The City seeks to provide effective, efficient, and responsive governance and a sustainable level of core services for our community. Trust in governance underpins the City’s ability to support the community. Engaging all members of the community — especially those who have traditionally not been represented in public processes — ensures that the voices of all can be heard and incorporated into decision-making, and creates more equitable solutions.
The City has successfully employed various techniques of public participation, ranging from town halls, community meetings, discussion forums, and online surveys. Need remains to engage more underrepresented members of the community, and serve residents who speak languages besides English.
Key sustainable governance goals include:
Summary of Sustainable Governance Focus Area(PDF, 230KB)
Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan, adopted in 2020, identifies actions the City and Kirkland community can take to fight climate change and make our natural spaces healthier.
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