map 12.3||Update Overlake Feasible Stormwater Sites map|
|Map 12.4||Confirm/update OBAT setbacks and update map if needed|
|Map 12.5||Confirm/update OBAT buffers and update map if needed|
|Map 12.7||Update OBAT Height Limits maps|
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