1. Kirkland Safe
1. Short-term Rental Ordinance
It was great to see a big turnout for our City Council Candidates Forum. The entire agenda was dedicated to the event.
We started the evening with a moment of silence to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We then heard a short talk from each candidate, followed by candidates each answering one question submitted by Moss Bay neighbors. We concluded with time for candidates and residents to mingle.
Penny Sweet was unable to make it and provided a statement that was read during the forum. Candidates in attendance were:
Our next meeting will be November 13, 2017, at 7pm at Heritage Hall.
King County Metro Update from Julie Paone, Transportation Planner at King County Metro
Totem Lake Development update from Kirkland’s Planning Department
For the Love of Kirkland event
In January, Kirkland hosted a popular event that generated inspiring ideas for developing community connections. A group of attendees have planned a community-building event called Crossing Kirkland that will take place on September 9, 2017. They are envisioning stations for food and activities set up at different points along the CKC, hosted by each neighborhood association. Sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4fa9a729a6fe3-project
Update on matching grant project
Future agenda topics and summer social meeting
NORCOM – 911 Dispatch Information
Jeremy Henshaw, Acting Supervisor of NORCOM (North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency), explained how the 911 dispatch system for police and fire departments operates. NORCOM answers both 911 and non-emergency numbers for Kirkland and other East King County cities. NORCOM answers both lines as 911, asking each caller if it is an emergency, and responds accordingly.
If you call from a landline, the contact information associated with the number is captured. Cellphone calls don’t automatically provide NORCOM with addresses, and they are trained to help quickly identify where to send help if you don’t know your precise location.
If you wish to remain anonymous, immediately tell NORCOM when you are connected. Once they ask your name, it becomes part of the record. They can make a note in the system that you want to be anonymous.
King County has some of the quickest response rates for medical emergencies. The survival rate for heart attacks is about 65% compared to other parts of the country with rates as low as 5%. Other agencies visit NORCOM for training due to their outstanding response times.
Jon Pascal – Newest City Council Member
John was appointed to the council to replace Shelley Kloba, who stepped down after her election to the state Legislature. His appointment lasts until the November 2017 elections, which he will participate in to keep his seat. He is Chair of the Public Works, Parks, and Human Services Commission.
John’s previous experience with the City includes serving as a transportation commissioner, a planning commissioner, as the Chair of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance, and on KAN’s board (Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods).
As a Council Member, his priorities include:
Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center and 6th Street Corridor
Lisa McConnell provided information about Houghton and Everest plans and City zoning. In 2009, the Houghton neighborhood began updating their neighborhood plan, including the business center. Since both Houghton and Everest span the business district, they joined together to ensure consistency.
Currently the Neighborhood plan and Kirkland’s zoning for the area don’t match. Current City zoning only allows two stories for businesses. The neighborhood plan allows three to five stories. One of the largest factors is how to reconcile the two plans, but there are also many decisions that can be made during this process, including setbacks, design reviews, and density.
More information can be found on Kirkland’s webpage for the project. If you have feedback or questions, you are encouraged to attend a community Open House at 6pm on March 23, at City Hall. At 7pm, a joint Public Hearing will take place with the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council.
The Transit Route 255 in Kirkland (along with other Eastside routes) will stop at the UW station starting in the autumn of 2018 instead of going directly to downtown Seattle. There will be an Open House in Kirkland about changes to transit. March 28, 2017, 6 – 8pm at Kirkland City Hall. You can find out more and take an online survey on King County’s Metro website.
For the Love of Kirkland Projects
To sign up to participate in the community projects proposed at the For the Love of Kirkland event, visit http://www.kirklandkan.org/resources.html.
Matching Grant Volunteer Hours
Moss Bay is eligible for up to $3,266 in matching grant funds from the City, which we voted to put towards a sign at Marina Park. To earn the grant, we need to complete 138 volunteer hours.
Any hours Moss Bay residents volunteered since January 1, 2017 count, and we want to capture them all! Email email@example.com with your name, date and description of activity, and hours volunteered.
