City begins Comprehensive Plan Update; Seeks how citizens want to participate in future planning


Online public participation survey available through April 30


The City is undertaking an update to its Comprehensive Plan and seeks to understand how neighbors, business owners, employees, students, and community groups are willing to participate.  The Comprehensive Plan is a goal-oriented plan that contains a community vision for Kirkland in a 20-year horizon. It is a framework for guiding growth and development in Kirkland and how the City provides the necessary facilities and services to direct and support employment and population growth.


An informational webpage has been created at and includes a survey that seeks how community members and organizations want to participate in the Update.  Survey submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2013 and will be shared with the City Council, Planning Commission and other key advisory boards.


Kirkland’s first Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1963 and rewritten in 1977.  In 1990 and 1991, the State Legislature adopted the Growth Management Act (GMA) which requires most Washington cities and counties to prepare a comprehensive plan to address how future growth in jobs and households can best be accommodated.  Comprehensive Plans are required to address land use, transportation, housing, capital facilities, utilities, economic development, shorelines and parks and recreation.  Kirkland’s Comprehensive Plan must be consistent with the State’s GMA goals, the regional plan (Vision 2040)  and the King County Countywide Planning Policies.  In 1995, the City adopted its first Plan based on the GMA and then completed a significant update in 2004. The City’s Plan is due for the next State mandated Update that is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2014.


The City is initiating an educational campaign, Kirkland 2035, which includes multimedia learning opportunities such as the webpage, dedicated publications, community meetings, educational video series and informative workshops.  To receive information on the Update, and other long-range planning efforts,