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Find out the tree cover loss and gain on Finn Hill. A free, online system by Global Forest Watch reveals what is happening to forests everywhere. By entering in the Finn Hill zip code you are able to use a tool to see our forest changes and determine tree cover loss and gain by time period. Tree cover loss and gain is determined through an algorithm approximating the results by sampling the selected area. Access and explore the map at: http://www.globalforestwatch.org/ Source for this map comes from World Resources Institute....read more
The attached letter was sent to the City of Kirkland Public Works Director. The letter identifies 100th Avenue NE as a key corridor for our community as it provides access to the northeast portion of our neighborhood and the North Juanita Business District. In the letter, the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance identifies four key goals and priorities for this corridor. FHNA requests that these priorities and goals should be evaluated in the master plan to provide a long-range vision and a cross-section for the corridor. Letter to Public Works...read more
Funded by a grant from the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, a dedicated group of volunteers is working with the Kirkland Heritage Society, the City of Kirkland, and the King County Historic Preservation program to update the city’s Historic Property Inventory Progress on the Kirkland Historic Property Inventor A meeting is set with the City of Kirkland’s Senior Planner & the County’s Preservation Architect on March 20 to go through the finalized documents to pick out 50 properties from the total...read more
Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) is running a FREE 10-week Native Plant Steward Training. The Green Kirkland Partnership is partnering with WNPS on this training and a group of WNPS stewards will be doing restoration at Everest Park in Kirkland (with the option to stay on as a Green Kirkland Partnership steward after their WNPS hours are completed). If you are interested in becoming a steward take this training! Application is due April 7th. More information posted on the WNPS...read more
Kirkland’s monthly StyroFest recycling events divert materials from landfill. The next weekend-long event begins on February 28. Since starting its unique plastic foam and packaging material recycling program three months ago, Kirkland residents have diverted an estimated 90 cubic yards from the landfill. StyroFest is the City of Kirkland’s collection event held on the fourth weekend of the month at the Public Works Maintenance Center located at 915 – 8th Street. The popularity of the events and continued positive feedback from...read more
The visions for the future of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) and Kirkland’s parks, recreation and open spaces are coming into focus. The CKC Master Plan includes goals and visions for the Corridor and gives guidance on intersection treatments, trail location, trail width, and locations where pedestrian, bicycle and other connections should be developed. The Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Plan reflects a vision for how Kirkland’s parks and recreation system will conserve and protect natural resources, improve health and wellness...read more
About 50 to 80 Finn Hill residents attended the Kirkland Neighborhood Planning conversation from 6 – 8:30 Wed night, February 19th. First, the organizers gave a brief introduction on the purpose of the workshops: Inform the public about neighborhood plans in the context of the Comprehensive Plan, what topics they contain and how they relate to the sections, such as land use, transportation, economic development and community character. Consult with neighborhoods to identify issues they would like addressed with the citywide update including...read more
There is a new City of Kirkland map portal. Quoted from the site….”Kirkland Maps is a public mapping portal that allows the community to access, navigate to, and query selected data layers from the citywide GIS database and other sources. Using your computer, you can easily access the city’s property information, permitting information; zoning and land use information, utility information, topographic information, and sensitive areas information. You can also create a property report, apply for permits, pay utility bills, and print out...read more
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) is kicking off a campaign to create a Finn Hill neighborhood plan for the near future, as well as a longer-range 2050 plan. As you know, the City of Kirkland developing a city-wide “Comprehensive Plan” — how it will accommodate the State’s mandates for growth of population and jobs. In order to contribute to this process, FHNA wants our own grassroots effort to provide some detailed analysis of what you really want for Finn Hill. We’re starting with...read more
Planning Commission to vote Thursday, Feb 13, on Holmes Point Overlay amendments The Holmes Point Overlay ordinance (also known as the Special District Overlay) was originally drafted in the 1990s by King County in conjunction with the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA’s former name) and was incorporated into the Kirkland zoning code when Finn Hill was annexed a few years ago. The Holmes Point Overlay applies to properties west of Juanita Drive. In general terms, it requires that a certain portion of residential lots be set aside for...read more