Throughout 2013 and 2015, Kirkland leaders engaged with residents in a conversation about the City’s future. Neighbors, business owners, community groups and students have been participating in important conversations about land use, transportation, parks, open space and other vital services.
This conversation, known as "Kirkland 2035: Your Voice. Your Vision. Your Future." integrated public involvement for not only the Comprehensive Plan update but several long-range plans.
On December 8, 2015, the City Council adopted the General Elements of the Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans and Citizen Amendment Requests, the Totem Lake Business District Plan, the official Land Use and Zoning Maps, and changes to the Kirkland Zoning Code and Kirkland Municipal Code.
Update Jan. 2016:
The updates to the Comprehensive Plan are being processed so that they can be posted to the online version of the document.
Updating Kirkland’s Comprehensive Plan
was central to the Kirkland 2035 conversation. The Comprehensive Plan is a requirement of the Growth Management Act (GMA). It’s a document that looks toward a 20-year horizon for Kirkland. Its core purpose is to help define—through goals, objectives and policies—how Kirkland should best manage traffic, accommodate forecasted household and job growth, and provide open space and recreational opportunities and other vital services. For Kirkland, it was time to update its Comprehensive Plan
to bring into focus the vision for Kirkland for the year 2035.
The Comprehensive Plan Update provided an opportunity to review existing Neighborhood Plan Chapters
to determine if changes are needed. Out of the neighborhood plan process, several existing plans were updated and new plan for Kingsgate was adopted. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance has begun a process to develop its first Neighborhood Plan
In addition to updating the core element chapters of the Comprehensive Plan, the City developed new long-range plans for transportation
, the Cross Kirkland Corridor
, Totem Lake Park
, surface water management utility
and parks, and recreation and open spaces
. Portions of these plans have been integrated into the Comprehensive Plan, where appropriate.
Public involvement has been vital to these initiatives. We thank all who have joined the conversation by sharing your voice and your vision for Kirkland's future. Please view a "Thank You" video
produced by the City's Communications Team.