Protect our Kirkland Neighborhood from Unlimited Density
We are asking that the city abide by the neighborhood plan/land use map/zoning/ordinances which have been legally developed, and that the city not attempt to get around the law to support the commercial needs of the developer.
The city is enabling the developer to circumvent building codes by splitting up the apartment building and the commercial building into two buildings.
As an attempt to circumvent ordinances requiring businesses be on the ground floor of such building, the developer is requesting that the city consider that the “ground floor” is really the “basement of the building.” This is just one example of the way a developer can try to twist the code. The city is permitting the developer to place residences on the ground floor of the building, against building codes. The city is still trying to determine ground floor location. The developer already has "unlimited" density for building dues to loop holes in the zoning code.
The developer has asked for a variance to because the residential character of the neighborhood is not consistent with the zoning. At the same time, the developer has requested a variance in order to preserve the residential character of the neighborhood.
TRAFFIC AND PARKING
Though the developer has contributed $450,000 designated solely for transportation improvement, the city is being very guarded about how one of the most heavily used intersection will accommodate the 300 new residents (with up to 265 cars). At this time, the city has said that they will not be improving the intersection at all.
The developer is requesting a driveway variance, a parking supply variance, using the street parking for a unload/load zone only since they will not provide a loading zone on their property.
The city is using traffic information that is outdated, incomplete, and measured at low traffic flow (not peak traffic time).
We want the city to advocate for residents and ensure that developers adhere to code that has been developed according to infrastructure requirements, limiting environmental impact, and properly integrating very large apartment buildings within very congested spaces
If this huge development is approved and the current planned development gets completed, the residential neighborhoods surrounding the property will witness a dramatic increase in traffic in an already heavily congested area, and a reduced quality of life.
Recording of the news coverage from KIRO on October 4, 2018.
We did not plan to be activists but if this is what we have to do to get the city to follow the vision of this area and our neighborhood plan then we will use our voices. Please sign this petition if you agree. Thank you.