Centers and Corridors
As we plan for 2050, we are re-evaluating our Centers for growth capacity, character, and transitioning to pedestrian-oriented urban forms (buildings, streets, sidewalks, etc.). We're also wanting to maximize housing opportunities, keep jobs and housing near transit, preserve manufacturing zoning, and looking for ways to improve equity and inclusion in our built environment. For the Redmond 2050 update, that means changes for all our centers - plus adding an industrial/manufacturing center designation in SE Redmond (on land currently zoned for those uses). Some of the highlights for that work are show on the next few slides, with links to additional information.
Types of Centers
The regional planning framework includes three levels of growth centers that serve to guide regional growth allocations, advance local planning, inform transit service planning, and represent priority areas for transportation funding.
Growth in centers has significant benefits, including supporting multimodal transportation options, compact growth, housing choices near jobs, climate goals, and access to opportunity. As important focal points for investment and development, centers… support equitable access to affordable housing, services, health, quality transit service, and employment.
Learn more about each type of Center and what they look like in Redmond by exploring the tabs below:
Transit Oriented Development
Redmond 2050 continues to focus growth in Redmond’s centers in a way that addresses needs and goals related to equity, sustainability, and resiliency.
As part of this work, we've received a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to implement Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) near the light rails stations. Our TOD focus areas for Redmond 2050 are the areas within a 10-minute walk of the four new light rail stations.
Regional growth centers are mixed-use centers designated by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) that include housing, employment, retail and entertainment uses. There are two types of regional growth centers:
|Metropolitan Growth Centers (Metro Centers) have a primary regional role – they have dense existing jobs and housing, high-quality transit service, and are planning for significant growth. They will continue to serve as major transit hubs for the region. They also provide regional services and are major civic and cultural centers.||Urban Growth Centers (Urban Centers) have an important regional role, with dense existing jobs and housing, high-quality transit service, and planning for significant growth. These centers may represent areas where major investments – such as high-capacity transit – offer new opportunities for growth.|
Overlake Metro Center
Downtown Redmond Urban Center
Countywide Growth Centers are established as a part of the King County Countywide Planning Policies and serve important roles as places for equitably concentrating jobs, housing, shopping, and recreational opportunities. Currently, the Marymoor Local Center is proposed as a Countywide Growth Center in the Redmond 2050 plan update; the City is also studying designation of a Countywide Industrial Center in Southeast Redmond as part of the Center Alternative.
Countywide Growth Center
Countywide Industrial Center
|Countywide Growth Centers serve important roles as places for equitably concentrating jobs, housing, shopping, and recreational opportunities. These are often smaller downtowns, high-capacity transit station areas, or neighborhood centers that are linked by transit, provide a mix of housing and services, and serve as focal points for local and county investment.||Countywide Industrial Centers serve as important local industrial areas. These areas support equitable access to living wage jobs and serve a key role in the county’s manufacturing/industrial economy. |
These areas serve the region with industrial infrastructure, concentrations of industrial jobs, evidence of long- term potential, and can be accessed by transit.
As part of the Redmond 2050 project the City is exploring potential for growth and development along major corridors. Corridors that may see changes include Willows Road, Avondale Road, Redmond Way SE, and 148th Ave NE.