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 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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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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Amendments to Finn Hill tree ordinance – Important Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, April 27

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, Community Meetings, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | 1 comment

Amendments to Finn Hill tree ordinance – Important Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, April 27

The Kirkland Planning Commission will hold a study session on Thursday, April 27, to consider amendments to the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance – the special tree preservation ordinance that currently applies to Finn Hill properties located west of Juanita Drive. The Planning Commission meeting will start at 7pm in the City Council chamber of City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue in downtown Kirkland. If you live the Holmes Point area, you are urged to attend this meeting. The Holmes Point Overlay ordinance (HPO for short) has a significant impact on...

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Holmes Point Overlay April 27 Meeting

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | 2 comments

Holmes Point Overlay April 27 Meeting

Thursday, April 27 is the Kirkland Planning Commission meeting on Holmes Point Overlay ordinance. The Planning Commission will meet at City Hall to discuss amendments to the Holmes Point Overlay – an ordinance to protect trees west of Juanita Drive. FHNA and Holmes Point residents have been meeting informally for several months to discuss modifications to the ordinance. The HPO revision is part of ongoing work on the Finn Hill neighborhood plan. We’ll report to the neighborhood on possible HPO revisions and on the status of the neighborhood...

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Concerned about tree canopy?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog, Neighborhood Plan | Comments Off on Concerned about tree canopy?

Concerned about tree canopy?

Thursday, April 27: Kirkland Planning Commission continues review of Finn Hill Tree Ordinance, at 7pm at Council Chambers in City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue. This will be the Planning Commission’s second session to review the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance, the special tree regulation that applies to Finn Hill west of Juanita Drive. We’ll be providing background information about the ordinance and proposed amendments to it later this week on the FHNA website. If you are concerned about the tree canopy on the western side of Finn Hill – or want to...

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Attend meeting on Holmes Point tree ordinance

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | Comments Off on 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....

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Holmes Point Overlay Potential Revisions

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | Comments Off on Holmes Point Overlay Potential Revisions

The following summarizes the issues raised about potential revisions to the Holmes Point Overlay ordinance. Holmes Point neighbors have expressed an interest in amendments to the ordinance. To ensure that the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance fairly represents the views of the Holmes Point community, we will circulate the points highlighted in this summary to Holmes Point residents and will solicit their reactions.  Below are the contents of an email letter sent to the City of Kirkland Planning Department highlighting these concerns: Email Ltr...

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