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Totem Lake Code Amendments

Totem Lake Zoning Code, Design Guidelines and Comprehensive Plan Amendments - 2018

File No: CAM18-00196

Project Location: 
Totem Lake Business District and Urban Center

Project Update:
The Planning Commission (PC) will hold a study session on this topic on April 26, 2018. The Planning Commission will provide initial direction on the proposed amendments at the meeting. Future meetings on draft amendments will be held in the summer and fall of 2018. The dates for future meetings have not been set. All meetings are held at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue.

Project Description:

The City is considering a variety of changes to the text of the Kirkland Zoning Code, including several minor corrections as well as other changes intended to address issues identified by City staff, citizens and the development community.  Changes to the City's design guidelines for Totem Lake and several changes to the Totem Lake Business District Plan Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan will also be studied.

Totem Lake Business District Code Amendments MapProject Details:

The preliminary list of amendments (PDF 643KB) under study is available for review. The proposed amendments include several minor corrections and updates to the Zoning Code. Other possible changes include changes to building heights and requirements for ground floor uses in several mixed-use zones, and allowing "Residential Suites" (projects with multiple bedrooms rented as single occupancy units on a monthly or longer basis, with shared bathroom and/or kitchens facilities) in more areas in Totem Lake. In some cases, the addition of Residential Suites to the range of uses permitted in a zone would require changes to the land use policies established in the Comprehensive Plan for the Totem Lake Business District.

Other possible amendments to the Zoning Code and design guidelines for Totem Lake will be considered to implement the recommendations of the Totem Lake Enhancement and Multimodal Transportation Network Plan (PDF 3.6MB). In August of 2017, the City contracted with a consultant team to develop an enhancement and transportation network study for Totem Lake. The study also included the engagement of stakeholders from several City commissions, major employers in the urban center, and the development community. The report was completed in March 2018. The City Council will consider a resolution to approve the general concepts and recommendations of the plan at its meeting on May 15, 2018.

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