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Percentages of the Downtown urban center and Overlake Village, by developed square footage, that achieve connectivity levels of “medium” or higher.

While still very good, pedestrian connectivity decreased in Downtown between 2014 and 2015. There are two reasons for this. First, connectivity is measured as the percentage of floor area in a neighborhood located in parcels with medium or better connectedness to surrounding properties. While the transportation system has not changed since 2014, the land use database used for the connectivity measure was updated for the first time since 2013, and the new development was located in parcels that had lower connectivity than the average. This brought down the overall connectivity score. Second, technical corrections to the transportation network model may have contributed to the apparent decrease in connectivity.

Connectivity improved in Overlake in 2015 as a result of new development occurring in areas with medium or better connectedness to surrounding properties. Connectivity in Overlake is anticipated to improve as redevelopment projects such as Esterra Park are constructed. The 2013 baseline connectivity figures were revised because of a change in measurement methodology.

Connectivity in Redmond varies widely by neighborhood. In the Downtown Urban Center, where blocks are short and there are many through streets, connectivity is high. Connectivity is lower in the residential neighborhoods, which were originally designed to limit through traffic and subsequently have fewer connecting streets and paths.

Targets are based on the connectivity outcomes of projects in the Transportation Master Plan’s Transportation Facilities Plan (TFP) and the long-term Buildout Plan. The 2030 target includes projects and programs named in the TFP, as well as planned private connections identified in development agreements.

Source: Planning Department

Updated April 2016

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