Redmond 2050 Themes: Equity & Inclusion, Sustainability, Resiliency

Main Themes

Several themes have been identified for Redmond 2050 update, and will be woven into plan and policy updates for the Redmond Comprehensive Plan, functional plan, and regulatory updates.

Equity & Inclusion



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How we define these terms and what they will mean for our community has been and will continue to be a part of the community discussion. These themes are being implemented in multiple areas of work, including functional plans, policies, and implementing regulations.  

Learn more about this work below (click on the tabs to flip through the different themes) and refer to key resources at the right.  

Your input matters!

Here are just a few examples of the feedback our disabilities stakeholders have shared and the changes proposed in response.

You SaidChanges Proposed
Parking garages in Redmond have to low a clearance for ADA vans that are taller or where the access door opens vertically, which makes it difficult for community members to get where they need to go.Proposing revisions to parking garage design guidelines to ensure parking garages can accommodate ADA vans and other vehicles for community members with disabilities that require a high clearance (public and private).
Some developments have their open spaces in hard to find or access spaces. Due to topography, some utilize elevators to access the spaces, but the elevators are not obvious, and signage is not clear.  The spaces themselves are often designed around able-bodied adults.

To ensure all pedestrian plazas and open spaces are accessible to all ages and abilities, their design shall utilize universal design techniques, and consider wayfinding, light, color, sensory inputs, and general space and proximity considerations. 

Mid block connections are particularly important for community members with disabilities, but what we have is often disconnected or incomplete, and/or they are not obviously open for public use. 

Prioritize ADA-accessible mid-block connections to increase connectivity and accessibility to pedestrian plazas and open spaces. Includes regulations for signage, navigation, and accessible routes.

We've all been to buildings where the entrance is not intuitive. This is a specific concern for community members with limited English or a cognitive disability.  Building designs that emphasize the entrances, corners, and other major features make it easier to navigate independently. 

Create architectural emphasis at entrances, corner lots and key intersections through the creation of urban landmarks. These landmarks shall play a role in local wayfinding for pedestrians, as well as regional wayfinding along sight-lines. 

  1. Equity & Inclusion
  2. Sustainability
  3. Resiliency

Working Definitions:

  • Equity: The City provides all community members with equal and effective city services, resources, opportunities, and influence, so that all people achieve their full potential and thrive. Equity is a purposeful and eager journey toward well-being as defined by those most negatively affected.

  • Inclusion: The City treats all people respectfully; values all people for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; engages all people to contribute to the community’s success; and leverages resources and city services where needed.


  • To ensure that all people are meaningfully engaged to shape city policies and processes. 
  • To include, accommodate, and empower groups of people who have historically been excluded because of their gender, race and/or ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, age, religion, disabilities, or their socioeconomic, immigration, or veteran status, or as a member of any historically marginalized group. 
  • To apply an equity process in all facets of planning to eliminate socioeconomic disparities. 
  • To identify and remediate inequitable policies, processes, or regulations and remove barriers to equity and inclusion.
  • To create equitable intergenerational, geographic, and process outcomes.


Toolkit for Reviewing Comprehensive Plan Elements and Policies

Staff will review each chapter and policy in the Comprehensive Plan and all new proposed policies to ensure that we are supporting the implementation of this theme. The review will focus on:

  •  Will this positively serve historically marginalized communities? 
  •  Will this positively address the priorities of affected communities? 
  •  Will this policy allow the project team to advance pro-equity opportunities? 
  •  Will this reduce known disparities?  
  •  Will this have a positive impact on addressing community priorities and concerns?
  •  Will this policy allow the implementation process to stay connected with communities? 
  •  Will this policy allow project course corrections to be handled if unintended consequences are identified? 

Additional information can be found in the Themes 2.0 Report - July 2021 (pdf)

Key Resources

Equity Policies


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  1. Jeff Churchill

    Planning Manager

  2. Beckye Frey

    Principal Planner

  3. Ian Lefcourte

    Senior Planner, Long Range Planning