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Public Hearing Schedule

The City is gearing up for public hearings on various elements of the Comprehensive Plan and public feedback is crucial to ensure the Comprehensive Plan reflects the needs and aspirations of our diverse community. The public hearing schedule can be found below and draft elements and policies can be found on the webpages linked below for each topic area. If you are unable to attend, please consider submitting your thoughts and suggestions via email to or using this online Public Comment Form.  Sign up for the K2044 Listserv to receive updates on the Comprehensive Planning process, including notices of future events, meetings, and activities.

All Public Hearings will be held during Kirkland Planning Commission meetings starting at 6:00 PM. Open Houses will be from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM prior to each meeting to provide an opportunity to speak with staff and ask questions. See the Planning Commission webpage for more information. 

May 23rd, 2024  

June 13th, 2024 

June 27th, 2024  

September 26th, 2024 

  • Topics: Housing; Appendices (Glossary, Historical Information, Housing Needs Assessment, Community Profile); Miscellaneous topics   


Community Engagement

Historically, large community-wide discussions have tended to attract people comfortable with City planning processes. Kirkland 2044 invests particular energy and consideration into engaging people underrepresented in civic life (i.e., “priority populations”). To guide the City's public engagement efforts, Kirkland worked with a consultant to prepare a strategy focused around equity to engage with the community. The City has provided a range of opportunities to learn from the community and help staff develop and refine goals and policies. These key strategies included: 

Identifying Local Stakeholders & Community Groups: The City proactively identified over 200 stakeholder and community groups and contacted these groups with information about the Comprehensive Plan update and how to get involved in this process.

Developing Community Surveys: The City created four public surveys throughout 2023 that covered the major topics in the Comprehensive Plan, receiving nearly 2,000 responses from community members or interested parties. These survey responses will be analyzed by staff to help inform revised or new policies that meet the needs of the community. 

Attending Local Events: City staff attended over 40 community events and meetings throughout 2023 to engage with the community and receive feedback on various topic areas. This included meeting with Youth & Senior Councils, neighborhood groups and local school students, attending events in the community such as farmer's markets, health fairs, City Hall for All, and more. 

Hosting Focus Group Sessions: The City hosted eight small group 90 minute focus group sessions with interested parties to review existing policies, develop guiding principles, and draft new policies.

For more information on this process and to review public comments received, explore the menus below .

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To learn more about the work of each Focus Group, visit the specific webpage for the topic area of interest.

Planning Commission Meeting Topics (meetings begin at 6:00 pm)

May 23rd, 2024: Land UseSustainability, Climate & EnvironmentHuman ServicesNeighborhood Plan updatesCommunity Amendment requests (CAR’s) 

  • Click here to review the meeting agenda and materials.

June 13th, 2024: Introduction Chapter (Vision Statement; Guiding Principles)

June 27th, 2024: TransportationCapital FacilitiesUtilitiesPublic Services; Implementation; Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement comments

September 26th, 2024: Housing; Appendices (Glossary, Historical Information, Housing Needs Assessment, Community Profile); Miscellaneous topics   

City Council Meeting Topics (meetings begin at 7:30 pm) 

Not yet scheduled.

Visit the Planning Commission or City Council agenda pages to view meeting materials prepared in advance of the meeting dates and how to attend.  Please note the dates shown below are subject to change.        


Learn what the community has to say. Want to share your input? Fill out the K2044 Comment Form

January 11, 2023 Visioning Event- The City hosted a virtual Visioning Event on January 11th to hear what Kirkland community members envision for the City’s future. Here are 5 unique and thought-provoking ideas or opportunities to address challenges that we heard from community members to help us start thinking about Kirkland’s future:

  • Increase alternative transportation modes such as point-to-point shuttles, more charging systems, and rapid electrification of the City; rethink transportation corridors instead of just amending
  • Listen to people that can’t afford to live in Kirkland today or don’t have the opportunity to live here
  • More creative housing opportunities such as co-housing with shared resources; reinforce the idea of creative missing middle housing options and go beyond just duplexes and triplexes
  • Finding alternative ways to generate tax revenue as we transition away from a car-centric Kirkland
  • Set specific sustainability goal for a “Zero Carbon City by 2044” 


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