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City-wide Connections


These two maps depict two different communities that use two different land-uses to provide for the same number of homes with equal proximities between destinations. The street-ends of the cul de sac community depicted on the left force all drivers to funnel onto the same arterials, often resulting in traffic congestion. This differs from the grid network (depicted on the right), which offers drivers a variety of route-choices. This systemic redundancy makes the traffic grid more resilient, which ensures that emergency responders always have direct access to residents in need of help and residents always have access to their homes, even if one of their streets is closed. 

The City has created transportation connection maps as part of some neighborhood planning processes. These maps identify potential areas where public and private development could open connections for driving, walking, bicycling and emergency response in a given neighborhood. Policies supporting this practice are found in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and Transportation Master Plan.  By February 2019, the City had adopted the transportation connections maps from two of the City’s 14 neighborhoods and one of its 10 business districts.  

During the 2018 approval process for a neighborhood plan, the Kirkland City Council determined that it would be more efficient in time and effort to create and adopt a single map that identifies potential citywide transportation connections for all neighborhoods at the same time, rather than on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis.  

As a result, the Council directed City staff to create a preliminary citywide transportation map that would be consistent with the Kirkland’s transportation goals: safe streets, and walkable, bikeable, and friendly neighborhoods that connect to each other, activity centers, businesses, transit, schools, parks, and the waterfront. The Council also directed City staff to ensure the preliminary map identifies the relevant locations and types of connections consistent with those goals by consulting with Kirkland’s residents, stakeholders and business-operators in a public process before Council adopts the map.  

Winter 2018: City Council directs Kirkland staff to create a city-wide connections map, depicting pathway and roadway connections in all relevant neighborhoods. 

Winter 2019 to Fall 2019: Kirkland's staff engages with public about specific roadway and pathway connections.

October 2019: City Council adopts the Connections map, as part of its annual update to the Comprehensive Plan.

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