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How should Finn Hill plan for future growth? Oct. 15 Listening Session planned

Contact: Janice Coogan
Planning & Building Department
jcoogan@kirklandwa.gov
425-587-3257

September 28, 2015

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Finn Hill residents and businesses are encouraged to help develop the first Neighborhood Plan for their neighborhood.  The Neighborhood Plan will address how the area can best accommodate future growth of jobs and housing by identifying transportation improvements, desired pedestrian connections, environmental protection, commercial development and urban design principles. A “Listening Session,” sponsored by the City of Kirkland, Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance and Green Futures Lab, will be held Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m., Finn Hill Middle School, Commons, 8040 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland, WA. Information about the development of the Plan and the schedule can be found at kirklandwa.gov; search “Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan.” Stakeholders are encouraged to subscribe to receive email updates by selecting the “Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan” on the E-Bulletins webpage at kirklandwa.gov/ebulletins.

The Finn Hill Neighborhood was annexed into the City of Kirkland in 2011. The current land use regulations in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning map reflect what was allowed under King County zoning. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan adoption process is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2016.

As part of the City’s update to its Comprehensive Plan through the Kirkland 2035 public involvement initiative, meetings were held with all Neighborhood Associations to receive input on how the city can best provide the necessary facilities and services to accommodate future job and population growth. Finn Hill residents participated in workshops that helped develop a revised city-wide Vision Statement  (PDF) for the Comprehensive Plan.  On October 6 and 20, 2015, the City Council will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendations on the city-wide Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Amendments.(09.28.15)