Annexation | City hosts meetings to define neighborhood boundaries

In recent months, the City of Kirkland and many annexation neighbors have been working together to define neighborhood boundary concepts for the Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate areas. Seven preliminary concepts have been developed and the City is seeking further feedback from annexation residents and businesses. The concepts will be discussed at upcoming meetings and are available online at www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/annexation. Residents and business owners who are unable to attend the meetings are encouraged to review the concepts on the City’s website by September 30, 2010 and submit their preferred concept online.

The Totem Lake Neighborhood Association is hosting a meeting for Kingsgate residents and businesses on September 15, 7 p.m., Kamiakin Junior High School, 14111-132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA.

The Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance and Finn Hill Park and Recreation District will co-host a meeting for Finn Hill residents and businesses on September 22, 7 p.m., St. John Vianney Church, 12600 84th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA.

The Juanita Neighborhoods Association invites North Juanita residents and businesses to meet on September 23, 7 p.m., Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, WA.

At the neighborhood meetings, participants will further review and discuss the existing concepts. Feedback received will be forwarded to the City’s Planning Commission as it begins its work on annual amendments the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Commission will hold a public hearing on October 14, 7 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue, to receive additional public comment and discuss the proposed boundaries.

Kirkland’s annexation area has traditionally been defined by King County as the Northshore planning area which includes the three neighborhoods of Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate. Once the neighborhood boundaries in the annexation area are formalized, they will join the existing 13 neighborhoods as defined by the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

For more information about neighborhood planning for the Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate neighborhoods, contact Jeremy McMahan, Kirkland Planning & Community Development Department at 425-587-3229 or jmcmahan@ci.kirkland.wa.us.