Plans & Policy Development
Policy development is the primary focus of city’s long-range planning staff who are dedicated to providing professional planning expertise on City- and privately-initiated amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Redmond Zoning code, and to projects and studies which implement the Redmond Comprehensive Plan vision.
Through careful and visionary planning, and the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan vision, we ensure Redmond continues to develop as a thriving community and a place where people really want to live, work and play.
Population in the Central Puget Sound has grown to 4.1 million, with more than 376,000 new residents added since 2010. Redmond contributes to a share of that growth as the City is now over 60,560 residents strong, approximately 84,000 employees.
Land use planning is a tool that allows us to consider and support growth in a way that is intended to maintain Redmond’s character and strong business community. With additional people, come additional changes, and stresses relating to land use: potential loss of open space, the need for sustained economic and environmental health, the increasing need for more efficient, thoughtful modes of transportation; affordable housing, and impacts of our neighboring communities. In short, comprehensive planning allows Redmond to anticipate those changes by managing the way we grow and plan for development that fits Redmond’s vision and values.
With community input, the planning process considers a range of aspects including how and where businesses can invest in the future; improvements to transportation and other infrastructure; and equitable access to housing, goods, and services.
The Comprehensive Plan’s policies provide a framework for decisions that are consistent with the physical characteristics, goals, and resources of the community. The policies also reflect regional polices and state planning requirements.
The land use map shows the types and intensities of different land use in Redmond. The pattern of uses help support the community’s long-term vision and goals by describing locations for allowed uses and the density of development.
Download the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map (PDF)
Download the Zoning Map (PDF)
The Comprehensive Plan’s goals and policies are implemented by the zoning code, functional plans, the capital investment strategy, projects and programs - all of which contribute to Redmond’s physical environment and quality of life.
Functional Plans are one of several tools that implement the long-range vision of the Comprehensive Plan. Undertaken by various city divisions (functions) functional plans are generally 5- to 10-year plans, and provide implementation strategies and action plans for related policies in the Comprehensive Plan.
Neighborhood Plans reflect the priorities and values of the people who live, work or own property in the neighborhood, describe important neighborhood goals, and help prioritize improvements in City services and facilities. All of this happens within the context of Redmond’s broader goals and vision statements
- Amendment Process
- Requesting an Amendment
- Docket of Proposed Amendments
- Amendments Under Review
- New Plans & Policies
Under state law Redmond may update its Comprehensive Plan once per year. Keeping the Comprehensive Plan updated assures that it remains a useful and relevant guide for planning Redmond’s future.
As the first step in this process, the City informs the community and city staff of the opportunity to submit proposals to amend the comprehensive and associated zoning code. After the changes are identified, the Redmond Planning Commission and then the City Council review and confirm the list of amendments (known as the “docket”) to be considered over the course of the year. The purpose of establishing the docket is to coordinate proposed changes and to help the community track progress.
|Establish the Scope of the Amendment Package||City invites proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and associated Zoning Code provisions.|
|Staff identifies applications for proposed amendments that are complete and are recommended for review and action.|
|Initial City review of the cumulative effect of proposed amendments.|
|Planning Commission reviews proposed amendment package, holds a public hearing and prepares a recommendation on the scope of the proposed amendment package.|
|City Council review and decision on the scope of the amendment package.|
|Review and Decision on Individual Requests for Amendments|
City staff review and recommendation to Planning Commission
Planning Commission review and recommendation to City Council
|City Council review and decision on individual requests|
Any individual, organization, business, or other group may propose a Comprehensive Plan and associated Zoning Code amendment. Amendment requests may involve either the text or map portions of the Comprehensive Plan.
NEW APPLICATION FORM COMING IN JANUARY 2021 to reflect the recent updates to the annual docket process (Ordinance No. 3010, adopted 10-6-20).
Consultation with Long Range Planning staff is required prior to submitting an application. Contact Beverly Mesa-Zendt to coordinate by calling 425-556-2423 or by emailing Beverly. The purpose of staff consult is to:
- Review the proposal
- Answer questions
- Identify preliminary consistency issues
- Ensure application completeness
All proposed amendments are available on the City’s web site prior to the Planning Commission’s first study session on individual proposals. The Planning Commission seeks public comment throughout the amendment process. All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and are cablecast live on RCTV channel 21 and streamed live and archived for on demand viewing
As proposed amendments begin moving through Planning Commission Study sessions, the public has an opportunity to read staff reports, listen to the discussion, and offer public comment.
