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Housing Strategy Plan Advisory Group

Updated Housing Strategy Plan - MAY 2018
After a year of intense and thoughtful work, the Housing Strategy Advisory Group presented their recommended updated Housing Strategy Plan (PDF 11MB) to the City Council on May 1, 2018. The City City Council adopted resolution R-5313 accepting the recommendations of the Advisory Group and putting in place the Housing Strategy Work Program for 2018-2020.

Housing Strategy Plan Advisory Group Background
The City of Kirkland adopted a new Comprehensive Plan in 2015. One of the implementation strategies in that Plan is to develop a new Housing Strategy Plan. The purpose of the Housing Strategy Plan is to identify a wide variety of tasks that the City might undertake over time to implement the current Housing Goals and Policies. The City created the Housing Strategy Advisory Group because the Kirkland City Council wants to involve representative stakeholders from throughout the community to help formulate recommendations for the Housing Strategy Plan.

On March 7, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution R-5246 to create the Housing Strategy Advisory Group.

Housing Strategy Advisory Group Workshop
The Housing Strategy Advisory Group held a public workshop on Saturday, December 2, 2017 on the Google Campus. Workshop presentation information (PDF-275 kb) included current trends in Kirkland housing, affordability, and present actions the City has taken. In addition, a summary of the results of the Kirkland Housing Survey (PDF-78 kb) taken in July 2017 by more than 1,400 participants was shared. The purpose of the workshop was to get input and ideas on housing in Kirkland from residents. The public comments gathered from the workshop and a recent online survey will be part of the Housing Strategy Advisory Group’s recommendations to the City Council.

Neighborhood Character
Character of NeighborhoodsGoal 1: Maintain and enhance the unique residential character of each City neighborhood.

As the Vision Statement and Framework Goals describe, Kirkland’s citizens consider the preservation and enhancement of neighborhoods to be strong community values.

Kirkland encompasses many distinct neighborhoods that can be differentiated on the basis of density, age of structures, size of detached homes or multifamily structures, and a variety of visible features. The City’s neighborhoods, with their own unique residential characters, offer a choice of living environments. This diversity adds to the community’s ability to meet a wide variety of residential needs.

What is a 10-Minute Neighborhood (PDF-159 kb) | 10-Minute Neighborhood Analysis

Housing Diversity
Housing DiversityGoal 2: Ensure that Kirkland has a sufficient quantity and variety of housing to meet projected growth and needs of the community.

A variety of housing types is essential if Kirkland is to meet the needs of the diverse households that want to live in the community. For example, nearly two-thirds of households in Kirkland in 2014 have just one or two people. Kirkland has a relatively large percentage of younger adults (ages 20 to 44) and a relatively small percentage of families with school-age children. In 2014, senior citizens comprise almost one-quarter of the population, and could double in number within 20 years. In addition, 20 percent of Kirkland’s residents were born outside the United States, a population which is also growing rapidly. These are examples of demographics whose housing needs may require a different mix of housing types over time than the City presently has.

As noted in the Housing Diversity section of this Element, greater opportunities for home ownership may be created through smaller lots and more varied housing types.

Sample Housing Types (PDF-275 kb)

Housing Affordability
Housing AffordabilityGoal 3: Promote affordable and special needs housing throughout the City for all economic segments of the population.

These policies strive to improve housing affordability at all income levels, and emphasize a combination of appropriately zoned land, regulatory incentives, financial subsidies, and innovative planning techniques, in order to ensure that moderate-, low- and very low-income households have adequate housing opportunities. Housing for these households is least likely to be provided by the private housing market.

Special needs housing provides shelter for people with emergencies or self-help limitations. Short-term special needs housing is needed to provide shelters for victims of domestic violence or homeless families, for example. Long-term housing with appropriate supportive services, such as single-family homes shared by adults with developmental disabilities, apartments adapted to serve the frail elderly, or efficiency units for the mentally ill, are also needed to prevent homelessness.

Affordable Housing in Kirkland (PDF-249 kb) 

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