Required Updates

Required updates to transportation policy are those updates that arise from state, regional, and county mandates. The table below summarizes required updates.

Source of ChangeSummary of Change

Puget Sound Regional Council - Vision 2050

  • Policies and actions addressing stormwater management.
  • Policies concerning electrification and emissions reduction.
  • Policies addressing changing technology.
  • New Climate Change chapter of VISION 2050.
King County Countywide Planning Policies
  • Prioritizing transit and mobility services where they are needed most, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, people with low incomes or no income, and people with special transportation needs.
  • Emphasizes transit supportive land uses, encouraging active transportation, and minimizing displacement and negative impacts on communities affected by transportation improvements.

Policy Options & Alternatives

The Redmond 2050 Existing Conditions Report identifies policy considerations for updates to the Transportation Element of the Redmond Comprehensive Plan. Staff developed these policy considerations with input from the Planning Commission and many other stakeholders in late 2020 and early 2021. Staff then compiled existing policies and proposed policy considerations in the attached change matrix (Attachment A).

In doing so, staff has identified policy options and alternatives, in other words, areas of tension between two or more policy considerations. These tension points require discussion and ultimately a decision for the most appropriate way forward. The policy options and alternatives are not inclusive of all the policies that will be considered for a topic, but rather are only those policy considerations that have divergent approaches that may be in conflict or require prioritization. Likewise, the potential strategies listed in the options and alternatives documents are illustrative of the types of action that could be taken to pursue that policy direction but are not exhaustive of the range of strategies that may be needed.

Staff identified two tension areas for discussion. The first concerns how new mobility investments should be prioritized. Several policy considerations call for prioritizing investments that, for example, improve access to light rail, complete modal networks, or enhance safety and accessibility. There will not be enough funding to advance every mobility improvement, so how should these be prioritized? The second concerns how Redmond should balance maintaining its existing infrastructure with investing in new mobility improvements.

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Redmond 2050 project staff shared the policy considerations with the public, stakeholders, and boards, commissions, and community partner organizations. A workshop was held and a number of questionnaires provided additional methods for input to help determine community priorities.

Next Steps

At their Study Session on September 28, 2021, the Redmond City Council considered input to date and provided guidance to staff on how to proceed with drafting the policies for the Economic Vitality Element. Staff is currently developing draft 1.0 of this element, which will be finalized and released for public comment in early 1st quarter 2022.

Related Resources

Community Feedback

Transportation & Economic Policy Options Workshop

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

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  1. Jeff Churchill

    Planning Manager
    Phone: 425-556-2492

  2. Tam Kutzmark

    Transportation Sr. Planner
    Phone: 425-556-2870