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Houghton Community Council

2019 HCC PictureThe Houghton Community Council is constituted differently and has a slightly different mission than City advisory boards and commissions. It consists of seven members, elected every four years from the area formerly designated as the City of Houghton, which joined with Kirkland in August 1968. This body exercises both advisory and approval authority over most matters related to zoning regulations and land use within the Houghton area. No other board or commission in the City exercises jurisdictional authority. It meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

Staff Contact: Jeremy McMahan (425) 587-3229.

Mission Statement:  We are committed to the enhancement of Kirkland as a community for living, working and leisure, with an excellent quality of life which preserves the City's existing charm and natural amenities.

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Houghton Community
Council Members

Term Expires

Position #1, Bill Goggins
December 31, 2021
Position #2, Betsy Pringle
December 31, 2021
Position #3, Rick Whitney - Chair
December 31, 2021
Position #4, Ruth Wright
December 31, 2021
Position #5, John Kappler - Vice Chair
December 31, 2021
Position #6, Neal Black
December 31, 2021
Position #7, Brian Gawthrop
December 31, 2021


For general planning inquiries regarding land use or zoning requirements, etc. please contact Specific questions or comments regarding an ongoing project should be emailed directly to the planner assigned to that project.

For comments for the Houghton Community Council, contact us at

Blue Bullet  Public Meeting CalendarNOTE:  This calendar is subject to change on a daily basis.  It does not constitute legal notice.  To verify meeting information please contact the Planning and Building Department at 425.587.3600.

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Minutes & Audio Recordings:
Access the Houghton Community Council minutes and audio recordings to stay updated on past meetings.

Instructions for participating at Houghton Community Council public meetings is available online.

The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the audio recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulty with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for an audio recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Meeting Packets and Agendas 


Meeting Packets (PDF's)

November 5, 2019 Zoning Code Amendments for KZC Chapter 95 - CAM18-00408
Part 1 (PDF 10.2MB)
Part 2 (PDF 10.2MB)
Part 3 (PDF 6.7MB)
October 28, 2019 2019 Annual Comprehensive Plan Amendments - CAM19-00537
Part 1 (PDF 10.1MB)
Part 2 (PDF 9.8MB)
Rooftop Appurtenance Code Amendments - CAM19-00502 (PDF 2.4MB)
September 23, 2019 * * * MEETING CANCELLED * * * 
August 26, 2019  Missing Middle Housing - CAM19-00152 (PDF 680 kb)
Accessory Dwelling Units - CAM19-00282 (PDF 5.7MB)
Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Municipal Code Amendments - CAM19-00342 (PDF 972 kb)
August 15, 2019
Continued from
June 11, 2019
Joint Meeting with Hearing Examiner
Northwest University Master Plan - ZON16-02063 (PDF 12.1MB)
July 25, 2019 Joint Meeting with Planning Commission
Shoreline Master Program Periodic Update - CAM19-00026
     Part 1 (PDF 8.87MB)
     Part 2 (PDF 5.89MB)
     Part 3 (PDF 5.97MB)
     Part 4 (PDF 5.93MB)
     Part 5 (PDF 998kb)
July 22, 2019 Accessory Dwelling Units, Potential Amendments - CAM19-00282 (PDF 2.8 MB)
Missing Middle Housing Code Amendments - CAM19-00152 (PDF 1.7 MB)
REVISED July 18, 2019 Draft Code Amendments KZC 95 - CAM18-00408 (PDF 2.5 MB)
June 24, 2019  Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and Lot Coverage Regulations - CAM18-0025 (PDF 803kb)
June 11, 2019 
Continued from
May 14, 2019
Joint Meeting with Hearing Examiner
Northwest University Master Plan - ZON16-02063
Part 1 (PDF 9.6 MB)
Part 2 (PDF 10.1 MB)
Part 3 (PDF 10.2 MB)
Part 4 (PDF 5.2 MB)
May 30, 2019 Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 95 Code Amendments - CAM18-00408 (PDF 3.3 MB)
Citizen Amendment Request - CAM18-00444 (PDF 6.2 MB)
Missing Middle Housing KZC 113 - CAM19-00152 (PDF 819kb)
May 14, 2019
Continued to
June 11, 2019
REVISED MAY 13, 2019
Joint Meeting with Hearing Examiner

