Highlands meeting summary (Zoning, Housing)

Skip to first unread message

Karen Story

Mar 23, 2021, 1:07:48 PM3/23/21
to kirkland...@googlegroups.com

Here is the presentation given by city staff at last week's Highlands meeting:


Contact Allison Zike with questions at AZ...@kirklandwa.gov.

Highlands Zoning takeaways:

  • No Highlands zoning changes are being proposed in the NE 85th St. Station Area Plan, but parts of the south Highlands are already zoned for medium-density residential.
  • Single family lots are allowed up to two ADUs, as long as the total lot coverage does not exceed that of a single family home.
  • The city requires developers to develop to at least 80% of the zoned density (rather than, for example, building one large home on a lot zoned for two or three units.

Missing Middle Housing is a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types, compatible in scale with detached single-family homes, that help meet the growing demand for more affordable housing. These can include duplex, triplex, ADU, or cottage homes.

Housing Strategy Plan

Kirkland's Housing Strategy Plan recommends a variety of ways to make housing more affordable, expand housing choices, make it easier for people to age in place, and more. Stakeholders from throughout the community were on the Housing Strategy Advisory Group. The plan was published in 2018: https://www.kirklandwa.gov/files/sharedassets/public/planning-amp-building/planning-and-building-images/hcc-files-and-images/housing-strategy-plan.pdf

Form-based Codes

"A form-based code is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. A form-based code is a regulation, not a mere guideline, adopted into city, town, or county law. A form-based code offers a powerful alternative to conventional zoning regulation."

Learn more at:



Park Board: The Park Board is citizen volunteers who apply for a 4-year position advising city staff about Kirkland parks. Member Mike Holland is the board liaison with our neighborhood. We can reach him at mhol...@kirklandwa.gov.

Reply all
Reply to author
0 new messages