Holmes Point Overlay - Code Update

PROJECT STATUS - This project is currently on hold and will resume when the City's tree codes have been amended.

Prior to its annexation, the Holmes Point community and King County developed codes to protect the natural assets within Holmes Point. With annexation to Kirkland, the King County overlay code was adopted as Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 70 (KZC 70).

View a map(PDF, 547KB) of the Holmes Point Overlay area and get information(PDF, 107KB) on HPO tree retention code requirements.


Amendments to the Holmes Point Overlay (HPO) code were initiated with the development of the new Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan in 2018. The draft HPO code (Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 70) reflects the Neighborhood Plan policies for:

  • Greater tree retention
  • Maintaining a 60% tree canopy cover goal
  • Protection of steep slopes
Meeting Information

View the Planning Commission (PC) and/or the City Council meeting packets by clicking on the appropriate tab below


Planning Commission Public Hearing I - April 26, 2018

Staff Memo and Attachments(PDF, 4MB)

Planning Commission Public Hearing II - May 24, 2018

Staff Memo and Attachments(PDF, 1MB)

City Council

City Council meeting - June 19, 2018

Staff memo and attachments(PDF, 5MB)

Includes the Planning Commission's recommendations on the HPO. At that time, the City Council directed staff to put the HPO code update project on hold until two closely related code amendments, the geologic hazard codes (KZC 85) and the citywide tree code (KZC 95) were updated first. The geologic code updates were completed in 2018. The HPO code amendments are scheduled to follow City Council's review of KZC 95 in early 2021. 

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