Amy Tarce, Vice Chair, Kingsgate Neighborhood
Amy Tarce brings over 25 years of experience in Urban Design and Planning to the Design Review Board through her various professional roles in the past as a planner and urban designer in Chicago, Washington, DC and the eastside cities of Seattle. As a planner, she has staffed multi-agency coordinating committees for federal, regional and local entities in the Washington Metropolitan Region, a neighborhood advisory committee for the City of Alexandria, and the Design Review Board for the City of Redmond. She has decades of experience presenting neighborhood plans and development projects to neighborhood groups, design review boards, development and planning commissions, and city councils.
Ms. Tarce hopes to contribute in guiding the future growth of Kirkland using her diverse professional planning experience. As a planning consultant in Chicago, Ms. Tarce developed transit-oriented development plans for two Chicago neighborhoods served by the Green Line elevated train stations, and master plans for two mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhoods in New Orleans and Chicago. As a Principal Planner for the City of Alexandria, she managed the development review of a 100-acre redevelopment plan for a former railyard into a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use New Urbanist neighborhood with a town center, an award-winning fire station with affordable housing and a new Metro Station. As a planner for the federal government, she managed the Climate Adaptation and Floodplain Management program for federal lands in Washington, DC and contributed to the update of the Parks and Open Space Plan of the National Capital. In the Seattle area, she has managed the Development Review of Redmond’s City Hall, the Macy’s Department Store and the full-service Marriott Hotel in Redmond Town Center, the Redmond River Park Development Agreement Design Standards, and discretionary approval of two Issaquah School District schools, as well as one of the first large-scale residential developments to implement the Central Issaquah Plan.
Ms. Tarce first moved to Kirkland in 2002, and through the years, has watched the growth and transformation of the city into a more dynamic and urbanized suburb of Seattle. Ms. Tarce believes livable and sustainable communities are achievable with a clear vision and a partnership of dedicated citizens and inspired city leaders, and hopes to contribute in implementing the City of Kirkland’s vision for a safe, walkable, vibrant and environmentally-sustainable city. Her passion for building great communities has always extended beyond her day job. She has conducted Design Review training for her fellow planners in several Snohomish County jurisdictions and for the City of Redmond. She loves to travel and has visited over 50 cities around the world. She uses her vacations to visit walkable and sustainable cities and turns them into personal case studies of successful public realm designs. With her new role as a Design Review Board member for the City of Kirkland, she hopes to continue to share her passion and love for great urban design.