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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Council Roundup: Weighing in on draft Affordable Housing Strategy

Plus, Bellevue Way HOV lane, Animal Services agreement renewal and Police reaccreditation

On Monday night, the City Council got its first look at the Affordable Housing Strategy that's under development. The report is the culmination of a year-long process of research, analysis and community input. As proposed, the report consists of five interrelated strategies and corresponding sets of actions, which would be implemented over the course of two years.

Councilmembers provided direction to staff on a series of local funding scenarios along with using incentives to encourage more affordable housing from private development. Staff will return to the council next month with modified recommendations for these scenarios. Formal action and adoption of the report will take place at a later date.

Creating an action-focused affordable housing strategy was adopted as a Council Vision Priority in 2016. More information on the project, including the draft report, can be found at Affordable Housing.

Bellevue Way Southbound HOV Lane design moves forward
Later the council approved proceeding with the environmental documentation and developing 30 percent design for the Bellevue Way Southeast southbound high occupancy vehicle lane between the 112th Avenue Southeast "Y" to Interstate 90 project (CIP Plan No. PW-R-184).

The project recommendation includes the extension of an HOV lane along Bellevue Way from 108th Avenue Southeast and 350 feet along 112th Avenue Southeast to the South Bellevue Park and Ride. It will include a section comprised of a 12-foot HOV lane, two 11-foot through lanes and a five-foot planter at the base of retaining wall. The Transportation Commission was also in favor of the project recommendation. The proposed design provides the largest travel time savings to HOV and transit users while maintaining a minimum impact to private property and critical areas without compromising the operation of traffic.

After completion of 30 percent design, staff will return to a later council meeting to seek approval on implementation options and direction to complete final design of the possible phasing options.

Animal Services interlocal agreement
Councilmembers were also briefed on a proposed five-year interlocal agreement with King County to renew animal services. The new contract extends services for animal field control, pet licensing and shelter use. Twenty-four cities and the unincorporated areas of the county are set to participate in King County's regional program. Bellevue's current contract with the county will expire at the end of 2017.

Similar to the previous agreement, the city's costs will be offset by pet licensing fees, allowing for a much lower net cost. During the discussion, councilmembers raised concerns with county staff about previous licensing initiatives and pledged to monitor costs. A final version of the agreement will come before council for adoption in May.

Reaccreditation for Police Department
The Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation reaccreditated the Police Department this year, giving it an enhanced "Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation." CALEA visited the city last year and conducted its assessment by observing daily operations firsthand.

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