Kirkland Hosts Second Community Meeting about Transit-Oriented Development at the South Kirkland Park & Ride

Community invited to give input on draft zoning regulations

The City of Kirkland is hosting a second workshop on Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 pm at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue, Peter Kirk Room, to seek public input on proposed transit-oriented development zoning regulations and design guidelines for the South Kirkland Park and Ride.  Representatives from the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue, King County Metro and A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) will present background information on zoning, project concepts and housing options.  Attendees will be asked to identify issues to be addressed in Kirkland’s Zoning Code that would help to address compatibility within the neighborhood, land use issues and site and building design.

King County’s South Kirkland Park & Ride property is being considered for a transit-oriented development project but before it can become a viable project the City of Kirkland must adopt zoning regulations to guide the development of the site.  Transit-oriented developments or TOD’s create housing near transit hubs that make it easier for people to use a nearby transit system, thus reducing the reliance on cars for commuting.  The property is located at the southernmost end of the City of Kirkland, at the intersection of 108th Avenue NE and NE 38th Place. Information about the zoning regulation adoption process and feedback from the informational workshops is available at www.ci.kirkland.wa.us (Search: South Kirkland Park & Ride).

The South Kirkland Park and Ride site is owned by King County who will sponsor the future development of the site.  The Kirkland and Bellevue City Councils recently adopted “Mutual Objectives and Principles of Agreement” that commits the agencies to ensuring project coordination, adequate parking, financial feasibility, impact mitigation, high quality design and a range of affordable housing units.

The property is about seven acres in size, with approximately equal portions of the site lying within the cities of Kirkland and Bellevue. Only the Kirkland portion of the site is being considered for transit-oriented-development.   The site is currently developed with 603 parking stalls and a transit facility.

Contact the Planning & Community Development Department at 425-587-3225 for more information.