Holmes Point Overlay

Holmes Point area does have slopes that are far more susceptible to drainage and storm water problems, flooding, and even landslides and mudslides because of their geology, soils, and hydrology. These landslide pictures were taken on Holmes Pt. Drive, facing southeast. It was behind the first house on the right driving up towards the QFC.

Holmes Point Overlay Landslide

Holmes Point Overlay Landslide

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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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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Landslide Video featured, March 23rd Annual Meeting

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan | 2 comments

Landslide Video featured, March 23rd Annual Meeting

This week marks the second anniversary of the massive landslide in Oso, WA., which sent muddy debris spilling across the Stillaguamish River and tragically led to the deaths of 43 Washingtonians. That powerful mudslide, March 22, 2014, is thought to be the deadliest single landslide event in U.S. history. The families of the victims and those who lost homes need no reminder of this devastating tragedy, but it’s become a continuing lesson for everyone living in the Puget Sound, where extraordinary rainfall, saturated ground, and downed trees...

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Holmes Point Overlay Technical Issue Explained

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Holmes Point Overlay | Comments Off on Holmes Point Overlay Technical Issue Explained

Holmes Point Overlay Technical Issue Explained

We are down to the following issue: The City staff doesn’t want to create a new administrative process for notifying the public and accepting public comments (and appeals) in the case of building permits where a protected natural area will be designated (including  designations that won’t protect existing native vegetation). I’ve tried to outline this technical issue in the attached article. If you care about this matter, please submit your comments to the Planning Commission ASAP and, if possible, attend and speak at the Planning Commission...

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Planning Commission to Vote Thursday, Feb 13: Holmes Point Overlay Amendments

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Blog, Events, Holmes Point Overlay, Neighborhood Plan, Policy Committee | 1 comment

Planning Commission to Vote Thursday, Feb 13: Holmes Point Overlay Amendments

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...

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City Mtg Jan 23 on Revision of the Holmes Point Overlay

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Policy Committee | Comments Off on City Mtg Jan 23 on Revision of the Holmes Point Overlay

Finn Hill neighbors and friends: The Kirkland Planning Commission is holding a public hearing this week on several zoning code. Two of them are particularly relevant to Finn Hill residents: one is a revision of the Holmes Point Overlay (HPO) ordinance (see below) and the other is solar panel screening proposal (to be reviewed in a separate email). The Planning Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23, starting at 7pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.   Update on January 22, 2014: The Finn Hill Neighborhood...

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Tree and Hillside Protection – Holmes Point

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Juanita Woodlands | Comments Off on Tree and Hillside Protection – Holmes Point

Tree and Hillside Protection – Holmes Point

The unique topography of Holmes Point bluff, along the northern Lake Washington shoreline, makes it particularly susceptible to erosion and landslides. In fact, approximately 60% of the Holmes Point Planning Area is classified by King County as landslide prone. After a series of landslides in the zone–including at least 11 landslides in a recent two year period–the community recognized the need to educate homeowners and developers on the risks of disturbing trees and native ground cover. After four years of close cooperation...

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Holmes Point Zoning

Posted by on Jun 16, 1999 in Blog, Holmes Point Overlay, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Holmes Point Zoning

Holmes Point Zoning

After four years of close cooperation between FHNA (formerly DCNA), the King County Council, and local residents, during which numerous adjustments were made to accommodate all interested parties, the Council passed the Northshore Significant Tree Ordinance in 1998, and the zoning Holmes Point SDO in 1999. The Holmes Point zoning SDO retains significant trees and restricts site disturbance when land is developed in the Holmes Point Planning Area. It was passed as an SDO, but implemented by p-suffix zoning, as Ordinance 13576. Council members...

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