Kirkland Council Accepts Annexation

Approves legislation for annexation to take effect June 1, 2011

At its December 15 meeting, the Kirkland City Council took action to accept the annexation of the Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate neighborhoods without requiring the voters in those areas to assume existing voter-approved debt. In a 6 to 1 vote, the Council approved Resolution 4791 which expressed its intent to accept the annexation. In a 4 to 3 vote, the Council approved Ordinance 4229 which formally accepts the annexation area to the City of Kirkland, makes the annexation area subject to zoning regulations adopted via Ordinance 4196 and sets the effective date of annexation as June 1, 2011. To view the report to the Council and to video stream the meeting, go to www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/depart/council/Watch_Council_Meetings.

Registered voters in Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate neighborhoods cast ballots on the proposed annexation in the November 3 General Election. Because the City asked voters to assume the City’s outstanding voter-approved debt, two thresholds had to be achieved. The first threshold, known as validation, was that the number of voters in the potential annexation area (PAA) voting on the annexation measure had to be not less than 40 percent of those who voted in the 2008 presidential election. The King County Elections Office validated this threshold. The second threshold was that 60 percent of potential annexation area (PAA) voters must have voted “yes” to the annexation measure. The King County Elections Office certified the annexation election results as 59.94% in favor; 40.06% not in favor.

Since the affirmative vote was over 50 percent, state law provides for the City Council to accept the annexation without requiring the assumption of voter-approved indebtedness. Voter-approved indebtedness includes bonds approved by current city residents for parks and public safety major capital projects.

The Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate neighborhoods are identified as the City’s potential annexation area. This largely residential area is approximately seven square miles, extending north of Kirkland to approximately NE 145th Street. It would add about 33,000 people to the city’s current population of 48,000. The annexation will make Kirkland the 12th largest city in Washington and the 6thlargest city in King County. For information about the City’s Annexation Study and to subscribe to receive Annexation Updates, visitwww.ci.kirkland.wa.us/annexation.