Attend meeting on Holmes Point tree ordinance

Dear Finn Hill Neighbor: The Super Bowl’s over and so is the inauguration…so how about turning your attention to protecting Finn Hill’s tree canopy? There’s a big opportunity to let the City of Kirkland know that you value a healthy tree canopy this Thursday evening, February 9.  At 7pm, the Planning Commission will convene the first of two study sessions on the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance, a special land use regulation that attempts to preserve trees on the slopes and in the ravines of the Holmes Point area west of Juanita Drive.

Attending the Planning Commission meeting is a great way to learn about the existing Holmes Point Overlay ordinance because the Planning Department staff will focus on explaining how it works today. The meeting also allows you to share your concerns with the commissioners about new development in the neighborhood and about the shortcomings of the ordinance. And although the current Holmes Point ordinance doesn’t cover all of Finn Hill, Finn Hill residents can tell the City whether they would like to expand its footprint.

We hope you’ll make time for this important meeting and also stay engaged in the coming month or two as we work with the City on improvements to the ordinance.

UPDATE:  The meeting is now on the City of Kirkland’s video archive .

Want some background information? Click to see a Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance note to the Planning Department about the ordinance. And click here to read the ordinance as it exits today.

We hope you’ll come to the meeting on Thursday. It will be at 7pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 123 Fifth Street in downtown Kirkland. If you can’t attend, you can still send a comment to the Planning Commission: PlanningCommissioners@kirklandwa.gov. And if you have questions, comment on the FHNA website.

You can read the Planning Staff’s overview of the ordinance here. The staff memo includes an interesting list of possible revisions to the ordinance. Check it out. Tell us — and the City — what you think!

Scott Morris
President, Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance

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