Bear Creek
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The Neighborhood Network program includes an opportunity for the City to come to you. Similar to National Night Out, we would enjoy partnering with you to coordinate Neighborhood Network conversations with you and your neighbors. Home owner associations, block watch groups, faith-based communities, and other groups can contact Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415 to schedule discussion topics. In the past, we've focused on topics important to neighborhoods such as public safety, transportation, natural resources, and local development projects.

Wetland Mitigation on Keller Farm

The City recently purchased approximately 83 acres of open space on the former Keller Farm to facilitate environmental restoration. The area is in the floodplain located north and west of Bear Creek and east of Avondale Road. 

Keller Farm
 
During spring 2015, the City plans some minor projects and cleanup, including: 

  • Improving access for maintenance vehicles at an existing curb cut from Avondale Road;
  • Posting the property with “no trespassing” signs to control vagrancy;
  • Clearing blackberries and installing fencing along portions of the perimeter; and
  • Cleaning up debris.

The City has contracted with Habitat Bank, LLC to create a wetland mitigation bank on the property. Habitat Bank will design, permit and install environmental enhancements on the area. The City will have an opportunity to evaluate the proposed design as part of the permit review for the enhancement work.

Habitat Bank will be responsible for site maintenance starting summer 2015, and will maintain the site for at least 10 years after restoration work is complete to ensure establishment of the native plants. Once the new wetlands are established (around 2027), the City will be the long-term steward of the site.

Preservation of this portion of the Keller Farm complements a 30-acre mitigation project completed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in 2013 (immediately east of Bear Creek). . The mitigation project also includes habitat improvements to Evans Creek, and the establishment of a new side channel that could be used as part of future creek relocation.

The City will not be purchasing the upland portion of the property. Approximately 7.5 acres in the northwest corner of the farm (near the intersection of Avondale and NE 180th) remains in private ownership and may be developed in the future.

 


Key Elements of the Neighborhood Plan

The Bear Creek Neighborhood Plan was adopted on March 1, 2011.  It contains the following vision for the neighborhood: 

  • Character.  Bear Creek is a safe neighborhood where people feel connected to one another.  It also has a green character, and the Bear/Evans Creek Valley continues to have a rural-agricultural feel.
  • Housing.  Homes in the neighborhood are attractive, and there is variety so that people can find homes that meet their needs.  Builders pioneer new techniques in this neighborhood.  Homes are affordable to those at a variety of income levels.
  • Business.  Neighborhood businesses prosper.  Residents and the business community work together to address common issues.
  • Transportation.  Everyone has safe access to streets and other transportation infrastructure in the neighborhood, and from the neighborhood to other parts of Redmond.  Some services can be accessed by foot or bicycle, and other destinations can be easily reached by transit.
  • Natural Environment.  The neighborhood values a culture of conservation and education.  The Bear/Evans Creek system supports a variety of fish and wildlife, and serves as an educational tool.  The neighborhood is aware of the drinking water aquifer just below the ground, so groundwater pollution is minimized.
  • Parks and Recreation.  There is a balance of active and passive parks in the neighborhood, easily accessible on foot.  There is usually sufficient parking to accommodate those arriving by car.

Neighborhood Planning in Redmond

Redmond's Comprehensive Plan includes a vision statement and policies that are specific to each of the ten neighborhoods in Redmond. These policies are intended to help preserve and enhance neighborhood characteristics valued by residents and people who work there.

Neighborhood plans and policies also:

  • Reflect the priorities of people who live and work in the neighborhood.
  • Describe important neighborhood goals and how to accomplish them.
  • Serve as a guideline for the neighborhood and city decision makers.
  • Help to coordinate and indicate priorities for improvements in City services and facilities.
  • Are consistent with but do not duplicate the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Help to implement the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Serve as a tool to bring together those who live or work in an area to help address concerns and goals.

 

Contact:
Jeff Churchill
425-556-2492

Kimberly Dietz
425-556-2415

neighborhoods@redmond.gov
 

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