Council discussing Short Term Vacation Rental Regulations (AirBnB, VRBO etc.) this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30pm in City Council Chambers. Staff will be providing options for regulating vacation rentals that will be bought back as legislation at the October 3, 2017 Council meeting. With such a quick turn-around on a topic of significance to neighborhoods, we suggest you check out the information packet linked to the agenda under "New Business" Item 11b, Vacation Rentals Regulations.
The agenda link is below. If you then click on Agenda item 11b, it will take you to a packet of information with the Background and Proposal for Discussion:
If you would like to express an opinion to Council, you can email your thoughts to them at
firstname.lastname@example.org and/or to email@example.com. - by Tuesday noon if you want your opinions to be considered in Tuesday's City Council discussion.
Two things that appeared to resonate with the KAN reps present last week, but not emphasized in the Council packet were 1. that Council should look primarily at issues with non-owner occupied Vacation Rentals at this point. 2. There is concern that short term vacation rentals are taking much needed properties out of circulation for full time residents in a time when available housing stock is limited. I believe this concern is not mentioned in the Council packet.
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 City Council will discuss residential suites in the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center 2 zone. The staff memo and Council meeting agenda are now available:
Kirkland City Council will continue their discussions regarding the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC) in their Tuesday July 18 meeting. The meeting commences at 7:30 pm and the agenda can be found by clicking here.
Residential Suites/Apodments for the HENC?
At the previous City Council meeting, council members asked staff for more information regarding Residential Suites (aka apodments).
Parking Concerns for the Neighborhood?
Parking Requirements for Residential Suites include:
Comparing parking for Residential Suites to more traditional multi-family units would be 2 spaces for 4 residential suites compared to 4.8 spaces for 4 studios, or 4.1 spaces for a mix of 1 studio (1.2 spaces), 1-one bedroom (1.3 spaces), and 1 – two bedroom unit (1.6 spaces). Or 3.2 for 2 two-bedroom in its (same number of beds).
What can you do?
Last year, the Kirkland City Council voted to ban most plastic bags at city businesses. That ban will take effect March 1, 2016. The ban prohibits single-use plastic bags. It allows for plastic bags such as those used for transporting bulk food, hardware items, frozen foods, meats, and newspapers. It also requires retail stores to charge customers at least five cent fee for recyclable paper bags.
From the Kirkland Reporter article:
Mayor Amy Walen, who voted in favor of the ordinance, has said a ban is necessary for environmental reasons.
Find out more about the City's plastic bag ban here. They also have a FAQ for Shoppers here.
So, after March 1 be sure to bring along your reusable shopping bag when stopping into Metropolitan Market, PCC or QFC. Otherwise, bring along .05¢.
KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland is hosting a second community update on high capacity transit candidate projects that are being considered by Sound Transit as part of the ST3 ballot measure. The City’s public event will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, 11605 132nd Avenue NE, Room W404. Sound Transit officials will present basic information regarding three candidate projects that propose high capacity transit to serve Kirkland:
The City is analyzing how high capacity transit could be designed to address concerns expressed by the Kirkland community such as access to the CKC, safety, noise, protecting sensitive areas and ensuring safety on the CKC. The City also analyzed how BRT on I-405 could be designed to address basic access issues. General findings will be presented during the two informational presentations. Sound Transit’s analysis of all of the candidate ST3 projects can be found at www.soundtransit3.org and select “Shaping ST3.”
On December 4, 2015, Sound Transit released its analysis and project templates for each ST3 Candidate Project and is seeking technical input from the City of Kirkland regarding the three candidate projects located in Kirkland by January 21, 2016. The Kirkland City Council will be discussing its response letter to Sound Transit at its January 5 and January 19 Regular Meetings.
For background on the City’s outreach efforts, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/ST3. For specific questions, please email ST3questions@kirklandwa.gov or contact the Public Works Department at 425-587-3800.
