Economic Vitality

The Economic Vitality Element serves as a blueprint for many of the city’s policies and partnerships that enhance quality of life and attract businesses and entrepreneurs.

Final Draft Available for Review

Code updates - pdf, video, Q&A Forum

The final draft of the Economic Vitality element is available for review. This draft incorporates feedback received from stakeholders, the community, Boards and Commissions, and City Council on Draft 2. The final draft has also been updated to incorporate additional feedback from staff and the Planning Commission. More detail and explanation of changes for the final draft can be found in the policy guide

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Next Steps

The Redmond Planning Commission made its Recommendation to City Council to adopt the updated Economic Vitality element on June 28, 2023, and approved its report on July 12, 2023.  

City Council will then begin its final review in the Fall, with adoption tentatively scheduled for December 2023.

Policy Summary

  • It update incorporates the Redmond 2050 themes of equity and inclusion, sustainability, and resiliency.
  • The chapter has been re-organized around the following economic development goals:
    • A sustainable and resilient economy,
    • a high quality of life, and
    • a diverse workforce and business community.  

What you said

  • Promote economic diversity
  • Address displacement of legacy and vital local businesses 
  • Preserve uses that thrive only in Manufacturing Park zones while adding some flexibility 
  • Support small, ethnic, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) businesses
  • Provide opportunities for flexible workspaces and uses
  • Predictable, stable business climate

What's New in the Economic Vitality Element 

The draft Economic Vitality Element responds to community priorities as well as support state, regional, and county economic strategies.

  • Equity is emphasized, updating policies that focus on quality of life and opportunity for all types and sizes of businesses.
  • Mitigating Displacement of legacy and vital community businesses, including those for underserved communities.  
  • Preserving our manufacturing and industrial land uses.
  • Addressing the barriers created by the high costs of housing, land, and space for existing and new businesses.
  • Building Resiliency from the impacts of natural disasters and other disruptive events.
  • Continued effort to achieve a sustainable economy.


  1. Glenn Coil

    Sr. Planner

  2. Philly Marsh

    Economic Development Manager

  3. Kimberly Dietz

    Principal Planner