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 Project Idea Request phase of the NEP process has ended. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted project ideas - we received well over 100 requests! Over the summer, the NEP team will evaluate all of your ideas and generate potential projects for the ballot. We look forward to sharing these projects with you in September at the NEP Project Open House. More details about the open house will be mailed to residents and posted to the website later this summer.
The results of the Eastgate/Factoria NEP voting process are here! We sincerely thank everyone for their participation, and are pleased to announce that FIVE projects will be funded with the $293,000 allocation. Please use the link below to view the project announcements in the Eastgate/Factoria Newsletter.
Interested in seeing the distribution of housesholds that submitted ballots? A map of the households that participated in the Eastgate/Factoria NEP voting process can be accessed using the link below.
Eastgate/Factoria NEP Voting Households
We would really appreciate your feedback on the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. If you would, please take a few minutes to tell us about your experience with the Eastgate/Factoria NEP process by completing the evaluation, below.