For future qualifying activities:
Kirkland Senior Council and Resource Guide
Syd Mack told us about the Kirkland’s Senior Council, which meets monthly and advocates for senior residents. One of their activities is an Art Show for creative works by residents age 50 or better, which is hosted annually at Merrill Gardens.
The Senior Council publishes a guide with all types of resources seniors may need, including housing, medical, emergency information, legal resources, transportation and more. Physical copies of the guide can be picked up at PCC or made available to you upon request. An online version is continuously updated on the Senior Council website.
Moss Bay Meeting Notes – January 9, 2017
Update on Affordable Housing from Kurt Triplett, Kirkland City Manager
Kirkland’s City Council has prioritized Affordable Housing as a top issue for 2017, and the related transportation issues that come with it. People who work in Kirkland but can’t afford to live here are frequently commuting in single passenger cars because there aren’t practical bus routes. One aspect of Sound Transit 3 that impacts Kirkland is the Rapid bus ride from Everett to Burien, which will be implemented by 2024.
Kirkland is addressing affordable housing in multiple ways, including:
Update from Bill Leedom, Talon Development for Kirkland Urban
Phase One is currently in development. It includes 185 apartment units, 402,000 square feet of office space, 1,700 parking spaces, 92,000 square feet of new retail space. Tenants:
Neighborhood Matching Grant
We voted to apply for Kirkland’s 2017/2018 Matching Grant program and to use the funds to build a kiosk at Marina Park that highlights Moss Bay’s history. For example, explaining the ferry schedule and clock. If funds are left over, we will donate them to Kirklands 4th of July celebration.
The city allocates funds to neighborhoods based on population. Up to $3,266 is available to Moss Bay. To earn the funds, residents must either donate cash that is matched dollar-to-dollar, or contribute volunteer hours, that are valued at $21.79 per hour and must be logged and submitted to the city. Details about the Matching Grant program are on the city’s website here.
Aimee Voelz will complete the application due by January 31, 2017. If you want to participate in defining the kiosk project for the application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will reach out to Moss Bay neighbors through these emails, our website, and Facebook page for help on volunteering projects and donations.
Developer activity Kirkland
The Potalla Village site is for sale. The maximum number of housing units is 58, and the current plan allows retail on the ground floor. Whoever purchases could build the existing plan, but is not required to.
42 multi-family housing projects are in the pipeline in Kirkland.
The development at the lower Totem Lake Mall is slated to open by the end of 2017.
The Antique Mall site is targeted for completion in May/June 2018.
KAN (Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods)
The Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods and the City of Kirkland are excited to invite you to attend a free, three-hour Neighborhood Forum led by acclaimed community engagement expert Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live. The event, called “For the Love of Kirkland,” will be held Monday, January 23 from 5:30 to 8:45 pm at Google. Dinner will be catered by Deru. Space is limited, so please RSVP right away.
RSVP here: https://loveofkirkland.eventbrite.com
Our next meeting is March 13, 2017.
Claudia Balducci, King County Councilmember for the 6th District
King County provides our justice system, transportation, community health, and natural resources for the region.
ST3 passed during elections, and will include 116 miles of light rail in total, once complete. Currently working on Metro’s long range plan with better connections and faster commutes. The Bellevue part of the Eastside Rail Corridor will begin development that connects the Cross Kirkland Corridor through the Wilburton tunnel, and eventually to Renton.
2015/2016 General budget is $1.5M. The large sources of budget comes from property tax and sales tax. Almost 75% is dedicated to public safety. We currently have a $400M shortfall to maintain roads and bridges.
Kelly Rider, Housing Development Consortium (HDC) Government Relations and Policy Director
She will talk to us about the current state of affordable housing on the Eastside and the role of ARCH Eastside Housing's Trust Fund.
