The notes from the March 12, 2019 Central Houghton Neighborhood Association meeting are available below. If you have any questions or comments or ideas for future agenda topics, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The agenda for CHNA's March 12, 2019 has been revised and is available below. The revisions are shown in italics. You can also download it using the file link.
The primary focus of the meeting will be on transit service changes that will affect south Kirkland in the near future and over the next several years. We will be hearing from KC Metro on upcoming changes to Kirkland bus routes affected by eliminating buses from the downtown Seattle transit tunnel due to the increase in light rail in the region. Changes to bus service on route 255 and other routes due to construction on SR 520 at Montlake also will be provided. Sound Transit will provide us the latest information on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project for I-405, including concepts for the Kirkland station at NE 85th Street/I-405. City of Kirkland staff will then present city plans and projects for improving transit service within south Kirkland, including the recently completed Kirkland Transit Implementation Plan (KTIP).
We also will provide updates the Neighborhood Safety Program, the Neighborhood Matching Grant project application, the ongoing update to the City's Tree Code, and the latest schedule for the Northwest University Master Plan.
Please come and join us and share in the discussions.
The notes from the January 8, 2019 Central Houghton Neighborhood meeting are available below.
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KIRKLAND TRANSIT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN - LEARN AND PARTICIPATE
Explore this ONLINE OPEN HOUSE and SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK about improving transit service in Kirkland. Open online through June 11.
This is a very informative tool to improve transit in Kirkland. Input gathered through this online open house will be used to guide transit improvement priorities in Kirkland and to identify specific projects to enhance transit service.
The notes from the April 10, 2018 Central Houghton Neighborhood Meeting are available below.
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No regular November CHNA meeting. Instead please attend the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC) and 6th St Study Meeting on Wed, Nov 2nd, 6:00 PM Open House, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Working Session (at Northwest University, 5520 108th Avenue NE, HSC 231 Building (#18 on map).
Topics covered in October meeting:
NOST3 - We ran out of time during the meeting but wanted to pass along the following from Rich Jones;
Neighborhood Safety Program
This is a city program that provides neighborhoods an opportunity to get small capital projects done. Lisa provide an presentation review previous and future projects. The entire presentation can be found on the CHNA website.
Previous project in our neighborhood include
By Nov 3rd, our neighborhood needs to submit our project. There are several project we are considering:
Please either cast your vote for one of the project above to Lisa M. You can also send her new project ideas or Submit a Project Idea Go to “Suggest a Project”—Click the “I want to…” orange button and then select “Submit a Project Idea.” The interactive map will step you through the process.
ICS & Neighbors
Dr. Gregory J. Moncada, Principal of International Community School (ICS) & Community School came to the meeting to introduce their new Campus Security Monitor, Tim Sullivan and talk about improvements requested by the neighbors. In September, Dr. Moncada, met with several neighbors to discuss concerns around child safety, communication and the beauty of our neighborhood.
Additionally, Dr. Moncada wanted to an invitation to the community to come listen to this year’s concerts; Fall Concert December 7, 7pm, Winter Concert March 15, 7pm, and Spring Concert June 7, 7pm.
Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC) & 6th St Study
Consulting teams have been hired to work on HENC in conjunction with a study of the 6th Street Corridor. The consulting teams include; 3 Square Blocks, Berk and Transpo. The team’s work will include public outreach and facilitation, the 6th Street Corridor study, and the Houghton/Everest Neighborhood Center study. Angela Ruggeri, Senior Planner for City of Kirkland and Marcy from 3 Square Blocks presented the early results from the online survey. If you haven’t already, Please fill out the online survey. The entire presentation is posted on the CHNA website.
Highlights from presentation:
This is an integrated land use/transportation study
It is a comprehensive outreach, a corridor study and a HENC study. The study is expected to cover to period of 12-16 months make sure to catch season changes.
he current online survey is from Aug 22 – Oct 28 – you still have time to fill out the survey!
Survey results so far are based on 442 responses:
Next up is a Community workshop on Wed, Nov 2nd at Northwest University with doors opening at 6pm and starting at 7pm. Please voice your opinion either by the online survey, attending community workshop or sending your comments via email to the City Planning Commission.
Northwest University Master Plan
The master plan updates have been post on the city website. There is much to read! If you can’t read it all, it is recommended to read the Project Narrative and the Traffic Impact Analysis. Those can be found on the right hand bar on the city’s website (see link above). Additionally, Lisa included information at the end of the power point posted on the CHNA website. Please review and get your comments to city council.
Or check out the CHNA website.
Sound Transit released its ST3 Draft Plan at its March 24 Board Meeting. While the overall plan includes plans for transit in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, there were some projects which will impact the Kirkland area:
There is an open comment period from now until June when the elements for the November ballot measure will be finalized. You can send your comments to the Sound Transit Board via the Sound Transit ST3 website or by sending email to the Sound Transit Board or by calling 206-903-7000.
The Kirkland City Council will receive an update and discuss the draft plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday April 5.
Draft plan documents from the March 24 meeting follow:
Next Meeting – Wednesday, March 2nd – 7pm at Fire Station 22
Minutes from the Feb 3rd Meeting
NW University Master Plan
As mentioned in previous emails, John Kappler has been working with the Mayor, the City Manager as well as Dr Castleberry, President of NW University on the update the University’s Master Plan and “uses for the campus”. Because the NWU master plan was a quasi-judicial matter, John wouldn’t be able to continue acting as a point person for an update to the plan.
The next step will be to understand the limitation or uses of outside organizations using the fields. Once this is understood, a suggestion might be to have a “liaison” to work with the neighbors and NW University.
