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File #: SS 21-075   
Type: Study Session Status: Presented
File created: 9/8/2021 In control: City Council Study Session
On agenda: 9/28/2021 Final action: 9/28/2021
Title: Redmond 2050 Quarterly Update - Third Quarter 2021
Attachments: 1. Agenda Memo, 2. Attachment A: Redmond 2050 Overview, 3. Attachment B: Housing, Economic Vitality, and Transportation Policy Options and Alternatives, 4. Attachment C: Community Involvement Summary - Q2-Q3 2021, 5. Attachment D: Presentation, 6. Attachment E: Council Questions, 7. Attachment F: Study Session Slides

TO: Members of the City Council

FROM: Mayor Angela Birney


Planning and Community Development

Carol Helland




Planning and Community Development

Jeff Churchill

Long Range Planning Manager

Planning and Community Development

Beckye Frey

Principal Planner

Planning and Community Development

Caroline Chapman

Senior Planner

Planning and Community Development

Glenn Coil

Senior Planner

Planning and Community Development

Ian Lefcourte






Redmond 2050 Quarterly Update - Third Quarter 2021




Staff provided a quarterly update on the Redmond 2050 periodic review of the Comprehensive Plan at the City Council’s September 21, 2021 business meeting. The main topics to be covered are policy options and alternatives for housing, economic vitality, and transportation.


At the Council’s September 28 study session, staff will seek Council input on those topics so that staff can incorporate that direction into the first draft of updated Housing, Transportation, and Economic Vitality elements. Staff anticipates that those drafts will be published in the first quarter of 2022.


  Additional Background Information/Description of Proposal Attached





  Receive Information                                            Provide Direction                                            Approve





                     Relevant Plans/Policies:

Redmond Comprehensive Plan, Redmond Transportation Master Plan, implementing functional and strategic plans, and Redmond Zoning Code.


The Growth Management Act requires that Washington cities and counties periodically review and, if needed, revise their comprehensive plans and development regulations every eight years. For King County cities the periodic review must be completed by June 30, 2024, per WAC 365-196-610.

                     Council Request:

The City Council requested quarterly reports on project milestones, staff progress, and public involvement.


                     Other Key Facts:


Third and Fourth Quarter Activities and Initiatives

Third Quarter Activities

Fourth Quarter Activities

Continued community engagement on Redmond 2050 themes Community engagement on policy options and alternatives for housing, economic vitality, and transportation Community engagement on Overlake Plan update: equity, sustainability, and resiliency in the built environment Preparation of Parks, Arts, Recreation, Conservation, and Culture (PARCC) Element policy considerations and policy options and alternatives Transforming growth scenarios into complete citywide growth alternatives suitable for analysis in the draft environmental impact statement (analysis has begun) Base-year and future-year land use data preparation for environmental analysis travel demand modeling Base-year travel demand modeling Future-year travel demand modeling Development of draft transportation project recommendations Identification of the methodologies and data sources for the Climate Vulnerability Assessment and development of a proposal for the interactive GIS tool that will be developed Monthly CAC meetings Monthly Planning Commission meetings

Preparation of first drafts of policies and regulations for housing, economic vitality, and transportation Community engagement on PARCC policy considerations and policy options and alternatives Continued community engagement on Overlake Plan update: equity, sustainability, and resiliency in the built environment Continued travel demand modeling Continued environmental analysis Preparation of growth alternative report cards Preparation of preliminary environmental impact statement Community engagement on the initial outputs from the Climate Vulnerability Assessment Continued development of draft transportation project recommendations Monthly CAC meetings Monthly Planning Commission meetings Technical Advisory Committee kick-off



The key outcome from work conducted over the last quarter is a refined understanding of community priorities related to housing, economic vitality, and transportation. During the past quarter staff identified policy topics where there were tensions between themes, values, or adopted plans. Staff then sought additional community input on how to address such tensions. The areas of tension on which staff sought feedback are listed in the table below. See Attachment B for additional details.