HDC has 130 members from non-profit, for profit, and government agencies – including ARCH – all focusing on affordable housing. HDC is focused on low income residents. The federal definition of affordable is 30% of income or less for housing; 50% of income or more towards housing is considered burdened. In 2016, the area medium income in King County for a four person household is $90,000. HDC focuses on people earning 60% or less of the area medium income.
ARCH is a government agency that administers affordable housing units, funding, and programs. Cities on the Eastside contribute a budget line item to ARCH’s trust fund. HDC advocates for affordable housing, and for cities to increase their contributions to ARCH. At its inception in the 1990’s, ARCH asked Eastside cities to contribute a total of $1M - $2M annually. That hasn’t increased since. HDC’s goal is to increase funding to $6M per year.
Moss Bay's Neighborhood Safety Program and Neighborhood Grant
We submitted our top two voted projects to the Neighborhood Safety Program. A panel will evaluate the projects on January 10, 2017 based on cost, feasibility, and need. They submit the top ranked projects to the City Council to approve. Aimee will follow up on the Neighborhood Matching Grant program and how we can participate.
Developer activity in Moss Bay
Spring 2017 – 780 feet of water and sewer line will be replaced on 2nd St S and 3rd Ave S. The road will be closed except to emergency vehicles and local traffic.
Traffic signals will be added on 6th St S at Kirkland Way, and at and 9th Ave S. The work at 6h St S will begin in Spring 2017, and will have a major impact on traffic access during development.
If we notice damage to streets caused by developer activity, we can call the city and notify them. The city may require the developer to redo patches and other road work.
6th St S is slated to be repaved in about 3 years. It is longer than we’d like because heavy trucks will use that route for development activity at Kirkland Urban, and will add to the damage.
KAN (Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods)
If anyone is interested in participating in the city’s the Sign Review process, reply to email@example.com.
Chief Cherie Harris – Kirkland Chief of Police since April 2016
She started her career at Washington State University, then moved to Monroe before joining the Kirkland department over four years ago.
Approach to her job as chief: listening to the officers, demonstrating that she cares, making sure they have equipment. One way she demonstrates that she’s gone out on SWAT calls and investigations to be present with the officers.
For the last three years, the top calls for service are:
2. Car prowls, vehicle thefts (typically when something valuable is left in sight).
3. Residential burglaries
Tip: if you park on the street with your garage door opener in your car and it is broken into, the thief can get into your garage. If you have an unlocked door from the garage to the house, you are at risk for burglary.
Drug crimes: There are crimes related to drugs. There have been fatal overdoses of heroin of young people. The fire department is working on carrying overdose antidotes. There have been very few calls related to Kirkland’s marijuana stores.
The Department is finishing a 5+ year Strategic Plan. One aspect of the plan calls for looking at the data for every call for service to problem solve. One goal is to become more involved in the community. One idea is to have an online system to report crimes that don’t require a police officer to show up and take a report. For example, if a car appeared to be broken into but nothing was stolen, you could report it online.
Recruiting and Retention: In the past, turnover was very low. But there have been 11 retirements and people moving for other opportunities. Eight positions have been hired and are going through the police academy. There are 98 officers and can hire two “over-hires” because of the number of people reaching retirement age. There are 20 staff members at the jail.
Audra Weber has been Kirkland’s neighborhood resource officer. She will go back to patrol until the department increases staffing. Tip: you can call the business line or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or when you want to discuss something about policing.
Houghton/Everest Neighborhood Center and 6th Street Corridor
Angela Ruggeri is in the Planning Department responsible for this project and the plan is at http://www.kirklandwa.gov/ depart/planning/Development_ Info/projects/he6th.htm
Marcia Wagoner from 3 Square Blocks – Consulting Company Hired by Kirkland City Planning Department to do public outreach.
The goal is to update the Comprehensive Plan, update zoning regulations, and address Transportation issues. For example, the PCC grocery store wants to redevelop to add more space. This initiative is to help determine what could be possible. Right now, businesses are zoned for up to 30 feet in height.
