In August 2015, the City Council dedicated $5 million to relaunching the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, after a prolonged hiatus following the recession. Founded in 1988, NEP recognizes that residents are best suited to determine how to enhance their neighborhoods, and empowers them to propose and select modest, capital projects that improve their communities.
Past improvement projects have included art elements, crosswalk improvements, farm stands, trail connections, street lighting, picnic shelters, play structures and streetscape improvements. The projects proposed by residents must meet a set of criteria established by the city, and, once selected, must be constructed within three years.
The Neighborhood Enhancement Program organizes Bellevue into 14 NEP Neighborhood Areas: Eastgate/Factoria; Cougar Mountain/Lakemont; West Lake Sammamish; Northeast Bellevue; Bridle Trails; Northwest Bellevue; Downtown/BelRed; Lake Hills; Crossroads; Wilburton; West Bellevue; Woodridge; Newport; and Somerset.
The $5 million allocated to NEP is distributed among the NEP Neighborhood Areas according to the number of households in each area. The NEP Neighborhood Areas correspond to the 16 Neighborhood Areas in the City's Comprehensive Plan; however, Downtown and BelRed, and Eastgate and Factoria, were combined to maximize the funding allocation in these areas. The program will rotate through the 14 NEP Neighborhood Areas over the course of seven years, per the city’s Capital Investment Program (2014-2021), serving two NEP Neighborhood Areas each year.
News & Updates
The wait is finally over! Come join city staff on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m,, at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center to learn about the enhancement projects proposed for the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont NEP ballot.
Following a brief presentation on the project scoping process, you'll be free to ask questions, browse the project stations, mingle with staff, offer your comments and learn more about the voting process. Can't come? All of the information from the open house will be available on this page the week of Sept. 7.
Details about that NEP area are available on the Cougar Mountain/Lakemont page.