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Potala Village Update

The Washington State Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal filed by the applicant for the proposed development of the Potala Village project on Lake Street South.  The appeal was dismissed at the request of the court-appointed receiver now in charge of the property at the Potala site.  The receiver’s dismissed request was supported by the City of Kirkland.

The agreement means that any development on the property will be subject to current Zoning Code regulations for the Neighborhood Business (BN) zone.

The Potala Village project was originally proposed for development in 2011.  The size and scale of the project prompted concerns from the neighborhood and the Kirkland City Council passed a moratorium on development in the neighborhood’s business zone.  After analysis, discussion and community input, the City Council later changed the BN zoning regulations to better match the character of the neighborhood.

The developer sued the City, claiming that it was vested prior to the code changes even though a complete building permit application had not been filed and the Court of Appeals ruled in the City's favor in 2014.  

A plan for Potala Village under the current Zoning Code requirements is being reviewed by the Design Review Board.  The next Design Response Conference for Potala Village is scheduled for July 18th, but may be postponed until at least the fall of 2016 if requested by the receiver.

To read more about Potala Village, visit the project webpage.