The notes from the October 10 2017 Central Houghton Neighborhood Meeting are available below followed by Northwest University's presentation on the status of the update to their master plan.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at:
The agenda for the November 14 CHNA meeting is provided below. In addition to topics related to the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center and 6th Street Corridor study, We will have a presentation and discussion with a representative from Northwest University on their proposed Master Plan.
The CHNA Board also is proposing revisions to the Bylaws, which can be accessed in the files below. The files include a summary of the proposed changes which basically revise the Bylaws into how the organization currently operates (without dues and the structure for officers). The current Bylaws require changes to the Bylaws to be approved by the membership (i.e. those in attendance at the meeting). The proposed revisions will allow 3/4 majority of the Board to revise the Bylaws.
The notes from the October 10 2017 Central Houghton Neighborhood Meeting are available below.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at:
Thanks and please VOTE
On August 10, 2017 Northwest University sent out a notice that it has resubmitted its Master Plan Update Proposal to the City of Kirkland with revisions based on City staff and community input. The notice stated that the revised proposal is now available on the City's website and the Northwest University website.
As of August 18, the City's web site now has the updated files linked.
The City's web site also includes an updated timeline for the review of the Master Plan, as follows:.
Preliminary Project Timeline
Please note that these timelines are very preliminary and will likely change
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.
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Due to a conflict with the rescheduled City Council meeting, the CHNA meeting will be held:
December 14, 2017
*Please note that the default day for meetings is the second Tuesday of the month.