Overlake Updates

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:

  1. Refining the Vision
  2. Policy Updates, Options & Alternatives
  3. Regulatory Updates

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. 
  1. Beckye Frey

    Principal Planner
    Phone: 425-556-2750

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 bfrey@redmond.gov 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.).