Light Rail Station Area Planning (TOD)

Redmond has been planning for light-rail to come to our community for more than two decades.  Now that our light rail stations are almost open (2024 & 2025), we're switching focus from planning for the line and stations to planning the land uses and regulations for the areas around the stations.  

Redmond 2050 will look at Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in the station areas, including adopting definitions and maps and land use changes that will allow those areas to develop / re-develop in a manner that maximize the benefits of the new light rail stations.  A large part of this update will include looking at equity and equitable outcomes, including addressing needs at various income levels, cultures, ages, and abilities.  

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD)
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) or "transit communities" are generally the areas within a ten-minute walking distance from high-capacity transit stations such as light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and other major transit hubs.
Mixed-use, transit-served neighborhoods that provide housing and transportation choices, a mix of services, amenities and businesses, and greater social and economic opportunity for current and future residents.

Starting in the summer and fall of 2021, we began 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. 

Get Involved!

TOD study area map

Key Resources

Equitable, Sustainable, and Resilient Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Workshop

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  1. Beckye Frey

    Principal Planner