Through March 2016, Sound Transit will continue to develop its Draft System Plan and will initiate a public involvement process in April 2016. The Sound Transit Board of Directors will approve the Final System Plan in June 2016 that will be presented to regional voters in the November 2016 General Election.(12.29.15)
Here is the City of Kirkland's brochure promoting Bus Rapid Transit on the Cross Kirkland Corridor as part of ST3.
Questions or comments can be sent to the City of Kirkland here:
In November, Kirkland residents will be asked to vote in races for three Kirkland City Council seats. To learn more about the candidates and their positions, the Juanita Neighborhood Association and Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance are hosting a forum on Tuesday, September 29th, from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th Street, behind Fred Meyer’s.
Hear the candidates speak out on the issues important to the Juanita and Finn Hill neighborhoods, and the greater Kirkland community. Everyone is invited to attend.
All of the candidates for November’s City Council seats will be there: Jason Chinchilla and Shelley Kloba for Position 2, Toby Nixon for Position 4, and Martin Morgan and Dave Asher for Position 6.
Questions will be presented that have been submitted by members of the community. There’s still time to recommend a question. Questions can be submitted via email to Ken Albinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At its September 15 meeting, the City Council approved funding for the conceptual design of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the CKC (PDF). The City has a long committed to the CKC being a multiple purpose transportation corridor and the adopted CKC Master Plan includes conceptual that transit service necessary to create mobility alternatives and support the economic development growth. The funding request will allow the City to develop a smaller scale, less impactful and less expensive design of BRT. To view video from the Council’s meeting, go to www.kirklandwa.gov, search “Watch Council Meetings,” and select “09/15/15 Video,” select Item 10b/Cross Kirkland Corridor Update.
Recently, with input from City of Kirkland officials, the Sound Transit (ST) Board advanced two projects that matter the most to Kirkland for further consideration on the ST3 ballot measure coming to voters in November 2016. The two added concepts are now part of the ST3 “candidate projects” list (PDF). Kirkland leaders have expressed support for the vision of light rail from Totem Lake to Issaquah, via Bellevue along the Eastside Rail Corridor. At the same time, the City asked that Sound Transit evaluate the option of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor between Totem Lake and Bellevue to provide service sooner and more cost-effectively. This request was added as candidate Project E-06 and was advanced by the ST Board for further study.
Kirkland City Council Member Jay Arnold has written an opinion piece for the Seattle Transit Blog (STB) asking that Sound Transit consider putting Bus Rapid Transit on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The article generated a ton of comments from STB readers.
ST3 Should Include BRT on the Eastside Rail Corridor By Jay Arnold
Later this afternoon, the Sound Transit Board will begin to define the ST3 package by determining their priority project list (PPL). As the project list gets narrowed, Sound Transit board members have an opportunity to be responsive to feedback from open houses and community outreach, provide meaningful transportation options for areas of dramatic growth, and create an ST3 package that has the best chance to be successful at the ballot in 2016.
Kirkland is in the middle of this dramatic growth. With over 82,000 residents, we are a smart-growth city that has already planned for transit-oriented development. Over the past decade, we have zoned for dense commercial and residential development, and are now seeing explosive growth with thousands of new multi-family units in the pipeline and thousands of new high-tech jobs in our downtown and Totem Lake urban center. Now, we need the transit.
Sound Transit’s draft priority project list (updated 6/9) includes bus rapid transit (BRT) from Lynnwood to SeaTac along the I-405 corridor. This recognizes the need to connect cities among the Eastside and provides nearby access to East Link rail in Bellevue. The BRT leverages expansion of HOV/managed access lanes on I-405, direct access ramps in Renton, Bellevue and Kirkland, and existing park and rides adjacent to I-405. In Kirkland, Sound Transit envisions park & ride expansion and potential garage construction at Houghton Park & Ride, Kirkland downtown and Totem Lake.
The I-405 BRT line can be vastly improved by taking advantage of opportunities to eliminate the car-dependent focus for the last mile. Instead of just connecting cities on a map, Sound Transit should connect places using the Eastside Rail Corridor and allow more riders to get directly to their destinations.
In Kirkland, Bus Rapid Transit along the corridor would:
[Read the rest of the article and comments on the STB website...]
October 10, 2017
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