Neighborhood Plan Meeting on Tues, June 25

Neighborhood Plan Meeting on Tues, June 25

Dear Finn Hill Neighbors: Do you want to know what Finn Hill could look like in 5 years, or 10, or 25? Do you want to have an impact on how our neighborhood evolves? The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance has scheduled a neighborhood meeting to peer into the future with Kirkland Planning Director Eric Shields and Deputy Planning Paul Stewart on Tuesday, June 25, at 7pm in the Cafeteria of Finn Hill Middle School at 8040 NE 132nd St.

The meeting will focus on:

  • how much more growth Finn Hill is expected to absorb under the current zoning plan (inherited from the County),
  • where growth is most likely to occur on Finn Hill,
  • whether the County’s zoning decisions make sense,
  • whether those decisions can be changed, and
  • how the City will contend with laws that require it to absorb projected growth in its Comprehensive Plan update. (For a City staff memo on development capacity in Kirkland’s neighborhoods, click here.)

Typically, we find out about land use activities when it’s too late to make a difference. Once postings go up on a property to announce a short plat application or permit request, there’s little chance to rewrite the rules. But getting a long-term view of what the zoning map looks like offers an opportunity to ask fundamental questions while there may still be time to rethink the plan. It allows us as a community to send clear messages to our public officials about what we want and what we hope to avoid.

FHNA has been advocating for a Finn Hill neighborhood plan since we were annexed by the City 2 years ago. Kirkland’s planning resources are currently focused on a citywide Comprehensive Plan update, mandated by state law, but our meeting on June 25 will give us an opportunity to talk to Kirkland’s Planning Department about the development issues that concern us most. It is an important first step toward our own neighborhood plan.

We hope you’ll make every effort to attend this informative and important meeting!

Scott Morris

Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President

(formerly Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance)

206-972-9493

PO Box 682, Kirkland WA 98083

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