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2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment & rezone: Newport Hills Shopping Center

March 6th, 2018 · 6 Comments

Become a party of record (receive updates) or submit a comment: Nicholas Matz, Senior Planner, at or 425-452-5371.

On 1/31/18, national developer Toll Brothers filed for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) & concurrent rezone of 6.4 acres of Neighborhood Business and R-30/Multifamily High zoned land to Neighborhood Mixed Use. The parcels covered under the application include the entire Newport Hills Shopping Center, the Newport Hills Chevron (application filed on behalf of owner Barry Heimbigner, the property is not being sold to Toll), and part of the Newport Hills Townhomes property (pertaining to an easement agreement). Toll Brothers representative Charles Hare stated at multiple meetings  within the neighborhood (NHCC, Lake Heights Community Club, Newport Hills Townhomes Association) that Toll is “comfortable” planning for 130 units of residential living in a mix of townhomes, stacked flats (condos) and regular condos, as well as retail uses. When asked about the fate of existing merchants and the amount of retail Toll plans to include, Mr. Hare indicated Toll would speak with businesses that can pay market rate rent (2-3x current rents paid). He also said  Toll’s retail & commercial real estate experts have indicated only 30-32K sq ft of retail & commercial space is viable at the center (~45-48K sq ft of 60K sq ft of available space is in use currently) if a 14-18K sq ft anchor tenant (such as a specialty grocer or pharmacy) can be signed. When asked what would happen if no anchor tenant were signed, Mr. Hare stated the amount of planned retail would be downsized, possibly as low as 13K sq ft (as indicated at the NH Townhomes meeting on 1/20/18).

Notification (Weekly Permit Bulletin & signage) went out on 1/22/18, though one sign near Chevron blew over immediately & the other is posted in an inconspicuous place on the end of the old Red Apple building. That problem was addressed to the City Council by Heidi Dean on 3/5/18.

The City of Bellevue will take public comment, in written form (mailed letters, emails) and verbal (at Council or Planning Commission meetings), throughout the threshold review process, which should wrap up in mid-late June.

– 2/22/18 Weekly Permit Bulletin announcement (see pg 5):

– CPA & rezone application:

-Annual CPA process overview & 2018 review schedule:

– Newport Hills Neighborhood Area Plan (formerly known as “subarea plan”), written in 1994. The City of Bellevue has plans to start the Neighborhood Area Plans (NAP) update process later this year but Newport Hills may not be the first in line to update their NAP:

– City of Bellevue Comprehensive Plan, updated in 2015. Elements referenced in the application include Land Use, Neighborhoods, Housing, Economic Development:

– Growth Management Act of 1990 (referenced in application):

– Countywide Planning Policies (referenced in application):

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ann Brashear // Mar 12, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Please do weigh in at City of Bellevue with your thoughts on the proposed rezone – send to This proposal will be formally handed to the Planning Commission to begin its consideration this Wednesday March 14.

  • 2 Ken Allen // Mar 7, 2018 at 11:10 PM

    We already have plenty of condos, apartments, and “mixed use” units going in to the Newport Hills/Newcastle neighborhood. What we need are more restaurants, shops, and small businesses to serve our local community members – and not bring in more housing at the expense of local businesses that are already here. Managed growth means development that includes the services and infrastastucture to support it locally. Tearing down businesses that the community loves in favor of building housing, without the needed services is wrong. Resonate Brewery and Lee’s Martial Arts or just two of the local businesses that my family visits weekly. I would much rather see us redevelop the Newport Hills Shopping area and attract new businesses than than build more condos and lose these wonderful community businesses that so many of us enjoy. It’s less of a community if people have to drive to either Factoria or Renton to get the services they need.

  • 3 Jamie Holbrook // Mar 7, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    I object to the rezone plans. What recourse do we have? Toll feels ‘comfortable with 130 units’ – what does that mean? If an anchor isn’t found, the retail goes to 13k – so the units go up in number? Finally, every condo and apartment in this area has been designed in less parking as the years move on. So this project will have even less parking (less than 1 car per unit), so our streets will fill up even more.

  • 4 Janet Berg // Mar 7, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    This is absolutely terrible! We don’t need anymore condos, apartments or townhomes in that area. Raising the rents for the merchants will just drive them away. We are starting to have a good mix of merchants in that area. Don’t ruin it. I am totally against the rezoning.

  • 5 Judi budos // Mar 6, 2018 at 10:08 PM

    It bothers me that the loyal merchants who have continued to provide services for us through out this process will be forced out by the huge increase in rent. It doesn’t seem right.

  • 6 Lawrence Coupe // Mar 6, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    I object to the rezone plans. Traffic in this mostly residential area is already too heavy. Adding the number of residential units in the Toll plan would literally overwhelm the existing roads resulting in gridlock. There is currently a safety problem with speeders and stop sign runners. The gridlock from the added units will at times alleviate that as no one will be moving; however, off peak hours will have additional heavy traffic. Please leave the zoning as is.

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