Bear Creek

Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Neighborhood Transportation Connections Maps


The proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment would update and add further definition of proposed locations for transportation improvements in portions of SE Redmond, Bear Creek, NE Rose Hill, and N. Redmond neighborhoods. Project locations are conceptual in nature and serve as a guide to staff, developers, residents, and other interested parties as Redmond continues to develop strong connections within the community through new streets, bikes and pedestrian trails. This link describes the proposed changes to the Transportation Connections Maps in four Redmond neighborhoods.

Check the Planning Commission's Topic Under Review page for more information and the Extended Agenda for upcoming meetings related to this topic, including a public hearing at Planning Commission meeting currently anticipated in May 2018.

Proposed Amendments to Comprehensive Plan Neighborhood Transportation Connection Maps

Wetland Mitigation on Keller Farm

The City purchased approximately 83 acres of open space on the former Keller Farm in January 2015 to facilitate environmental restoration. The area is in the floodplain located north and west of Bear Creek and east of Avondale Road.

Keller Farm

The City has contracted with Habitat Bank, LLC to create a wetland mitigation bank on the property. Habitat Bank will design the environmental enhancements project, and recently initiated permit review. The City will have an opportunity to evaluate the proposed design as part of the inter-agency permit review for the enhancement work. Habitat Bank is currently completing background studies for permit review, and is on schedule to begin implementation of wetland and riparian habitat improvements in 2017.

Habitat Bank will maintain the site for at least 10 years after restoration work is complete to ensure establishment of the native plants and restored wetland conditions. Once the new wetlands are established (around 2027) the City will be the long-term steward of the site.

Preservation of this portion of the Keller Farm complements a 30-acre mitigation project completed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in 2013 (immediately east of Bear Creek). The WSDOT mitigation project also includes the establishment of a new side channel to Evans Creek that will be used as part of the future creek relocation.

Key Elements of the Neighborhood Plan

The Bear Creek Neighborhood Plan was adopted on March 1, 2011.  It contains the following vision for the neighborhood: 

  • Character.  Bear Creek is a safe neighborhood where people feel connected to one another.  It also has a green character, and the Bear/Evans Creek Valley continues to have a rural-agricultural feel.
  • Housing.  Homes in the neighborhood are attractive, and there is variety so that people can find homes that meet their needs.  Builders pioneer new techniques in this neighborhood.  Homes are affordable to those at a variety of income levels.
  • Business.  Neighborhood businesses prosper.  Residents and the business community work together to address common issues.
  • Transportation.  Everyone has safe access to streets and other transportation infrastructure in the neighborhood, and from the neighborhood to other parts of Redmond.  Some services can be accessed by foot or bicycle, and other destinations can be easily reached by transit.
  • Natural Environment.  The neighborhood values a culture of conservation and education.  The Bear/Evans Creek system supports a variety of fish and wildlife, and serves as an educational tool.  The neighborhood is aware of the drinking water aquifer just below the ground, so groundwater pollution is minimized.
  • Parks and Recreation.  There is a balance of active and passive parks in the neighborhood, easily accessible on foot.  There is usually sufficient parking to accommodate those arriving by car.

Neighborhood Planning in Redmond

Redmond's Comprehensive Plan includes a vision statement and policies that are specific to each of the ten neighborhoods in Redmond. These policies are intended to help preserve and enhance neighborhood characteristics valued by residents and people who work there.

Neighborhood plans and policies also:

  • Reflect the priorities of people who live and work in the neighborhood.
  • Describe important neighborhood goals and how to accomplish them.
  • Serve as a guideline for the neighborhood and city decision makers.
  • Help to coordinate and indicate priorities for improvements in City services and facilities.
  • Are consistent with but do not duplicate the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Help to implement the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Serve as a tool to bring together those who live or work in an area to help address concerns and goals.


Sarah Stiteler

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