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:
- Neighborhood Safety Program
- ICS & Neighbors
- Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC) & 6th St Study
- Northwest University Master Plan
NOST3 - We ran out of time during the meeting but wanted to pass along the following from Rich Jones;
- We would like CHNA members and neighbors consider the extreme cost and ineffectiveness of the ST3 package as well as the continued threat it will pose to our beloved Cross Kirkland Corridor.
- Neighbors should be encouraged to look at the tax calculator in the www.nost3.org website. Calculators are also available on the Sound Transit web site and at www.smartertransit.org
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
- Upgrade to the 60th st access to Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC)
- 68th ST stairs to CKC (submitted by Moss Bay)
- Streetlight and sight line improvements at 112th Ave & 68ths
- Pending – rapid flashing beacon at crosswalk on 108th just south of Fire Station
By Nov 3rd, our neighborhood needs to submit our project. There are several project we are considering:
- Project 1 – address issues on “curve of 68th” . Ideas to get drivers to slow down and acknowledge the curve include; adding digital display speed signs, paint the curb with reflective paint, install reflective arrow signs, or install a curve sign.
- Project 2 – Improve the pathway behind Fire Station #22 and NE 66th Pl. This would be to make the path ADA accessible, clean up and potentially look at low cost lighting.
- Project 3 – address speeding and cut-through traffic on 106th (adjacent to Carillion Woods Park) Ideas include; speed humps, request a stop sign, center lane painting, chevrons, painting fog lines
- Project 4 – Welcome to Kirkland sign and reminder of speed limits in residential areas. Recommendation is to put on 85th
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.
- Last visit to a CHNA meeting, ICS students talked about setting up doggy pick up stations which are now in place.
- Talked with neighbors about tree height and potentially making window trees
- ICS now has 2 volunteer parents to clean up the gardens around the school and 2 family events to help weeding.
- The district sprayed pre-emergent weed killer and next was delivering mulch to be spread
- And to address the biggest concern, ICS now has Tim Sullivan working the traffic during the peak drop off (7:15-7:30am) and pick up times (2:05-2:15pm). Tim is the new, Campus Security Monitor with over 30 years of Coast Guard experience.
- Still a concern is how to better identify the cross walks. Suggestion was to see if the “School Walk Routes” could be re-evaluated in order to get new/different funding to address issue.
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:
- We want small retail and restaurants – we don’t want offices and housing
- Biggest concern is PM peak hour congestion
- We want bicycle and pedestrian improvements
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.
- Comments should be sent to Tony Leavitt (not the City Council) by November 4 for consideration in the staff recommendation.
- Comments will also be accepted after November 4 through the closure of the future public hearing before the Hearing Examiner (still to be scheduled).
- It was suggested that the CHNA could request the City to extend the November 4 date for comments to staff based on the volume of the material (yes, there is lots to read), size of the proposal, and relationship to the 6th Street Transportation Study (The NU MP would generate significant traffic from the proposed commercial uses – tennis center, fitness center, and especially the use of the fields – in addition to the proposed changes in student enrollment.)
Or check out the CHNA website.