Kirkland 2044 Comprehensive Plan Update

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The City of Kirkland 2044 Comprehensive Plan update process will help us guide growth over the next 20 years. Simultaneously the Transportation Master Plan is being updated. Add your voice to the conversation and help us shape how Kirkland looks in the future.

Join the Conversation
There are countless ways you can get involved: 
  • Follow the Planning Commission briefings on draft goals and policies for each chapter. See Upcoming Meetings section below or Planning Commission webpage.
  • Sign up for the K044 Comprehensive Plan email list on this webpage to receive updates about upcoming events and activities  

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Update Process

Frequently Asked Questions - Planning Process

Frequently Asked Questions- See informational handoutKirkland2044_FAQs-Handout_FINAL_02.03.2023-1.pdf(PDF, 252KB) about the Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan update. 

Planning Process and Phasing
The update process will be an opportunity to revisit the policies in the Comprehensive Plan to see if they are still relevant, need revising per State, Regional, and County requirements. Public comments received during the process will be considered and incorporated into a revised Comprehensive Plan and related code amendments. The Planning Commission will hold meetings and a public hearing on the draft Plan in 2024. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council for a final decision on the amendments in mid 2024.
Planning Process Phasing Graphic 2023-2024(PDF, 90KB)

Community Engagement and Focus Groups

Community Engagement Opportunities

See the 2023 schedule below for community engagement opportunities for each chapter of the Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan update. Focus groups, surveys, events will be held to discuss each chapter topic area. Focus groups are currently being formed for different topic areas. Are you interested in being on a focus group? Contact Katie Hogan to get involved at khogan@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3289.

Community Engagement Schedule In 2023(PDF, 109KB)

If you are a business operating in Kirkland, participate in the Economic Development Focus Group in October-November 2023. See focus group handout(PDF, 286KB)  for more information.

Key Themes

Key themes to be woven into the revised Comprehensive Plan Update Plan:

  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity & Belonging (DEIB) initiatives
  • Promoting sustainability to address human health, economic opportunity, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental protection
  • Ensuring affordable housing options for all
  • Developing accessible and mobile connections within Kirkland and to the regional transit system
  • Advocating resiliency to future emergencies and fiscal planning for a thriving local economy
  • Guiding innovation, technology, and resilience in six areas: Transportation & Mobility, City Infrastructure, Digital Transformation, Built Environment, Community Engagement 

 

Documents, Community Engagement Comments, Presentations

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” 

To view all the comments received at this event click on this community comments document(PDF, 807KB)

Documents:

Community Engagement Plan(PDF, 5MB)  for Comprehensive Plan update-Broadview Planning 12-2022
Equity Review Report(PDF, 4MB) for Comprehensive Plan update EcoNorthwest 12-2022

Presentations:
City Council  briefing #2 12-13-2022 presentation(PPTX, 17MB)
City Council 4-19-2022 presentation(PPTX, 645KB)
City Council briefing #3 7-18-2023 presentation(PDF, 2MB)
City Council Phase I Community Amendment Requests 7-18-2023 presentation(PDF, 1MB)
Planning Commission briefing #2 12-8-2022 presentation(PPTX, 3MB)
Planning Commission 4-28-2022 presentation(PDF, 1MB)
Transportation Commission 7-27-2022 presentation(PPTX, 645KB)
Transportation Commission 1-25-2023 presentation(PDF, 3MB)
Planning Commission 5-11-2023 presentation-Sustainability, Climate, Environment, Parks, Open Space Elements(PDF, 1MB)
Planning Commission 6-22-2023 presentation-Land Use Element-Transportation Master Plan update(PDF, 2MB)
Planning Commission 6-22-2023 presentation- Phase I Community Amendment Requests(PDF, 1MB)
Planning Commission 7-27-2023 presentation-Status update-draft Vision Statement(PDF, 2MB)
Planning Commission 9-28-2023 presentation-Housing and Human Services Element(PDF, 2MB)
Planning Commission 9-28-2023 presentation-Transportation Plan update(PDF, 1MB)

 

Kirkland Comprehensive Plan (adopted 2015)

 

Environmental Review Documents

On October 18, 2023 the City issued a Determination of Significance and Scoping Notice to allow people to submit comments on what should be evaluated in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the 2044 Comprehensive Plan update.   

