REMINDER: Public Hearing Notice: South Kirkland Park and Ride (TOD), March 24

The City of Kirkland will hold a public hearing on the South Kirkland Park & Ride Transit Oriented Development (TOD) on March 24

http://www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/depart/Planning/Code_Updates/TOD.htm

Description: Transit-oriented development (TOD) at the South Kirkland Park and Ride. Transit‐oriented development is development that maximizes the use of transit by building higher density residential units near bus or rail stations. In 2008, the Kirkland City Council approved amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan that support TOD at the South Kirkland Park and Ride.  The Kirkland Planning Department is currently developing  zoning regulations and design guidelines to implement the adopted policies, and to allow future transit-oriented development on the property.

Project Facts: The 7‐acre park and ride is currently owned by King County. Only the Kirkland portion of the site (about 3.5 acres in size) is being considered for TOD. The Kirkland Planning Department is developing zoning regulations and design guidelines for the site.  King County has received federal grant funding to add 250 additional park and ride spaces at the site, as part of mixed use transit-oriented development.  King County’s conceptual plan would include the additional stalls with about 200‐250 multi‐family housing units, additional parking for the residential units, and some commercial space.  In order to take advantage of this funding, the project needs to be ready to proceed by mid‐2011.

Location: The South Kirkland Park & Ride is located at the south end of Kirkland near the intersection of 108th Avenue NE and NE 38th Place.

Funding Source: Federal Urban Partnership funding of $6.25 million is available to King County for the addition of the parking spaces as part of a TOD.  As development would likely involve both private developers and non-profit housing developers.  There will be both public housing funds and private funds involved as well.

Project Timeline:  Before residential development can occur on the property, zoning regulations must be created.  A public hearing on draft regulations is scheduled for March 24, 2011 at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue.

Contact Information

Dorian Collins, Planner

Dcollins@ci.kirkland.wa.us or 425-587-3249