The Next Phase in Planning for Finn Hill’s Future

The Next Phase in Planning for Finn Hill’s Future

Remember Kirkland 2035? In January of 2014, the City of Kirkland came to Finn Hill. The planning department was beginning a visioning process aimed at planning the next 20 years and asked our community what we hoped for Finn Hill and for Kirkland.
This is what you told them:
Finn Hill Neighborhood Visioning Comments, January 15, 2014 What makes your neighborhood a great place to live?

Over the next few months the city met with other neighborhoods and community groups and finished the comprehensive plan amendment process.

Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development. The outcome of comprehensive planning is the Comprehensive Plan which dictates public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing.

To learn more about Vision 2035, visit the city’s website:
http://www.kirklandwa.gov/Residents/Community/Kirkland2035.htm.

Now, it is Finn Hill’s time!
The natural extension of the input that our community provided the city in 2014 is for Finn Hill to do its own work and develop its own shared vision – or a neighborhood plan.

The process of a developing a neighborhood plan will give us as neighbors the power to shape development and growth. What should development look like? Where will it go? What about the growth of our trail system and parks? Do we want more social gathering places and meeting areas? How will we protect our open spaces and waterways? What about transportation, public safety, connectivity and other issues? These are all questions we will tackle during this process.

GFL Students at Denny Fest on September 13
The City of Kirkland has contracted with the Green Futures Lab (GFL) out of the University of Washington to develop a neighborhood plan for Finn Hill. GFL uses graduate students in planning, architecture and related disciplines to collaborate with local communities to promote the application and development of green infrastructure.

Some of the students working on this project will be at Denny Fest on September 13 from 12 to 4 PM at O.O. Denny Park. They will have a 3D model of our neighborhood and will be using various tools to gather your hopes and dreams for the future of our community.

Listening Session on October 15 at Finn Hill Middle School
A listening session is being developed for the evening of October 15 to be held at Finn Hill Middle School. As the date gets closer a time will be determined and more information will be shared on the FHNA website, through email, and other sources. At this meeting GFL will be using surveys, interactive mapping, instant polling and other methods to get your feedback.
We need you!

We are not making shelf art here. Our intent is to make a plan that will be reviewed by the planning commission, reviewed by the city council, and implemented by the planning department. We cannot make this work without your involvement in the process!

We will need facilitators of small group discussions and volunteers to perform other tasks. We would also like to enlist volunteers to spread news about the Finn Hill planning process to friends and neighbors. And we’re looking for Finn Hill residents who would be willing to host coffees or receptions in their homes, so that we can talk informally to local residents about the plan and get their candid views. If you are interested in helping out or if you want to be put on the FHNA email list to ensure that you get the updates for all upcoming meetings, comment on this post, email matt@finnhillalliance.org, or contact FHNA on the website.

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Mathew Pruitt, FHNA Board

Mathew Pruitt, FHNA Board

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