Glendale Country Club in Bellevue is seeking to rezone a tiny, unused corner of its property along Northeast Eighth Street to allow up to about 30 multifamily housing units, which would provide key infill housing along the busy transit corridor.
The property is currently zoned for single-family/low-density development, but the Comprehensive Plan for the property was amended to multifamily-medium density in 2020.
The rezone would align the property with its Comprehensive Plan designation while maintaining the area’s character, according to an application for rezoning with the City of Bellevue. The rezone also assumes a boundary line adjustment to create a new tax parcel for the site on the northeast corner of the golf course.
“The proposed rezone will be in character with the existing development pattern of the Wilburton neighborhood along N.E. 8th Street,” according to an application from Seattle architecture firm Clark | Barnes on behalf of the club. “In addition, the rezone will preserve open space and key natural features as well as the continued use of the country club as a golf course.”
The proposed rezone site area is 143,733 square feet (3.35 acres), but a wetland buffer and power easement leave just 18,790 square feet, or 13 percent of the site, for building, the application says. The site golf course comprises 137.5 acres.
No specific development plans have been made for the parcel and the club has no interested builders or developers at this time, according to Clint Whitney, club general manager.
“The proposed rezone makes up only .03 percent of the club’s total 5.9 million square feet,” Whitney said via email. “The property is somewhat isolated from daily club operations and is encumbered by significant wetlands on the western side. Since the site is not suitable for golf course use, it is largely unused by the club. However, the property is near a key transit corridor and offers the community and City the opportunity to provide modestly dense housing options that fit with the surrounding neighborhood scale and character.”
Whitney added, “If approved by the club in the future, redevelopment and/or sale of the property for this purpose would support the long-term viability of the club. Proceeds from the property sale would allow the club to invest in much-needed new infrastructure on club grounds.”
Assuming the rezone were approved, Whitney said there is no timing for development.
“We understand approval of this rezone may take the remainder of this year,” he said. “If after that time the club developed plans to sell or redevelop the property, we are aware that such an approval can take at least a year or more to process with the City.”