Request from KAN regarding ST3
Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) would like the neighborhoods to issue a letter to ST3. As a group we decide we are not ready to draft a letter. We would like to get both the Pro and Con to one of our upcoming meetings to discuss the issue in more depth. This should happen once ST3 has finalized their draft so we know what we are debating.
KAN ran a survey on parking in Kirkland. The results are posted at http://www.kirklandkan.org/, you can review the overall results or the results within a specific neighborhood.
Neighborhood Matching Grant
The Neighborhood Matching Grant is done every two years. We are in the second year and need to use our money. A good portion of our money is allocated to the Houghtdown Picnic which did not happen in 2015. We can repurpose the money, we need to use it by end of this year. Suggestions included do a volunteer event and hopefully still finding volunteers to run the Houghtdown Picnic this year. If you have suggestions or interested in volunteering to run the Houghtdown Picnic, please send them to email@example.com.
Neighborhood Safety Program
Our Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) application is to put in crosswalk beacons at the crosswalk near the church on 108th (just south of Fire Station 22). This would be a rapid flashing beacon and street light. Kari and Lisa have been talking with neighbors and will continue to work out the details of the crosswalk project.
Additionally, we submitted the request to look at the drainage on 108th near 55th. This is not a NSP project. The city will look into the drainage as part of regular maintenance.
Year in Review
Brian put together a great presentation on what got accomplished in 2015, check it out! One of the key areas of improvement has been around communication; new meeting notice signs, updated website, and new Facebook page (over 120 members). What do you think of the communication? Is it better? Do you have suggestions on other improvements or would we should be focusing on in 2016?
For 2016, the following officers were elected to run CHNA:
- Chair – Lisa McConnell
- Vice-Chair – Brian Staples
- Treasurer – Erika Somm
- Secretary – Cathy Whiteside
Even though we just had elections, we really, really would like to get new member involved. We would love to work with folks throughout the year so you understand that it doesn’t take that much effort to have a positive impact on your own neighborhood.
Stay in touch!!
Join our group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1376693919236398/
Check the website www.houghtonlives.com
Happy New Year to all!
We will not be having a meeting tonight, Jan 6th.
Our next meeting will be on Wed, Feb 3rd, 7pm at Fire Station 22.
We will be having elections during this meeting.
We are really interested in getting new neighbors to run CHNA. We are looking for candidates for all positions: Chair, Secretary and Treasure. Those who have been in these positions in the past are happy to support you. If you are interested, please send back an email response and/or come to the February meeting. 2016 is a great year to get involved!
Transit on CKC
1) Kirkland officials host Jan. 11 community update on Sound Transit 3 candidate projects - 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 (PDF) that propose high capacity transit to serve Kirkland:
2) Save Our Trail Urges all to Sign Petition - Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) would destroy the ambiance and peace of this parkland treasure for walkers and bicyclists, and would significantly increase safety risks for them and school kids. These issues have been widely discussed in local media.
What has NOT BEEN DISCUSSED is much more important to the average Kirkland resident who does not personally use or live on the Corridor: namely, the COST vs. the BENEFIT of Sound Transit’s proposed ST3 Option E-06 (BRT on the CKC), compared to Option E-02 (BRT on I-405), which SaveOurTrail.org emphatically endorses. Here’s why:
Based on Sound Transit’s own statistics and projections for the two projects, as shown graphically in the attachment:
On January 19th, the City Council will make a final decision on which of these alternatives to recommend to Sound Transit as part of its ST3 package on next November's ballot. Right now they are firmly leaning toward BRT on the Trail! Please contact them before January 11th and urge them to recommend BRT on 405, instead. Also, please sign the Save Our Trail Petition on change.org.
NW University Master Plan
John Kappler has been working with the Mayor, the City Manager as well as Dr Castleberry, President of NW University on the update the University’s Master Plan and “uses for the campus”. The recommendation is to have conversations go through the city manager’s office (a single point of contact) so everything can be easily disseminated through a city list serve email. This way everyone could see the whole process. Next CHNA meeting we hope to provide an update on the process as well as see if Dr. Castleberry can come to one of our meetings.
Margaret Bull has had a few conversations with NW University about using their campus as a meeting point for CERTs in Houghton during a disaster. It is more centrally located than Metropolitan Market for liaising. They have agreed to let us do this using either the cafeteria or the gym. Margaret is looking for other to join her to look at these locations to see where we might meet and set up communications.
Patti Jean Hooper has been working with NW University to set up a Stone Soup arrangement there. NW University already has a generator on their campus that is owned by the city. This is an exciting development in providing help to our neighborhood during a disaster. We will be called upon to help with the Stone Soup project. That is another good reason to change our meeting location to the college.
405 Toll Lanes
For those interested, there is a petition to stop tolling on 405 - Please pass legislation to stop tolling on I-405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood, restore the lanes to 2-person carpool lanes during the day and open to all at night and remove the double-lines for open access. To sign the petition, go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop405tolls
Please join us at the February meeting. We hope you consider running for a position on CHNA. We need your time and energy to address the topics above as well as Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center and the Neighborhood Safety Program.
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association (CHNA)
Find us on the web at http://www.houghtonlives.com
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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)
The next meeting of the CHNA will be held:
Tuesday September 10 2019
*Please note that the default day for meetings is the second Tuesday of the months of September, November, January, March, and May. To be timely, we may call special meetings to discuss topics of major neighborhood interest.
Also note, CHNA does not typically meet during July and August, unless there is a specific immediate topic to share.