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Totem Lake Code Amendments

Totem Lake Zoning Code, Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan Amendments

File No: CAM17-00371

Project Location: 
Totem Lake Business District and Urban Center

Project Update:
The Planning Commission (PC) held a study session on this topic on July 27, 2017, where they provided direction on the proposed amendments. The amendments will be considered at future meetings, all held at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue:

- Public Hearing: October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
The PC will listen to public testimony on the proposed amendments and develop a recommendation for consideration of the City Council (CC).
- City Council Meeting: December 12, 2017 - 7:30pm
The CC will consider the PC recommendation on the amendments and may take action on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and related changes to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map.

Project Description:

The City is considering a variety of changes to the text of the Kirkland Zoning Code, including several minor corrections as well as other changes intended to address issues identified by City staff, citizens and the development community.  One change to the Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan text and land use map is also under consideration.

Totem Lake Business District Code Amendments MapProject Details:

The preliminary list of amendments under study is available to the public here. The proposed amendments include three changes to correct errors in the Zoning Code.  Other possible changes would include allowing “Residential Suites” in more zones in Totem Lake, eliminating the requirement for multifamily parking modifications that the parking demand rate be increased by 15%, allowing for alternative methods to calculate building height where specific topographic conditions exist adjacent to the right of way, and changes to the design review process in some zones. New development regulations to implement adopted policies in support of transit-oriented development at the Kingsgate Park and Ride will also be considered.

Additional changes under consideration include two changes from property owners.  A request from the Residence XII treatment facility to expand the range of allowed uses on the property to include transitional sober housing for graduates of the residential treatment program and low income senior housing was originally planned for study with the Citizen Amendment Request (CAR) process.  That request will instead be studied with other proposed amendments for the Totem Lake Business District and Urban Center.  A request from RJB Wholesale to reverse a recent rezone to a multifamily residential designation in the Totem Lake Eastern Industrial Subarea and revert to an industrial designation, will also be included in the study.  The RJB Wholesale request would require changes to the Zoning Code, Zoning Map, and Comprehensive Plan.

Planning & Building Department
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

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