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Totem Lake Symposiums

2016 Totem Lake Symposium

The City of Kirkland hosted the third Totem Lake Symposium on April 13, 2016 at the Kirkland Justice Center. The Totem Lake Symposium brought together over 70 Totem Lake stakeholders, City Council and staff to review Totem Lake public (PDF-4.5 MB) and private (PDF-898 kb) accomplishments, including an update on The Village at Totem Lake (PDF-8.7 MB) by Rick Beason, Vice President of Development at CenterCal Properties, Inc.

The symposium included an introduction by Mayor Amy Walen and Urban Center update (PDF-490 kb) by City Manager Kurt Triplett. The morning also featured a special Lake Washington Institute of Technology update (PDF-731 kb) from President Dr. Amy Morrison Goings about new and continuing programs at the College and their relationship to major businesses in Totem Lake.

City staff reviewed current zoning changes (PDF-492 kb) that resulted from the Comprehensive Plan Update, 2035, and projects currently in the development pipeline (PDF-3 MB).

At the conclusion, symposium attendees participated in identifying needs and helping to set priorities for the next three years.

To learn more about Totem Lake projects, sign up for Totem Lake Updates, attend monthly Totem Lake Conversations, or contact Ellen Miller-Wolfe, Economic Development Manager at or (425) 587-3014.

2012 Totem Lake Symposium

On October 26, 2012, the City held a second Totem Lake Symposium where more than 70 participants attended. View the summary. (PDF-229 KB)

2010 Totem Lake Symposium

At a September 2010 symposium hosted by the Kirkland City Council, more than 40 participants from the financial, development and design professions collaborated with local property and business owners on how to revitalize the Totem Lake Business District so that it is clear “Kirkland is open for business.”

Mayor Joan McBride and Council Member Amy Walen welcomed attendees and encouraged them to share their current perceptions and future vision of the Totem Lake area. Several common themes emerged from facilitated discussion among participants:

  • Transportation systems and connectivity needs enhancement
  • Zoning regulations and permit processes could be more flexible
  • Neighborhood amenities would provide a “sense of place” 
  • Concern in the business community about the City’s willingness to support the redevelopment effort

A summary of the symposium was presented to the City Council on October 5, 2010. View the accompanying Powerpoint

Symposium Presentation on September 16, 2010:
Planning for the Totem Lake Urban Center (PDF-2.7 MB)

Participants will receive quarterly updates on the action items that were identified at the symposium. The updates will be posted to this site. 

The City wishes to thank the property owners, business owners, finance representatives and design and architects who participated in the symposium.  

Prior to the symposium, participants were provided the following background materials: 

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