Bellevue City is enforcing Ordinance 6233 after a recent ruling that a whole house short-term rental on VRBO, AirBnB and similar counts as a Rooming House, which is prohibited in Single Family zones. Bellevue City has worked on over a hundred cases in the last 18 months. Continue reading
New commuter lots now open
Sound Transit has opened new park-and-ride lots in Eastside communities in advance of East Link light rail construction. Commuters are encouraged to start using the new locations prior to the closure of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride. Visit the East Link Park and Ride page to view a map with the new park-and-ride locations and to find information about other travel options.
The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closing for East Link construction as early as January 2017 for up to five years. Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue will explore opportunities with the contractor to open the park-and-ride earlier if possible.
Bus routes serving the new lots connect with many of the same routes and destinations as those serving the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride.
Sound Transit’s park-and-ride replacement plan takes a three-prong approach to providing options during the closure:
- New park-and-ride lots (many of which are closer to travelers origin) and identify existing park-and-ride lots with capacity. These park-and-ride lots are served by transit that connects with routes traveling to destinations served by the ST 550. In many cases, the trip will now involve a transfer, but by offering park-and-ride lots closer to the trip origin, the overall trip time may not be significantly impacted.New park-and-ride lots now available for use include:
- Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE
- Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE
- Lake Hills Baptist Church, 506 140th Avenue SE
- Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, 1836 156th Ave NE
- The Neighborhood Church, 625 140th Ave NE
- Bellevue Foursquare Church, 2016 Richards Road
- Renton Bible Church, 973 Union Ave NE (Renton)
- Improved service on routes traveling to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue, the two primary destinations of South Bellevue Park-and-Ride users. View Sound Transit’s Express Bus improvements on the Eastside.
- Sound Transit, in partnership with King County Metro, is helping you find alternatives to driving alone. Learn more about your travel options, including requesting a custom commute plan and sign-up for perks and rewards at justonetrip.org. Click on the “Resources” tab at the top to learn more about transit, ridesharing, taxi, bicycling and walking, and King County Metro Accessible Services.
- King County Metro’s Park-and-Ride webpage (http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/travel-options/bus/parking.aspx)
- Sound Transit East Link News subscription (www.soundtransit.org/subscribe)
- City of Bellevue East Link alert subscription (http://bellevuewa.gov/light-rail.htm)
- Choose Your Way Bellevue (http://www.chooseyourwaybellevue.org/)
- Just OneTrip (https://justonetrip.org/)
SDCC Secretary attended, about 100 present. Mayor Stokes opened with a rather long vision speech (downtown plus neighborhoods) as Bellevue grows into the Innovation hub of the state (GIX, REI HQ, etc.) with the Grand Connection joining east and west Bellevue. Demographics have changed significantly (30% foreign born), what makes Bellevue different is that it is a City of Neighborhoods, it was planned this way. But the neighborhood plan has not been updated for a long time; so going forward this effort is to update area plan.
Chief of Police also spoke praising community engagement. Introduced concept of Sector Captains (SD is West Sector under Captain Lisa Patricelli, email@example.com 425-452-7921. More detail at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/contact-police.htm
Other hot topics (PSE, ST, traffic) were parked; will be interesting to be how these are considered and addressed.
Responsible for updating the neighborhood area plan will be Nicholas Matz, early in 2017. Council will dictate the pace and focus.
Of note: Council Budget meeting 2018 budget review on Nov 21st – SD Park should be in this budget. See http://www.bellevuewa.gov/budget-public-involvement.htmif you want to attend and ensure budget is allocated.
Your Secretary spent Saturday at the first Bellevue Neighborhood Conference; learnt lots about how to engage communities and volunteers. Sessions on diversity and inclusion for cross-cultural committees or volunteer teams, Bellevue has a huge mix so don’t assume anything, you are going to make mistakes but be open and respectful to build trust. Met and now working with the “digital communications” team from Bellevue City, Bellevue is made up of over a hundred “communities”, see this list which will soon include SD again. Learnt how the City uses Facebook, Twitter etc. Have you installed the MyBellevue app? Support for Community building available across print, news and digital media and a final session from a great Park Ranger – Bellevue has some hidden park gems. Full report at the next SDCC Board Meeting.