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?
Thanks to so many people participating in the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center Comprehensive Plan and Zoning update process. The following summarizes what has happened since the March 23 public hearing at which several hundred attended and more than 40 people spoke and provided written comments to the City’s Planning Commission (PC) and Houghton Community Council (HCC).
The public hearing was just the start of the discussions on what will ultimately be adopted by the City Council. The following summarizes the meetings that have be held, where the PC and HCC have landed on major topics, and the next steps.
You still have opportunities to provide input to the City Council as it takes up the discussion on June 6. More direction on that is provided below.
Since the March 23rd meeting, the HCC and PC have discussed and deliberated on recommendations for the HENC Comprehensive Plan amendments and associated changes to the City zoning code at several meetings:
• HCC – March 27
• PC – April 13
• HCC – April 24
• PC – May 11
• HCC – May 15
• PC – May 25
In addition, the City’s Design Review Board (DRB) met Monday May 22 to discuss staff’s proposed Design Guidelines for the HENC, as well as input from the HCC and PC.
The packets and information from all the previous PC and HCC meetings can be found at the following webpages:
Current Recommendations for HENC Plan Amendments and Zoning
Following the public input and several rounds of deliberations, the PC and HCC have agreed on many of the key items for the HENC. However, there are a few items where the HCC and PC do not fully agree. Because the HCC has the authority to potentially veto the Plan and zoning changes for the Houghton area (south of NE 68th Street) the PC and HCC have gone back and forth to resolve any differences. The HCC has identified one policy/code change that they indicated they would strongly consider vetoing the Plan/zoning for. They also identified several other items that they want passed on to the City Council for consideration, should the PC not support. These agreements and disagreements for the major items for the Plan and zoning are summarized in the table at the end of this post. The table references the three subareas of the HENC. These are described and shown below.
How Can You Add to the Discussion with the City Council?
The City Council will receive the recommendations of the PC and HCC at a Study Session at its June 6 meeting. The Study Session is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm, with the regular meeting starting at 7:30 pm. You can provide input to the City Council up to the date they take final action to approve the Plan amendments and associated zoning changes. We do not know when the City Council will take action on the HENC, so the sooner you get your comments in, the better.
Your input to the City Council should focus on the proposed Plan and zoning changes because that is what they will be addressing in their meetings. You should let the City Council know what PC and HCC recommendations you support and which ones you don’t. It’s always good to provide at least a brief reason as to why you support or disagree with the PC and/or HCC recommendations.
Your letter or email should reference the project name and number:
Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center, Permit Number CAM16-0274
The following provides the City Council’s email addresses. You should also copy Angela Ruggeri, Senior Planner. If you want to you also can copy the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council.
Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center Zoning Districts
• HENC 1 – this includes the core commercial area of the HENC, including the Metropolitan Market/Bartell Drug site, Starbucks, Bank of America, PCC site, Shamiana, Menchie’s, Teriyaki Madness, and the offices north of NE 68th Street and east of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC).
• HENC 2 – covers the existing apartments between the CKC and
106th Avenue NE. The HENC 2 site originally included two additional parcels south of the boundary shown in the graphic. These two properties (shown in light green) are owned by the City of Kirkland and were deleted from the HENC 2 zone during the course of the PC/HCC review.
• HENC 3 – includes properties immediately east of 6th Street S/108th Avenue NE. The existing 7/11, dry cleaners, and Shell service station are part of HENC 3. The parcel immediately east of the 7/11 and dry cleaners is also included in HENC 3.
• Other areas – the existing PR 3.6 zone area including the Northwest University office building and other offices east of the Shell station are part of the planning study area but are not included in the special zoning districts.
The Public Hearing packet is up on the City of Kirkland website at:
Please look through and join us at the Public Hearing this Thursday March 23 at City Hall. Open House from 6-7. Public Hearing starts at 7pm in City Council Chambers.
Below are the 5 documents for the March 23rd meeting:
Correction to Upcoming Meeting
2/23/17 (7pm City Council Chambers) meeting is a Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council joint study session ONLY. There will be NO Open House prior to meeting. Public comment is encouraged. If you cannot attend, meeting is broadcast live on KGOV and will be uploaded to Kirkland City website within a day or so.
