The following letter was sent to the City of Kirkland on July 10th
Re: ZON11-00042 BN-Res Market
- We are entitled to be "project specific" because the BN zone on Lake Street was the only available BN zone in the City at the time a specific developer proposal was submitted to the City. Pre-annexation, that proposal and BN zones were synonymous. Post-annexation, a wider application is appropriate, but has not yet been addressed.
- We have emphasized the incompatibility with the surrounding zoning and existing development.
- We have lobbied for the rights of existing property owners for predictability and the stability of the neighborhood that the Comp Plan promises.
- We have argued that overly intense development is a traffic safety issue, especially with Lake Washington Boulevard being Kirkland's most-used pedestrian and bicycle venue.
- We have shown that, with regard to the Lake Street proposal, the developer was adequately forewarned of a likely residential density limit of 12 units per acre, and competing language in the Comp Plan and Zoning Code, and that "the most restrictive provision applies."
- We have pointed out that the more recently implemented Lakeview Neighborhood Plan foresaw a similar problem on the Kidd Valley block and addressed it with a residential density cap, on a block in an already more commercialized area.
- We have asked for "Neighborhood Business" to mean what it says, and not mean "build as many apartments as you can squeeze on the property." (Or to acknowledge that this is a farcical anachronism in Zoning due to decades old prior uses, and make the entire parcel residential.)
- We have supported increased density IN THE PROPER LOCATIONS, and have given examples of where this has been done appropriately and well here in Kirkland.