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Short Plat Petition

In May a short plat (dividing a residential lot) was proposed for a property in the 12500 block of SE 52nd St. in Newport Hills. Residents in the surrounding area raised various concerns. The NHCC Board was asked to support the petition to the City of Bellevue. The board discussed this issue and decided it is a matter of concern for the entire Newport Hills community as there are other parcels in the neighborhood with potential for short platting. The board has drafted a letter to the City of Bellevue to express opposition to the short plat based on the fact the property has covenants that prohibit creating short plats, city tree code, and negative impact to the neighborhood character and quality of life. 

The 184 paid members (households) were asked to vote on whether to support the petition or not by July 7. The results were overwhelmingly supportive of the petition (Yes: 74, No: 1). The board has sent the letter to the City officials on Friday, July 8.

Seattle in Progress is a useful tool to find out what kind of construction projects are proposed in our neighborhood.

Newport NEP Projects: Now it’s time to vote!

A message from Theresa Cuthill, City of Bellevue Community Development Department:


Thanks to those who attended the Newport Neighborhood Enhancement Program Open House last night at Newport Heights Elementary School. It was nice to see you all in person. It was the first in-person meeting for NEP since January 2020!

For those who missed it, the evening’s presentation deck, project specifics and a map showing the project locations for the ten Newport NEP projects are available on the City of Bellevue’s website at:

Several ballots have already been returned! Be a part of the voting!

Tell us which projects you’d like to see funded with the $282,000 in available funds the City has allocated for your neighborhood area. Simply return the postage paid ballot that each Newport household received with the voter’s pamphlet earlier this month. Voting is limited to one ballot per household, allowing you the opportunity to rate, in priority order, which three projects you feel are most deserving to be funded. Projects will be assigned points; three for first choice, two for second, and one for third. Responses will be tabulated with the highest-scoring projects receiving funding.

Ballots must be post marked by Friday, July 22, 2022, to be included in the voting process.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about NEP and please encourage your Newport neighbors to participate in this program as well. It’s an easy way to have input into enhancements in your neighborhood.

Thanks again for joining us!

Theresa Bennett Cuthill

Neighborhood Outreach – Neighborhood Enhancement Program, Neighborhood Match
City of Bellevue Community Development Department
(425) 452-4186

City of Bellevue Human Services Survey

From City of Bellevue Human Services Department:

City of Bellevue and other eastside cities are asking for your feedback to determine the gaps in Human Services. Bellevue uses this information as one of the tools to determine funding priorities. This is your opportunity to provide them feedback!!!

Please take 3-5 minutes to take the quick survey. Attached is a flyer with both the link to the survey and the QR code. The survey is offered in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese (Traditional), and Chinese (Simplified).

Electronic Survey Link

The Consumer Survey will be open until October 6th. Thank you for your support.

My Newport Hills Story

We launched a new section called “My Newport Hills Story” It’s a community history project, where we collect stories from Newport Hills residents. Please take a look and let us know what you think. This is just a beginning, and we’d love to collect more stories. You can share: how you chose Newport Hills to live; what you like about this neighborhood; and any interesting stories about you and your community. Or you can nominate someone for an interview.

Contact us at

2021 Spring General Membership Meeting

We held our bi-annual general membership meeting via Zoom on April 20. About 30 people attended and listened to the speakers who spoke about environmental initiatives and community safety. We posted the recording on our YouTube page.

  • 00:00 Club Update
  • 15:00 CENSE Update by Don Marsh
  • 28:57 by Barbra Chevalier
  • 41:12 Mail Theft Prevention by Inspector Rivera
  • 54:07 Bellevue Police Report by Major Tarantino
  • 1:11:14 How to be a good witness by Steve Tallman

We did drawings for five $50 gift cards from our neighborhood restaurants. This was a token of appreciation for our loyal members as well as show our support for the local businesses. The winners were as follows. Congratulations!

NamePrize ($50)
Frank & B. GossonMustard Seed
Tseten SherpaTeriyaki Town
Stan Shelhamer & Deborah SchwabResonate
Sue HarmsTerry’s Kitchen
Diane RicciCloud 9