Sample Letter Regarding Development at the HENC
This letter was asked to be into the meeting minutes by a Central Houghton neighbor who is concerned with the plans for the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC). It was suggested to be used as a template for people who would like to communicate with the City Council, the Planning Commission and the Houghton Community Council.
Email subject line: Ready for 850+ apartments in Houghton?
Ready for 850+ apartments, 5 stories at Houghton/Everest Neighborhood Center and 7-9x bigger??
Act now: and let your voice be heard if you want to give input for rezoning at the Houghton Everest Center, including nearby apartments, Met Market, PCC, office buildings, 7-11 & gas station. If you don’t act, be prepared for cranes to start digging underground parking and putting up 55’ tall - 5 story buildings with 1,000,000 square feet! This is only 20% smaller than the very large new Parkplace development called Kirkland Urban with 300 apartments and up to 5,500 additional workers. It is very similar in units and square feet to the large scale Village at Totem Lake under construction.
According to the city transportation expert: expect an increase of 3,300+ car trips/day here. Traffic could be 25% worse by 2035, increasing your 20 minute & 1.25 mile back-up to over 1.5 miles at one of the worst intersections in the City.
City web site: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/planning/Development_Info/projects/he6th.htm
The City has already met Comprehensive Plan Growth Management goals and has in the pipeline 4,500 residential units, 746,000 sq. ft. of office space, and 760,000 sq. ft. of commercial/retail.
The City conducted a survey and held a workshop asking for input, residents overwhelmingly favored keeping low scale development and not adding to traffic. They asked to fix the traffic situation first.
To give input: act now and write emails and attend upcoming meetings. Next ones are Feb. 23 and March 23 at City Hall at 6:00 pm. Unless the City hears from many, many residents, they will proceed with zoning changes and there is no turning back.
Write to: the Kirkland Mayor, Kirkland City Council, Houghton Community Council, City Manager, City of Kirkland Planning Commission, and the Planning Department Staff.
Cut & Paste these email addresses into your letter. You can use the attached sample letter with your own modifications and name. DO NOT FORGET TO ADD YOUR NAME TO LETTER AT BOTTOM:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; HoughtonCouncil@kirklandwa.gov; PlanningCommissioners@kirklandwa.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
You can do this in less than 10 minutes. Ideally letters will be received by Feb. 22, but can be sent as late as early March.
If you want more information that can be used in writing letters, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Letter concerning the HENC
Dear Mayor Walen and City Council Members,
cc: Houghton Community Council, Kirkland Planning Commission, City Manager and Planning Department staff
I am a Kirkland Resident and would like to convey my concerns with the proposed Houghton Neighborhood Center Plan. With the latest 5-story (55 foot tall) aggressive growth plan, I believe the following factors would negatively impact the infrastructure and livability of our treasured neighborhood areas of Houghton, Everest and Lakeview.
I understand that growth is inevitable as Kirkland is a desirable place to live and work; however, as elected officials of the residents, I urge the Council to listen to their constituents input via survey, letters and workshop and manage growth to take place where and when it is needed. Don’t change this already successful center.
Now that Everest Neighborhood has weighed in, the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Plan should be updated to a design that suits the neighborhood and then zoning guidelines should be carefully developed along with additional community input. Ideally, you would re-visit these plans after Kirkland Urban, Totem Lake, and Northwest University projects are completed to be able to more accurately evaluate the impact to the current infrastructure and livability to the proposed area in question.
Topics covered include:
- CHNA Board Elections
- Eastside March
- Houghton-Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC)
- Timber Ridge Apartment CAR
- Northwest University
- Neighborhood Matching Grant
- Neighborhood Safety Project
- For the love of Kirkland
The following people were elected as officers for the coming year.
• Brian Staples – Vice President
• Erika Somm – Treasurer
• Cathy Whiteside – Secretary
We have no President! What does this mean?
• Monthly meetings are suspended until we get a President.
• If you are interested in being President, please contact any of the officers
• Major issues in our neighborhood will be updated on Facebook and/or Website
As the former president, Lisa McConnell will become a member of the steering committee. We appreciate her dedication to the neighborhood; for keeping us informed-on on local issues, as well as improving our neighborhood. Thank you, Lisa!
