At it's next meeting on Tuesday December 12, the Kirkland City Council is scheduled to review and take final action on ordinances related to changes for the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC). The ordinances will amend the Central Houghton Neighborhood Plan and Everest Neighborhood Plan (which are part of the City's Comprehensive Plan) for the areas covering the HENC commercial district at the intersection of NE 68th Street with 6th Street S/108th Avenue NE. In addition, the ordinances will revise the zoning for the neighborhood center. This is the culmination of over 18 months of meetings on the HENC amendments. The staff packets for City Council meetings are usually available the Friday afternoon before the meeting. The City Council agendas can be found here.
The following provides an overview of the revisions for the Neighborhood Plans and associated zoning. It also summarizes options for property owners/developers for increasing the height of buildings in some locations. You can write to the Council to share your thoughts on the proposals and ordinances. You also can attend the meeting and speak during items from the audience. Comments during the items from the audience portion of the City Council meeting are limited to three speakers in support and three people against the subject topics. If you want to speak during that part of the meeting, get there early to sign up.
Under the base Plan and zoning, the existing maximum building height of 30-feet would be maintained throughout the HENC. Under the base 30-foot height limit, the Neighborhood Plans and zoning would be revised to require projects in the core area (called HENC1, including the Metropolitan Market, Menchie's, and PCC sites, as well as the offices adjacent to the Cross Kirkland Corridor- see area 1 in below graphic ) to go through the City's Design Review process. The revised zoning also would limit the amount of office space in a development and would also require wider sidewalks and improved connections to the Cross Kirkland Corridor.
Developments in the core HENC1 area could increase their building height to 35-feet (which would allow three stories) if certain conditions are met. Those conditions include requirements for a 20,000 square foot grocery, hardware, or drug store to be part of the development. In addition, minimum areas for public open space/gathering places and green building standards would need to be met. Residential densities would be capped at 48 units per acre, with 10 percent of the units meeting the City's affordable housing criteria. The third story would need to be stepped-back from the second story.
At it's November 21 meeting, the Council directed staff to include amendments that would allow two additional stories on the properties north of NE 68th Street between 6th Street S and The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC). The following conditions would need to be met In order to obtain the additional two stories:
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.
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City Council to Discuss Height Incentives for Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC) on November 21
At its meeting on November 8, the Kirkland City Council discussed the potential to provide incentives to allow increased building heights up to 5 stories (compared to the 3 stories in the Planning Commission recommendations) on the Menchie’s and PCC site (see white box on below map) if the developers fund construction of the southbound right turn lane from 6th Street S to westbound NE 68th Street. The City Council was split 3-3 (Councilmember Nixon was not in attendance).
You can watch the start of the staff presentation at the 2:05:50 time stamp of the video of the meeting (here). The City Council discussion starts at about 2:09:00 of the video.
The Council will discuss the potential incentives again at their November 21 meeting when all seven members are expected to be present.
The City Council's schedule is to take action on the HENC Plan and associated zoning at its meeting on Tuesday, December 12 (the CHNA meeting will be held on Thursday December 14 because of the conflict with the City Council meeting).
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.
Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center and 6th Street Corridor Study will be Discussed at the November 8 City Council Meeting
The agenda for the November 8 City Council Meeting includes topics related to the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center (HENC) and 6th Street Corridor Study. The staff report for the HENC discussion can be accessed here.
The Draft 6th Street corridor Study can be accessed as well - Draft 6th Street Corridor Study.
At it's October 3rd meeting, the City Council asked staff to develop options related to the potential for a southbound right turn lane from 6th Street S to westbound NE 68th Street. Staff was asked to look at development incentives and other strategies that may help support the future construction of the turn lane. The staff report includes two options for funding the turn lane:
In addition, the City Council will discuss options for assuring that transportation improvements are constructed prior to new development within the HENC. See the staff report (above) for more details.
In addition, the Transportation Department will present the latest draft of the 6th Street Corridor Study to the Council at that same meeting. At this meeting we get the first look at the draft recommendations for multi-modal transportation improvements on 6th Street S/108th Avenue NE and NE 68th Street in the vicinity of the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center.
