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Monthly Update – May 2014

May 15, 2014

Brown Bag Series: Moves outside, May 27

The next Brown Bag will be on Tuesday, May 27, 12-1 p.m. and we will be meeting on the Corridor at NE 87th Street (near the Highlands Neighborhood Kiosk). Topics on the table – or should say “on the tracks” include connections to downtown Kirkland and celebrating the Interim Trail later this summer or early fall. If you have a topic of interest, email it to NOTE: If the weather is absolutely uncooperative that day, we will meet at St. James Espresso on Kirkland Avenue across from the Performance Center.

CKC Master Plan: Approaching Adoption

The City Council received an update on April 15, 2014 (PDF) and will discuss the latest draft at a Study Session on May 20 at 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers (packet material to be posted May 16 after 5 p.m.) The Master Plan is scheduled to be adopted by the Council at its June 17, 2014 meeting.

To view the current version of the draft plan, click here. 

Interim Trail Construction Bid

The City Council is expected to award the construction bid for the Interim Trail at its June 3 meeting. This will give the green light for staff and the selected contractor to work out the detailed plans of construction hours, impacts and sequencing of work. The project is expected to take 100 working days (weather permitting) and we look forward to the finished interim trail in the fall.

What’s a construction kick-off without a celebration of sorts? We plan to celebrate this milestone with a low-key event in mid-June. And of course, we will host a bigger event to revel in the completion of the interim trail.

Status: 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 properties adjoining the Corridor and on April 28, 2014, the Houghton Community Council held a public hearing (PDF). Both groups recommended adoption of the draft code by the City Council.

The City Council adopted the recommendations (PDF) of the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council at its meeting on May 6, 2014. (Ordinance 4442). The Council made minor changes to the recommended regulations to address the unique needs of auto dealerships that front on the Corridor. Ordinance 4442 is now in effect, replacing interim regulations that were adopted in November 2013.

Update: Decant Expansion Project

The City’s current Decant Facility is located at its Public Works Maintenance Facility and its purpose is to process waste solids and liquids that are produced from cleaning our storm systems and street sweeping. Due to the annexation of neighborhood areas to the north in 2011, the need to expand the facility was realized. The expansion is funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the City’s Surface Water Utility funds, and a grant from the State Department of Ecology. The expansion anticipated the construction of a temporary dry storage along the property line separating the CKC and the Maintenance Center.

At its May 6, 2014 meeting, the City Council received an update (PDF) on the Expansion Project including some challenges the City has encountered. A final project assessment will be presented to the City Council, but at this time staff does not anticipate the storage area along the property line to expand. 

Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council

Sound Transit presented an overview of its long-range plan and the High-Capacity Transit (HCT) Corridor Study (examining the Eastside Rail Corridor and I-405 Bus Rapid Transit) to the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) Regional Advisory Council (RAC) on May 14, 2014.

The RAC was created for the owners of the Eastside Rail Corridor (Redmond, Kirkland, Sound Transit, King County, PSE) to develop a coordinated vision for the future of the ERC and to coordinate development of the ERC to assure that each of the ERC owners could exercise their rights within the Corridor even though they would be developing their facilities at different points in time. Councilmember Jay Arnold attended this meeting for Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen.

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