Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan

Neighborhood-PlanNeighborhoods that have long been a part of Kirkland – like Rose Hill – have their own neighborhood zoning plans, which are essentially neighborhood-tailored versions of the Comprehensive Plan.

Being a newly annexed neighborhood, Finn Hill hasn’t developed its own neighborhood plan.

FHNA has been asking the City to defer any significant zoning decisions until Finn Hill puts such a plan in place, so that City officials will understand our community priorities before they start rewriting zoning classifications in our neighborhood. We’ve even suggested a streamlined approach for neighborhood plans, in order to minimize the burden on City planners.

Maps Relevant to the Neighborhood Plan:

Additional Resources (from KirklandWa.gov website)

 

Finn Hill on the Sept 28 Planning Commission Agenda

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | 0 comments

Finn Hill on the Sept 28 Planning Commission Agenda

The next Planning Commission meeting will be a held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Kirkland City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting agenda and packet are available online. The Finn Hill portion of the meeting covers the following topics in order to proceed with adoption of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan:  Read more in the packet online. 1. Draft Street Connections Map Follow Up- Joel Pfundt will attend the meeting and respond to questions from the Commission. 2. Holmes Point Overlay (HPO) Policies a. Should RSA 6 and RSA 8...

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City Mtg Sept 14 Finn Hill Proposed Street Connections

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan, Transportation | 2 comments

City Mtg Sept 14 Finn Hill Proposed Street Connections

The next Planning Commission meeting will be a held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Kirkland City Hall Council Chambers.  The agenda item is  Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan – Proposed Street Connections, File No. CAM15-01754 Staff Contact: Janice Coogan, 425-587-3257 or jcoogan@kirklandwa.gov The meeting agenda and packet are now available to view online. Or here is the pdf: Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan Proposed Street Connections_CAM15-01754_0914  Excerpt from the packet: The July 27, 2017 Planning Commission study session...

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Special bulletin for Holmes Point residents: Come to today’s Council meeting & support better rules to protect trees!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Blog, Communication Committee, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | 0 comments

Special bulletin for Holmes Point residents: Come to today’s Council meeting & support better rules to protect trees!

Dear Holmes Point neighbors and friends, FHNA is writing to urge you to attend tonight’s City Council meeting on emergency legislation to help protect trees in the Holmes Point area. The Council will decide whether to keep or cancel a recent ordinance that should give you more say on tree preservation in Holmes Point housing developments. The Council meeting starts at 7:30pm – Tuesday, September 5 – and will be held in City Hall at 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland. As you may recall from earlier emails, the Kirkland...

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Neighborhood Plan Meeting on Sept 7 Postponed

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Blog, Community Meetings, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | 0 comments

Neighborhood Plan Meeting on Sept 7 Postponed

The calendar of meetings relating to the Finn Hill neighborhood plan has changed. In brief, the City is postponing the open house on the neighborhood plan that was scheduled for September 7 at St John Vianney Church. The Planning Commission will also delay a public hearing on the plan that it had scheduled for September 14. These changes were made by the Planning Commission at its meeting on August 24. The Commission has asked City staff to return on September 14th with more information about proposed street connections on Finn Hill. The...

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Holmes Point residents: Tell the Planning Commission what you think about preserving trees and downzoning parts of the neighborhood

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | 0 comments

Holmes Point residents: Tell the Planning Commission what you think about preserving trees and downzoning parts of the neighborhood

Dear Holmes Point neighbors: Following up on yesterday’s message about the Planning Commission meeting on Thursday night, we’re posting a copy of FHNA’s letter to the Commission regarding the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance (HPO). Click here to read it. To help you get up to speed, we’re providing a quick summary of the ordinance in the following paragraphs. And we have an important message about downzoning (i.e. reducing housing densities) in parts of Holmes Point. FHNA urges you to read on and then tell the Planning Commission what you...

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Holmes Point tree ordinance: important meeting at Planning Commission on Thursday Aug 24

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog, Communication Committee, Community Meetings, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | 0 comments

Holmes Point tree ordinance: important meeting at Planning Commission on Thursday Aug 24

Dear Finn Hill Neighbors: For all of you who came to DennyFest on Sunday, thanks for joining us at O.O. Denny Park — and if you stood in line waiting for food, thank you for your patience! Looking forward, we’re alerting you to several important meetings about the neighborhood plan and Holmes Point Overlay ordinance coming up in the next few days and weeks. We urge you take advantage of these opportunities to participate in the City’s process for finalizing recommendations on the neighborhood plan and the HPO. The Planning...

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Meeting on Holmes Point Overly (HPO) Aug 24 Thursday at 7pm

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | 0 comments

Meeting on Holmes Point Overly (HPO) Aug 24 Thursday at 7pm

The next Planning Commission meeting will be a held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Kirkland City Hall Council Chambers. The Planning Commission will discuss the tree retention and code enforcement in the Holmes Point Overlay zone. The Planning Commission will provide direction to City Planning  staff on the following items in preparation for the September 14th public hearing related to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan: 1. Draft code amendments to KZC Chapter 15, 70, 95, KMC 1.12.00 related to zoning, tree retention and code...

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Finn Hill Updates: new street connections, rezones, tree retention, DennyFest

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog, Denny Fest, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan, Transportation | Comments Off on Finn Hill Updates: new street connections, rezones, tree retention, DennyFest

Finn Hill Updates: new street connections, rezones, tree retention, DennyFest

This post consolidates several recent developments concerning the Finn Hill neighborhood plan, including important neighborhood plan updates that you should see in the next week or two. (If you need some background on the neighborhood plan, check out the neighborhood plan page on our FHNA website.) Street and Pedestrian Connections – Planning Commission meeting at 7pm on July 27 The Finn Hill neighborhood plan includes a transportation chapter, and City staff are proposing that it include a map showing proposed connections between...

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Finn Hill June Meetings – St. Edwards, Park Board, Planning Commission

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, Community Meetings, Neighborhood Plan | Comments Off on Finn Hill June Meetings – St. Edwards, Park Board, Planning Commission

Finn Hill June Meetings – St. Edwards, Park Board, Planning Commission

Dear Finn Hill Neighbors:  Here’s a quick run down on upcoming meetings that concern our neighborhood: Monday, June 12 – Kenmore City Council: The Kenmore City Council will hear a status report on its plan to enter into a 20 year lease for the ball fields at St. Edward State Park. Kenmore plans to install artificial turf and lighting for evening games. FHNA has taken no position on St. Edward development plans because the park is outside of our neighborhood boundaries, but many Finn Hill residents use the park and have strong...

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A 10 Minute Guide to Zoning

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | Comments Off on A 10 Minute Guide to Zoning

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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