Thank you to everyone who voted in the
Highlands 2021 board election!
Please welcome the wonderful volunteers who will be working during
the coming year to organize projects, events, communications,
welcome fliers, and meetings to help our neighborhood continue to be
a great place to live. A special welcome to new board member Laura
Ruderman! Let me know if you have any questions.
2021 Highlands Board Members
Co-chairs: Karen Story, Debbie Ohman
Treasurer: Jim Jung
Secretary: Mari Bercaw
Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods Representative: Debbie Ohman
Board Members at Large:
Suggestions Received on Ballot
Note: Please submit suggestions to the City of Kirkland as well:
- Remove the neon Vegas-style speed signs in the neighborhood. They
look cheesy and are not effective. People often speed up to see what
top speed they can get to and make it flash "Slow Down". [Consider a
post on Nextdoor to ask if others in the neighborhood support
- People completely and consistently ignore the 4-way stop at the
intersection at 112th Ave NE and NE 100th St. Pedestrians are in
danger at this intersection. [Please report this to the city at the
above link. What else can we do to address this concern?]
- Stop bulldozing down houses, we don't need more 2 million dollar
homes one on top of the other, we need to keep our trees and open
spaces, even the smaller ones between houses, those things called
yards that are so quickly going away. [I'll invite city staff to
address this at a future meeting.]
- Have the sun come out more in the winter. [ :) ]
- Do not let high density housing creep further in to the Highlands.
Keep it close to 85th. [The Kirkland zoning map shows the current
Highlands zoning. There are no plans to change this.
- Continue to address concerns about the BRT station impact on our
neighborhood. Don't allow 20-story buildings on Rose Hill. [Be sure
to send written input about the Station Area Plan to Allison Zike at
, and register for the Jan. 7 community open
house at https://www.kirklandwa.gov/stationareaplan
- More functions where neighbors get to know each other. Maybe a
street party day where we break it down to smaller areas and have
multiple parties and get to know the people that live on your
street. It would be really nice to know more people that live near
by. We all work and have our family lives and it is hard to know
people that live just half a block away. Maybe encourage
neighborhood holiday functions. Have functions that help raise money
for projects around our neighborhood or for charity. [These are
wonderful ideas. Is anyone interested in working on this?
Post-Covid, of course!]
- I always love it when it snows and everyone in the neighborhood
goes to the Pit [Spinney Park] and sleds. It is a time when everyone
is happy and everyone is welcome. Kids, dogs, adults all having fun.
This is what I would encourage us to do at other times with other
events. [Nextdoor is a great way to spread the word about
opportunities for outdoor gatherings!]
- Continue to do Random Acts of Kindness [It's always nice to read
about these on Nextdoor as well.]
- Make sure speed limits are enforced on 112th and 116th. [Please
report speeding to the city.]
- Efforts to address the car breakins [Please attend our crime
meeting on Jan. 20.]
- Sidewalk on 97th between 116th and 112th [Keep submitting this to
Our Kirkland, and being a squeaky wheel!]
- Building hutches to accomodate lockable mailboxes wherever
possible. [The neighborhood can't pay for these, but we can
certainly encourage them! There is good advice on Nextdoor for how
to buy and install these.]
- Get a pickleball court in the Highlands [Be sure to submit this
suggestion to the city! The more people who suggest it, the more
likely it is to happen. Put the word out on Nextdoor to find out how
many pickleball players there are in our neighborhood.]
Ideas for Meeting Topics
(These have been added to our list for future neighborhood
- Rules about lot coverage, setbacks, tree removal, and house size.
- Rules about tree retention and preservation. How do those rules
fit with the Sustainability Plan just approved by the City Council?
- Master plan for the CKC, and whether it will be paved.
- Sound Transit project at I-405 and NE 85th St. and the impact on
- Street parking/safety [Could whoever submitted this please contact
me with more information?]
- Gardening in the NW [Probably not an appropriate topic for a
neighborhood meeting, but you could start a Nextdoor group to
connect with other gardeners.]
- How to be civil in these divided times. [Probably not an
appropriate topic for a neighborhood meeting, but I'm open to
- Another history meeting would be wonderful. [Great idea!
Meanwhile, please see our neighborhood history page at
"The Highlands Neighborhood Association (HNA) is volunteers who work
to improve community, safety, traffic, sidewalks, parks, activities,
and quality of life in our neighborhood"