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A 10 Minute Guide to Zoning

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | 0 comments

A 10 Minute Guide to Zoning

A 10 Minute Guide to Zoning If you want some control over the look and feel of where you live, you need to understand a bit about zoning ordinances. They tell your neighboring property owners (or developers) what they can build on a piece of land – how many homes, how big they can be, how many trees can be cut down.  And once a property owner files an application to develop a parcel in accordance with existing zoning, there’s really not much you can do to stop him or her so long as what’s being proposed meets the zoning criteria. In short, if...

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Climate Change Tip Sheet

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Blog, Climate Action, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Climate Change Tip Sheet

Climate change is affecting real people right now and the problem gets worse and the solutions harder the longer we put off doing something about it. Most of you are concerned and want to take action but are often somewhat overwhelmed.  We have been asked to provide a series of monthly tips on personal actions that can have an effect.  Obviously not every action will be equally possible for everyone: putting up solar panels is out if you rent or live in a house that is heavily tree-shaded and using public transportation to get to work doesn’t...

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Forest Bathing on Finn Hill?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Blog, Parks | 0 comments

Forest Bathing on Finn Hill?

In recent weeks, I’ve had conversations where people have mentioned reading or hearing about the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” The general idea is that spending time in the forest has been shown to reduce stress and improve health. Even though the term may be new to us and suddenly popular in certain circles (you can read more about it in this Washington Post article), it’s certainly not a new idea or specific to the Japanese. Many cultures—hundreds of years before our urbanized lifestyle—prescribed time among the...

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Finn Hill Plan and Re-Zoning review on Thurs, May 25

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan | Comments Off on Finn Hill Plan and Re-Zoning review on Thurs, May 25

Finn Hill Plan and Re-Zoning review on Thurs, May 25

Dear Finn Hill Neighbors: This is a quick follow up to my previous email about the Finn Hill neighborhood plan, which the Planning Commission wil review on Thursday (tomorrow) at 7pm in the Council meeting room at City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland. We hope you’ll be able to attend the meeting but if that won’t be possible, you can always submit questions and comments to the Planning Commissioners by letter (addressed to the Planning Commission at the City Hall address above) or by email to...

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Finn Hill Plan Re-Zoning – Planning Commission Mtg May 25

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan | Comments Off on Finn Hill Plan Re-Zoning – Planning Commission Mtg May 25

Finn Hill Plan Re-Zoning – Planning Commission Mtg May 25

Dear Finn Hill Neighbors:  The Finn Hill neighborhood plan – which will define how Finn Hill will develop over the coming decades — will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Thursday (tomorrow) at 7pm in the Council meeting room at City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland.  The Commissioners will also be giving guidance to City staff on how certain areas of Finn Hilll might be upzoned or downzoned. If you care about the future of Finn Hill, please make every effort to attend this meeting. At the beginning of the...

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Giving thanks and making plans

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Giving thanks and making plans

Giving thanks and making plans

Just two quick messages to start your week: giveBIG results: FHNA raised $4500 in the giveBIG campaign on May 10. That’s more than we have raised in previous years, and we are very, very grateful to our generous donors for their support. We’ll use the money to refresh and rebuild our website and to expand communications to the neighborhood. THANK YOU!! Finn Hill neighborhood plan review at Kirkland Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, May 25: The Kirkland Planning Commission will review the latest draft of Finn Hill’s...

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GiveBIG is Wednesday, May 10 — please give bigly (or big league) to FHNA

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Blog, Communication Committee | Comments Off on GiveBIG is Wednesday, May 10 — please give bigly (or big league) to FHNA

GiveBIG is Wednesday, May 10 — please give bigly (or big league) to FHNA

Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends, the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event is happening on Wednesday, May 10, and we hope you’ll use this chance to help out the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance — your neighborhood association — with a generous contribution. You can click here to make a tax-deductible gift. You don’t need to wait until the 10th. You can donate now! Would you like to know more before deciding? Please read on. If you aren’t familiar with it already, GiveBIG is an annual campaign sponsored by...

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June 3 workparty Juanita Woodlands

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Parks, Stewardship Committee | 1 comment

June 3 workparty Juanita Woodlands

Volunteer Event Information – Juanita Woodlands Park, June 3, 2017 from  9am-1pm King County Parks Day of Event Contact – Lina Rose 206.491.5014 Please RSVP directly to Lina prior to the event if you are planning on attending so that they know how many tools to bring to remove Himalayan blackberries. The event will be rain or shine.  In the event of hazardous weather, the King County staff member leading your project will be in contact via email the morning of the project if weather conditions dictate any changes to event plans. Plan to check...

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Big Recycling Collection Event in Kirkland May 13

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Big Recycling Collection Event in Kirkland May 13

Big Recycling Collection Event in Kirkland May 13

Where: Lake Washington High School Parking Lot 12033 NE 80th Street When: Saturday, May 13, 9am – 3pm No vehicles will be admitted after 3pm, sharp. No exceptions. Accepted items include: Air conditioners & dehumidifiers – $33/each Batteries (including rechargeable) Bulky wood (untreated, not painted or stained, no particle board) – limit two loads per household Car seats – $5 each Electronic equipment and computer peripherals (no TVs, computer monitors or laptops) Fluorescent tubes and bulbs (unbroken) –...

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Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog, Parks | Comments Off on Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

25 Mountaineers hiked over the top of Finn Hill from Kenmore to Kirkland on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The Wednesday hike was one of a series of Mountaineer day hikes around Lake Washington. The Kenmore to Kirkland hike was designed to avoid Juanita Drive and find a way through the neighborhood forests from Kenmore to the Kirkland Marina. The hike was more than 12 miles through Big Finn Hill and Juanita Heights Parks. The hikers passed the lagoon in Big Finn Hill Park getting up close to a Great Blue Heron. Near Kenmore they spotted an...

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