You may have heard by now that on Tuesday April 7th, 2020 the Kirkland City Council formally adopted their 2020 SMP Update.
It was an extensive, uphill battle, but the Kirkland Sensible Shorelines Coalition (KSSC) was able to get the following alterations to the Update:
1. Retention of the Alternative Permitting Option through the WA Dept of Fisheries and the Army Corps of Engineers. This was very important as it gives a Kirkland waterfront owner the option to apply for a more reasonable dock design other than the restrictive 480 square foot maximum design allowed by Kirkland.
2. Approval of a moratorium on the removal of non-conforming overwater moorage structures (existing boat houses and hard cover permanent boat canopies) as was required on any remodel/building permit where the improvements were more than 50% of the value of the existing structure (the 50% trigger rule). The homeowner will be required to post a bond agreeing to remove the non-conforming overwater structure if a future SMP study requires it. The next full SMP study will likely be in 2026-2028. This will hopefully allow adequate time for homeowners to develop adequate justification for permanent retention of these overwater structures.
3. Alteration of the allowable dock dimensional language to help clarify that part of the code.
All of these changes were significant and of benefit to all of Kirkland’s waterfront homeowners.
Greetings fellow Lake Washington homeowner and/or enthusiast!
My name is Bryan Loveless and I live on the Lake in the Holmes Point neighborhood. I have been attending the most recent Shoreline Master Plan Periodic Update meetings, and have realized that we need to foster better communication among us. Together, we can hopefully change their current outline for the changes they would like to make for the future of our Shoreline Waterfront Properties.
For those of who may not be totally familiar with the situation, the City is proposing
some amendments to the Shoreline Code that will have potentially drastic impact on future repairing, remodeling and/or development on any Kirkland Shoreline properties. These changes could have a profound effect on your waterfront property value! The more they hear from the waterfront homeowners, the more the City will take our interests into account in this process. I urge you to consider reviewing the attachments and emailing your comments to both the City Council members and Planning Commission members. You can find their information, along with the Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council on this website.
Need more information regarding the Shoreline Master Project? Click below!
Shoreline Master Programs are local land use policies and regulations that guide the use of Washington shorelines. SMPs apply to both public and private uses. They protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to the shorelines, and plan for water-dependent uses. SMPs implement the 1971 Washington State Shoreline Management Act. Kirkland's SMP applies to land within 200 feet of Lake Washington's ordinary high water mark and within wetlands connected to Juanita Bay and Yarrow Bay.
You can find upcoming meetings, people to contact, and documents to understand what changes are being proposed for our shoreline below.
Taking Over for Joan Lieberman-Brill
Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Kirkland Planning & Building Department
Monday - Thursday
Please make sure to send all comments directly to her and include any city councilmembers (etc.) you would like to. She is the main contact for the City.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 425.587.3001
TNixon@KirklandWa.gov | 425.587.3531
KCurtis@Kirklandwa.gov | 425.587.3532
afalcone@KirklandWa.gov | 425.587.3532
JPascal@KirklandWa.gov | 4525.587.3530
Rick Whitney - Chair
John Kappler - Vice Chair
Update on Kirkland Shoreline Management Plan.