Houghton Community Council

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The Houghton Community Council is constituted differently and has a slightly different mission than City advisory boards and commissions. It consists of seven members, elected every four years. The members live in the area formerly designated as the Town of Houghton, which was annexed by the City of Kirkland in August 1968. This body exercises both advisory and approval authority over most matters related to zoning regulations and land use within the Houghton area. No other board or commission in the City exercises jurisdictional authority, and the they are one of only two community councils in the state of Washington. It meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7 PM in the Kirkland Council Chamber.

Mission Statement:  We are committed to the enhancement of Kirkland as a community for living, working and leisure, with an excellent quality of life which preserves the City's existing charm and natural amenities. 

 


Next HCC Meeting

The October 25, 2021 regular meeting of the Houghton Community Council has been cancelled The next scheduled meeting is November 29, 2021.

Public Service Announcement: In response to guidance from Public Health Seattle-King County, we encourage members of the community to implement social distancing as much as possible and in the interim use the following methods to interact at the HCC meeting. The virtual meeting audio will be recorded and posted on the City's website.

Public comments will be accepted during the Requests From the Audience portion of the meeting. Written comments will be accepted by emailing the project planner associated with each project. More information can be found on the Public Comments and Procedures page.

Date:  November 29, 2021

Time: 7 PM

Location: Virtual/Zoom: Coming Soon

  • The agenda and meeting packets will be posted here approximately 1 week prior to the meeting.
        

If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Jeremy McMahan, Deputy Director, or call 425-587-3229.


 

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Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Meet the Houghton Community Council

Rick Whitney - Chair (term expires 12/31/2021)

Rick Whitney - Chair, Position #3

Rick Whitney HCC Photo bio.jpg Rick Whitney has served on the Houghton Community Council for 15 years.  Prior to joining the HCC, he served on the Kirkland Park Board for nine years.  He has served as board member, and President or Treasurer of his vacation homeowner association for most of the last 30 years.  He also co-chaired the successful opposition campaign to defeat Kirkland Proposition 1 in 2015. 

Rick Whitney graduated from Washington State University in 1974 with a degree in Business Administration-Accounting.  He worked as a CPA for five years before transitioning to real estate investment and property management.  He was self employed for most of his career, which allowed him to coach his children’s teams in soccer, basketball, and baseball and travel extensively.  His favorite adventures were rafting and hiking the Grand Canyon for four weeks and trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal.  He retired in 2018 to devote more time to gardening, hiking, fishing, golf, pickleball, and grandchildren.

Rick Whitney is a fourth generation Washingtonian.  He and his wife Vicki have two grown children.

 

 

 

John Kappler - Vice Chair (term expires 12/31/2021)

Houghton Community Councilmember John Kappler November 2019.jpgJohn Kappler, Position #5

John Kappler is a practicing architect and a business owner. Over the past 35 years, he has been involved in the creation of hundreds of neighborhoods and thousands of homes in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Kappler has a professional understanding of the built environment as well as the building and zoning codes that regulate them. During his tenure of serving on the Houghton Community Council, he has had the opportunity to participate in the review of the Kirkland Zoning Codes that affect the Houghton Community. Mr. Kappler has made a difference: balancing zoning regulations with the protection of property rights and the preservation of the community’s visual fabric that all of us enjoy.

John Kappler and his wife Pam first moved to Kirkland in 1979. In 2002, they moved to the Central Houghton Neighborhood where they currently reside and raised their two boys. Mr. Kappler was born and raised in the Midwest. He received his architectural bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1983. Mr. Kappler started his architectural practice in 1987.

His firm specializes in residential architecture and has received several nationally recognized awards. He has been published many times and works with several leading national magazines, which continually feature his home designs. Mr. Kappler is a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties where he has worked and lectured for the education committee. He sat on a national manufactures advisory board and on the construction advisory board for Lake Washington Technical College. He taught in the Construction Management program at Edmonds Community College, promoting better design and construction methodology. For several ears, John co-hosted the weekly radio show Around the Home and More which focused on advising home owners completing home improvement projects. He continues to work with area schools promoting the practice of Architecture.