The City of Kirkland believes that the 2044 Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Plan updates will have beneficial environmental impacts in that it seeks to shape future growth in a way that promotes housing choice, transit access, transportation mode shift, open space protection, and sustainability. However, in order to thoroughly evaluate the potential environmental effects of the Comprehensive Plan, and to provide an opportunity for additional public comment, the City has elected to prepare a Supplemental Environment Impact Statement (SEIS) pursuant to RCW 43.21C.030 (2)(c).  

A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will study two alternatives, including the No Action Alternative (continuation of the current Comprehensive Plan) and a Likely Growth/Increased Capacity Action Alternative that include a change to growth levels and patterns, infrastructure investments, and service needs. The SEIS will supplement the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update & Totem Lake Planned Action - Final Environmental Impact Statement (November 2015) and the NE 85th Street Subarea Plan Final SEIS (December 2021).  

No Action Alternative. This alternative will study a baseline of how  growth is likely to occur under the current Comprehensive Plan policies, land use, Zoning, and transportation system that are in place today.  

Likely Growth/Increased Capacity Action Alternative- This alternative will study focused land use changes in specific locations, a supportive transportation network, and other policy changes identified as study issues in order to identify any potential unavoidable significant impacts that may need to be mitigated. The following list of focused land use changes will be evaluated (subject to change based on scoping comments received): 

Location of Potential Land Use Change (Neighborhood)

Description of Change For Study

More Information

Par Mac Business Park (Totem Lake)

Density increases (including height increases) to accommodate up to 1,200 units of housing and up to 30,000 square feet of commercial space.

Submitted as a Community-initiated Amendment Request (CAR); File No. CAM22-00873

Totem Lake Southern Industrial Commercial Subarea (Totem Lake)

Zoning changes to enable increases in capacity for housing units and office space.

Added to study area for Par Mac Business Park CAR per Council direction; File No. CAM22-00023

Goodwill Site (Juanita)

Density increases (including height increases) to accommodate up to 600 units of housing and up to 15,000 square feet of commercial space.

Submitted by the property owner for consideration with the ongoing Juanita Neighborhood Plan update, File No. CAM23-0554

Michael’s Site (Juanita)

Density increases (including height increases) to accommodate up to 350 units of housing and commercial space.

Submitted by the property owner for consideration with the ongoing Juanita Neighborhood Plan update, File No. CAM23-0554

Transit Corridors

Density increases to accommodate additional middle housing-type units within walking distance of bus lines and stops.

Suggested by public comments, and directed for study by City Council.

In addition, see summary of Potential Study Issues and Policy Changes for Elements(PDF, 810KB)  of the Comprehensive Plan.  

More information can be found by viewing the briefing memos submitted to the Planning Commission, City Council, Transportation Commission, and other Boards and Commissions section of this webpage.  

For these two alternatives, the following topic areas will be discussed in the SEIS: Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Public Services (police protection, fire and emergency medical services, parks, and schools), and Utilities (stormwater, water, and sewer).  

Scoping Comment Period dates: October 18-November 17, 2023. View all the scoping comments(PDF, 3MB)  that were received.   

 

 

Kirkland Smart City Master Plan

In 2023, the City of Kirkland is creating its first Smart City Master Plan to use innovative technology solutions for operational efficiency and to connect people. See the Smart City Master Plan handout(PDF, 1MB)   for more information.

 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Planning Commission Meeting Topics (meetings begin at 7:00 pm) 

January 11 2024: Draft Vision Statement, Guiding Principles, Introduction-General Chapter overview, Land Use Element alternatives overview

January 25 2024: Economic Development Element overview, Juanita and Kingsgate Neighborhood Plans status update

February 8 2024: Sustainability, Environment, Climate Element, Parks, Recreation, Open Space Element, Housing Element 

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.