Northwest University Master Plan - ZON16-02063
Part 1 (PDF 9.6MB)
Part 2 (PDF 10.1MB)
Part 3 (PDF 10.2MB)
Part 4 (PDF 5.2MB)
April 25, 2019 Joint Hearing with Planning Commission and Department of Ecology
Shoreline Master Program Periodic Update - CAM19-00026 (PDF 4.1MB)
April 25, 2019
Immediately Following the Joint Hearing
Joint Meeting with Planning Commission
Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 95 Code Amendments - CAM18-00408 (PDF 556kb) 
April 22, 2019 Citizen Amendment Request - CAM18-00764 (PDF 5MB)
March 25, 2019 Houghton Community Council Position #4 Applicant Interviews
February 25, 2019
Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 95 Amendments (PDF 2.3MB) 
FAR and Lot Coverage Amendments (PDF 1MB)
Periodic Update of the Shoreline Master Program (PDF 4.8MB)
Process for Filling Position 4 Vacancy on the HCC (PDF 85kb)
January 28, 2019  2018 City Initiated CPA - CAM18-00363 (PDF 8MB)
Bridle Trails Neighborhood Plan - CAM18-00082 (PDF 6.8MB)
December 24, 2018  * * * MEETING CANCELLED * * *
November 26, 2018
Joint meeting with Planning  Commission
Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 95 Amendments - CAM18-00408 (PDF 3.8MB)
October 22, 2018 Bridle Trails Neighborhood Plan, File No. CAM18-00082 (PDF 3.5MB)
September 24, 2018 Floor Area Ratio and Lot Coverage
August 27, 2018 Tree Canopy and KZC Chapter 95 Amendments - CAM18-00408 (PDF 2.42MB)
KZC Chapter 125 - Planned Unit Development Amendments - CAM18-00380 (PDF 764KB) 
2018 City Initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments - CAM18-00363
Part 1 (PDF 4.78MB)
- Part 2 (PDF 4.86MB)
Part 3 (PDF 4.96MB)
July 23, 2018 Bridle Trails Neighborhood Plan (3.7MB)
Geologically Hazardous Area Chapter 85 Amendments - Final Action (2MB)
July 12, 2018
 6:00 pm
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association's Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Town of Houghton becoming a part of the City of Kirkland.
Fire Station 22
6602 108th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
   REVISED TIME - 6:00 pm 
June 25, 2018  * * * MEETING CANCELLED * * *
May 28, 2018  * * * MEETING CANCELLED * * *
April 23, 2018 Code Update - Critical Areas - KZC 85 Geologically Hazardous Areas File No. CAM17-00681
Bridle Trails Neighborhood Plan Update File No. CAM18-00082 #5
Communication Strategy
March 26, 2018
Joint meeting with Planning Commission 
 Geologically Hazardous Areas Update, File No. CAM17-00681 
 (PDF 1.3MB)
 Housing Strategy Plan, File No. PLN17-00011 (PDF 3.0MB)
February 26, 2018  Temporary Signs Code Update, File No. CAM17-00419 (PDF 2.4MB)
 Neighborhood Plan Framework, File No. PLN18-00024 (PDF 1.1MB)
January 22, 2018 Houghton/Everest Neighborhood Center Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map and Zoning Code Amendments, File No. CAM16-02742 (PDF 8.5MB)
City Initiated Comprehensive Plan Amendments, File No. CAM17-00395 (PDF 9.8MB)
Planning Work Program, File No. PLN18-00008 (PDF 1.2MB)
January 11, 2018

Joint meeting with Planning Commission 

Amendments to Temporary sign and Permanent Off-Site Sign
Regulations File No. CAM17-00419
 (PDF 5.2MB)
Geologically Hazardous Area Code Updates, File No. CAM17-00681 (PDF 8.7MB)

See Past Houghton Community Council Agenda and Meeting Packets

    Other Meeting links:
- City Council Meeting information
- Transportation Commission Meeting information

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