The citywide survey is open until October 28, 2016 at https://he6.metroquest.com
There have been over 500 responses, with about 10% from Moss Bay.
Results so far:
· People want retail and restaurants. Don’t want offices and housing. However, Moss Bay’s results were higher for including mixed-use retail/housing. Most preferred small scale buildings with public spaces.
· High interest in traffic controls for bikes and pedestrians.
In November (2nd or 3rd), there will be a community workshop at Northwest University, to review survey findings, review pros and cons of land use and transportation options.
The Planning Commission will review the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning November – January. The Transportation Commission will review and prioritize in the same time period. The recommendations will be presented to the City Council in early 2017.
If you have questions about any city topic, or want to make a complaint or request, visit http://www.kirklandwa.gov/City_Services/question.htm
The city is putting on a program for residents on January 9, 2016 at the Kirkland Performance Center. The focus is on neighborhoods and topics that concern residents within each neighborhood. The featured speaker is Peter Kageyama, who is highly respected as a dynamic speaker with skills in making neighborhoods more meaningful. http://www.Fortheloveofcities.com
Neighborhood Safety Program
Must have our top 2 neighborhood ideas are by November 3rd.
We will email the MBNA email list a survey monkey of the top ideas to have people vote on their top 2 preferences.
Go to this site to request a project.
Kirkland Development Update
· Kirkland Urban (former Park Place site) – Two office buildings 375,000 (square feet) with retail and restaurants, plus 185 homes.
· Park and Main – Mixed use building with retail on the Park Lane side, and 128 homes.
· State Street Lofts – 4 homes at the corner of State and NE 68th
· Two developments nearing completion: at 7th Ave S and at the intersection of State Street and 4th Ave S; both about 30 homes.
· Areta is adding an extension to their current building with 70 apartment units.
· The former Bungee office building near QFC will become 184 units in a mixed-use building.
Don Winters called the meeting to order. We had a turnout of about 40 members.
Karen Kitsis, Sound Transit Senior Planning & Project Development Manager, was our first guest. Karen showed us the existing Sound Transit system as well as the planned extensions that will come in the 3rd wave of development called ST3. The average tax increase for ST3 will be about $200 per household. There is a study planned for the Cross Kirkland Corridor, but no current plans for transit on the trail. A light rail line from Bellevue to the South Kirkland Park and Ride is being considered as part of ST3.
Seth! Leary, Education Director of Kirkland Arts Center, cleared up some of the mystery surrounding that organization. The Center has been located in the historic 1889 Peter Kirk building on Market St. since 1962. The art gallery at the Center is open to he public and is free of charge. There are five art shows put on per year. The Center offers 65 classes per quarter in ceramics, oil, acrylic, water color, print making, photography, 3D animation, drawing and jewelry. They hold their Art Beat Gala every October, a major fund raising auction.
Kari Page updated us on Kirkland's Neighborhood Safety Program. Kari outlined the 2016 program projects. Moss Bay's two projects, stairs to the Cross Kirkland Corridor at the Corner 2nd Ave and 10th Street, and a crosswalk entrance to Marina Park from the south side of Kirkland Ave, have been approved for funding and should be completed in 2017.
Aimee Voelz told us that Leadership Eastside has launched a civic incubator program to address issues on the Eastside. Aimee is participating in the Affordable Housing Committee.
Election were held for the officers of the Moss Bay Neighborhood Association. Don Winters announced that he is retiring after 13 years as co-chair. Two new co-chairs, Dan Ryan and Aimee Voelz, were unanimously elected. Bea Nahon was elected as secretary, and Leslie Keller, who has been treasurer since 1997, was re-elected.
Don Winters gave a brief update on development projects in Moss Bay. A new project in the works is Areté II, which would be located at 330 4th St. It would be a mix of office, apartments and residential suites (sometimes known as apodments), with 70 residential units. Robert Pantley is the developer. Robert's Areté on Central Way, a 290 unit complex, was recently completed.
Our next meeting will be September 19, 2016.