Topics Under Review will be updated with the latest documents.
Newly passed ordinances as of January 2019 are listed below:
- Ordinance 2978 – Redmond Zoning Code Clean-up, Phase II
- Approved November 19, 2019, Effective November 30, 2019
- Ordinance 2968 – Shoreline Master Program Update
- Approved May, 7, 2019, Effective May 18, 2019
- Ordinance 2964 – Redmond Zoning Code Amendment Regarding Wireless Communications Facilities
- Approved April 16, 2019, Effective April 27, 2019
- Ordinance 2958 – Redmond Zoning Code Minor Clean-up
- Approved April 16, 2019, Effective April 27, 2019
- Ordinance 2950 – Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment
- Approved March 6, 2019, Effective March 16, 2019
- Ordinance 2951 – Zoning Code Map Amendment
- Approved March 6, 2019, Effective March 16, 2019
Citywide Plans and Policies
The filterable list below allows you to search through major City plans and policies.
Document Name Document Type Subject Neighborhood Status 2019-2020 Adopted Budget Budget Budget Citywide Adopted 6-Year Transportation Improvement Program Action Plan Transportation Citywide Adopted Bicycle Facilities Design Manual Standards, Specifications & Design Manuals Transportation Citywide Completed Budgeting Priorities Budget Finance Citywide Completed CAFR 2016 Studies and Reports Finance Citywide Completed Capital Investment Strategy Functional Plan Finance Citywide Completed Climate Action Plan Functional Plan Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Completed Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Functional Plan Public Safety Citywide Completed Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Code Functional Plan Planning Citywide Completed Connection Redmond Implementation Strategy - 2002 Action Plan Transportation Citywide Completed Cost of Service and Cost Recovery Plan Studies and Reports Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Completed Downtown East/West Corridor Study (DEWCS) - 2009 Studies and Reports Transportation Downtown Completed Facilities Strategic Management Plan Functional Plan Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Adopted Flood Hazard Management Plan Functional Plan Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Completed Freight Mobility Survey - 2009 Studies and Reports Transportation Citywide Completed Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015 Functional Plan Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Completed Illumination Design Manual Standards, Specifications & Design Manuals Transportation Citywide Completed Local Transit Study - 2010 Studies and Reports Transportation Citywide Completed Long Range Financial Strategy 2018 Studies and Reports Finance Citywide Completed NE 40th Street Corridor Study – Executive Summary Studies and Reports Transportation Citywide Completed North-South Corridors Study Studies and Reports Transportation Downtown Completed Overlake Village Street Design Guidelines Standards, Specifications & Design Manuals Land Use and Development Overlake Completed PARCC Plan 2017 Functional Plan Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Adopted Redmond Overlake Access Ramp Interchange Justification Report -2011 Studies and Reports Transportation Overlake Completed Regional Stormwater Facilities Plan - 2010 Functional Plan Parks, Trails and Natural Resources Citywide Completed Standard Specifications and Details - 2019
Previous: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Standard, Spec & Design Manuals Land Use and Development Citywide Completed Stormwater Technical Notebook - 2019a
Previous: 2019, 2017a, 2017, 2012, 2010
Standard, Spec & Design Manuals Design & Permitting Requirements Citywide Completed Temporary Construction Dewatering Operating Policy Policy Land Use and Development Citywide Adopted Traffic Counts Studies and Reports Transportation Citywide Completed Traffic Signal Design Manual Standards, Specifications & Design Manuals Transportation Citywide Completed Transportation Facilities Plan Functional Plan Transportation Citywide Completed Transportation Impact Fee Technical Report - 2014 Studies and Reports Transportation Citywide Completed Transportation Master Plan - 2013
Functional Plan Transportation Citywide Adopted Water/Wastewater Design Requirements Standards, Specifications & Design Manuals Land Use and Development Citywide Completed Work Zone Traffic Control Manual Standards, Specifications & Design Manuals Transportation Citywide Completed