With big plans in the works for its downtown, Bellevue is recruiting intensely into the public realm for those interested in having a say on the City’s Downtown Livability Initiative. First, a few words about the project. With the exception of the downtown subarea plan, Bellevue has never really had a concerted downtown planning effort on this scale. That’s why this project is significant– it would run the gamut of all downtown planning issues, from rezoning to street food.
Here’s where people like you come in. To solicit input, the City is hosting seven different focus groups (see .pdf), each one targeted at a specific stakeholder group (see below). Don’t panic if you don’t fit into any of the categories– if you’re truly passionate about the future of downtown Bellevue, then you probably belong in the “visionaries” category:
The meetings will include a brief presentation on the Downtown Livability Initiative, followed by small group, facilitated discussion. Discussion topics will include design, amenities and transportation issues. Feedback from these focus groups will help shape potential changes to the Land Use Code for downtown Bellevue.
Participants are encouraged to attend the meeting that best fits their stakeholder group, but are welcome to attend any meeting that is convenient. Meetings will be in room 1E-108.
· Architects and planners, Tuesday, March 5, 2-4 p.m.
· Property owners and developers, Wednesday, March 6, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
· Brokers, Wednesday, March 6, 4-6 p.m.
· Large companies and retailers, Thursday, March 7, 2-4 p.m.
· Former Downtown Plan Advisory Body members, Friday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
· Institutions and visionaries, Monday, March 11, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
· Residents, Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
To make an RSVP, shoot an email to DowntownLivability@bellevuewa.