Capital Facilities

Capital Facilities

The Capital Facilities Element is a mandatory part of the Comprehensive Plan per the Growth Management Act. Capital facilities are City-owned structures, improvements, pieces of equipment or other fixed assets including land with a useful life greater than 10 years and an estimated cost of $50,000 or more (except for land). The Capital Facilities Element chapter of the Comprehensive Plan is the policy basis for the City’s capital facilities planning and is tied to Kirkland’s citywide level of service standards for transportation, utilities, surface water, parks, public safety, and public facility services and improvements. The Capital Facilities Element contains level of service standards for each public facility and requires that new development be served by adequate facilities.

2044 Update: Capital Facilities Element Topics and Study Issues

The Capital Facilities Element ensures the provision of adequate facilities for the new housing and jobs growth that is envisioned in the Land Use Element and is one tool to help implement the Land Use Element of the comprehensive plan and these elements must be coordinated and consistent and should be updated on a regular basis. Kirkland has a practice of annually amending the Capital Facilities Element to maintain consistency with the City’s capital projects and the biennial budget.

Study Issues

Staff reviewed feedback from outreach events, public comments, and meetings with City staff that work on capital facilities, in addition to updates that are required to align with City, State, and regional plans. The following is a list of key policy issues for the Capital Facilities Element:

  • Update policies to more closely align the element with the Sustainability, Climate and Environment Element; and
  • Update to incorporate K2044 long-range capital and transportation projects.