Plus, East Main Code Change Talk and Reward for Domestic Violence Attorney
On Monday, city council received an update on the King County-led Eastrail framework for the Wilburton area. Eastrail is a multi-use path along an old railway line that stretches 42 miles from Renton to Snohomish. Several sections, including portions along the seven mile trail through Bellevue, are still undeveloped. Recent partnerships, donations and planning efforts are making the completion of the trail in the Wilburton to Bellevue area a reality.
The Eastrail to Bellevue section will be the most urban section of the trail corridor. A unique aspect of the development of the regional trail section through Wilburton as the business district is also under development is the opportunity to create a sense of belonging between the trail, the public space and the points of private access to buildings and businesses along the trail, making Eastrail an integrated piece of the neighborhood.
Recent business investments in the project, including $ 2.5 million from Facebook, Kaiser Permanente and REI and a $ 7.5 million grant from Amazon to develop the trail on historic Wilburton Trestle, provided the funding. needed to complete key segments of the trail at Bellevue.
In coordination with King County, Bellevue engaged with the community through a virtual walk, survey and public meetings with several stakeholder groups. Early work revealed that residents want to see equipment, activities, public art and performance spaces along the trail, as well as trees and vegetation with seating and shade areas. The city will continue to seek public comment and work with business partners and other stakeholders as the county develops the master plan.
More information and the full presentation are available in the meeting documents.
Discussion on amending the Eastern Main Land Use Code
Also this week, council members continued the review and discussion of amending the Eastern Primary Land Use Code. This code change will establish development standards, requirements and guidelines for the future development of the area around the East Main LRT station south of downtown.
Council members discussed several topics, including density (land area ratio or FAR), public development options and elements of development agreements. For the FAR, the board discussed options to set the base FAR and maximum FAR for East Main, which, as part of an incentive zoning program, will allow developers to take advantage of the maximum FAR in exchange for the provision. public facilities. The list of amenities choices includes up to 11 amenities, including affordable housing, open spaces, public artwork, babysitting services, a pedestrian walkway, and other amenities that contribute to the good public. Amenities are split over two levels to focus on council-defined priorities and contribute to the livability of the East Main. In addition, council members expressed support for the use of development agreements to allow exemptions from certain requirements with the provision of additional public facilities.
Board members will continue their deliberations on options for FAR, utilities and development agreement elements at a future Board meeting. The full discussion is available on Bellevue Television’s video replay.
Award aligns with Domestic Violence Action Month
In other cases, Bellevue attorney Brie Hopkins recently received an outstanding service award from the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. Hopkins has been honored for over a decade of work at the local, regional and state levels for his exemplary work on domestic violence issues. The announcement of the award to council came on the same day Mayor Robinson proclaimed October Family Violence Action Month.
“Pursuing domestic violence requires a different mindset… seeking justice in these cases involves weighing both the safety of the victim and the responsibility and rehabilitation of the offender, and, to be frank, these cases are often very difficult. to deal with, ”Hopkins said as she addressed the board. . “We often face some of the worst times of their lives, but I found the work to be extremely important and deserved to devote most of my career to managing it. “
Hopkins handles all of Bellevue’s domestic violence cases, approximately 250 cases per year. She is also a member of regional and local domestic violence working groups to develop coordinated community responses to domestic violence, contributed to the development of the annual Domestic Violence Symposium in Seattle, and was part of a group of work created by the state legislature to assess domestic violence issues in the state.
According to the proclamation of Domestic Violence Action Month, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The mayor urged all citizens to support domestic violence prevention efforts and encouraged survivors and concerned citizens to seek help or learn more through the LifeWire helpline at 425-746-1940 or Lifewire.org.