Throughout 2013 and 2015, Kirkland leaders have been engaging with residents in a conversation about the City’s future. Neighbors, business owners, community groups and students have been participating in important conversations about land use, transportation, parks, open space and other vital services. As 2015 comes to a close, the City Council will adopt the Planning Commission's recommendations to amend the General Elements of the Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans and Citizen Amendment Requests.
Updating Kirkland’s Comprehensive Plan
has been the central conversation. The Comprehensive Plan is a requirement of the Growth Management Act (GMA). It’s a document that looks toward a 20-year horizon for Kirkland. Its core purpose is to help define—through goals, objectives and policies—how Kirkland should best manage traffic, accommodate forecasted household and job growth, and provide open space and recreational opportunities and other vital services. For Kirkland, it was time to update its Comprehensive Plan
to bring into focus the vision for Kirkland for the year 2035.
The Comprehensive Plan Update provides an opportunity to review existing Neighborhood Plan Chapters
to determine if changes are needed.
In addition to updating the core element chapters of the Comprehensive Plan, the City is developing new long-range plans for transportation
, the Cross Kirkland Corridor
, Totem Lake Park
, surface water management utility
and parks, and recreation and open spaces
. Portions of these plans have been integrated into the Comprehensive Plan, where appropriate.
Public involvement has been vital to these initiatives. We thank all who have joined the conversation by sharing your voice and your vision for Kirkland's future.