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General Information

Planning Department Mission Statement:

Assisting the Kirkland community in planning for the future and to help guide growth consistent with the community vision.

We are a team dedicated to:

• Respecting and serving the broad variety of community interests
• Improving the quality of the built environment
• Protecting natural areas 
• Promoting diverse options in housing
• Providing quick and accurate service
• Promoting outcomes that involve and respect the interests of all stakeholders
• Finding practical, common sense solutions
• Fostering a vibrant economy

Planning Department Functions The Administration Division coordinates the department budget, personnel, and training, activities and provides support to the City Council, Planning Commission, and Houghton Community Council.

The Land Use Management Division performs all regulatory functions required to implement the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, Subdivision Ordinance, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Master Program. The division performs permit and development review, provides public information about development policies and regulations, enforces development codes and provides staff support to the Hearing Examiner, Design Review Board, Houghton Community Council and City Council.

The Policy and Planning Division prepares the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code, Subdivision Ordinance, Shoreline Master Program, local SEPA ordinance, and other growth management plans and regulations. Amendments to these documents are prepared annually in accordance with a work program adopted by the City Council. Staff support is provided to the City Council, Planning Commission, Houghton Community Council, and a variety of citizen committees and task forces in their roles of establishing City land use policies. The division coordinates with other agencies on regional planning issues, monitors legislative activity, maintains development monitoring systems, and undertakes special projects as directed by the City Council or City Manager.

he Planning Staff performs tasks in more than one functional division and is organized into two planning teams.

Planning & Building Department
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries:
Contact us via the: 
Our Kirkland Customer Service Portal
T. 425.587.3600 | F. 425.587.3232