On March 14, 2013, the Kirkland Planning Commission considered three requests from private entities to amend the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The proposals are scheduled to be considered by the City Council on April 16, instead of April 2 as previously published. The City Council will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and make the final determination as to whether the requests will proceed to Phase II. Evergreen Health Medical Center seeks a rezone for a parcel in the Totem Lake Neighborhood so that its zoning would be consistent with other properties in the hospital’s campus Master Plan. The Planning Commission recommends deferring this request to the major Comprehensive Plan update commencing this year. The Chaffey Building Group is requesting a rezone for a property on Simonds Road NE in the Finn Hill Neighborhood from a low density to a medium density residential land use zone to allow for a future multifamily development. The Planning Commission recommends deferring this proposal until a comprehensive neighborhood study is undertaken for Finn Hill. A proposal to change the zoning regulations and Comprehensive Plan policies to allow a drive through restaurant at the former Jack-in-the-Box restaurant site in the Juanita Neighborhood will also be considered. The Commission recommends not going forward to Phase II with this request.
Each of these proposals is known as a Private Amendment Request (PAR). A PAR may be submitted to amend any aspect of the Comprehensive Plan such as the land use map, the general elements, or a neighborhood plan. A PAR may also be requested to change the Zoning Map and the Zoning Code, when necessary to implement the Comprehensive Plan change. The City Council agenda will be posted online at www.kirklandwa.gov by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013. The process is described on the Private Amendment Request webpage at www.kirklandwa.gov (Search: PAR). For more information, contact Joan Lieberman-Brill, Planning & Community Department at 425-587-3254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.