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Shoreline Master Program Online Survey

What is important to you about Kirkland's Shorelines?  By participating in this short survey, you can help Kirkland define the vision for our waterfront.  This survey is part of a program to update the goals and regulations that will affect future development along the City's shoreline.  The results will be used to provide valuable feedback in this effort.

Responses are encouraged to be submitted by July 11, 2008.

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A. Please share your priorities and concerns with us

Protection of shoreline ecological functions
(i.e. habitat for fish and wildlife, attenuation of wave energy, filtering excessive nutrients or sediments and bank stabilization)
is a goal of the Shoreline Management Act. How important is this to you?

Providing public access to the water and enhancing recreation is a goal of the Shoreline Management Act. How important is this to you?

Please tell us what areas Kirkland should focus its attention on for its waterfront.

Rate the following choices as your highest priority (1) to lowest priority (6).
   
   
   
   
   
   

Are there types of businesses or services that you would like to see, which do not currently occur along the City’s waterfront?

Kirkland's waterfront business districts, such as Downtown or Carillon Point, are active community areas. As a result, the City anticipates that there may be future interest in establishing water-based aircraft facilities (e.g. floatplane operations) within these waterfront commercial districts. Which of the following best represents your opinion?

Along the shoreline area, Shoreline Master Program regulations address issues such as how close structures can be to the water’s edge, lot coverage, open space and the separation between structures. In your opinion, should the rules governing construction along the waterfront be changed? (Please choose one response).

Large piers have the potential to impact the nearshore aquatic habitat, by blocking sunlight and creating large areas of overhead cover which shade the lake bottom and inhibit the growth of aquatic vegetation. These changes in the nearshore habitat have been identified as posing potential adverse impacts to juvenile salmon that rear in and migrate through Lake Washington.

Do you think the City should provide standards for new or renovated piers in response to this issue, consistent with state and federal guidance?

If you answered “Yes” above, which of the following standards would you recommend (Check any that apply):

Native or other appropriate vegetation on the shoreline has a number of benefits to lakes and lake associated wildlife, including water quality (sediment and pollution removal), bank stabilization, shade and temperature moderation, fish and wildlife habitat, and productivity (food sources such as insects and smaller organic debris). Do you think the City should provide standards for shoreline vegetation and maintenance?

If you answered “Yes” above, which of the following standards would you recommend (Check any that apply):

Bulkheads and other hard armoring of the shoreline have been shown to have a variety of negative impacts on natural processes including increased erosion of other properties, reduced vegetation and aquatic habitat function, and introduction of habitat for non-native predator species. Do you think the City should provide standards for bulkheads and hard armoring in response to this issue?

If you answered “Yes” above, which of the following standards would you recommend (Check any that apply):

To facilitate shoreline habitat restoration activities, which of the following would you SUPPORT the City to explore?

To facilitate shoreline habitat restoration activities, which of the following would you OPPOSE the City to explore?
 

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