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.
- Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC):
- TOD in Vision 2050, the regional planning strategies/policies (includes Growing Transit Communities materials at bottom of page)
- Growing Transit Communities East Corridor (includes Redmond)
- Growing Transit Communities - Implementing Equitable Transit Communities (PDF)
- Redmond Planning Commission 07/07/21 TOD Briefing - Memo, Attachment A-Growing Transit Communities Summary, Attachment B-Overlake Center Boundary Revision & TOD map, Presentation