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Monthly Update – April 2014

April 18, 2014

Thank you to those who attend the Brown Bag sessions, who submitted comments on the proposed permanent land use regulations, and who continue to support the Corridor through volunteer efforts and ideas to connect the Corridor beyond Kirkland. These monthly updates will be posted to the CKC webpage and emailed to CKC list serve subscribers. If you have a topic you’re interested in, please send it to  

CKC Master Plan: Making its Final Approach

As a follow up to the update it received on February 4, 2014 (PDF), the City Council received an additional update on April 15, 2014 (PDF). Further explanation of the Plan’s elements was given; they include Overall Corridor considerations; Prototypical Corridor Elements; Corridor experience and ecology; Corridor layouts and Character Zone Scrapbook. The concept of the Character Zone Scrapbook conveys the character of the eight zones with inspirational photos from other locations, text, historical photographs, sketches and polished illustrations. The April 15 update also included a recap of the February community forum; a summary of comments. The City Council commented on implementation priorities.

At its February meeting, the Transportation Commission considered a set of priorities for Corridor development and the following is how the Commission ranked them (in order): 

  1. Follow funding opportunities. High priority should be given to constructing projects for which outside funding can be secured. 
  2. Connect to regional trails/transit. Make the CKC available to more destinations and more users. 
  3. Fulfill the vision. This suggests building more fully over shorter distance as opposed to making longer sections of less developed improvements. There was concern that once a section is partially completed it will be difficult to get funding to improve it more fully at a later time. 
  4. Focus on connections where major corridor usage exists today or is anticipated. Examples may include areas near streets, schools, parks, commercial land use and transit. As described above, access policy may enter into considerations of connections. 
  5. Safety: This would suggest pursuing improvements at intersections such as 120th Avenue NE, and the NE 124 Street/124th Avenue NE intersections. 
  6. Surface water treatments and natural areas stream crossings: These areas have the ability to attract outside funding, to be landmarks on the corridor, and to solve surface water issues. 
  7. Support development of Totem Lake/Totem Lake Park and other commercial areas. The Urban Land Institute report on Totem Lake completed in 2011 described development of the Corridor and Totem Lake Park as a high priority for catalyzing economic growth in Totem Lake. The corridor can also help development in other areas (i.e. 6th Street S.).

To view the April 4, 2014 version of the draft plan, click here. (but know that it will be updated before it’s adopted). Final adoption is expected at the Council’s June 17 meeting.

Please bring your ideas on prioritization to the next Brown Bag (see below) and to Community Future Day, April 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kirkland City Hall.

Brown Bag Series: Next Meet Up is April 28

The next Brown Bag will be on Monday, April 28, 12-1 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers. This month’s session will focus on the latest updates to the CKC Master Plan. On April 15, the City Council received an update including a part of that Plan that addresses implementation. See the section above and come to discuss your ideas for implementation prioritization.

We are gauging interest in having face time with staff members about the CKC Master Plan and the Interim Trail and we will monitor attendance to evaluate whether to hold them monthly or every two months. Email with items you’d like to discuss at future meetings.

Your Ideas Continued to Be Realized!

How do you see connecting the Corridor to the Houghton Shopping Center and local shops and services? Share your ideas with us on where the connection should be located.

Volunteer Opportunity: Celebrate Earth Day on the CKC!

Do your part for Earth Day and join Kirkland Brownie Troop 40451 to clean up the Corridor from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 27 on the Corridor. Come to Crestwoods Park (1818 6th Street) at 9:30 a.m. to collect supplies and select the area of the CKC you would like to pick up litter.

Planning Commission’s Recommendations for Permanent Land Use Regulations for the CKC

On April 10, 2014, the Planning Commission held a public hearing (PDF) on proposed permanent land use regulations for the Corridor.

Issues expressed to the Planning Commission about the proposed regulations included proposed new standards as they apply to unique needs for car dealerships in the Totem Lake area; impacts of proposed setbacks on narrow, constrained properties, and the needs of breweries, wineries and distilleries for adequate tasting rooms. The Planning Commission recommended adoption of the regulations as presented (Contained in April 10 Staff memo)(PDF) with the following adjustments.

  • Increase the size of allowed tasting rooms associated with breweries/wineries/distilleries in the LIT and Planned Area 6G zone from 20% to 50% (see map)(PDF). Similar to changes for the Totem Lake area, this new allowance would only apply to properties located within 150’ of the Corridor.
  • Public pedestrian paths connecting to the Corridor should be 10’ in width and private pedestrian paths (connecting from the building to the Corridor) need only be 5’ in width. 
  • The Commission would like to revisit key issues as planning for the Totem Lake area and light industrial lands move forward.

The proposed regulations, as they relate to properties located within the jurisdiction of the Houghton Community Council, will be considered at a public hearing on April 28, 2014, 7 p.m., City Hall. Written comments can be submitted via email to the project planner Jeremy McMahan at up to the hearing date and time and comments can be given during the public hearing.

The City Council will consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council at its meeting on May 6. The recommended regulations would not apply to single-family zones. View the Zoning Map (PDF) with non-single-family residential zones along the Corridor.

Friendly Reminder: Trees in the corridor

The trees in the Corridor are valued for many reasons including slope stability, screening and view enhancement. They will be inventoried and assessed for compatibility with future use of the Corridor. Please remember that only City staff may prune or remove trees within the corridor. Please contact the Planning and Building Department at 425.587.3600 or should you have specific questions or concerns.

Video Links

A CKC fan and bicycle enthusiast took to the Corridor on his Norco Bigfoot bicycle and captured some amazing video. Click here external link iconand hang on! It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The CKC was featured in the City’s TV program, Currently Kirkland. Watch the segmentexternal link icon.

Keep in touch with us!

• CKC Coordinator: Kari Page,, 425-587-3011
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