Economic Vitality


Accommodating additional “missing middle housing,” as called for in the Housing Action Plan, is in tension with existing neighborhood plan policies that restrict such housing Prioritizing energy efficiency and sustainability requirements is in tension with prioritizing lower construction costs

Strengthening protections for manufacturing land uses and jobs is in tension with allowing for additional flexibility in manufacturing and industrial areas

Prioritizing access to light rail is in tension with prioritizing low stress/high comfort facilities Prioritizing the use of “flexible” revenue sources for system maintenance is in tension with prioritizing the use of “flexible” revenue sources for completing new mobility improvements


The table below summarizes community input on these topics provided in a variety of forums over the past quarter. See Attachment C for details.



Community Input Summary

Housing: Missing Middle Housing

Community acknowledges the nexus between different housing types and housing affordability and was curious about the aesthetics of different typologies.  Community sentiment is to encourage flexibility in “missing middle” housing types across the City. However, the community is almost evenly split on whether existing neighborhood-specific policies that restrict “missing middle” should be kept or removed. From Questionnaire Comments on Missing Middleo “I do not want to see low income housing in my neighborhood. This would lower property values and impact my ability to resell the home that I've worked hard to own. Should my tax dollar go to help someone else buy a home? No.” o “Allowing density is our local way to help fight climate change and increase housing affordability. Allowing the free market to develop duplexes and triplexes is one of the best ways to do this, with minimal negative impact to quality of life. I also like how Kirkland has promoted subdividing properties and building new high-quality modern housing, and I wonder why builders like Merit Homes aren't doing the same in Redmond.”

Housing: Sustainability and Affordability

From the questionnaire, to date the community sentiment is to prioritize green building incentives and requirements (53%) over affordability (35%). Many comments discussed a desire to do both sustainability and affordability in the building stock. From Questionnaire Comments on Sustainability and Affordabilityo “Given today’s climate issues, I believe all new building projects should utilize as much ‘green’ technologies as possible.” o “Being green is important, but folks working on their own carbon footprint is a drop in the bucket versus the top 100 companies on earth that make >70% of all our carbon emissions. So it's more important for us to focus on getting people housed near their work than it is to micro-focus on being green. Of course if we can also get sustainability, that's fine. But I think the housing problem is more tractable at the local level than the green problem.” o “Lowering housing and building emissions is paramount to our region. I don't feel that it has to be done at the exclusion of multiuse, density, affordability, and urban quality. Doing away with the car parking requirements would also help.” o “I think we can do both here - denser zoning, smaller footprints for each housing unit can lead to less developed land and therefore more open green space. Multiunit housing can also include green building standards and be encouraged with tax incentives.”

Economic Vitality: Manufacturing Land Uses and Jobs

Community sentiment is to encourage flexibility in manufacturing areas but maintain manufacturing uses.   Preserving family wage jobs is seen as important to Redmond’s vitality, as is being flexible in a changing market. From Questionnaire Comments:  o For Protections: “I would prefer that Redmond allowed retail/office space to go vertical in places with great highway/transit accessibility (office parks = sprawl). And let the existing manufacture stay put. It's important to Redmond's vitality.” o For Flexibility: “Since we don't know the future, it seems smart to be flexible, and not lock ourselves into a situation that doesn't work down the road. We should prioritize manufacturing, which creates more and better paying jobs than retail, while allowing for potential changes in the future.”

Transportation: Prioritizing New Mobility Investments

Community sentiment is split on what kinds of new investments to prioritize, with a plurality of questionnaire respondents preferring to give equal weight to different types of projects. One strategy would be to lean into light rail access in the early years of the next Transportation Facilities Plan (TFP), and then focus on other investments in the later years of the TFP. Another strategy would be to prioritize different kinds of projects based on the needs of different neighborhoods. •  From questionnaire comments: o For high comfort/low stress facilities: “Higher comfort options will encourage diverse transit strategies far more than painted bike lanes and stressful road crossings. Trust me, the extra time it takes to build these facilities will pay dividends back to the community.o For access to light rail: “I feel like light rail is going to be key to reducing car traffic and emissions in our region, so I'm willing to make this tradeoff to kickstart it.”

