Overlake Zones

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There are three zoning districts in the Overlake Metro Center, all of which are mixed-use zones with mid- and high-densities that accommodate the jobs and housing growth allocations and that maximize transit-oriented development potential. The zoning districts and the development regulations are intended to:

  • Encourage a broad mix of medium- and high-density uses and amenities in order to achieve a vibrant, engaging metropolitan growth center that is equitable, sustainable, and resilient; enliven the area in the evening; and contribute to a sense of place;
  • Promote compact development forms that:
    • Are pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly;
    • Are conducive to and supportive of transit use and provide a variety of mobility options for community members of all ages and abilities; 
  • Allow additional building height and density and other approved incentives to facilitate:
    • Achieving sustainable, equitable transit-oriented development (TOD), with higher bonuses available for properties closer to the light rail stations; 
    • Provision of public and private infrastructure, green buildings, affordable housing, open space, and other city goals; and 
  • Provide affordable housing unit options and accessible and universally-designed housing units.

Learn more about Overlake policy and code updates.


Land Use DesignationZones
Overlake Mixed-UseOverlake Village (OV)
Overlake Business and Advanced Technology (OBAT)
Overlake Urban Multi-family (OUMF)


Proposed maps and zoning district comments below. Send comments or questions to Redmond2050@redmond.gov


Overlake Village

  • Purpose: 
    Promote medium- and high-density mixed uses integrated into a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly urban neighborhood that enliven the area in the evening and contribute to a sense of place. Maximize opportunities for equitable transit-oriented development and transit-supportive uses and honor and acknowledge the rich multicultural community in Overlake and display this identity through site design, building design, and streetscape improvements.
  • Building types: Mid- and High-rise buildings;  
  • Height:  
    • Minimum: 4 stories or 45 ft, whichever is less
    • Baseline Max: In TOD Focus Area: 14 stories or 150 feet whichever is less, Elsewhere 8 stories or 120 feet, whichever is less
    • Max with Incentives: 300 ft
  • FAR: 
    • Baseline Max:   5.0 
    • Max with Incentives: FAR may be waived (becomes N/A) if incentives maximized
  • Uses: a mix of cultural, entertainment, educational, retail, restaurants, professional offices, services, and uses that meet needs of residents and employees, enliven the area in the evening
  • Key changes: 
    • Simplifying the code 
    • Consolidate from five to one zone
    • Up-zoning to increase capacity near light rail station
    • Transition to high-rise development opportunities


Overlake Business and Advanced Technology

  • Purpose: 
    • Provide a high-wage employment area that accommodates advanced technology, research and 

      development, corporate offices, high technology manufacturing and similar uses to serve City and regional economic goals;  

    • Provide medium- and high-density employment and housing uses;

    • Provide convenience commercial and neighborhood services, arts, cultural, and entertainment uses and other transit-supportive uses in the transit-oriented development focus area.

  • Building types: Mid- and High-rise buildings  
  • Height:  
    • Minimum: In TOD Focus Area min 4 stories or 45 ft, whichever is less, outside of TOD Focus Area 3 stories or 35 ft
    • Baseline Max: In TOD Focus Area: 14 stories or 150 feet whichever is less, Elsewhere 8 stories or 120 feet, whichever is less
    • Max with Incentives: 300 ft
  • FAR: 
    • Baseline Max:   3.0
    • Max with Incentives: in TOD Focus Area FAR may be waived (becomes N/A) if incentives maximized, outside TOD Focus Area the max is  9.5
  • Uses: a mix of professional offices, services, retail, restaurants, and uses that meet needs of residents and employees 
  • Key changes: 
    • Simplifying the code 
    • Expanding uses
    • Up-zoning to increase capacity near light rail station
    • Transition to high-rise development opportunities
    • Moving from office campus to TOD types of development


Overlake Urban Multi-Family

  • Purpose: Provide opportunities for high-density urban multi-family with some local services
  • Building types: Urban apartments
  • Height:  
    • Minimum: 3 stories or 35 ft, whichever is less
    • Baseline Max: 8 stories or 85 feet, whichever is less
    • Max with Incentives: 160 ft
  • FAR: 
    • Baseline Max:   3.0
    • Max with Incentives: in TOD Focus Area FAR may be waived (becomes N/A) if incentives maximized, outside TOD Focus Area the max is  9.5
  • Uses: a mix of multifamily and neighborhood services
  • Key changes: 
    • New zone



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  1. Beckye Frey

    Principal Planner

  2. Lauren Alpert

    Senior Planner