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.
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:
Lake Washington School District Levy, proposal for dog waste stations at ICS, CERT's stone soup project at Northwest University, Long Range Metro Planning and Northwest University Expansion Plans were all on the agenda for March's meeting.
Here are the presentations and links to information discussed at our March 2, 2016 meeting. Thanks to all the presenters and attendees!
We had a presentation from Eric Campbell from Lake Washington Citizens Levy Committee to speak about the upcoming school levy on April 26. More information can be found on their website.
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)
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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 presentation for the 11/4/2015 meeting can be found on the Central Houghton Website by clicking here.
Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) Kari Page
This program was piloted in 2014. This is the first full year. We had 3 projects that were approved.
1) Stairs off CKC and down to 68th st (near Lakeview). This project is out to bid and hoping to start building in Q1.
2) 60th st access to CKC on the east side. Better lighting has been ordered, hoping to use solar. The fence will be removed, vegetation will be cleaned up and broken pavement taken out.
3) Near ICS, 68th and 112th, new street light has been installed to help illuminate those waiting at bus stop. Still need to fix gravel in that area.
There is an interactive map allows anyone to submit a neighborhood improvement. Enter your project idea in the “Suggest a Project” interactive map at any time during the year. (Click the “I want to…” orange button and then select “Submit a Project Idea” in the drop-down dialog box. The interactive map will step you through pinpointing your project location, selecting a project type and describing your idea.) Kari came to the meeting to understand which project our neighborhood wants to nominate for the NSP. Project ideas are due 12/1/2015. Lisa and Erica will work with Kari to finalize the neighborhood nominees. Most likely it will be project numbers 288/88 which are to improve the safety at the crosswalk between NE 68th St and NE 62nd St.
6th Street Corridor Study – Lisa McConnell
There is a study to be done next year on the 6th street corridor. The results of this study need to tie into the traffic and egress plans for the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC). The study is still being scoped. More updates as this study gets defined.
Lisa and Brian met with planning staff and discussed the plan for next year. The city would like us to present the feedback we have gathered to the Houghton Community Council (HCC). The expectation is their will be a minimum of 3 meetings with the first meeting to just listen. The city thinks it would be good to have a moderator for these meetings. The goal is to have the update done within 2016. Looking for input on how to reach more of the neighborhood and people using the current center.
King county owns sections of the trail north and south of the Kirkland section. King County is going through the process to figure out what to do with the trail, very similar to the Kirkland process. King County had 3 meetings and want to make their sections into a trail. They are in the process of getting approval to remove the rail. The rail removal will be done in phases and will start with the section south of CKC (Bellevue). 2016 they will go through their design process and most likely pulling tracks in 2017.
Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council (ERC RAC)
The Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) is owned and managed by King County, the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, Sound Transit, and Puget Sound Energy. These owners work together through the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to maintain a collaborative, regional planning process for the ERC. The owners’ goal is to achieve connectivity and multiple uses, maximizing public benefit and enjoyment throughout the corridor both directly and indirectly. Recently, Kirkland sent a draft letter of support to ERC RAC to “In conclusion, transit travel between Totem Lake Urban Center and the Wilburton Station area in Bellevue, parallel to the multi-use trail, would connect all the neighborhoods and employment centers in between Kirkland’s proposals are consistent with the RAC vision and guiding principles” In short, Kirkland is moving forward with transit on the CKC and wants support.
Sound Transit ST3
Sound Transit plans to put ST3 on the ballot in November 2016. The actual projects on this ballot are not decided yet. There is a list of projects being considered for the ballot here. The projects which are most pertinent to Kirkland are:
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association (CHNA)
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City seeks input from residents and businesses to help shape Sound Transit 3 service in Kirkland
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the City is hosting an Open House and Community Update at the Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Avenue) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions about high capacity transit from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A formal presentation by City officials on high capacity transit in Kirkland will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.
Putting Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the Cross Kirkland Corridor will have a big impact on many here in Central Houghton - including the Google Campus, Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC), traffic on 108th, Lakeview Elementary school routes, home owners adjacent to the corridor, etc. . I'm not sure many people know about it. Please take a second to look at the materials on the city's website (see the link below) and tell your neighbors about it. It will give you a good idea of the City's work with Sound Transit and where we stand in the ST3 process.
More information can be found on the city's website here.
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...]
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.