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2019 Candidate Forum

Thank you to all who attended the NHCC’s 2019 Candidate Forum on Tuesday 10/8/19, particularly the candidates who took time out of their busy schedules during campaign season. We received a very nice compliment from Councilmember John Stokes, who said our questions were very good and our forum was probably the best he’d attended. That is due to the planning & thoughtful questions put together by long-time NH resident/2010 NHCC president/former Planning Commission Chair, Michelle Hilhorst. Way to go, Michelle!

If you’d like to see video of the forum we’ve posted it in two segments to our Facebook page. Just click on the links below:
Bellevue School Board
Bellevue City Council

Unfortunately, neither of the Public Hospital District 1 (Valley) candidates were able to join us. You can read their statements in the Voters Guide here.

Finally, LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER. We encourage all Newport Hills residents to register to vote, do their research on candidates & issues, and VOTE!



Farewell, Dr. Dwyer

Dr. Tom Dwyer, who retired from his general dentistry practice in the center of Newport Hills in late 2018, has  passed away at age 82. He maintained healthy smiles on the hill for more than 40 years, keeping his practice open until he was physically no longer able to work. He loved his patients!

Besides being a wonderful dentist, Dr. Tom was an anchor of our neighborhood and a faithful supporter of the Newport Hills Community Club. He will be missed!

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 12, at 10AM at St. Monica’s Catholic Church (4320 87th Ave. SE, on Mercer Island) and were well attended by several generations of Newport Hills families whose lives Dr. Tom touched as a friend, neighbor, and dentist.

Here is a link to Dr. Tom’s obituary:

June 2018 NHCC mtg featuring Emergency Preparedness & Map Your Neighborhood programs



Tues 6/19 6:30-8PM

Newport Hills Community Church (5833 119th Ave SE)

We are excited to feature a speaker from Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management to present on the Emergency Preparedness (home/family) and Map Your Neighborhood (community) programs!

Also get an update on what’s going on with the proposed shopping center rezone.

SHARE & tell your friends and neighbors. See you Tuesday!

May Membership Mtg 5/22 featuring Councilmember Jennifer Robertson

Tuesday 5/22, 6:30-8PM

Newport Hills Community Church (5833 119th Ave SE)

6:30-7  NHCC Business

7-8  Guest Speaker: Councilmember Jennifer Robertson

We are pleased to have Councilmember Jennifer Robertson joining us to give an update on what’s happening around Bellevue and to answer any city or neighborhood-specific questions you might have. Councilmember Robertson lives in the Somerset neighborhood and experiences many of the same issues we do here in the south end of Bellevue. Elected in 2009, she is serving her second term on the city council, having served as Deputy Mayor 2012-2013.

2018 Comprehensive Plan Amendment & rezone: Newport Hills Shopping Center

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):