Kirkland Reverses Course and Requires Additional Environmental Analysis on Potala Village

Potala Village development hits snag as City opens process to public regarding Environmental Impact Statement

According to documents just received by Kirkland Views, the City of Kirkland will withdraw the Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) for the Potala Village mixed use development that was issued on June 15, 2011 under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In response to comments from nearby residents, the City of Kirkland has decided that additional environmental analysis of the proposed Potala Village mixed use development located at 10th Ave. S. and Lake Street South is warrented. A Determination of Significance (DS) will be issued and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared to analyze the proposal's significant environmental impacts in greater depth.

The EIS will focus on evaluating the impacts on the surrounding neighborhood from the proposed number of residential units, the heights, scale and bulk of the building, traffic, parking, wildlife, construction activity, and site contamination. Interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on the scope of the EIS prior to a final determination of the scope.

As a result of the City's decision to issue a Determination of Significance for Potala Village, SEPA appeals that were filed under the Mitigated Determination are now moot. Appeal fees will be refunded.

The public may comment on the scope of the EIS with regard to alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required in writing, by August 25, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

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