What's Changing in Overlake?
There are a number of Overlake related updates that will take place in Phase 1 of the Redmond 2050 update. They include:
- A new SEPA Planned Action
- Overlake Urban Center reclassification to Metro Center
- Metro Center boundary expansion and related rezoning
- Updates to the Redmond Comprehensive Plan, Urban Centers Element
- An Addendum to the Overlake Neighborhood Plan (and PSRC Centers re-certification)
- Rezoning of properties around the light-rail stations
- Updates to the Overlake development standards and incentives package
- Finalization and adoption of the Overlake South Infrastructure Plan
Planning Commission materials that introduce and provide additional information on each of these updates:
- 03/31/21 | Overlake Updates - Memo, Presentation
- 07/07/21 | Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Briefing - Memo, Attachment A-Growing Transit Communities Summary, Attachment B-Overlake Center Boundary Revision & TOD map, Presentation
- 07/14/21 | Required Updates - Memo, PSRC Centers Checklist (draft), Presentation
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 late June and early July, 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 so that those with disabilities can truly have access to units in TOD buildings?
- 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 is currently reviewing the existing Comprehensive Plan policies related to Overlake (over 100 policies) and will bring a policy overview at a future Planning Commission date. In addition, the community conversations that will be held this summer and fall to refine the vision for Overlake and the TOD discussions will have policy implications as well as a number of policy options and alternatives (see links to Planning Commission materials at the top of this page for more info). Materials and information about ways to be a part of the community conversations will be posted here as they become available.
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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|
We need your help! We’re looking for individuals, businesses, and organizations that would like to be a part of these conversations. Please contact Beckye Frey, Principal Planner, at email@example.com to be a part of a stakeholder or focus group for Overlake or to ask for staff to join you at a meeting you have scheduled (HOA, board, office, organization, etc.).