Bellevue 2044: Environment

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Environmental sustainability is a core value for the City of Bellevue. Providing access to open space, reducing our environmental impact, and support for health, wellbeing, and resilience are all key priorities for the city. Additionally, regional and countywide policies call on cities to make plans for dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainability touches many elements in the Comprehensive Plan. Transportation policies can make it easier for people to drive less. Land use policies can help create more walkable neighborhoods, support more energy efficient buildings, and enhance our urban tree canopy. Parks policies can ensure people have access to nature and open space. Utilities policies focus on clean water and stream systems.


DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT READY FOR REVIEW

On Thursday, April 27 the city released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update. Community members and organizations with an interest in the future growth of Bellevue can now comment on the DEIS until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12. To read the DEIS and find out how to submit comments, please visit the city's Environmental Review webpage.

Environmental sustainability is a core value for the City of Bellevue. Providing access to open space, reducing our environmental impact, and support for health, wellbeing, and resilience are all key priorities for the city. Additionally, regional and countywide policies call on cities to make plans for dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainability touches many elements in the Comprehensive Plan. Transportation policies can make it easier for people to drive less. Land use policies can help create more walkable neighborhoods, support more energy efficient buildings, and enhance our urban tree canopy. Parks policies can ensure people have access to nature and open space. Utilities policies focus on clean water and stream systems.


DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT READY FOR REVIEW

On Thursday, April 27 the city released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update. Community members and organizations with an interest in the future growth of Bellevue can now comment on the DEIS until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12. To read the DEIS and find out how to submit comments, please visit the city's Environmental Review webpage.

Comment

Let us know how you want to city to consider the environment and sustainability in the Comprehensive Plan. 



This discussion is currently paused while the community reviews the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). To learn more about the DEIS please visit https://bellevuewa.gov/2044-environmental-review.

I think having a few really big parks would be awesome. I think having a good tree canopy overall is good, but our only decently sized park is the downtown park. We should make space to have an even bigger park with a lot of outdoor activities available, like basketball, tennis, roller skating, etc. The downtown park has this, but have another one or two would be really nice for residents.

qwerty 10 months ago

People will keep trees if they make the lot more valuable to a developer than a lot without trees. The presence of significant trees on the property should count as a credit toward the on-site parking requirement in areas that have RPZ controls to prevent people from hogging the street parking.

NicoleM 11 months ago

I think "100% of residents living within 1/3 mile of a park, open space, and/or trail" is impractical [for parks and trails]. It creates many small, fragmented parks that are expensive to manage. More over, the quality of each of the parks will vary drastically breeding inequality. A more efficient solution is to connect residents to frequent, [direct], and reliable transit to several mega-parks. [In addition to transit, there should be safe walking and biking paths between residents and parks and between parks.]

Evan Lee 11 months ago

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Evan Lee 11 months ago

Major support for renewable energy.

Kevin over 1 year ago

The situation with Puget Sound Energy is catastrophically bad, where they are seeking a 20% rate increase immediately, but are making no real commitment to actually reduce GHG emission. Unfortunately, their "Energize Eastside" experience has taught them that they can say anything to Bellevue, do anything to Bellevue, and City of Bellevue will simply shrug their shoulders and go along. I am an electrical engineer, MIT.

James over 1 year ago

Carefully select the best National Model(s), adapt them for our best practices in Bellevue and Eastside Cities and collaborate to make maximum positive impact. No more kicking-the-can and then claiming to listen or respond to residents, voters and taxpayers. It's immoral to say the least. Time to wake up Bellevue!

DwightS over 1 year ago

Bellevue Buildings, Offices, Condos, Apartments and Shopping Malls are NOT SUSTAINABLE and places great burdens on the Environment. In the long range, say within 25 years, as Climate wrecks the State of WA, I do not see Bellevue as a livable place to live or work. Just my strong opinion. I would be able to show a FAR BETTER PATH compared to Bellevue Comprehensive Plans & Planners. Master Planners & leaders around the world are doing reasonable & ethical planning for their populations. Infrastructure will be the biggest downfall for King County and Eastside. Water, sewer, power and planning issues cannot adapt at the rate of change or growth. Without any focus or leadership in government, "we're TOAST"! PASS IT ON. Thanks.

DwightS over 1 year ago

Stop the growth and don't allow foreign investors to keep buying up everything!

Convertiblewheels over 1 year ago

Assess an annual 'luxury' tax on single family 'mega' houses. They gobble up more energy than standard size single family residences. Ban wood burning fireplaces. Not only does wood smoke cause damage to our lungs but it is an inefficient form of heat. After enduring the effects of the wildfire smoke, the stench from fireplaces is a horrible reminder of the harmful smokey air.

Wylie G. over 1 year ago

Have lost many trees in NE Bellevue to developers who have bought up homes and then scraped the lot property line to property line. We have a few that took out every tree on the lot even when they did not bulldoze the house. If they do leave trees, it is a few sickly ones on the perimeter that will have to be removed by the new owner. Bellevue cannot claim to be interested in the environment and allow this destruction to continue.

aclayjar over 1 year ago

There should be mandatory requirements in place TODAY that insist that developers investment a significant percentage of the build cost into sustainable products such as solar panals, solar windows, recycled water systems, etc. that assist the city and our environment in maintaining the quality of area. This gives them longterm savings (I realize they only care about short term gains). I know it appears that rents/purchase costs will be higher but they are already high and going up! Some tax relief should be provided by the city either upfront or over a decade. The city currently has to build and refurbish infrastructure when they do not install these products. This should help reduce the exponential growth on the local utilities and most people want to live in these more efficient residences, it is part of the reason we live here.

Susan P over 1 year ago

Why don't we abandon the scorched earth policy currently allowed when mega-houses are built on small, modest neighborhood lots and instead apply limitations which will (a) preserve neighborhood balance, and (b) existing tree canopy?

Hannah Kimball over 1 year ago

Remove graffiti and garbage immediately before it becomes worse, do not allow parking for more than 24 hours!

Convertiblewheels over 1 year ago

Completely agree with the other commenter!

A lot of pollution, noise as well, is caused by people commuting to Bellevue because they work here! If we had more housing, increasing supply by upzoning things, increasing density, getting rid of parking requirements, making it easier for builders to build, we'd be able to have more people live in the Bellevue area and cause way less traffic + pollution + noise pollution.

On top of that we could invest in better alternatives to car dependent infrastructure. Cement protected bike lanes that flow throughout the area, more bus only lanes + more buses, light rail, etc. All of these alternatives to car dependency would help with pollution.

forte over 1 year ago

Since 40% of workers are too poor to live in Bellevue, they have very long commutes! This is discrimination! This causes stress, lost time with family, pollution, accidents and slow traffic. TEACHERS, police, FirePersonnel, staff, labor, clerks and service people can not live where they serve!
SUGGESTION: Require moderate & low income housing in all projects and all new construction. Emphasize multiUSE buildings - including loRENT and affordable rent storeFronts! Do not allow most projects to be exempt!

JimWalker over 1 year ago
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