Bill Goggins - (term expires 12/31/2021)

Houghton Community Councilmember Bill Goggins November 2019.jpgBill Goggins, Position #1

Bill Goggins has served on the Houghton Community Council since 1994.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Eastside class of 2011 and served as a volunteer probation officer for the City of Bellevue for 15 years.  He grew up in Queens, NYC.  Bill has worked for Boeing in the Puget Sound in various roles for the last 30 years.  His current role is supply chain program manager on the 787 program.  He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NY (now a part of NYU), an MS from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Seattle University.  He served in the United States Marine Corps (active and reserve), retiring at the rank of Colonel.  He was mobilized for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, serving in leadership roles in the Middle East.  As a Houghton resident since 1991, Bill appreciates the livability and unique community character of Kirkland.  He enjoys his role on the Council balancing the myriad aspects of change and collaborating with the community, while providing input on zoning code changes, new developments, etc.  Bill and his wife, Laura, love the walkability of the Houghton Neighborhood.  You may also see Bill out running most days.

 

 

Ruth Wright - (term expires 12/31/2021)

Ruth WrightPosition #4

Ruth Wright bio photo 2020

Ruth believes that good quality of life begins in our communities.  Houghton is a wonderful example of a charming community with a home-town feel. This is an attraction for people to want to live here.  Being on the Houghton Community Council is a great way to be involved in balancing the desirability of a ‘small town’ with the inevitability of growth. 

Ruth, her husband, Bob and their 3 children moved to Washington in 1989 from California.  They moved to Houghton in 2010.  Ruth graduated with a B. A. in Accounting and a Masters of Education.  She was a small business owner for many years followed by over 20 years of Property Management.  During that time, she volunteered in many aspects through school (PTSA President for three schools & Golden Acorn recipient three times), church (teacher, leader of many philanthropic projects) and non-profits such as Global Partnerships and Women of Washington.  She currently leads a non-profit that helps low-income and homeless people procure household items. She has eight grandchildren, who were born at Evergreen Hospital and live in Kirkland, who keep her busy. 

 

 

 

Larry Toedtli - (term expires 12/31/2021)

Larry Toedtli Houghton Community Council photo.jpg Larry Toedtli, Postiion #6

Larry retired from his 35-year career as a transportation engineer/planner. He worked in both public and private sectors. Much of his career included preparing neighborhood, corridor, and citywide multimodal transportation systems plans. He worked closely with land use planners, economists, elected officials, businesses, and residents to incorporate transportation system opportunities into community visions. Larry focuses on how each travel mode can help support land use plans and development. He also seeks to minimize the potential adverse impacts of land use decisions on transportation, especially safety. Larry brings his transportation expertise on the State Growth Management Act (GMA), development regulations, multimodal transportation design standards, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to the Houghton Community Council.

In 2017, Larry was elected president of the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association (CHNA). He was actively involved in major land use decisions in the community, including the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center and Northwest University Master Plan. CHNA also supports the broader neighborhood with neighborhood safety program projects, including improved connections to the Cross Kirkland Corridor, improved streetlights, and flashing crosswalks on 108th Avenue NE. In his role with CHNA, he continues to look for ways to inform and get input from the community on upcoming events; planning studies; development activity; transportation projects; police, fire, and emergency services; and other topics of broader neighborhood and citywide interest.

Larry and Marie and their family moved to Houghton in 1992. Their children attended and graduated from Lake Washington High School.

 

 

 

 

Brian Gawthrop - (term expires 12/31/2021)

Brian Gawthrop, Position #7 

Brian-Gawthrop.jpg Brian grew up in rural West Virginia, yet has called Kirkland his home since 2010.

All three of his young sons were born in Evergreen Hospital, and he even works within the boundaries of the Houghton Community Council at Carillon Point. He joined the Houghton Community Council in 2012 in an effort to be more civically engaged, and to represent the families with young children living in Houghton.

In the early mornings, you may see Brian participating in one of his favorite past times; rucking with friends of a local high performance F3 training group.

 

 

Betsy Pringle - (term expires 12/31/2021)

Houghton Community Councilmember Betsy Pringle November 2019.jpgBetsy Pringle, Position #2 

Betsy grew up in northeast Kansas during a time when strip malls and big-box retail replaced farms and cornfields, and shopping malls sapped the vitality from historic downtowns. Watching the changes, she felt there should be a way for a community to embrace growth without losing its character—that there had to be a way to balance competing needs: economic development, environmental concerns, quality of life, public good, and private property interests. Greater public participation in the land use process seemed to be one way to do that. Charmed by Kirkland’s human-scale waterfront downtown and friendly neighborhoods, she moved to Houghton in 1985. In 1989, she became a founding member of the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association and served as its president and newsletter editor. For seven years, she wrote a neighborhood column for the local newspaper. She has served on the Houghton Community Council for 20 years.