Public Comments

Planning & Building Department 

In response to guidance from Public Health Seattle-King County, in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, Houghton Community Council and the Design Review Board regular meetings will be held virtually online using the Zoom platform and the public will not be allowed to attend in-person.

You may watch a live feed of the meeting online by joining the meeting via Zoom Webinar, or listen to the meeting over the telephone. Review their webpages to access agenda and Zoom information. 

Public comment is accepted by:

  • Oral testimony for a project during the meeting.
  • Emailing the project planner.
  • Writing a letter to the project planner.



The Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, Houghton Community Council and the Design Review Board provide opportunities for public comment at all Regular Meetings. 

At the beginning of regular meetings, the public is invited to provide input on agenda items, which are not of a quasi-judicial nature, or any topic not on the agenda. Below are the procedures that will be followed for public comment:

  • During the Responses From the Audience segment of the meetings, members of the public may address the body for three (3) minutes on any topic including agenda items. 
  • Individuals willing to speak during the Response From the Audience segment will be called to speak, generally in the order in which they have raised their virtual hand during Zoom meetings or order in which they signed the sign in sheet during in-person meetings. 


Options for Attending Virtual Meetings

Watch live Zoom video:

Check meeting agendas and access Zoom meeting links on the Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, Houghton Community Council and the Design Review Board webpages.

Joining Zoom Meeting via Your Computer:
  • Check your computer sound settings to make sure your speaker is working.
  • Check your computer volume to make sure you will be able to clearly hear the meeting.
  • Be sure you are in an area with a strong internet signal so you can maintain a good connection.
  • You can listen over your computer speakers or using earbuds so as to block out surrounding noise.


Join Zoom Meeting via Phone:
  • Call the "dial in" number on the meeting agenda and you will be able to listen and provide public comment via your phone. If you dial a toll number, your carrier rates will apply. 
  • You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID followed by #. This passcode will be included on the meeting agenda.  This only applies if you have joined on the computer or mobile device or are a panelist in a webinar. Press # to skip.
  • If the meeting has not already started, you will be prompted to press # to wait if you are a participant.
  • Zoom phone controls for participants: Zoom audience members will be alerted to "raise virtual hand" at the appropriate time in the meeting. Press *6 to toggle mute and unmute. Press *9 to raise virtual hand.



Guidelines and Tips

When your name is called, for in-person meetings you will step to the podium and speak clearly into the microphone. If an online meeting, you will raise your virtual hand and wait to be called on and unmuted. Make sure you are in an area with strong internet signal and your volume is on and your device is loud enough to be recorded.

  • Please be advised that each speaker's testimony is being recorded.
  • Give your name , city of residence, and email address. You may be asked to spell your email address for accuracy. 
  • Remember the three (3) minute time limit and make sure you have time for your most important points. 
  • Try not to repeat what others have said but highlight those issues that have not already been raised. 
  • If more than five (5) speakers wish to speak on the same topic and hold the same position, pick one or two spokesperson(s) and have all those who agree raise their hands. 
  • All comments should be addressed to the hearing body and not individual members. 
  • Questions will not be answered during a speaker’s turn at the podium but may be addressed by the hearing body at the end of the public comment period. 


Public Comments

We value community input and look forward to hearing from you on agenda items. There are opportunities for providing public comment on any project. Join the Zoom meeting to provide verbal public comment during the Comments From the Audience portion of the meeting, or by submitting written comment in advance of the meeting. Be advised that your comments during the Zoom meeting are being recorded; each speaker is allotted three (3) minutes. The recording secretary will act as the timekeeper. Remember, all information provided is a considered a public record and subject to disclosure upon request. 

You can also submit a Public Comment by emailing the project planner prior to the meeting. See meeting agenda or use staff directory for all staff email addresses. Written comments will be presented to Hearing Examiner, Planning Commission, Houghton Community Council, or Design Review Board the night of the meeting if received by 4:00 PM. Otherwise, they will be given the following day.


Notice of Disclosure

The City of Kirkland will enter all comments received into the public record and may make these comments, and any attachments or other supporting materials, including any business or personal information (name, address, email address, phone, etc.) that you provide available for public review. This information may be released on the City's website. Comments received are part of the public record and subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.

Do not include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you do not wish to be made public.


Ways to Communicate

  • Mail: City of Kirkland, Planning and Building Department, 123 5th Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033.
  • Public Comment:  Provide public comment on agenda items during the meeting, Your comments will become part of the official meeting record as public testimony and is subject to public disclosure. 
  • Email: Email the project planner directly.