This program provides City grant money for projects identified and prioritized by residents that address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues that are often too small to be funded in the regular CIP budget. These projects could be crosswalk safety, pedestrian or bike connections to the CKC, bike lanes or trails, intersection improvements, traffic calming, walkway improvements, etc.
Step 1: Suggest a Project - do this step NOW
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.) The City reviews and responds to all suggestions and will let you know if your project meets the NSP parameters. All suggestions will be shared with your Neighborhood Association and posted on the City’s web site.
The next step will be for you to advocate for your project at your upcoming Neighborhood Association Meeting (dates vary). Each neighborhood can select two projects with a projected total maximum cost of $50,000.00 per neighborhood, but they first must be entered on the "Suggest a Project" site to qualify.
Get those ideas posted!
You can also send project ideas to email@example.com. The Central Houghton Neighborhood Association will be discussing suggested projects at our monthly meetings (7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month at Fire Station 22).
Last chance for input regarding seaplanes at Carillon Point!
Carillon Point has submitted a request to be allowed to operate seaplanes out of their dock. June 20 is the last chance to submit comments!
The service would include two planes docking along the guest pier of the Woodmark Hotel, offering 20-minute flights. The planes would operate from 9 a.m. to one hour before sunset, year-round. If the permit is approved, it could open the door for similar operations elsewhere in Kirkland.
After city planners complete their review process, there will be a public hearing. A hearing date has not yet been set, but will probably be in September, and will be in the evening.
Any residents or property owners who received notices from the city will be notified of the hearing, as well as anyone who sends written comments. Those who send written comments will also have the ability to appeal. The public notice signs, city notice board at City Hall, and City website will also be posted with the hearing date.
After the hearing, the City Hearing Examiner will make a decision to approve, modify, or deny the application. The decision will be based on whether the application complies with Kirkland’s Zoning Code and other applicable codes. The final decision will be made by the State Department of Ecology.
If you have comments about the proposal, it is urgent that you send them before June 20 at 5 pm.
Permit information can be viewed at https://permitsearch.mybuildingpermit.com/. Enter permit number SHR16-00803.
In your letter, reference SHR16-00803 and SEP16-00804. Send the email to:
The above list includes:
Planner Christian Geitz CGeitz@kirklandwa.gov
Planning Director Eric Shields <EShields@kirklandwa.gov>
City Manager Kurt Triplett firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Amy Walen email@example.com
Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Shelley Kloba email@example.com
Councilmember Penny Sweet firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Toby Nixon email@example.com
Councilmember Dave Asher firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Doreen Marchione email@example.com
At our last meeting we received a great presentation from Northwest University on their vision for an update to their Master Plan. Some great questions from the audience. They've done a great job reaching out to the neighborhood in the early stages. Look for updates as they move their plan into the city's planning process. Be sure to attend public hearings or send in email to the city if you'd like to add your voice to shape NU's Master Plan. Hope you were able to make it to their open house May 9. Here's the link to the Northwest University Master Plan web page. The presentation from last Wednesday is below.
Northwest University held an open house March 30 for community members and other interested parties to learn more about and provide input on Northwest University’s Master Plan Update. The university has posted information regarding the update which includes:
The open house is part of NU’s master plan public engagement effort, which also includes meeting with neighborhood groups, neighboring institutions, individuals and others interested in the plan. To request a meeting, obtain more information or provide feedback, contact the university at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University expects to submit its formal Master Plan Update application to the City of Kirkland in June.
Saturday, April 2, 10 AM–5 PM
There will be a variety of interactive, informative, and fun activities for people of all ages. On the bridge you will find exhibits from the Pacific Science Center, expert LEGO builders, and an assortment of STEM-related activities highlighting the science, technology, engineering, and math that went into building the world’s longest floating bridge.
Opening Ceremony, 10:30 AM
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the midpoint of the bridge. The ceremony will feature remarks from Gov. Jay Inslee and other key speakers, recognition of the stakeholders who made the bridge possible, and a Guinness World Records judge to certify the bridge as the world’s longest floating bridge.
Ribbon cutting stations
Cut the ribbon to the bridge! Two ribbon-cutting stations will allow you to cut the grand opening ribbon and take a section home with you as a keepsake of the grand opening.
Passport to the bridge
Receive a passport as you arrive at the event and have it stamped at stops and activity stations along the bridge. Participants with at least two stamps will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win free Delta Air Lines tickets. Learn more
Many of the key pieces of equipment and heavy machinery used to build the SR 520 floating bridge will be available to touch and experience. Examples include diving equipment and fire safety trucks!
Food truck caravan
Don't go hungry! No need to pack a lunch! Purchase food at food trucks from around the region.
More information can be found on the 520 Floating Bridge 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:
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)
Find us on the web at http://www.houghtonlives.com
And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/centralhoughton
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.
October 10, 2017
*Please note that the default day for meetings is the second Tuesday of the month.