Transportation: Balancing Maintenance and New Mobility Improvements

Community sentiment leans toward prioritizing “flexible” revenues for maintenance. From questionnaire responses: o For maintenance: “What is the point of adding new infrastructure if you can’t take care of the current [infrastructure].” o For new mobility improvements: “Redmond desperately needs to both expand and connect existing bike paths and transit options together in a safe and efficient way.” o Other: “This is a difficult dilemma…I would say you can’t skip one in favor of the other, but instead strive for a balance of maintaining what you have while adding to the inventory.” “This trade-off seems to be a bit of a false choice - in general, we should prioritize the projects that will provide the most return on our investments in terms of achieving our vision for Redmond. Sometimes that means maintaining existing infrastructure…and sometimes that means building new multimodal infrastructure.”


Completion of periodic review of the Comprehensive Plan, Redmond 2050, on schedule with state mandated deadlines will result in compliance with Growth Management Act requirements. Additionally, third and fourth quarter work, identified here, will contribute to ensuring updates to the Comprehensive Plan reflect the community’s vision for the future of Redmond.




                     Timeline (previous or planned):

Previous and Current (Q3 2021)

                     Redmond 2050 themes (continued)

                     Housing, economic vitality, and transportation policy options and alternatives

                     Overlake: equity, sustainability, and resiliency in the built environment

Planned (Q4 2021)

                     PARCC policy considerations and policy options and alternatives

                     Overlake: equity, sustainability, and resiliency in the built environment (continued)

                     Climate Vulnerability Assessment outreach

                     Outreach Methods and Results:

Outreach methods have included or will include:

                     Press release

                     Social media

                     Posters & yard signs

                     Emails to City eNews, Redmond 2050, and Parks & Recreation lists

                     Emails to partner organizations

                     Stakeholder input

                     Redmond 2050 Website

                     Let’s Connect questionnaires

                     Hybrid and remote workshops, focus groups, and interviews

                     Tabling at community events

                     Translation of selected materials

                     Community Advisory Committee input

                     Feedback Summary:

See Attachment C for a summary of Q2-Q3 2021 community involvement. Summaries of specific engagement activities can be found online at <>.






Total Cost:

$4,535,222 is the total appropriation to the Community and Economic Development offer and is where most staff expenses related to Redmond 2050 are budgeted. A portion of this budget offer is for consultant contracts that the Council authorized with IBI Group for visioning ($190,000) and BERK for State Environmental Policy Act analysis ($290,000).

Approved in current biennial budget:                                            Yes                                            No                                            N/A


Budget Offer Number:

000250 - Community and Economic Development


Budget Priority:

Vibrant and Connected


Other budget impacts or additional costs:                       Yes                                            No                                            N/A

If yes, explain:



Funding source(s):

General Fund


Budget/Funding Constraints:



  Additional budget details attached




Previous Contact(s)



Requested Action


Business Meeting



Business Meeting

Receive Information


Business Meeting

Receive Information


Study Session

Provide Direction


Business Meeting

Receive Information


Study Session

Provide Direction


Business Meeting

Provide Direction


Proposed Upcoming Contact(s)



Requested Action


None proposed at this time



Time Constraints:

All Phase I and Phase II updates to the Comprehensive Plan must be completed no later than June 30, 2024.




Staff is not requesting action at this time.



Attachment A: Redmond 2050 Overview

Attachment B: Housing, Economic Vitality, and Transportation Policy Options and Alternatives

Attachment C: Community Involvement Summary - Q2-Q3 2021

Attachment D: Presentation Slides

Attachment E: Council Questions on Policy Options & Alternatives

Attachment F: Study Session Slides