Why must Kirkland continue to grow?
In 1913, Kirkland had a population of about 800 people. One hundred years later due largely to annexations
, Kirkland’s population now exceeds 81,000, which is the thirteenth largest of any city Washington. And that trend will continue. Throughout the next 20 years, demographers expect the City’s population to increase by 13,000 new residents, bringing Kirkland’s total population 94,000 people.
Annexation of Finn Hill, North Juanita, and Kingsgate.
Based on the King County Countywide Planning Policies growth targets, Kirkland is expected to accommodate 8,361 new housing units and 22,435 new jobs
by 2035, which averages out to about 363 housing units per year and 975 jobs per year. For comparison purposes, from 2006 through 2011 the city gained about 1,500 units for the six-year period or around 250 units per year.
Under the requirements of the Growth Management Act, the State Office of Financial Management
must make periodic growth forecasts for each county. These forecasts are then required to be the basis for local comprehensive plans.
Because King County has so many cities, the Countywide Planning Policies are used to coordinate planning and assign growth targets to each city. The Countywide Planning Policies are developed through a collaborative process in which a committee made up of elected officials from King County and cities, called the Growth Management Planning Council, formulate the Countywide Planning Policies. These policies are then adopted by the King County Council and ratified by cities.