Meetings on Issues Feb 12-19: Metro’s Future, Neighborhood Plan Mtg, Kirkland Commission Vacancies, Holmes Point Overlay, Finn Hill Survey

Meetings on Issues Feb 12-19: Metro’s Future, Neighborhood Plan Mtg, Kirkland Commission Vacancies, Holmes Point Overlay, Finn Hill Survey

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: Here are some quick notes about relevant meetings and deadlines coming up during the next week:

Feb 12 –Discuss Metro’s future with King County Council Members Jane Hague and Rod Dembowski: You should have received a postcard about this meeting, on  Wednesday, February 12, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria. The main topic for the meeting will be Metro service. Since the legislators in Olympia haven’t been able to agree on a transportation funding package, Metro faces significant service cuts in May – unless the County Council steps in with a solution. The Council will be considering a ballot measure, to be voted on in April, to fund Metro. Hear the details and ask questions at this meeting.

Feb 13 — Apply to fill  vacancies on Kirkland commissions and boards: The City has a number of vacancies on commissions like the Planning Commission, the Park Board, and the Transportation Commission: It would be great to get more Finn Hill voices on these boards, of course. You can learn about the openings and complete your application by visiting the City’s Commission Recruitment webpage. Applications are due this Thursday.

Feb 13 – Comment on the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance: The Planning Commission will vote on amendments to the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance (HPO) this Thursday. The Commission’s meeting begins at 7pm in the City Council chambers. Originally enacted as a County ordinance in 1998, the HPO applies to properties west of Juanita Drive and protects significant trees and requires that a portion of each lot be “undisturbed”. The City’s Planning Department has recommended revisions to clarify how these protections will be administered. FHNA has supported the amendments except that it originally proposed that a standard for locating the protected area over existing native vegetation be strengthened from “feasible” to “possible”. This suggestion was not accepted at the Commission’s previous public hearing. In FHNA’s most recent letter to the Planning Commission (attached), FHNA proposed that the “feasible” standard be used so long as the public is given a meaningful opportunity to comment on subdivisions and building permits that would eliminate existing native vegetation. See attached letter. The Planning Department’s report to the Commission (pages 8-10), released today, does not support FHNA’s position with respect to public comment on building permits.

We’ll post a more detailed article about the HPO here on the website. You can let the Commission know how you feel about the HPO revisions by submitting comments by February 13 or by appearing at the Commission meeting.

Feb 14 – Tell us your vision for Finn Hill: As we explain on our website, FHNA wants to hear what you think Finn Hill should be like in the future. Take our 5 minute survey and tell us what you like about where you live, what you’re afraid the future will bring, and what utopia would look like. We’ve received several responses, but we’d love to see many more. This is your neighborhood, and we know you have opinions – so let’s hear ‘em! We’ll use this information to help plan Finn Hill’s next 35 years.

Feb 19 — Talk to the City about Finn Hill’s neighborhood plan: As discussed on our website, the City has invited residents of the Finn Hill and Juanita neighborhoods to a meeting to discuss what our neighborhood plans should look like. The meeting will be held at the Mormon Church on 132nd and Juanita Drive and will start at 6pm.

Scott Morris
Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President
(formerly Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance)
www.finnhillalliance.org| 206-972-9493
PO Box 682, Kirkland WA 98083

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