Brian Granowitz is organizing Eastside March. The march is for the rights of immigration, plan parenthood, rights for women, and the current issues.
He is looking for help to organize. If you would like to help, please contact Brian at Eastsidemarchforjustice@outlook.com . He is in the early stages of organizing the march, meeting with city to get permit this past week. Expectations are to march from Carillion Point or Houghton Beach to Marina park with rally at end. Potential date is March 18th . You can get more information at Facebook.com/eastsidemarchforjustice
Houghton-Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC)
There are several meetings coming up that will be moving the process forward. It is always good to attend to provide your feedback and to stay informed. Feb and March are most important to get to these meetings. If you care, write letters or attend meetings (or both)! We hope to get sample letters out to group before the 2/23 meeting.
• 01/17/17 City Council Study Session (Update)
• 01/25/17 Transportation Commission
• 01/26/17 Open House & Joint Study Session Planning Commission & Houghton Community Council http://kirkland.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=12&clip_id=3517
• http://kirkland.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=39&clip_id=3515 Transportation Commission meeting is audio only. The item is referred to as the 6th Street Corridor Study on the agenda.
• 02/21/17 City Council Study Session (Transportation Update)
• 02/23/17 Open House & Joint Study Session Planning Commission & Houghton Community Council
• 03/23/17 Open House & Joint Public Hearing Planning Commission & Houghton Community Council
• 03/27/17 Houghton Community Council Meeting - Recommendation to City Council
• 04/13/17 Planning Commission Meeting - Recommendation to City Council
• April - May 2017 - City Council and Houghton Community Council Final Decision
Timber Ridge Apartment CAR
Timber Ridge Apartments CAR is now being processed (the apartments are located behind the 7-11 off 68th). The request is for an increase from 3,600 s.f. of lot area to 1,800 s.f. of lot area per unit. A density of 3,600 s.f./unit is equivalent to 12 units per acre, and a density of 1,800 s.f. per unit is equivalent to 24 units per acre.
The Timber Ridge Apartments CAR will be considered by the Planning Commission at their meeting on February 9th. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council as to whether or not the request should proceed to the “Study Stage”. If the City Council decides that the request should proceed, additional analysis will take place this year, with any amendments to be adopted by the end of 2017. This webpage provides a more complete description of the entire process.
Short update – still waiting hearing date – expecting to e in March. Transportation commission was not aware of the changes to NWU. Asked that 6th cooridor study be included and reviewed.
From Tony Leavitt, senior planner for this project.
‘A hearing date has not been set and it likely won’t be until March at the earliest. We have requested that the applicant address issues that came out of the public comments and we expect a response to those by the end of the month. A Notice of Hearing will be sent out and posted on the signs at least 3 weeks prior to the hearing. Staff will draft a recommendation prior to hearing that will be sent out at least 1 week before the hearing.’
Neighborhood Matching Grant
Thanks Lisa for submitting our grant which includes support for website and celebration next year.
The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program provides Kirkland neighborhoods the opportunity to apply for City funds to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Neighborhood matching grant funds have resulted in many physical improvements in the neighborhoods as well as community building activities.
In the past we have done such projects as the CHNA website www.houghtonlives.com , 21years of the Houghtdown Picnic, Fourth of July parade floats, and newsletters and mailers.
Neighborhood Safety Project
Our request for this year will be reviewed in Feb with decision in March – paint curb and potential flashing speed sign – along 68th
Walkway behind fire station is already being fixed so no longer on list as a safety project.
For the love of Kirkland
The event, called “For the Love of Kirkland,” was held Monday, January 23. The presenter was Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live.
It was a good meeting with positive energy towards Kirkland. The group came up with t-shirt ideas that would be unique to Kirkland; ‘if you were from Kirkland, you would understand’. The group also came up with a project that would excite the neighborhood. ‘Meet and Eat on the CKC’ won.
If you have not already, please join the CHNA Facebook page so you can get automatic updates.
Or check out the CHNA website.
Please check our Facebook page for any weather related updates to the meeting.
October 10, 2017
*Please note that the default day for meetings is the second Tuesday of the month.