Today, Kirkland’s over 84,000 residents are served by several transit routes connecting the city to various Eastside destinations and Seattle. Similar to other areas in the region, Kirkland is becoming a major employment center that attracts transit trips, and transit frequency is increasing to meet the growing demand.
In response to increased growth, the City of Kirkland is working to improve transit service for residents through the Kirkland Transit Implementation Plan (KTIP). In 2015, the City worked closely with stakeholders and the community to adopt the Transportation Master Plan. This plan helped to prioritize transportation projects through 2035, including the KTIP. The City is now working to develop the KTIP as a way to build upon the goals of the Transportation Master Plan and improve transit throughout the City. The KTIP will serve as a tool to help get Kirkland residents where they want to go in the fastest and most convenient way.
Transit Implementation Plan Open House
Tuesday, November 14
5:30 to 7:30 PM
Heritage Hall, 203 Market St, Kirkland, WA 98033
About this Meeting
The City of Kirkland is working to develop a Transit Implementation Plan. The plan will identify possible transit improvements in key areas of the city.
A key part of this plan is hearing from Kirkland residents about priorities for transit investments. One of the big ways that we’re doing this is through the Open House.
We could really use your help in spreading the word about this meeting to your neighborhood lists and contacts. The City will also be sending this out via social media and our weekly email newsletter, so please share our posts or forward the e-newsletters when you see them.
Residents can come to the open house to:
On November 7 residents of Houghton will be asked to weigh-in on several issues and candidates, including Proposition 1 regarding the continued existence of the Houghton Community Council (HCC). I urge Houghton residents to vote “Yes” for the continuation of this community municipal corporation.
The Houghton Community Council was formed in 1968 when the cities of Kirkland and Houghton merged. A key aspect of the merger was that the HCC would have veto power over land use regulations within the boundaries of the former city of Houghton. Every four years, Houghton residents vote whether the HCC should continue to exist.
Over the last 20 years, my wife and I have been involved in various aspects of our community including the Lakeview Elementary School PTSA and the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association. During those years, the HCC board members have added value and insight into land use decisions made by the Kirkland City Council.
In my role as a former president and current role as vice president of the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association, I know the HCC has been in tune with and sensitive to the opinions and desires expressed by Houghton residents in open forums. The HCC board has helped shape our community into the very desirable place it is to live today through thoughtful deliberation and keen insights.
For these reasons, I urge Houghton residents to vote Yes for Proposition No. 1 for the continuation of the Houghton Community Council.
The notes from the October 10 2017 Central Houghton Neighborhood Meeting are available below.
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Thanks and please VOTE
During the transition of the CHNA Board in May and June of 2017, notes from our meetings did not get posted to our web site. The following includes the notes from our June and May 2017 meetings. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. Thanks.
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association meeting
June 13, 2017 Meeting Notes
Her Contact Information:
Doreen Booth, Phone:425-587-3011, email: email@example.com
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association meeting
May 9, 2017 Meeting Notes
Dear CHNA members,
First I’d like to offer apologies in advance. I have just received the helm of Secretary and the distribution list for CHNA. If you have repeats or mail sent to addresses you no longer use, or if you’d like to be removed from this list, please let me know. I will work to correct this as soon as possible. Lisa McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org Second I’d like to reiterate our distribution list tradition. Generally, we send out only 2 emails a month: once for meeting notice and Agenda, next for meeting notes. Occasionally, when there is a particularly urgent or time sensitive item that falls between these two mailings, we may send out an additional email to the list. You should be receiving no more than 2 or 3 mailings from us in one month. If you are getting more mail than this, please let us know and we will look into the security of our list.
The following provides the City Council’s email addresses. You should also copy Angela Ruggeri, Senior Planner. If you want to you also can copy the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council.
Our next meeting is Tuesday June 13th, 7PM, Fire Station #22 on 108th Ave NE
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.