Materials for Public Hearing on January 31, 2024

Earlier Drafts

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Next Steps

City Council review of the final draft is expected in late Q1 2024.

Required Updates

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

  • Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050 has new policies addressing stormwater management, electrification and emissions reduction, technological change, and climate change.
  • The King County Countywide Planning Policies prioritize transit and mobility services where they are needed most, with an emphasis on equity; prioritize anti-displacement; and emphasize transit-supportive land uses and active transportation.

Policy Summary

  • The draft Transportation Element guides all transportation programmatic, regulatory, and capital investment decisions.
  • The draft update is organized around the following major strategies: orienting around light rail, maintaining transportation infrastructure, improving travel choices and mobility, and enhancing freight and service delivery.
  • It also incorporates the Redmond 2050 themes of equity and inclusion, sustainability, and resiliency.  

What you said 

  • Prioritize access to Downtown, Overlake, and Marymoor Village
  • Build right-sized, cost-effective facilities for people of all ages and abilities
  • Provide multimodal access between neighborhoods
  • Provide first- and last-mile solutions
  • Invest in maintaining the system we have and building new connections

What's New In the Transportation Element

The draft Transportation Element responds to community priorities as well as state, regional, and county requirements.

  • Equity is emphasized, for example in preventing and mitigating displacement, and in minimizing the negative health and environmental impacts of the transportation system.
  • New language prioritizes the safety, comfort, and convenience of pedestrians and bicyclists – those who are most vulnerable.
  • The draft element incorporates objectives and strategies from the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan such as greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
  • The policies call for connecting neighborhoods to each other, and connecting to bus and rail transit, exploring both traditional and innovative methods.
  • There is a renewed emphasis on maintaining the system in a state of good repair for all users. 
  • The policies call for development of a Transportation Master Plan that incorporates equity and inclusion, sustainability, and resiliency.

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. Lauren Alpert

    Senior Planner